The Grab Bag

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

Best of Lists

The top 10 foul-mouthed friends

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix


Crispin Glover

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

  • Excerpt: His answers reveal a thoughtful, polite man who takes his art seriously, and hardly the unhinged renegade many would imagine. Then again, it takes a little bit of lovable lunacy to provide 5,000 word responses to just eight questions.

David France of “How to Survive a Plague”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

  • Excerpt: “This isn’t a movie about what AIDS did to us,” writer/director David France told me as he was preparing to present “How to Survive a Plague,” his documentary about AIDS activism at the prestigious Silverdocs film festival in Silver Spring, Maryland. ”This is a movie about what we did to AIDS.”
    France made the film because most of the cultural touchstones associated with AIDS like the award-winning plays “The Normal Heart” and “Angels in America” and the book and movie “And the Band Played On” document the early years. They are filled with images of emaciated victims, weeping friends and family and bleak prospects. But this is a story of inspiration and triumph, as one of the most devastating diseases in modern history went from being a certain death sentence to an illness that can be managed. More than that, the people in this movie changed the way the medical and research communities interact with patients and their families who are coping with all diseases and conditions.

Lauren Greenfield of “The Queen of Versaille”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

  • Excerpt: I think with Jackie and David’s story – I could feel a lot of compassion for them and I really liked Jackie a lot and respected David. The original premise of the film I really saw it as allegory that represented what happened to so many Americans. So, I saw their virtues and their flaws as speaking to our virtues and flaws as Americans, too, and so I guess I solve them as individuals and also sort of symbolic.


17 Girls – Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts’ 17th Annual French Film Festival

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

The Painting (Le Tableau) 17th Annual French Film Festival at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews


The Early Films of Robert Downey, Sr. (A Prince)

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: These first three films show a young auteur, warts and all, finding his footing and honing his skewed sense of satire.

Oscar Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 6-8, 2012

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: This week, we look at The Amazing Spider-Man and China Heavyweight.

Other Articles

Cauterizing the Wound, and Other Forms of Self-Medication in Cinema

Alan Bacchus @ Daily Film Dose

  • Excerpt: A fun feature article about the real medical ramifications of the frequently used ‘cauterizing the wound’ technique in cinema

Criticwatch – The Savage Pete Hammond

Erik Childress @ eFilmCritic

  • Excerpt: See how a hyperbole-laden review becomes a meaningless ad quote.


Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: Following sharply on the heels of Sergio Leone’s hugely successful Spaghetti Westerns “A Fistful of Dollars” (1964) and “For a Few Dollars More” (1965), Italian director Sergio Corbucci put his own stamp of violent exploitation on the genre in 1966 with Django.

Singin’ in the Rain

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: Robert Osborne and Rita Moreno discuss “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Spider-Man vs. The Amazing Spider-Man

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

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