The Grab Bag

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

Best of Lists

The Best Movies of 2013 So Far

John Gilpatrick @

Frank Ochieng’s Top 10 Best Films of 2003

Frank Ochieng @

Frank Ochieng’s Top 10 Best Films of 2004

Frank Ochieng @

Frank Ochieng’s Top 10 Best Films of 2005

Frank Ochieng @

Frank Ochieng’s Top 10 Best Films of 2006

Frank Ochieng @

Frank Ochieng’s Top 10 Best Films of 2007

Frank Ochieng @


Brie Larson Talks ‘Short Term 12,’ Her First Language and the Only Film of Hers She’ll Rewatch

Bill Graham @ The Film Stage

CA Interviews: James Ponsoldt – The Spectacular Now

Bill Graham @ Critics Associated

Director Ariel Vromen (The Iceman)

Edwin Arnaudin @ DVD Snapshot

  • Excerpt: The filmmaker speaks about the allure of Shannon within the filmmaking community, getting Evans out of his comfort zone, and making Shreveport, LA look like 1970s New York/New Jersey.


James Franco and Travis Mathews Blur Sex and Violence, Fact and Fiction

Glenn Dunks @ Glenn Dunks Writing

  • Excerpt: Controversial Interior Leather Bar (screening at Newfest) and I Want Your Love.

Locarno Mid-way Dispatch

Michael Pattison @ Slant

Locarno Wrap

Michael Pattison @ Slant

Locarno’s out-of-comp shorts

Michael Pattison @ IndieWire

Signs of Life at Locarno Film Festival

Michael Pattison @ IndieWire

  • Excerpt: On a new programming strand…

Other Articles


Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: A majestic political and artistic triumph, and one of the finest films of all time, “1900” (made in 1976) is Bernardo Bertolucci’s crowning achievement and the benchmark of collectivist socio-political cinema.

Anatomy of Assistance

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: A fun, socially-conscious short film screening at TIFF.

Casque d’Or

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: Draped in the manners of fin de siècle in Paris, writer-director Jacques Becker’s 1952 milestone of romantic drama is a snapshot of French social mores at the turn of the 20th century.

Destroy All Monsters: Divergent Twilight, Catching Fire

Matt Brown @ Twitch

Don’t Look Now

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: It was maverick British filmmaker Nicolas Roeg’s destiny to transform du Maurier’s strange psychological thriller into an emphatically mysterious tale of second sight and looming death in 1973.

Fall Film Preview

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: Film critics A.J. Hakari and Mack Bates discuss 2013 fall movie offerings.

A Grand Canal

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

Leaving Las Vegas

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: “Leaving Las Vegas” (1995) is a remarkably potent romantic drama that permanently altered the careers of many of the people involved in the film’s creation.

The Morning After: Sept. 2, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Quick reviews of “Blancanieves,” “Percy Jacson: Sea of Monsters,” and “The Captains: Close-Up”

The Must-See Movies of September

Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics

New Releases Sept. 3

phil villarreal @

New York Stories – The Grandmaster, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Short Term 12

Glenn Dunks @ Quickflix

  • Excerpt: Short reviews for films currently in US release that won’t be out in Australia for several months.

Nikkatsu Erotic Films Collection 17 and 18

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Paddy’s Paradise

Peter Gutierrez @ Firefox News


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Rebel Without a Cause

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955) is a pivotal film for many reasons — each as important as the next.

Romanian Cinema at Breaking Point

Michael Pattison @ FilmLinc

  • Excerpt: On Corneliu Porumboiu’s new film and a feature debut from Vali Hotea

Um Acidente Inesperado

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

We Wanted More

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Barbara Creed, eat your heart out.

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