The Grab Bag

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


Danièle Thompson Spills on Her Bittersweet Trip to Learn What “Happened in Saint-Tropez”

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: The Oscar-nominated director of “Avenue Montaigne” wrings tears of joy and sadness out of her latest film about a family divided between different traditions and talks about how the personal experience that was her inspiration and her writing collaboration with her son.

Jeff Nichols, Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland on “Mud”

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Tribeca Film Fest ’13 Interview: Lance Edmands on Returning Home to Capture “Bluebird”

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: Having worked on several memorable films as an editor in the past few years such as Tiny Furniture and Brock Enright: Good Times Will Never Be the Same, the filmmaker returns to Maine to make one of his own as a director.

Tribeca Film Fest ’13 Interview: Sam Fleischner, Andrea Suarez Paz & Jesus Valez on Opening Up “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors”

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: Braving Hurricane Sandy and the variables that come with filming on the New York subway system, the filmmaker and the two stars of one of Tribeca’s most vibrant films talk about how they made this incredible coming-of-age story.

Tribeca Film Fest ’13 Interview: Sean Dunne Finds Beauty But No Joy in Pillville on a Trip to “Oxyana”

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: An already accomplished documentarian talks about making the leap to his first feature, how the Insane Clown Posse helped and his personal connection to the devastating story of a West Virginia community hooked on prescription pain killers.

Tribeca Film Fest ’13 Interview: Steph Green Makes a Great Leap With “Run & Jump”

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: The director of the Oscar-nominated short “New Boy” returns with her first feature about the relationship that forms between a neuropsychologist and the wife of his subject who’s had a strong in a warmhearted Irish-set drama.


5 Filmmaking Lessons From Mira Nair and Bryce Dallas Howard’s Tribeca Talk

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Nair is at the festival with her latest feature film, an adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist; Howard was there as an admirer, an actress slowly making the transition to filmmaker and looking for some pearls of wisdom from Nair’s 30-plus years in India, Hollywood, and all points in between. Here’s a few things we learned from their chat.

Catching Up On Festival Reviews

Erik Childress @ eFilmCritic

Eddie Murphy Is “Never Gonna Be Richard Pryor”: The Comedian’s Widow on Pryor’s Rivalries (And a Threesome)

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: If you invite Tracy Morgan to your panel discussion, you’ve gotta know what you’re getting into. The comic, actor, and general crazy person was one of five interesting folks who assembled after the Tribeca Film Festival’s Wednesday screening of the wonderful new documentary Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic; Morgan dominated the talk, with jokes and peculiar sidebars — until Jennifer Pryor got going, and proved as raw, candid, and devil-may-care as her late husband.

Oscar Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 19-21, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Does “Oblivion” have a shot at the Oscars? We look at its chances.

Other Articles

10 Louis C.K. Movies You (Probably) Haven’t Seen

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: His new special has already aired, his promo tour for it is over; how the hell do you get your Louis C.K. fix these days? From YouTube, of course.

A Primeira Vez

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Cinema in Noir Question of the Day: Who are the Best Single Female Characters on TV and Film?

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Criticwatch – Headed Into Oblivion

Erik Childress @ eFilmCritic

  • Excerpt: As we brace ourselves for the onslaught, let us take a look at where we stand in 2013 in trying to take back criticism from those who don’t write reviews or have anything meaningful to say that wasn’t pre-written for them. The results may actually surprise you.

Dead Island Riptide and Gangster Squad

Phil Villarreal @

En Presente

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

First Look: Thor’s New Battle, Loki’s Angry Hair, and Jane’s Return in “Thor: The Dark World”

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Geração Perpétua

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

In Defense of ‘Garden State’

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The ever-polarizing actor’s recent Kickstarter campaign has reinvigorated the narrative that Garden State, his 2004 debut film as writer/director, was a toxic piece of nuclear sludge that euthanized dogs and gave children bone cancer. Well, I’m here to tell you what 86% of critics and much of the viewing public said at the time: Garden State is a pretty good movie.

Isto é Para Ti

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

The Many Women of Don Draper

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Producer Daniel Rosenberg

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: Daniel Rosenberg talks about his work as a producer on such films as “Inside Man,” “Righteous Kill,” and “Novocaine.”

Senza Ritorno

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Italian Short Film Review

Superman: A Retrospective

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Thank God for Sinners

Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee

  • Excerpt: 2013 has found me trying to read more books on film. This month I enjoyed soaking up Roger Ebert’s collection of writings on Martin Scorsese.

When the Must-Not-See Becomes the Must-See

Mike McGranaghan @ Film Racket

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