The Grab Bag

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

Best of Lists

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 5 best movies

Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]


Phil Hall on The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

  • Excerpt: In creating the book, I wanted to offer the full depth and scope of the anti-classic experience. Thus, I brought together silent films that achieved profound awfulness without the benefit of spoken dialogue, documentaries that get their facts hopelessly screwed up, musicals that are weirdly off-key, biopics that turn the lives of their famous subjects into ludicrous travesties, comedies where the only laughs are unintentional, experimental films that self-destruct under their artistic pretensions, science-fiction that fails to capture the imagination, and one porno film that offers absolutely nothing that is even vaguely erotic.

Ryan Amon, Composer of “Elysium”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

  • Excerpt: I was living in Bolivia, where my wife’s family is, on a different continent when I got the email from [director] Neil Blomkamp, who was in Vancouver. He had come across a YouTube video that a trailer music fan had posted.

Sharknado Screenwriter Thunder Levin

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

  • Excerpt: “It’s called ‘Sharknado.’ We can’t go too far.”

Oscar Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Aug. 2-4, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of “The Spectacular Now.”

Other Articles

The Counselor trailer

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

The Good House casting

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Last Temptation Turns Twenty-Five

Kenneth R. Morefield @ Christianity Today

  • Excerpt: Whichever version you accept (or remember), The Last Temptation marked a tipping point in the American “culture wars.”

Linda Lovelace Survives “Deep Throat” Preem … Barely

Glenn Lovell @

Margaret O’Brien—Meet Me in St. Louis (Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Musical/Comedy Edition)

Matthew Sorrento @ PopMatters

Oblivion, Pikmin 3 and other new releases

Phil Villarreal @


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Sharksploitation! Error of the Deep

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Super-Secret Film Critic Cabal

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Twist of Lemon

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: Chris Lemmon talks about “A Twist of Lemmon,” the acclaimed memoir he wrote about Jack Lemmon, his famous father.

Zé da Branca na Aldeia Assombrada

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

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