The Grab Bag (Oct. 21, 2014)

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


After Torture: Kathy Berger talks about working with torture survivors to make Beneath The Blindfold.

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

David Ayer

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Director David Ayer describes the brain-spilling scene he thought was too violent for his ultra-violent WWII movie ‘Fury.’

Dear White People Writer-Director Justin Simien

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

James Marsden

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

The Judge Writer-Director David Dobkin

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Judy Greer

William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline

  • Excerpt: Don’t worry, Judy Greer had trouble sympathizing with her ‘Men, Women and Children’ character too.

Zane, Writer of “Addicted”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Festivals: General Coverage

After the Credits Episode 160: VIFF Dispatch #3 – The Wrap Show

Marina Antunes @ Row Three

Ottawa International Film Festival Runs Oct. 15-19

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: OIFF enters its fifth year and looks to be growing!

Festivals: Individual Reviews


Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The bulk of Antonio Sanchez’s score is jazz drumming of boisterous power, and the film pulses with that improvisational energy, from the bracing camerawork on down. And the go-go-go style is just right for Keaton’s jittery energy—form is rarely better matched to function.

Christopher Guest on the Real Inspiration Behind ‘This Is Spinal Tap’

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

Force Majeure

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth


Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: In the back hour, the music quietly turns the screws, and Miller stops letting the air in, and I realized that a knot had formed in my chest — even were it not based on a true story, there’s an inevitability about the destination we seem to be steaming towards.


Marina Antunes @ Row Three

How a Legendary William S. Burroughs Documentary Was Lost… and Found 30 Years Later

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The film itself is fascinating, but what happened off-screen is even more remarkable, the story of an important document’s disappearance and rediscovery by a young man dedicated to saving it. That young man is Aaron Brookner, nephew of Burroughs director Howard, who spoke to me recently about the picture’s peculiar journey — and his own.

London Film Festival: Kelly and Cal

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: Films presumably about repressed emotions are much too often repressed themselves. It is a half-decent film well acted, but there doesn’t seem to be any real heart in it.

London Film Festival: Oxi: An Act of Resistance

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: The film works best as a dialogue between classic Greek literature and the current problems in the world. But it often uses too much artifice to tell a plain and simple truth.

London Film Festival: Still the Water

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: It is a warm film, but it feels only surface deep – a film betraying the influence of Malick, Herzog, Kurosawa and Mizoguchi but few ideas of its own.

Maps to the Stars

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth


Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Monsters: Dark Continent

James Marsh @ Twitch

  • Excerpt: Four years after Gareth Edwards exploded onto the sci-fi scene with his inventive and industrious indie alien invasion flick Monsters, first-time director Tom Green delivers a sequel that bears little resemblance to the original, in tone, content or invention.

No Concessions: Blood on the Festival Floor

Bob Cashiil @

  • Excerpt: Reviews from the New York Film Festival

Welcome to Me

Marina Antunes @ Row Three

The Well

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

The Womb

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth


Elizabeth Peña

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Oct. 10-12, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “The Judge”, “Kill the Messenger”, “St. Vincent” and “Whiplash”


Daktari: The Complete Third Season

Paul Mavis @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: Expertly produced, action-packed (but non-violent) family fare that will appeal best to the smaller small fry.

Doctor Who – The Caretaker

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: [His] anti-soldier sentiment feels like a prejudice that is being forced on to The Doctor to create conflict with Danny, rather than something which is immanent to his character.

Gilligan’s Planet: The Complete Series

Paul Mavis @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: Filmation’s last Saturday morning network toon didn’t turn out half-bad for fans of the original series.

How the West was Won: The Complete Second Season

Paul Mavis @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: When it tries to “send a message,” it’s barely adequate and completely unoriginal. When it’s trying to tell a long-form, multi-subplot tale of sex and violence in the Old West…it’s barely adequate and completely unoriginal.

The Legend of Lizzie Borden

Paul Mavis @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: Hypnotically creepy, one of the best made-for-TV movies of the 1970s has finally arrived on DVD.

SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob, You’re Fired!

Paul Mavis @ DVDTalk

  • Excerpt: The toon that caused an uproar is finally on DVD.


Destroy All Monsters: Box Office Mojo No Go

Matt Brown @ Twitch Film

NYCC: Women Can Like Whichever Movies They Want (And Anyone Who Tells You Otherwise Can F*ck Off)

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

What Distinguishes the Zombie Genre from Every Other Type of Horror

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Reviews of Short Films

But You Are a Dog

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Swedish Animated Short Film Review


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

O Avô

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review and one of the Filminute – the international one-minute film festival winners

To Love Somebody

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Documentary Review

Other Articles

Five Horror Shows That Audiences Have All But Forgotten

James Jay Edwards @

Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: [VIDEO ESSAY] Even by modern cinema’s jaded standards, “She Wolf of the SS” remains a powerfully sexy, campy, blood-soaked, and fetishistic tour de force.

The Morning After: Oct. 13, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short reviews of “Emma” and “Daylight”

Poppy Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: Jaws

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

Tightwad Terror Tuesday for 10-14-14 – The Best Free Movies on the Web

James Jay Edwards @

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