The Grab Bag

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

Best of Lists

If I Had a Sight & Sound Film Ballot: Tony Dayoub’s Top 10 Films of All Time

Tony Dayoub @ The House Next Door


Breaking Down the Madness: Interview with Compliance Writer-Director Craig Zobel

Norm Schrager @ Meet In the Lobby

  • Excerpt: It’s tough to tell if filmmaker Craig Zobel knew what he was getting himself into. He knew of news stories about seemingly reasonable people who had committed unreasonable acts, who had followed orders over the phone from an imposter posing as a police offer.

Gabriel Diani: Screams, Laughs, Real Estate

Phil Hall @ MortgageOrb

  • Excerpt: Interview with Gabriel Diani, the star and screenwriter for the comedy film “The Selling.”

A Natural to Tradition: Spike Lee on Red Hook Summer

Matthew Sorrento @ Film Threat

Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar)

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Oscar Coverage

My Alternate Oscars for 1969

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Oscars

  • Excerpt: Midnight Cowboy was a flawed film with great performances. My favorite film got it right on all counts.

My Alternate Oscars for 1984

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Oscars

  • Excerpt: Amadeus was a great film, but my choice is also about feuding musicians . . . but the results were far funnier.

My Alternate Oscars of 1980

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Oscars

  • Excerpt: Robert Redford’s “Ordinary People” was a well-crafted and very moving film. But was it better than “Raging Bull”?

Other Articles

10 Films That Suggest There Is No God

Piers Marchant @

  • Excerpt: A brief rundown of flicks that question our collective faith.

The Avengers

Matt Looker @

  • Excerpt: Welcome to the hilarious world of Foreigners Translating The English Language Into English Subtitles And Somehow Getting It Horribly Wrong.

Box Office Report: ‘Expendables 2’ Stays Number One While ‘2016: Obama’s America’ Climbs

Erik Childress @ eFilmCritic

  • Excerpt: The week before Labor Day weekend has become pretty much a kiss-off at the U.S. box office.

Cinema in Noir: Can Zoe Saldana Pull Off a Nina Simone Biopic?

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: R&B singer Mary J. Blige, who was previously cast as Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic, has been mysteriously replaced by Colombiana actress Zoe Saldana for the role of the late jazz singer.

Criticwatch – Hit & Run. But First, Back Up

Erik Childress @ eFilmCritic

  • Excerpt: When considering how much I loved the other film though, I was prone to come up with a statement that would declare just how great I thought it was. But even as I was saying it in my head, to colleagues of mine in the room and dying to put it out there on Twitter and Facebook to share with the world a film I believe to be a real treasure, I still wanted to give a second thought and even do a little research to see if even I agreed with my original thought. Is that really too much to ask of our film critics?

The Death of the Author: The Impact of Off-Screen Behaviour on On-Screen Antics…

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Even for those of us who resist the supermarket tabloid gossip about engagements and break-ups and cute-sounding-couple-nicknames, is it ever possible to divorce filmmaking from the person either in front or behind the camera?

Don’t You Forget About Me: Movies I Forgot I Saw…

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: I never forget a movie… Except when I do.

Guy Magar’s Hollwyood Journey

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: Filmmaker Guy Magar discusses “Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot,” his entertaining memoir about working as a director/writer/producer in Hollywood.

Man vs. Superman: Chronicle’s Climax & The Scale of Superhuman Violence…

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: I had the chance to watch Chronicle again over the weekend, and I still found it a boldly fascinating (albeit flawed) film. In particular, the movie’s climax – though filmed on a shoestring – still does a better job evoking a sense of scale than Joss Whedon’s admitted stylish last half-hour of The Avengers.

Premium Rush

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: The summer film season always welcomes a slew of high-adrenaline chase scenes and action sequences. But rarely do we ever see them involving a bike messenger. And now we know why.

The Scariest Scenes in Cinema

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

  • Excerpt: To celebrate this year’s Film4 Frightfest, we asked our writers to tell us about the film scenes that have scared them most. The result is an eclectic collection that contains a few surprises, but there’s bound to be something in there that sends a shiver down your spine – so before viewing the clips, remember that you have been warned!

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