The Grab Bag (Mar. 24, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

From “Kiss My Grits!” to “Bazinga!”, 30 Favorite TV Catchphrases

Robert Cashill @ Robert Cashill

  • Excerpt: Thirty favorite TV catchphrases, compiled for

Top 20 Films of 2014

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: Like most Wes Anderson films, The Grand Budapest Hotel rewards repeat viewings. Unlike a lot of his earlier films, the repeat viewings are less to do with catching little details in the production design or the slyer jokes, though God knows that there is plenty of pleasure to be had from doing that, but in peeling away the deep layers of sadness and melancholy that lie beneath the Lubitsch-esque farce.

Top TV Shows of 2014

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: [Hannibal] also delivered probably the most gut-wrenching and exhilarating finale of the year, an operatic crescendo that combined all the superlative elements of the show into one glorious bloodbath. Like Will Graham, Hannibal evolved this year into something both terrible and beautiful.


Gemma Arterton – The Voices

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Jean-François Caissy

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Jim Parsons – Home

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Kazuo Hara

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Marjane Satrapi – The Voices

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – A Second Chance

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Popdose Interview: Andy Summers

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: Talking with the Police guitarist about the newly released doc Can’t Stop Losing You.

Shailene Woodley – Insurgent

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Theo James – Insurgent

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Vincent Morisset

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

Awards Coverage

Mommy’ Dominates Quebec Jutra Awards

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Xavier Dolan’s film cleans up at Quebec’s film awards.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Mar. 13-15, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of Cinderella.


House of Cards, Season 3

Kimberly Gadette @ Doddle

  • Excerpt: In the Season 2 opener, Frank threw Mara under the train. In the Season 3 opener, Frank urinated on his father’s headstone. Now there’s a piss-poor encore – and yet, a perfect harbinger of the dilution to come.

Video Essays, Reviews and More

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: Francis Lawrence, who took over the series from filmmaker Gary Ross and raised the bar, and screenwriters Peter Craig and Danny Strong turn out a surprisingly engaging film about rebellion, propaganda, media, and the emotional and psychological scars of war …


The ‘ Alt’ Oscars: The Silent Years

Sean Axmaker @ Keyframe

  • Excerpt: Let’s imagine an alternate history where the Academy Awards had been born earlier and (as long as we’re dreaming) with a more egalitarian purpose from the outset.

Beauty and the Beast

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile

  • Excerpt: Although twentieth century cinema had a penchant for sanitizing and infantilizing fairy tales in the process of translating them to the screen, Cocteau’s approach to the source material is psychologically knotty, erotically charged, and strangely contradictory.

Disney’s new ‘Cinderella’ and the problem of parents in Hollywood fairy tales and family filmsDisney’s new ‘Cinderella’ and the problem of parents in Hollywood fairy tales and family films

Steven Greydanus @ Crux

  • Excerpt: There are good reasons for introducing parent-child conflict, depriving child protagonists of a parental safety net, depicting single-parent households, etc. There’s no good reason why positive depictions of healthy, intact families should be an endangered species in family films.

Reviews of Short Films


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Documentary Review


Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

I’m Not Your Inspiration: Maki Yamazaki

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Roommate Wanted – Dead or Alive

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Danish Animated Short Film Review


Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Other Articles

Actress Maureen O’Hara Tribute

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: This podcast features film critics James Colt Harrison, Diana Saenger and Betty Jo Tucker discussing Maureen O’Hara’s impressive acting career.

Exit Lines: Hamilton

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: Stars Off and on Broadway including Diane Lane and Dianne Wiest.

Virados do Avesso

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

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