The Grab Bag (Mar. 3, 2015)

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

Best of Lists

Classroom Chaos: Top Ten High School Outsiders

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Creature Feature: Top Ten Animals Gone Bad in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Of Human “Bond”-age: Top Ten Actors That Had Played James Bond

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight

Shake A Tail Feather: Top Ten Dance Moments in the Movies

Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight


Daniel Perlmutter and Ennis Esmer

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Talking ‘Big News from Grand Rock’ with director Daniel Perlmutter and star Ennis Esmer.

David Robert Mitchell – It Follows

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Maika Monroe – It Follows

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Rinko Kikuchi – Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Sam Lerner, Virginia Gardner, Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia and Allen Evangelista – Project Almanac

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

TIFF 2014: Report on Docs

Pat Mullen @ Point of View

  • Excerpt: Doc highlights from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival include ‘Sunshine Superman’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘The Wanted 18’ and more!

Festivals: Individual Reviews

GFF 2015: A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: Absolutely stunningly shot in a way that’s both aesthetically exquisite and uncomfortably bleak, the film takes you on a wonderfully offbeat odyssey through the human condition in microcosm.

GFF 2015: Still Alice

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: [Julianne Moore] gives a nuanced, raw, sincere performance in an extremely difficult balancing act of a role that could have been mawkish or overly showy in the hands of a lesser talented actress.

GFF 2015: Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: A sobering, eye-opening, often exasperating documentary filmmaking with the power to drive at the heart of both its difficult subject matter and the heavy emotion that it brings with it.

GFF 2015: The Grump

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: It’s widely appealing in the best sense; we all know someone like The Grump and the film captures the complexities, frustrations and, yes, cathartically comical moments of the universally relatable generational gap.

GFF 2015: The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: Suitably gruesome in nature but there’s a leering quality to it missing from some of the better meta horrors over the years (namely Wes Craven’s Scream franchise), making for uncomfortable viewing in all the wrong, boringly repetitive ways.

GFF 2015: While We’re Young

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: It’s like the cinematic equivalent of a warm hug from someone who actually has something observant and important to say about life, growing old and acting your age.

Awards Coverage

2015 Oscar Predictions: Contenders & Controversies

Sarah Ward @ ACMI

7 Best Moments from the Independent Spirit Awards

Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie

87th Oscars: Post-Game Analyses

Lovell Wesley @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Our look back at the 87th Oscars.

Destroy All Monsters: Us, Them, And The Oscars

Matt Brown @ TwitchFilm

No Concessions: My Oscar Ballot, 2014 Edition

Robert Cashill @ Popdose

  • Excerpt: My picks for Sunday.


This Year’s Independent Spirit Awards Barely Differed From the Oscars — Here’s How to Fix Them

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The Independent Spirit Awards have gone from Oscar’s scrappier indie cousin to just another damn Oscar run-up. What’s gone wrong?

Where Are All the New Sci-Fi Movie Franchises?

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: In this era of mega budgets and limitless effects possibilities, why has science fiction fallen so specifically prey to the endless sequel-remake-reboot machine?

Reviews of Short Films

De Planeta

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: British Animated Short Film Review

Não são Favas, são Feijocas

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Documentary Review

Other Articles

Guess Who Came to Dinner

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A podcast with actress Katharine Houghton talking about “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and film critic Mack Bates revealing his picks for Best Movies about the African American experience.

International Noir

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Monday Memo: Bruce Sinofsky Passes at 58, CITIZENFOUR Continues Awards Sweep

Jordan M. Smith @

  • Excerpt: In a week where Oscar pervaded our minds and the Independent Spirit Awards remind us that Hollywood and what the industry considers the indie film scene no longer seems to have an accurate dividing line, we’re left ruminating on the tragic loss of another beloved member of the documentary film community in Bruce Sinofsky.

Monday Memo: Remembering David Carr, Berlin Concludes, True/False Line-up Revealed

Jordan M. Smith @

  • Excerpt: With NBC news anchor Brian Williams losing the world’s trust over a pack of lies and the tragic death of 60 MINUTES correspondent Bob Simon in an automobile accident, this week has been rough for journalism, but the passing of beloved New York Times cultural commentator David Carr late Thursday evening may be the toughest to take for many in the documentary filmmaking community.

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