The Grab Bag (Mar. 10, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

All Bets Are Off: Top Ten Films About Las Vegas

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Boob on the Tube: Top Ten Worst Movie Adaptations of TV Shows

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Follow My Lead: Top Ten Mentors in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight


Big Hero 6: A chat with Disney’s first multicultural hero

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: The voice of Hiro talks about the Oscar-winning film.

Gerard Johnson – Hyena

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Hippolyte Girardot – Life of Riley

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Leonard Nimoy’s “Voyage Home”

Glenn Lovell @

  • Excerpt: Flash back with us to a 1987 interview with Leonard Nimoy on the San Francisco set of “Star Trek IV,”

Peter Ferdinando – Hyena

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Richard Dormer – Hyena

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival unveils its full line-up

Joseph Proimakis @

  • Excerpt: The music doc Hip Hop-eration will kick off a programme that boasts five world and nine international premieres along with 63 local titles

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Glasgow FrightFest 2015: New Horror Round-Up

Anton Bitel @ Little White Lies

Radiator Love: On the 2015 Glasgow Film Festival

Anton Bitel @ Little White Lies

This Year’s Tribeca Film Festival Will Feature the Highest Percentageof Women Directors in Its History

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online


Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015): “Sidetracked” by Spock in the 23rd Century

Glenn Lovell @

  • Excerpt: Directing for Nimoy was always “unfinished business.”

Awards Coverage

Canadian Society of Cinematographers Nominations

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: CSC taps ‘Wet Bum’, ‘Monsoon’, ‘Maps to the Stars’ and more!

Mommy’ Leads Canadian Screen Awards winners

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Full list of the film winners at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2015

Lovell Wesley @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “Maps to the Stars”

Third Time’s a Charm for the Canadian Screen Awards!

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review of the broadcast of the third annual Canadian Screen Awards, hosted by Andrea Martin


Frank Underwood, is the oval office too tight for you?

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

  • Excerpt: If David Fincher were to reshoot Bold and the Beautiful, it would probably look a lot like House of Cards’ third season.

The Johh Hines Show

Robert Cashill @ WCCO Minnesota CBS Local

  • Excerpt: 2-20-15: Radio reviews of Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and more.

The Walking Dead in numbers

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

  • Excerpt: Do you know how many soda cans you can fill up with all the fake blood spilled and every TWD episode?


Destroy All Monsters: ALIENS And The Burden Of Canon

Matt Brown @ TwitchFilm

Is Comedy Really Dead?

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online

Laughing Matters

Robert Cashill @ Cineaste

  • Excerpt: Spring issue editorial regarding The Interview. (I wrote the unsigned piece.)

Narnian spirit: C. S. Lewis’ religious themes in the books, the movies — and any movies to come

Steven Greydanus @ Decent Films

The Phantom Menace’ and the goodness of Star Wars nostalgia

Edgar Chaput @ Sound On Sight

Why ‘Star Trek’ — and Mr. Spock — matters

Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register

  • Excerpt: The ongoing cultural influence of the “Star Trek” phenomenon is incalculable, and Leonard Nimoy’s contributions are an immense part of that. Nimoy wasn’t just an actor doing a job; in a real sense he was a co-creator who helped to define his character in many ways.

Reviews of Short Films


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: US Short Film Review

Bodas de Papel

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Documentary Film Review

Terra 2084

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Triângulo Dourado

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Un Amato Funerale

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Italian Short Film Review


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Other Articles

Monday Memo: Post-Oscar Debates Rage, Errol Morris Announces ESPN Shorts Series

Jordan M. Smith @ STF Docs

  • Excerpt: Following the Oscar win, the CITIZENFOUR team – Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden – took part in a rather tense Reddit hosted Ask Me Anything session, which ended up garnering the attention of journalist like Will Oremus of Slate, Colin Gorenstein of Salon, and Thomas Halleck of International Business times, all of whom wrote pieces on the participatory event. In contrast, The Nation’s Ali Gharib simply wrote an elegant piece on the necessity of CITIZENFOUR’s Oscar win.

What’s Up Doc?:Les Blank, Alex Gibney & Alex Winter Lead SXSW Charge (February 2015)

Jordan M. Smith @

  • Excerpt: While True/False does not specialize in attention grabbing world premieres, it does provide a late winter haven for cream of the crop non-fiction fare from all the previously mentioned fests and a selection of overlooked genre blending films presented in a down home setting. This year will mark my first trip to the Columbia, Missouri based fest, where I hope to catch a little of everything, from their hush-hush secret screenings, to selections from their Neither/Nor series, this year featuring chimeric Polish cinema of decades past, to a spotlight of Adam Curtis’s incisive oeuvre.

Whiplash, Out of the Dark and More Film Poems

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: This podcast features host Betty Jo Tucker reading some of her film poem/reviews.

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