The Grab Bag

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

Best of Lists

The Films of 2013: Mid-Year Report

Luke Bonanno @

  • Excerpt: My 2013 movies seen count recently passed 30, which gives me enough to put together preliminary best and worst lists, while knowing that the best is likely yet to come.

Tom Hanks’ best movies

Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]


Alex Gibney

Philip Concannon @ Phil on Film

  • Excerpt: I think it’s human nature that we will always want to keep secrets, and it’s also human nature that we will always want to leak them.

BBFC reveals audience concerns from 2012

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Chris Sagovac

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile

  • Excerpt: The director of the new experimental animated short “newscaster/dragon/maggots” talks about his filmmaking methods, surrealism in cinema, and television reception in Hell.

Phil Hall, critic for Film Threat

Phil Hall @ New York Cine Radio

Quiet Inspiration: Interview with Margarethe von Trotta

Matthew Sorrento @ Film International

  • Excerpt: Arendt is so measured and elegant that the filmmaking seems effortless.


Nastri d’Argento 2013: winners

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

TIFF’s Bitter/Sweet The Joyous Cinema of Jacques Demy Review: The World of Jacques Demy (1995)

Matthew Blevins @

Oscar Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 3-7, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Examining the Oscar potential for “Despicable Me 2,” “The Lone Ranger” and “The Way, Way Back.”

Other Articles

3 Lessons Hollywood Should Learn from This Summer’s 3 Big-Budget Bombs

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: What can we take away from the high-profile failures of “The Lone Ranger,” “White House Down,” and “After Earth”?

A Corda

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review – Winner of the 48 Media Short Film Festival

Capsule Reviews: Entry #9

Danny King @ The King Bulletin


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Diz-me Como És

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

El Encontronazo

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Hoop Dreams

Cole Smithey @ Hoop Dreams

  • Excerpt: Steve James’s remarkable example of cinéma vérité tells the problematic journey of high school basketball stars William Gates and Arthur Agee, two African-American teenagers growing up in Chicago ghettos.

It’s Time to Fire Rex Reed

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Film writing is a pretty cushy gig. And that’s why it’s so maddening that the New York Observer’s Rex Reed continues to fuck it up — and why it’s time to take the job away from him.

NCAA Football 14, Dead Man Down

Phil Villarreal @

Oldboy trailer

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: Brace yourself for the red band trailer for the manic revenge drama, Oldboy.


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Oscar Winner Animated Short Film Review

Red, White, and Blue Valentine: The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Andrew Wyatt @ Curator

  • Excerpt: Mira Nair’s film is a poignant and vivid tale about what can occur when the process of American enculturation goes sour.

Rehabbing Tonto: “The Lone Ranger” as Picaresque Tale

Tony Dayoub @ IndieWIRE

  • Excerpt: As THE LONE RANGER shifts from the point of view of its hero, John Reid (Armie Hammer), to the first-person narrative of his Indian sidekick Tonto (Johnny Depp), the tired pulp story becomes a postmodern picaresque.

SDG’s Very, Very Little Movie Glossary

Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register

  • Excerpt: This little essay is barely a footnote to Ebert’s book. Still, in the dozen or so years that I’ve been writing movie reviews, I’d like to think I’ve come up with a few witty, possibly even useful terms … that might contribute to movie discussion.

Spinning Discs: Kentucky Fried Movies

Bob Cashill @

  • Excerpt: DVD/Blu-ray reviews of Spring Breakers, American Mary, Come Out and Play, and more.


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Short Film Review

Why the ‘Sharknado’ People Are Doing Bad Movies Wrong

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: For those of us with a genuine love for bad movies, who seek out treasures of terribleness, the Sharknado social media storm was kind of like when everybody discovered rap music via Vanilla Ice. That’s not the genuine article — it’s a plastic, artificial, manufactured substitute.

Wolverine Returns

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A podcast preview of “The Wolverine.”

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