The Grab Bag (Oct. 28, 2014)

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


Christian Ditter

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Christopher Kyle and Susanne Bier

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Director, composer and star of “Delicious”

Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Após o filme houve um quarto de hora para uma entrevista constantemente interrompida por risos onde se falou de coisas tão díspares como ananases de arremesso e facas afiadas que são apenas itens de amor.

Interview with Rolf de Heer

Philip Concannon @ Phil on Film

Jon Bernthal and Michael Pena

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Lily Collins and Sam Claflin

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage


Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: O Cinema encontrou uma casa no síto mais improvável.

OIFF 2014: Festival Wrap-up and ‘Best of the Fest’

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Summary of the 2014 Ottawa International Film Festival

Festivals: Individual Reviews

American Descent

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Not even a champion for local content could love this film.


Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Sexy coeds get porked and butchered, and the result ain’t pretty.

In the Turn

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Vagine Regime doc screened at the 2014 Ottawa International Film Festival

London Film Festival: Beti and Amare

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: The film sacrifices coherence for strangeness, leaving one wondering what exactly was writer-director Andy Siege trying to say with the film. The film purports to be about the suffering of the most vulnerable, but it loses a certain truth by focusing on oddity.

London Film Festival: The Way He Looks

Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge

  • Excerpt: The film is not flawless, but it works as a likable and funny indie film about growing up and discovering one’s sexuality. It is an honest and largely non-judgemental depiction of young love and a sensitive portrait of a blind person’s attempts to fit in.

My Father and the Man in Black

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Personable doc about the man behind Johnny Cash.

OIFF Review: Shorts Program 2

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Shorts at the Ottawa International Film Festival include the Oscar winner ‘The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life’

OIFF Review: Shorts Programme 1

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Review of shorts including ‘Wired’, ‘A Mile in These Hooves’, and ‘Market Hours’

OIFF Review: ‘The Lost Key’

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Ultraconservative doc should go back to the 1950s.

Awards Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Oct. 17-19, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A look at the Oscar chances of “The Book of Life”, “Fury”, “Birdman”, “Camp X-Ray”, “Dear White People” and “The Tale fo the Princess Kaguya”


24: Live Another Day

Oktay Ege Kozak @ DVD Talk

Doctor Who – Mummy on the Orient Express

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: In that moment, Capaldi suggests a wonderful complexity. The Doctor cares incredibly deeply about human life, but that he also has a pragmatism that allows him to do what needs to be done.

The Walking Dead S5 E1 “Strangers”

Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot

  • Excerpt: This week’s episode of “The Walking Dead,” ‘Strangers,’ carves off a significant chunk.


A Televisão do futuro chegou

Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: A televisão matou o cinema. A televisão online matou tudo o resto.

Do atheist and agnostic filmmakers make the best religious films?

Steven Greydanus @ Crux

  • Excerpt: One of the noblest functions of art is the invitation to empathy: an invitation extended not only to the audience, but also to the artist. Even when conflicting world views divide us, empathy and imagination can bring us closer together.

The Rick-trospective: Dazed and Confused

Brent McKnight @ Paste Magazine

  • Excerpt: One of the reasons Dazed and Confused holds up so well over the years is that it’s easy to imagine this night playing out in perpetuity; it’s a magical night, but also every night.

Reviews of Short Films

Boa Noite Cinderela

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Garotas da Moda

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Brazilian Short Documentary Film Review

Mondial 2010

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Lebanese Short Documentary Film Review

Other Articles

700 Sundays

Oktay Ege Kozak @ DVD Talk

The Morning After: Oct. 20, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Short review of “One Fine Day”

Pick from 10 retro horror flicks in the lead-up to Halloween: Indie & art house films

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

  • Excerpt: With Halloween just a week away, don’t miss your last chance to catch all the frightful film offerings around Portland.

Tightwad Terror Tuesday for 10-21-14 – The Best Free Movies on the Web

James Jay Edwards @

What’s Up Doc?

Jordan M. Smith @

  • Excerpt: They often get quite a bit less attention than their fictional brethren, and it doesn’t help that many films fly under the radar while development and filming is underway. To chart this course with a little more precision, I’m launching’s latest feature, What’s Up Doc?, our monthly Top 50 Most Anticipated films, a sort of hitlist and/or snapshot of the most alluring, the most promising documentary film projects from the established documentarian guard, the new crop of future voices or the fiction filmmakers who on occasion dip their toes in the form.

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