The Grab Bag

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

Best of Lists

Ingmar Bergman, Ranked

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

  • Excerpt: Every film on the list below is capable of being reduced to hyperbole; they reflect minor gradations of greatness – that is, my 14th pick is only a couple notches less great” than my #1 pick. In my humble opinion, almost all of them are “masterpieces,” a word I rarely pull out from the cobwebs for fear that it might be an empty buzzword reflecting short-lived thrill, but I dare to say that’s not the case here.”

The top 10 films based on TV shows

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

The top 10 movie teachers

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix


Ari Graynor, Lauren Anne Miller and Jamie Travis on “For a Good Time, Call…”

Frank Swietek @ One Guy’s Opinion

Clark Gregg (The Avengers)

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Craig Zobel on Opening Up a Conversation With “Compliance”

Stephen Saito @

  • Excerpt: The writer/director of the controversial thriller talks about the many discussions that led to the production of his latest film, what he’s learned about audiences and why we should question authority.

Jennifer Lynch

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

  • Excerpt: «Je pense que j’ai eu la chance de grandir en ne voyant plus seulement les petites maisons et leurs belles clôtures blanches. On m’a plutôt éduqué en me disant qu’il y avait des gens qui y vivaient et donc qu’il devait y avoir quelque chose d’imparfait dans ces demeures.»

Leslye Headland Crashes the Party with “Bachelorette”

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: The delightfully outspoken writer/director discusses the love of movies (and the ex-boyfriends) that led her into filmmaking, her debauched debut film about a bridesmaids’ party gone awry and why we don’t want to return to the ’90s.

Lynn Shelton

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Marjane Satrapi on Putting Spice into “Chicken With Plums”

Stephen Saito @

  • Excerpt: The graphic novelist and “Persepolis” filmmaker discusses making the transition from animation to live-action for her latest, why everything that’s good for you has to be at least a little bit bad, and details on the forthcoming third installment “The Eleventh Laureate.”

Sarah Koskoff and Todd Louiso Make Quite the Entrance with “Hello I Must Be Going”

Stephen Saito @

  • Excerpt: The married writer and director of the new comedy starring Melanie Lynskey as a woman trying to find the right balance after a divorce talk about hitting the right tone for their latest film.


FrightFest Day 1

Anton Bitel @ Little White Lies

FrightFest Day 2

Anton Bitel @ Little White Lies

FrightFest Day 3

Anton Bitel @ Little White Lies

FrightFest Day 4

Anton Bitel @ Little White Lies

FrightFest Day 5

Anton Bitel @ Little White Lies

FrightFest Post Mortem 1

Anton Bitel @ movieScope

FrightFest Post Mortem 2

Anton Bitel @ movieScope

FrightFest Post Mortem 3

Anton Bitel @ movieScope


Underrated: James Caan in Thief (1981)

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

Oscar Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Aug. 31-Sep. 2, 2012

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Discussing the Oscar chances of Lawless

Other Articles

Excès d’accès

Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]

  • Excerpt: S’il est bienséant de penser que tout ceci est de l’ordre des moindres maux pour les plus grands biens, c’est que nous voilà dans une ère où la bureaucratie gangrène la gestion de la culture. Jusqu’où irons-nous pour permettre l’accès?

Film Threat Podcast – Episode 71 – Is Film Threat Ascot-Friendly?

Don Lewis @ Film Threat

PEDs and the Cinema

Dustin Freeley @ Movies About

Thelma & Louise

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: Loyalty and friendship between two women who discover beauty, lust, and the wonder of the road is at the heart of “Thelma & Louise.”

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