The Grab Bag (Jun. 9, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

10 Of The Most Awesomely Bad Horror Movies On Netflix

James Jay Edwards @


Andrew Bujalski on Subverting the Rom-Com and Making Kevin Corrigan a Movie Star in ‘Results’

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The key that unlocks Bujalski’s freewheeling approach to the romantic comedy is the third point in the film’s love triangle, an eccentric millionaire played by the eccentric character actor Kevin Corrigan. His performance here is a revelation, with an oddness and unpredictability that comes to define the movie.

Eddie Muller

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

  • Excerpt: The “Czar of Noir” talks about film noir and hosting TCM’s Summer of Darkness

Festivals: General Coverage

Cole Smithey at Cannes 2015: COMPLETE

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: Cole’s Video Essay Compilation of Cannes 2015

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Amy — CANNES 2015

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: The must-see-documentary at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Asif Kapadia’s ambitious biography of Amy Winehouse is a devastating look at how some of the people closest to her contributed to the singer/songwriter’s untimely demise.

Carol — CANNES 2015

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: Here is a film that doesn’t need any awards to stake its worthiness. That said, awards of some variety will surely follow.

Hitchcock Truffaut — CANNES 2015

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: Although inappropriately screened in the Cannes Classics section of the festival Kent Jones’s painstaking documentary, about the historic eight-day interview sessions between Francois Truffaut and his hero-filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock fulfills an essential niche in the history of cinema.

The Lobster — CANNES 2015

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: …for many audiences, Lanthimos’s determinedly odd picture will come across as a half-baked attempt at (black) social satire.

Love — CANNES 2015

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: Noe, the genius behind such groundbreaking cinematic examples of social satire as “I Stand Alone” and “Irreversible” has made a film so sophomoric that it boggles the mind that it came from the same person who made “Enter the Void,” one of the most visually and viscerally challenging films of the last 20 years.

Macbeth — CANNES 2015

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: The film is one of the worst adaptations of a Shakespeare play ever to be projected onto a movie screen.

Mad Max Fury Road — CANNES 2015

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: Instant cult classic? You bet.

An Open Secret — CANNES 2015

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: This is a movie that matters.

Tale of Tales — CANNES 2015

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: Muddled yet delightfully grotesque, ribald, and opulent Matteo Garrone’s warped fairytale triptych isn’t winning any awards in Cannes but it breathes with the cinematic madness of Ken Russell.

La Tete Haute — CANNES 2015

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: If some critics recoil from “Standing Tall,” it says more about their inability to grapple with the genre than it does about the movie. “Standing Tall” is the kind of uncompromising film Ken Loach would love.

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of May 29-31, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “San Andreas”



Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: It’s a performance of forceful intensity, both physically and psychologically, particularly as everything begins to unravel and his demeanor gets subtly more panicked. Oyelowo’s work here is reminiscent of De Niro in ‘Taxi Driver’ or Gyllenhaal in ‘Nightcrawler’ — it’s a film that burrows into an unstable psyche, and nestles there uncomfortably.


From Ava to Athena: The Female Robot in Today’s Cinema

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit

Mad Max: Fury Road, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Slow West, Ex Machina

Kristy Puchko @ Vanity Fair

  • Excerpt: The well-meaning but entitled white knight may be alive and well in plenty of places, from patronizing politicians to your average rom-com hero; but in a wide-ranging crop of recent movies, he’s being thoroughly, effectively knocked off his high horse.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe Is Evil and Needs to Die

Mike McGranaghan @ Film Racket

Reviews of Short Films

Con Quien Sueña Berta?

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

El Alpinista

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

La Gallina

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Plein Soleil

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Belgian Short Film Review

La Ropavejera

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Soy tan Feliz

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Other Articles

Book vs. Movie: Which One Wins? Pt 2: The Book

Kimberly Gadette @ Doddle


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Feature Film Review

Exit Lines: “The Spoils”

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: Jesse Eisenberg’s new Off Broadway play reviewed.

Exit Lines: The 2015 Drama Desk Awards

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: Looking at the star-studded theater awards.

Fora da Vida

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Documentary Review

Monday Memo: Charlotte Cook leaving Hot Docs, NBC Sports Announces Doc Film Unit

Jordan M. Smith @ Stranger Than Fiction

O Indispensável Treino da Vagueza

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Documentary Review

Spanish Horror Film

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: This is the first English language book devoted to horror films from Spain. Even for those who may not have more than passing interest in the films beyond a few critically acclaimed titles, what makes this book valuable are discussions on how one approaches genre films as a subject of serious discussion.

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