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 film scores

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix


Detropia director Heidi Ewing talks about her new documentary

Tom Santilli @

  • Excerpt: It is a podcast that you will not want to miss.

Directors of the Toastmasters Documentary “Speak”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

  • Excerpt: I think those speeches are like one-man-shows. It’s one of the things, it’s like a solo-performance piece as opposed to just sitting there and reading something into a microphone. That was one of the cool things about the film, I thought, was that we had these performers and it was really exciting to watch them practice speeches, rehearse it, block it out, and then go for it.

Nicholas Jarecki of “Arbitrage”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

  • Excerpt: I’m a big fan of Aristotle, he wrote a book called The Poetics a couple of thousand years ago, which is pretty much a manual for dramatists, and I try to follow his paradigm of a tragic hero. It’s not a Madoff where, excuse my language, but he said from jail “f*** my victims.” That to me was a sociopath, and I wasn’t interested in exploring that character but I thought, “Can we do in the Aristotelian way, a good man who was great and got a little carried away?” And then bought into a kind of irresponsibility, but because you can sense that he was good at one point, I think you want it to work out for him.

TIFF ’12 Interview: Derek Cianfrance on Exploring “The Place Beyond the Pines,” Comparisons to “Drive” and American Tribalism

Stephen Saito @

  • Excerpt: From the Toronto Film Festival, the “Blue Valentine” writer/director talks about the influence of film school and fatherhood on his sprawling new drama.

TIFF ’12 Interview: Ramaa Mosley Spreads the Wealth with the Black Comedy “The Brass Teapot”

Stephen Saito @

  • Excerpt: From the Toronto Film Festival, the first-time writer/director discusses her fantastical satire about a young, financially strapped married couple (Michael Angarano and Juno Temple) whose discovery of a magical kettle leads them to crippling each other to climb out of crippling debt.


Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

Kenneth R. Morefield @ 1More Film Blog

  • Excerpt: In a section about the Order of the Paraclete, a department designed to “rehabilitate” sex offenders, it is stated that between the 50s and 90s, approximately 2,000 priests were treated by the Order of the Paraclete.

To the Wonder

Kenneth R. Morefield @ 1More Film Blog

  • Excerpt: Bottom line: I can’t imagine any reason why those who like Malick at all won’t like this particular effort.

Unususual Suspects: Dangerous Desire – Film Noir Classics

Jamie S. Rich @ Portland Mercury

  • Excerpt: For anyone looking for a genre crash course in noir, you couldn’t do better than “Dangerous Desire: Film Noir Classics,” a four-weekend festival at the Northwest Film Center. They’ll be showing a dozen films, spanning 1942 to 1954, and featuring many rare gems not available on DVD.

Oscar Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Sep. 7-9, 2012

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Discussing: Toys in the Attic

Other Articles

5 Things Killing Doctor Who: #5: An Ignorance of History

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: No show ignores its own history and insists on referring to only things that came after the revival, not before, than Doctor Who. Despite the wealth of history it has, there is a concerted effort to downplay or ignore all that has happened before.

The Bad News Bears

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: Rife with every non-politically-correct social tic that ’70s America had to offer, “The Bad News Bears” (1976) is a sports comedy that serves as a cultural benchmark.

The Birds Again!

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: Ben Mankiewicz discusses TCM plans for celebrating Universal Pictures 100th Anniversary, beginning with “The Birds” being shown on the big screen for one day. Tippi Hedren interview clip is also played.

Cinema In Noir: What’s the Best Political Movie?

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: In this election year, which political movie gets your vote as the best of the best? What qualifies a political movie?

The Great Directors: Werner Herzog

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul Try Not to Get “Smashed” [TRAILER]

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: After fighting off mutant aliens in last year’s remake to The Thing and vintage bloodsuckers in this year’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, it’s about time we see Mary Elizabeth Winstead battle real life demons in a Sundance drama some critics are already calling her best performance to date.

Movie You Need to Know About: “Luv” Starring Common and Michael Rainey, Jr. (TRAILER)

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: And perhaps Common just needed a director like him, and a cast like this, to really prove himself as an actor. Definitely keep this film on your radar.

Thelma & Louise

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: Written by debut screenwriter Callie Khouri and directed by Ridley Scott “Thelma & Louise” (1991) is a proto-feminist road movie that struck a sensitive nerve in American culture at the time of its release.

To Get to ‘The Master,’ Paul Thomas Anderson Needed Adam Sandler

Jason Bailey @ The Atlantic

  • Excerpt: There may be no A-list filmmaker today who has negotiated a more complete stylistic evolution than Paul Thomas Anderson Anderson. As that evolution continues with the new film, it seems clearer and clearer that his moment of truth came at the most unlikely juncture: when he was making an Adam Sandler comedy.

Why Do We Return to Live Footage of 9/11?

Jason Bailey @ Slate

  • Excerpt: Reliving it all—our last moments of cheery obliviousness, the confusion of those first reports, the utter despair of watching those buildings crumble—is borderline masochistic. Isn’t it?

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