The Grab Bag (Jul. 15, 2014)

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.

Best of Lists

“Haht” of Gold: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actors from Massachusetts

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: As a native Bostonian and life long New Englander, I felt compelled to spotlight those Massachusetts-born and bred actors from the same region that had ultimate success on the big screen in winning the Oscar for their acting achievement and contribution to the motion picture industry.

Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: We all from time to time enjoy a comfortable stay when vacationing anywhere in the world. So why should movie characters not appreciate a great place to stay as well?

Kid’s Corner: Top 10 Steven Spielberg-Directed Child-Centric Films

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Salt and Pepper: Top 10 Black and White Movie Tandems

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: Whether amiable or adversarial the pairing of interracial tandems makes for an interesting sociological study in cinema where tension, togetherness, stereotypical profiling and mutual or reluctant acceptance makes for some captivating film fodder.

You’re in the Minority: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actresses of Color

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: An Oscar-winning actress is an exceptional artist no matter what shade, race or ethnicity she represents.


Lucky 13: Daniel Stamm on developing, casting and directing 13 Sins

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Festivals: General Coverage

Feature Films for the 2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: OIAF announces the films for the 2014 Feature Competition programme.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Lee never finds a tone or approach that works, and without a clear viewpoint, the message gets muddled. Towards the end, as I tried to make sense of the wealthy characters exchanging stilted dialogue on their way to a get-thee-to-church resolution, it hit me: good gravy, Spike went and made a goddamn Tyler Perry movie.

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 4-6, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “Life Itself”


The State Within

MaryAnn Johanson @

  • Excerpt: A riveting BBC political thriller offering one of the most trenchant explorations yet of the sick symbiosis between big government and big business.


Critical Unfairness: Just When Do We Wave the White Flag?

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: The contradiction in film criticism certainly does not go unnoticed.

Destroy All Monsters: Harry Potter Between This World and the Next

Matt Brown @ Twitch

Movies that Sing: A Look at Films Remade as Broadway Musicals

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

On Biblical Films, Race Maneuvering and “Exodus: Gods and Kings”

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Reviews of Short Films


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Canadian Short Film Review

Other Articles

Filmmaker David Worth: Cinema Milestones

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A revealing podcast conversation with veteran filmmaker David Worth.

Five Star Films #68: Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (Quentin Tarantino – 2003)

Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation

From Page to Screen: Summer ‘Movie Reads’

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Get a leg up on festivals and the Best Adapted Screenplay race with page-to-screen reads. Recommendations include ‘Wild’, ‘Unbroken’, ‘Suite Francaise’ and more!

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ IMAX 3D sneak peek wows audiences

Jim Dixon @

  • Excerpt: The rest of the movie opens on August 1st, and based on the audience reaction to the sneak peek, the only question will be how many earthly trucks it will take to haul all the money away.

The Morning After: Jul. 7, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short Review of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

My Visit to LAIKA and The Boxtrolls!

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Punctuation Matters: Lars von Trier and the Titular Brackets Bandwagon

Anton Bitel @ Grolsch FilmWorks

The Voicemakers: A Sound of Reasoning

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

  • Excerpt: The art of expression in the world of film is not just reserved for “professional” movie reviewers.

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