The Grab Bag

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

Best of Lists

10 remarkable female characters in movies

Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]

5 best movies with Aaron Eckhart

Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]

Rachel Weisz’s 5 best movies

Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]


Cristian Mungiu on Romania’s Lost Generation and Going “Beyond the Hills”

Stephen Saito @

  • Excerpt: The writer/director of “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” talks about his return, an unexpectedly horrific and harrowing thriller about two former orphans whose conflicting beliefs lead to disastrous results upon reuniting at a convent.

Director Pablo Larrain on “No”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Ronan Keating (Goddess)

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

SXSW ’13: Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, Anna Camp & Ashley Williams Raise Hell With “Sequin Raze”

Stephen Saito @

  • Excerpt: A showdown on a dating show provides the backdrop for a sharp feminist satire in the narrative directorial debut of a former reality TV vet.

SXSW ’13: Steve Brown & Jessie Deeter on Igniting “Spark: A Burning Man Story”

Stephen Saito @

  • Excerpt: After being inspired at SXSW, a tech entrepreneur teams up with the producer of “Who Killed the Electric Car?” for a rare all-access look at the festival for nonconformists when it’s at a crossroads.

SXSW ’13: Todd Sklar, Alex Rennie & James Pumphrey Show a Little Brotherly Love With “Awful Nice”

Stephen Saito @

  • Excerpt: The creative team behind the Branson-set comedy talk about how the only thing more raucous than the humor in this film about two brothers is how it got made.


10 Profane Pearls of Wisdom from Nick Cave’s SXSW Panel

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

2013 PIFF Awards Announced

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: With more than 37,000 attendees, 93 feature films and 42 shorts, the 36th year of PIFF was a tremendous success. Traditionally held in conjunction with the Portland Jazz Festival, Portland, Ore., is the place to be each February.

5 Lessons from Jeffrey Tambor’s Acting Workshop at SXSW 2013

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Harry Dean Stanton

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

Exclusive Interview: ’21 Jump Street’ Star Brie Larson Is Poised to Dominate SXSW

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

“The Punk Singer” Solves the Mystery — And Celebrates the History — of Kathleen Hanna

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Her work burns with that kind of intensity, with an insistence that she — and the things she had to say — had importance, value, meaning. That same intensity is present in The Punk Singer, which is both a captivating personal story and a history of a moment — as the best rock documentaries are.

Rendez-vous with French Cinema 2013

Kent Turner @

SXSW 2013: Joss Whedon on Spinning from Marvel to Shakespeare

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

SXSW 2013: Oscar Winner Danny Boyle on Lying to Money Men and Playing with Genre

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire


Great directors: Roman Polanski

Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]

Oscar Coverage

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

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A look at the Oscar chances for “Oz the Great and Powerful” and “Emperor.”

Other Articles

The Boy and the Moon

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Italian Short Film Review

Cinemarch Madness: Poll Overview

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

  • Excerpt: Readers vote for the bleakest films of all time

Courtesy of SLIFR: Miss Jean Brodie’s Modestly Magnificent Matriarchally Manipulative Springtime-for-Mussolini Movie Quiz

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

Eye For Books World Film Locations: Glasgow and Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen.

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Fat Pizza

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Iran threatens lawsuit over Argo: propaganda allegations also surround Red Dawn

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Jim Carrey, Chloë Moretz and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are Amateur Crusaders in “KICK-ASS 2” [Video]

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Johnny Depp as Greasepaint “Injun”?

Glenn Lovell @

  • Excerpt: Who over at Central Casting could have thought it was a good idea to have Depp slather himself in bronze body makeup to play an Indian?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Faces Off Against Tony Danza in a White T-Shirt Contest in “DON JON” [PHOTOS]

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Scams, lies and videotape: film fraudsters are convicted.

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Who are the Best Non-American Actresses Working Today? [“Cinema in Noir”]

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Why Hollywood Genre Flicks Need Korean Film, Not Korean Filmmakers

Peter Gutierrez @ Modern Korean Cinema

  • Excerpt: I want multiplex fare in my hometown to display the same boldly emotional yet smart and personal aesthetic that I continuously find in mainstream Korean films.

The Wolfpack Gets Into Another Drunken Debacle in the First Trailer for “The Hangover Part III”

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

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