The Grab Bag (Mar. 18, 2014)

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

Awards Coverage

Canadian Screen Awards Preview

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: A preview of Canada’s film awards reveals a highly questionable set of nominations, especially Best Motion Picture contender ‘Maïna’, which fails to meet the eligibility criteria.

It’s the Oscars All Over Again: Thoughts on Last Night’s Canadian Screen Awards

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review and recap of the Canadian Screen Awards broadcast. Despite a well-deserved win by ‘Gabrielle’, Canada’s film awards struggle to shake the feeling they were a glorified ad campaign for unreleased films.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers: FINAL

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A last look at Oscar precursor season for 2013 and the guilds, critics and organizations that fared best at foreshadowing the Oscars.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Mar. 7-9, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Oscars 2013: And the Best Film Wins

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review and Recap of the Academy Awards broadcast. Highlights include the Best Picture win for ’12 Years a Slave’, Meryl Streep eating pizza, Meryl Streep joining in the selfie, and Meryl Streep dancing.

Festivals: General Coverage

Elizabeth Banks, Toni Colette And Liam Neeson Headline Feature Films At Next Month’s Tribeca Film Festival

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Festivals: Individual Reviews

17th Annual European Union Film Festival @ The Gene Siskel Center

Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films

The Forgotten Space

Michael Pattison @ Eye For Film

Palaces of Pity

Michael Pattison @ Filmuforia

SXSW 2014: Animals

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

SXSW 2014: Frank & The Guest

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

SXSW 2014: Joe & Faults

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

SXSW 2014: The Infinite Man

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

West of the Tracks

Michael Pattison @ Eye For Film

WETLANDS Paints an Excitingly Vulgar Picture

Josh Hurtado @ Twitchfilm

  • Excerpt: David Wnendt gives the sophomore slump a firm first up the ass in what is likely to be one of my favorite films of the year and already tops the list. Wetlands is dirty, explicit, romantic, tragic, psychedelic, raunchy, sexy, repulsive fun, and I loved every minute of it.


Destroy All Monsters: We Are Not True Detectives

Matt Brown @ Twitch

Treme: The Complete Third Season

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

True Detective

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: …those of us who grew up watching TV shows back in the day when they were routinely cancelled without a finale episode to provide any kind of closure know that the greatest reward derived from serialized drama is the opportunity to see characters develop over the span of a greater number of hours than a film usually provides.


The Beast is Back: Godzilla (2014)

Diego Salgado @ Fandigital [Spanish]

Fernando Di Leo, in the Shadow of THE GODFATHER

Sean Axmaker @ Keyframe

  • Excerpt: The films of Fernando Di Leo are the poliziotteschi at its best and four of his films in particular dismantle the pulp glorification of the mafia: Caliber 9 (1972), The Italian Connection (1972), and The Boss (1973), which make-up his Milieu Trilogy, and his postscript Rulers of the City (1976).

Fernando Di Leo’s Anti-Mob Movies

Sean Axmaker @ Keyframe

  • Excerpt: While it’s not quite accurate to call Shoot First, Die Later (1974), Kidnap Syndicate (1975), and Rulers of the City (1976) a trilogy in their own right, together they offer a companion series to his mob trilogy where victims of the mafia’s indifference to civilian lives take on the syndicate. Not of idealism, mind you, simply out of vengeance and rage.

I Really Need NOAH To Be Great Mostly Because Of Jennifer Connelly

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Liam Neeson, Kevin Costner deliver the thinking man’s action films

Sean Axmaker @

  • Excerpt: When did Liam Neeson, that Oscar-nominated rock of an Irish actor who starred in “Schindler’s List” and “Michael Collins,” become the toughest action hero of the day?

The New Wave Wonders of Tinto Brass

Sean Axmaker @ Fandor

  • Excerpt: Before he plunged headlong into Eurotica, Brass was a free-wheeling cat mining a vein right out of the nouvelle vague. We’re not talking Godard, mind you, but here was an ambitious young Italian director looking to break out of the comedies and westerns cranked out by the industry by getting young and hip and groovy, dabbling in social satire and pushing the boundaries of film conventions and subject matter.

Reviews of Short Films

Five Acclaimed Short Films

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review of the latest shorts package from Ouat Media, which includes Oscar nominee ‘Just Before Losing Everything’ and shorts by Evan Morgan (‘The Dirties’) and Nash Edgerton (‘The Square’).

Other Articles

Cinema in Noir: The Women Diversity List and Dream Casting for Actresses of Color

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

The Details: Robert Zemeckis’ “Flight”

Danny King @ MUBI

Stephen Simon Discusses Uplifting Films

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: Veteran film producer Stephen Simon shares his list of favorite uplifting movies in this revealing podcast.

Yes, It’s a Real Movie – Osombie (2012)

Mike McGranaghan @ Daily Grindhouse

  • Excerpt: It’s difficult to say what’s more egregious: the sheer awfulness of the execution or the utter offensiveness of the plot.

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