The Grab Bag

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

Best of Lists

Top 5 best George Clooney movies

Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]


Craig Robinson of “Peeples”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Jack Black

Matthew Thrift @ Little White Lies

John Boorman

Matthew Thrift @ Little White Lies

Podcast with Documentary Director AJ Schnack

Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee

Susanne Bier on Making Audiences Comfortable By Getting Out of Her Comfort Zone With “Love Is All You Need”

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: The Oscar-winning director of “In a Better World” and “After the Wedding” returns in a lighter register for a romantic comedy that’s not without some weight and talks about not allowing cynicism to sneak in and why she must continue to challenge herself.

Tina Gordon Chism of “Peeples”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Xan Cassavetes on Pumping Blood Into the Vampire Passion Project “Kiss of the Damned”

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: Nearly a decade after making the essential film lover’s doc “Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession,” the filmmaker talks about her narrative debut that would be a great fit on its airwaves, a decadent vampire tale that brings high class style to a down and dirty horror flick.


Return to Noirville

Jamie S. Rich @ Oregon Live

  • Excerpt: A lot of crime can be committed in two weeks. Murder, kidnapping, robbery — you name it, and you’ll find it in Cinema 21’s 13-day “Return to Noir Ville.” With eight classics and three modern throwbacks to the film noir genre, you’re sure to get your fill of wisecracking bruisers and devious dames.


Ray Bradbury (1920-2013)

Glenn Lovell @

  • Excerpt: CG animation? “Doesn’t interest me … takes the humanity out of fantasy.”

Special Effects Legend Ray Harryhausen Dies

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Oscar Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of May 3-5, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: We give the preview treatment to “Iron Man 3,” “The Iceman” and “What Maisie Knew”

Other Articles

3 Reasons Why I’m Not Excited About the New Trailer for THE BUTLER

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

7 Totally Easy Steps to a Spoiler-Free Life

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: ou will have to go out into the real world eventually, and unfortunately, you can’t program other people to mute themselves when discussing a TV show you’re not caught up on, or a film you haven’t seen yet. But here are a few tips for making your way through this spoiler-filled world nonetheless.

A Beginner’s Guide to Gangster Movies

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: . These days, when we think of the gangster picture, we tend to focus on modern favorites like The Godfather and GoodFellas, but those films are descended from a rich heritage of tough, smart, timely pictures from the 1930s and 1940s. As you can see from this month’s ever so helpful Beginner’s Guide, the influence of those films has resonated for decades, from Cagney and Bogart to DeNiro and Pacino.

Black Superheroes, Fitz and Olivia’s Tired Love Affair and Hollywood’s Double Ethnic Problem

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Deadly Premonition and Side Effects

Phil Villarreal @

Depois de Abril

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Documentary – Short Film on the afterwards of the Portuguese 1974 Revolution

El Despertar de Jaume

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish-Portuguese Short Film Review

Do You Feel The Need For Speed? New Images From FAST & FURIOUS 6

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Edinburgh International Film Festival Drops Cameo

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

La Elección

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Hollywood Beat: Battle of the Streaming Services Heats Up

Peter Martin @ Twitch

Iron Man 3 and the Rise of the Non-Soundtrack

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Is European Cinema under Threat at Trade Talks?

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Making Movies With Statistics Isn’t Just Artistic Suicide — It Won’t Work

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: No one’s saying to hell with commerce and art for art’s sake; it’s a business, and that’s understood. But there should be some room for both.

Movie Mom Picks Wedding Flicks

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: Nell Minow, A.J. Hakari and Betty Jo Tucker talk about wedding movies.

New Star Wars Film to Shoot on Skye?

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Ray Harryhausen has passed on to the Land Beyond Beyond

Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online

  • Excerpt: Obituary for the great stop-motion effects expert

This Is Not The Jennifer Lawrence Admiration Post For Which You Are Looking

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: I get it. She’s funny, charismatic and blonde. She’s like a Hollywood poster child. But can we talk about Silver Linings Playbook for a minute?

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