The Grab Bag

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

Best of Lists

Best Film Posters of September 2012

Richard Gray @ The Reel Bits

  • Excerpt: It’s the end of the month, so it is time to reflect, relax and rewind our way back through the one-sheets, banners, promotional artwork and posters released in the last calendar month. Someone better cut Saul Bass a cheque this month, as he has “inspired” one of two of our best. We still love them though.

Stanley Kubrick, Ranked

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

  • Excerpt: Kubrick’s one of those filmmakers that every entry-level cinephile devours in their early days of film appreciation, and the same was true for me, but the difference is that I’ve never grown tired of his work or used it merely as a stepping stone to a wider culture of film.

The top 10 Brad Pitt performances

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Top 10 Time Travel Films

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix


Geoffrey Wright on 20th Anniversary of Romper Stomper

Richard Gray @ The Reel Bits

  • Excerpt: It has been 20 years since the award-winning Australian film ROMPER STOMPER burst onto the Australian scene. Writer/director Geoffrey Wright talks about the inception of the film, its controversies, the Australian film industry and finding the right time to re-enter it.

Malik Bendjelloul (Searching for Sugar Man)

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

PJ Hogan (Mental)

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

A Q&A With A FALL FROM GRACE Director Jennifer Lynch

Andrew Wyatt @ Look / Listen (St. Louis Magazine)

  • Excerpt: Lynch recently sat down with St. Louis Magazine to talk about the city’s peculiar vibe, the perils of the creative process, and the director’s life-long search for her own, distinct artistic voice.


Berberian Sound Studio

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: It’s your complicity in Berberian Sound Studio’s effects that make you lower your guard, allowing [director Peter] Strickland to move you exactly where he wants you to, and overwhelm you with his gleeful application of fear.

Camille Rewinds

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: Instead of doubling down on the goofy, girls-just-want-to-have-fun escapades of Camille and her clique (all well-acted in both younger and older stages by a promising trio of young actresses), Lvovsky gets sidetracked by opportunities to emote in deadly serious scenes that strike a dissonant chord with the rest of the movie.

Frances Ha

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: Though I won’t reveal the actual significance of the movie’s title, which is revealed in the film’s final frame, Frances Ha could just as well be the sound of some all-knowing greater power laughing at Frances’ plans just before they’re derailed.

Here and There

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: Though Here and There is diverting enough, it lacks a certain bite, letting its story unfold so languidly one loses track of what [director Antonio] Méndez Esparza is trying to say.

New York Film Festival 2012

Kent Turner @

  • Excerpt: At first glance, this year’s New York Film Festival is almost unrecognizable—a departure from its slimmer, more restrictive, and less glitzy programming of only a few years ago. What was once a small, curated festival has expanded, thanks to more screening space, but also perhaps due to an organizational objective to wedge itself as a permanent fixture on the awards circuit.

No Concessions: Digital Disaster at the New York Film Festival

Bob Cashill @

  • Excerpt: DCP fails the gala premiere of Brian De Palma’s PASSION.

NYFF: Volcanoes & Verdi

Kent Turner @

NYFF50 Sidebars: Cinéastes/Cinema of Our Time & On the Arts

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: The problem is that Maas and Jones become so enchanted with these individuals and their music they never move on to put the South African punk movement in the socio-political context the opening quote implicitly promised.

VIFF 2012 – Dispatch 1

Sean Axmaker @ Parallax View

  • Excerpt: The Vancouver International Film Festival is one of the overlooked gems of North American film festivals. Opening weeks after Toronto, it screens over 230 features and 150 shorts over 16 days across ten theaters, all within strolling distance in downtown Vancouver.

Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today Review: Kim Kyung-mook’s Stateless Things

Christopher Bourne @ Twitch

Yeonghwa: Korean Film Today Reviews: Helpless, Jesus Hospital, Blind

Christopher Bourne @ Twitch

Oscar Coverage

Alternate Oscars for 1934

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Oscars

  • Excerpt: It Happened One Night won the Oscar Best Picture. I have a better one.

Alternate Oscars for 1979

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Oscars

  • Excerpt: Dustin Hoffman trumped Peter Sellers in the Best Actor category, even though “Being There” offered the best performance of Sellers’ career.

My Alternate Oscars for 1964

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Oscars

  • Excerpt: My Fair Lady, good movie. “Dr. Strangelove”, great movie. The latter should have won the Oscar

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Sep. 28-30, 2012

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for Hotel Transylvania, Looper, Won’t Back Down and The Other Dream Team

Other Articles

00Single: Adele, “Skyfall”

Bob Cashill @

  • Excerpt: A review of Adele’s James Bond theme, “Skyfall.”

5 Things Killing Doctor Who: #2: Matt Smith as The Doctor

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: My answer to (Smith being voted one of the Best Doctors) is that Matt Smith is popular among NuWhovians the same way Jar Jar Binks is popular with those who watched the second Star Wars trilogy before watching the Original Star Wars trilogy.

The Architecture of Vision: Writings and Interviews on Cinema

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: As articulate as he is about himself and his work, the way Michelangelo Antonioni would best want to be remembered on this centennial celebration of his birth, is to let his films speak for themselves.

Best Film President?

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: This podcast features passionate campaign speeches concerning which actor should be named Best Film President.

DVD Column

Phil Villarreal @ OK Magazine

Orquestra Geração

Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: In exhibition at Portugal, a doc about a educational project with music. Selection of DocLisboa 2011 and Cinèma du Réel 2012.

The PhilmGuy’s DVD Reviews: ‘Bond 50,’ ‘Dark Shadows’ Starring Johnny Depp

Phil Villarreal @ OK Magazine

Project Android and the Involuntary Santa Claus: A Superficially Off-Topic Prelude to The Cabin in the Woods

Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephiles

  • Excerpt: This essay –part personal storytelling, part appreciation of a Mad Men episode–was first presented in person on October 1, 2012, as an introduction to Drew Goddard’s 2011 film, The Cabin in the Woods. Presented an experiment in “hyper-spoiler-free” writing, the essay introduces the themes of the film without any direct reference to its story.

Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand Team Up for the Comedy, “The Guilt Trip” [TRAILER]

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: Let’s just go ahead and file this under Movies That Release At Christmastime that You’re Forced to See With Your Family In a Nice, Warmhearted Gathering.

The Six Faces of 007: George Lazenby

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: In the first of a series of articles exploring the six actors to play Bond in the EON series to celebrate the 50th anniversary, we look at the shortest-serving Bond of them all, Goerge Lazenby.

The The Lone Ranger Trailer Has Galloped Into Town and Unfortunately I Couldn’t Care Less About It

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: And now that we finally do get a sneak peak at what it looks like, my response is a simple, meh

Trailer for the Comedy “Movie 43” Features More Than 43 Stars in Just Over Two Minutes

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: Oh yay, another movie that has 99 stars in it! It’s basely called Movie 43 and, in case you’re keeping score, this is the second ensemble comedy in which Halle Berry in less than two years (what a shame).

Trailer: Half the Sky

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Possibly the most important film of the decade, “Half the Sky” comes to PBS in a four-hour two-night premiere on Oct. 1 and 2. It tells real life stories about what is being done and what each person can do to promote gender equality.

A View to a Bond Baddie: Dr. Julius No

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: To celebrate Bond’s fiftieth birthday on film, we’re taking a look at some of the iconic Bond baddies. In this case, we’re going back to the beginning with Dr. Julius No.

Where Fall’s Biggest TV Shows Rate on Director Diversity and a Look at Last Week’s Biggest Premieres on Today’s “Cinema in Noir”

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: And lastly, in keeping up with our lively TV discussion, we go over Deadline Editor Nikki Finke’s Emmy comments stating that “pretty girls” can’t be funny? We also try to figure out how she’s defining the words pretty and funny.

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