The Grab Bag (Nov. 4, 2014)

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

Best of Lists

8 Great Moments From Christopher Nolan Films

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: In honour of the release of Interstellar, I delve into 8 great moments from each of Christopher Nolan’s films.

How Many of These Indie Horror Films Have You Seen?

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Take 5… Australian Horror Movies

Ross Miller @ Scotcampus

  • Excerpt: In honour of the release of The Babadook, I take a look at 5 other great Australian horror movies.


Daniel Radcliffe

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Dylan Baker of “23 Blast”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Juno Temple

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Stephen Lang of “23 Blast”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Timothy Spall

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

Event coverage: The Massacre 2014

Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery

Notes on the 2014 Tallgrass Film Festival

Jason Bailey @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: I’ve watched the festival explode into one of the foremost regional festivals in the country, showcasing exciting new movies and festival hits that otherwise probably wouldn’t make their way to the heartland.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

How Kurosawa’s ‘Yojimbo’ Became Leone’s ‘Fistful of Dollars’

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Stephen Prince’s movie-geek street cred is mostly due to his Criterion Collection audio commentaries, which appear on the DVDs and Blu-rays for pretty much every Kurosawa film they’ve released–including Yojimbo, which was the one that brought us together. Last weekend, I had the honor of talking to Prince about Yojimbo at the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, Kansas.

Starz Denver Film Festival 2014 – The Schedule

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

Awards Coverage

Can Award Season Revive These Contenders?

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Can a relatively quiet awards front revive films like ‘A Most Wanted Man’, ‘Chef’ or ‘The Immigrant’

Enemy’, ‘The Grand Seduction’ Top Directors Guild of Canada Winners

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Film winners at the DGC awards.

Goya de Honor 2015

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: 2015 Honorary Award from the Spanish Film Academy


The Walking Dead’ Post-Game: “Four Walls And A Roof Proves Pretty People Taste Better”

Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot

  • Excerpt: This is the episode fans of the comics have been waiting for.


‘Tinseltown,’ ‘Classic Hollywood,’ and the Secret, Sexy History of Movie Scandals

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Early scandal books were aimed squarely at a public starving for dirty details, imagining their silver-screen faves drifting through Hollywood’s wild gin riots and cocaine soirees and outrageous orgies, readers simultaneously tsk-tsking their indulgences and living vicariously through them. But a course correction is in the works, in the form of a sub-sub-genre of blogging, podcasting, and nonfiction writing that revisits the scandals of Hollywood’s early years with an eye toward scholarship rather than sensationalism.

Birdman: On Art, Love, Life, Criticism And Me

Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous

Destroy All Monsters: Film Critics In Deep Space

Matt Brown @ Twitch Film

Destroy All Monsters: Marvel vs. DC Could End The Moviegoing World

Matt Brown @ Twitch Film

Exclusive: Leaked Memo Details Michael Bay’s Benghazi Movie, Other Political Thrillers Based on Real Events!

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: I re-read Alison’s coverage of the book it’s based on; she says it’s mostly just about these six badass security team dudes, so I agree with Cody that we should re-hire the company that did all of our sweet fuckin’ flag-waving second unit shots for the ‘Transformers’ flicks.

How Did the ‘Hobbit’ Movies Go So Horribly Awry?

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Recent announcements smack mostly of desperation — a quality that has come to overwhelm this increasingly irrelevant series.

Let’s Not Break Our Arms Patting Marvel on the Back For “Diversity”

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: This is not to rain on the parade of these two films, which are unquestionably a step in the right direction. But when you get down to it, are two movies out of 11 really that applause-worthy?

We Need To Talk About What’s Going On With Djimon Hounsou’s Career

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Reviews of Short Films

Barba Rija

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Webseries/Short Film Review


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Documentary Film Review


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: German Animated Short Film Review

King Kong

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Greek Short Film Review

Linda, Uma História Horrível

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Brazilian Short Film Review

Neo Joe Pop

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Experimental Short Film Review

Nubes Flotantes

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Mexican Short Film Review


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Bulgarian Short Film Review and EFA nominated short film.


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Brazilian Short Film Review

Other Articles

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