The Grab Bag (Nov. 13, 2013)

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


Andrew Adamson

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Blackfish Director On Balancing Violence, SeaWorld’s Initial Participation, Finding the Title & More

Bill Graham @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Among the illuminating topics we covered was the fact that some might actually be turned off by the subject matter in advance of seeing the film, how she tried to keep the film from being gruesome yet still affecting, the ratio of male to female trainers, how she landed on the title of the documentary, and more.

Diablo Cody On ‘Paradise,’ Directorial Regrets, Never Reading Reviews & More

Bill Graham @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: I was curious about why this film at this particular time in her life, whether she reached out for help in preparation, what collaboration is like with the directors she’s worked with, her rewrites on Evil Dead and whether it had any pressure, whether she sees the opportunity of constructive criticism from reviews, how much she has been on set for her other films, the changes from script to screen, and much more.

Escape from Tomorrow Director Randy Moore Talks Editing After Sundance, Green Screen Criticism, Original Title, Tomorrowland & More

Bill Graham @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Among the highlights of my chat with Moore was the fact that he agrees with the criticism of the green screen use and explains what he was actually going for, how they nearly had a disaster from the first day of casting, what parts of the parks he wished could have made the theatrical cut, how different the Sundance cut and the finished version is, and much much more.

Keanu Reeves On How ‘The Matrix’ Led to His Directorial Debut ‘Man of Tai Chi’

Bill Graham @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Among the topics we discussed were the film’s language barriers for a first-time director, what kind of physical training Chen underwent to transform with the film, whether Keanu would be on this path now were it not for The Matrix, what reference points they went for during pre-production, and much more.


28th European Union Film Festival in Ottawa

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Notes from the press launch for Ottawa’s EUFF, plus some film highlights from the programme.

40th NW Filmmakers Festival

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

  • Excerpt: The people of the Pacific Northwest are as varied and complex a group as you’re likely to find. So too is the programming for the 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival. Of the 49 films being shown, no two are alike.

8 Picks at the 27th Leeds International Film Festival

Sam Turner @ Film Intel

TIFF’s Objects of Desire – The Cinema of Claire Denis Review: Vers Mathilde (2005)

Matthew Blevins @


Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

TIFF’s From Within – The Films of David Cronenberg Review: Crash (1996)

Matthew Blevins @

Oscar Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Nov. 1-3, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “Ender’s Game,” “Free Birds,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Diana”

So Many Actors, Not Enough Spots

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: This year has so many strong performances, so is it time the Academy made the acting categories flexible?

Talking Oscars: Best Actress and Best Actor

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: A survey of the field of Best Actress and Best Actor

Other Articles

¿Has llamado a Erika?

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

The Best Man Holiday images

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Chavez trailer

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

David Cronenberg’s Baseless, Hypocritical Stanley Kubrick Slam

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Aside from the brass balls it takes to blithely place yourself in the company of Bergman and Fellini, a quick glance at the Cronenberg filmography makes his “I’m about art for art’s sake and fuck commerce” pose a little hard to swallow.

Ender’s Game and the New Anti-War America

Noah Gittell @ Movie Mezzanine

  • Excerpt: An analysis of “Ender’s Game” in the context of the War on Terror

Ensaio Mortal

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

The Fall

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Belgian Short Film Review

Good Riddance, Blockbuster Video

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: In the roughly 24 hours since Blockbuster’s closures were announced, I’ve seen scores of misty-eyed memories of Blockbuster’s heyday, and I don’t aim to dismiss those remembrances — your nostalgia is your own. But let’s not soft-soap the fact that this was a chain that ran roughshod over local businesses, gouged customers on a regular basis, employed scores of movie-ignorant dullards, refused to stock controversial titles, imposed a bullshit “family” morality that was hypocritical at best, and operated on a business model that was less about Film than it was about Product.

Hollywood Goes to Vegas

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A poscast featuring award-winning author Susan Marg, who talks about films with Las Vegas settings, movie star weddings in Vegas, and the Hollywood/Vegas connection.

I Have Become the “I See Culture Differently Now That I’m a Parent!” Asshole I Used to Hate

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: I’m not claiming that you have to have a child to “get” Gravity — I know plenty of people who don’t and have loved it, and I’ve heard from some who have children and didn’t like it anyway. But I’m saying this: it helps.

Louis Feuillade: An Introduction

Sean Axmaker @ Keyframe

  • Excerpt: In the years 1913 through 1917, there is no more creatively energetic, playfully inventive and entertainingly surreal filmmaking than in [Louis Feuillade’s] wild crime serials: Fantômas (France/1913-1914), Les Vampires (France/1915-1916), and Judex (1917).

The Morning After: Nov. 4, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “In a World…”

Nov. 5 new releases

Phil Villarreal @


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Radio segment/The John Hines Show

Bob Cashill @

  • Excerpt: Movie talk on air with WCCO-Minneapolis

Richard Widmark: That Little Boy from Sunrise

Stacia Kissick Jones @ ClassicFlix

Scorsese’s New Movie is Too Long, According to People Who Haven’t Seen It (or His Other Movies, Apparently)

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: This bitching and moaning over “long movies,” which seems to crop up anew every year around this time, has always befuddled your humble film editor. It is, after all, a movie, not a trip to the DMV, not a root canal.

Snack’s Zombies

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Spinning Discs: Bumps in the Night

Bob Cashill @

  • Excerpt: This season’s horror on home video

Three Must-See Films for the Halloween Season

Peter Gutierrez @ Firefox News

Um Acidente Inesperado 2

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

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