The Grab Bag (Nov. 20, 2013)

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


CCH Pounder of “Home Again”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

James McAvoy (Filth)

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Making Kuma: Umut Dag on the Surprise Success of his First Feature

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film


#TIFF54: Seeking Awards Winners

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

Europe Comes to Town

Pat Mullen @ Couch Assassin

  • Excerpt: Preview of Ottawa’s 2013 European Union Film Festival

European Panorama fest kicks off 26th edition

Joseph Proimakis @

  • Excerpt: The oldest Athenian film festival unveils 70-title programme for 14 days of screenings dedicated to the best of old and new European films

The Golden Cage triumphs at Thessaloniki Festival

Joseph Proimakis @

  • Excerpt: The Spanish-Mexican drama wins Golden Alexander along with three more awards; French drama Suzanne picks up Silver, and two more prizes.

Greek critics cry censorship at Thessaloniki

Joseph Proimakis @

  • Excerpt: Following a series of journalist-blacklisting, local critics’ guild releases scathing statement, calling fest director antidemocratic

Greek films dominate Agora’s video room

Joseph Proimakis @

  • Excerpt: 08/11/2013 – Wild Duck tops the view count charts at the market’s video room, while Grecobritish The Winter is the only non-competition title on the list

Greek veterans and newbies meet at Thessaloniki’s Crossroads

Joseph Proimakis @

  • Excerpt: 08/11/2013 – The fest’s coproduction forum opened its doors to pitchers and buyers with 16 projects vying for international interest.

LIFF Summary – 09th November

Sam Turner @ Film Intel

  • Excerpt: 5 films, 5 buses and a best of the year contender

LIFF Summary – 10th November

Sam Turner @ Film Intel

  • Excerpt: Pint-sized superheroes and sofas

LIFF Summary – 11th November

Sam Turner @ Film Intel

  • Excerpt: Two festival films and one Oscar contender

LIFF Summary – 12th November

Sam Turner @ Film Intel

  • Excerpt: Three films, no food

LUX contender Honey presented at Thessaloniki

Joseph Proimakis @

  • Excerpt: 08/11/2013 – Valeria Golino’s directorial debut greeted in press conference for the European Parliament’s LUX Prize; all finalists to be screened at the fest.

Night of the long backward glances: the FrightFest October All-Nighter 2013

Anton Bitel @ Sight & Sound

Panorama Fest

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Nov. 8-10, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “Thor: The Dark World,” “The Armstrong Lie” and “The Book Thief”

Other Articles

A Critical Matter: A Penny for Your Pity Thoughts

Frank Ochieng @ Yahoo! Voices Movies

  • Excerpt: I decided to air out my e-mail mailbox for spring cleaning purposes and nostalgically recall some of the incoherent (and on occasion rational) comments directed to yours truly from a movie-oriented mob out for blood.

Destroy All Monsters: Marvel’s Dark World

Matt Brown @ Twitch

The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Father’s Twentieth Century, by Margaret Talbot

Stacia Kissick Jones @ Spectrum Culture Online

How Black Female TV Characters Are Defying Stereotype

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

It’s Good to Be Bad: Carol on The Walking Dead and Tara on Sons of Anarchy

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Jimmy P.

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Lizzy Caplan Talks “Masters of Sex”

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Maleficent trailer

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

The Morning After: Nov. 11, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews of “Pickup on South Street,” “Bad Day at Black Rock” and “Thor: The Dark World”

New releases Nov. 12

Phil Villarreal @

The Sacrament

Diego Salgado @ Miradas de Cine ( [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: About present and future new forms of writing about cinema.

Spike Lee Film: 14 (book review)

Frank Ochieng @ Yahoo! Voices Movies

  • Excerpt: SYNOPSIS: German authors Gunnar Landsgesell and Andreas Ungerbock’s tome SPIKE LEE FILM: 14 is a comprehensive, handsome-looking read featuring an interesting and extensive profile on the confrontational and immensely talented American filmmaker Spike Lee and his brand of cinema.

Venus in Fur

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: New Roman Polanski film

The Weakest Part

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

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