The Grab Bag (Mar. 4, 2014)

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

Best of Lists

Planetary Shock: How About Some Sci-Fi Rock?

Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine

  • Excerpt: Frank Ochieng’s Top Ten Sci-Fi/Fantasy Tunes


Angels In Stardust: An Interview with Alicia Silverstone

Dustin Freeley @

Blair Erickson on Banshee ChapterIt’s a Scream:

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Christopher Lenneertz, Comedy Movie Composer

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Kit Harington of “Game of Thrones” and “Pompeii”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Patrick Creadon of “If You Build It”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Festivals: General Coverage

DiverCiné wishes Ottawa ‘Bon cinéma!’

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Preview of Ottawa’s DiverCine: World Cinema from la Francophonie festival.

A Grand Old Time: GFF diary days 1&2: youth, shorts, the opening night, Jessica Oreck and a dinner you can’t refuse

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Jouney to the Centre of the Earth

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Stars Come Out: GFF diary days 3 & 4: Lady Grinning Soul, Richard Dreyfus, Jack O’Connell, Richard Ayoarde, orgasmic dining and a hexagonal death match

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Berlinale 2014: Essayist, Essay Isn’t

Michael Pattison @ Mubi

Flesh of My Flesh

Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

GFF 2014: Blue Ruin

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: A bold, brutal and tense film that won’t be soon forgotten and marks its director out as a talent to watch.

GFF 2014: Night Moves

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: An initially intriguing but ultimately slow and a curiously unsatisfying film that goes absolutely nowhere, preachy with its environmental messages and self-indulgent with how it goes about exploring them.

GFF 2014: Starred Up

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: This is a superbly acted, expertly judged tough-as-nails drama that’s absolutely brimming with tension and always riveting, one that firmly establishes O’Connell as one of British cinema’s brightest young acting talents.

GFF 2014: The Double

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: The simultaneously futuristic and vintage production design, performances and surreal, other worldly atmosphere are just about enough sustain a film that never feels sure of what it wants to be, what it wants to say or how it wants to say it.

GFF 2014: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: A beautifully designed delight, filled with great performances of characters that are a joy to be around.

Metro Manila

Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door


Dead Poets Society Doesn’t Owe Academia Anything

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: This was a PG-rated Disney movie, and if the script were instead an intricately detailed dramatization of “real analysis,” nobody would have made it, and if they did, nobody would have seen it. But people did see this movie, and scores of them were young eggheads like me, who were inspired not by its intellectual rigor, but by the very passion that The Atlantic piece disdains.

Destroy All Monsters: Paramount, Netflix And The End of the Physical World

Matt Brown @ Twitch

Is ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ the Quintessential Wes Anderson Movie?

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: What is fascinating about Anderson’s film (and Jonze’s, and, ultimately, Scorsese’s) is how little he had to adjust his vision to make a “kids’ movie.” In fact, there is an argument to be made that Fantastic Mr. Fox may be the purest distillation of Anderson’s specific, inimitable style.

Motifs in Cinema: Surrogate Families in 2013 Films

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

What I Feared Has Come Upon Me: “Hannibal” and the Tyranny of Terror

Andrew Wyatt @ The Curator

  • Excerpt: Ultimately, when the white-knuckle thrills and clotted gore are peeled away, what remains of Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal is a harrowing depiction of the way that dread dominates human behavior and relationships.

The Wind Rises and the Problem with How We Weigh the Responsibility of Historical Fiction Films

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Reviews of Short Films

Carrera de Fondo

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

It Doesn’t Get Better

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: US Short Film Review

Motivo de una Ruptura

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Oscar-Nominated Live Action Shorts

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: ‘Just Before Losing Everything’ gets my vote!

Other Articles

The Morning After: Feb. 24, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A short review of “The Conversation”

Reeling in the Oscar Years

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Where Are All The Great Female Antiheroes of Color?

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

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