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 Black Action Movie Heroes

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: We all know white dudes aren’t the only ones who could open up a can of whoop-ass on screen. They may dominate the box office (sometimes), but it’s the brothas—and some sistas—who really shut the whole thing down. And, you know what they say, black don’t crack. Here are ten action heroes who will never go out of style:

The top 10 money movies

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

‘Ishtar’ Lives: ‘Bad’ Films That Deserve a Second Look

Jason Bailey @ The Atlantic

  • Excerpt: Imperfect, odd, or merely unconventional films are released and get labeled as some sort of flop, and the reputation sticks. But some films haven’t earned their bad rep.


Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly)

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

‘Samsara’ filmmakers discuss their unique film, hitting select theaters Friday

Tom Santilli @


The 2012 Chicago International Film Festival

Erik Childress @ eFilmCritic

The Comedian

MaryAnn Johanson @

  • Excerpt: The improvised script, developed by the cast and director Tom Shkolnik in an auspicious debut, lends a fresh depth of honesty and intimacy — sometimes sexual, always emotional — to a story that feels familiar on the surface but has rarely been plumbed with such insight or candor.

O Gebo e a Sombra

Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]


MaryAnn Johanson @

  • Excerpt: A delightful and powerfully satisfying film in all ways, an arthouse crowd-pleaser about a charmingly irrepressible protagonist that’s also a big ol’ delicious F-You, both within its story and in the larger context of its own very existence, to anyone who would dare to keep a gal down.

Oscar Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Oct. 5-7, 2012

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar Prospects for Frankenweenie

Other Articles

5 Things Killing Doctor Who: #1: Steven Moffat

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Steven Moffat focuses too much on his creations and not on the main character. He also goes to ridiculous lengths to jam his characters into idiotic situations. Just how often has Rory Williams, Rory Pond…whatever you call him now…DIED?

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.

Bruce Willis is Back to Being the 007 of Plainfield, New Jersey, in “It’s a Good Day to Die Hard” [TRAILER]

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: I’m a huge fan of the series and Willis, so I signed up for this movie before they even announced they were making it. And I’ll probably continue to watch this series as it gets beaten into the ground and Willis is yelling yippee ki yay! while pushing a walker.

Director Sacha Gervasi Presents…”Hitchcock,” Starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson [TRAILER]

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: I’m sure there will be other trailers clamoring for your attention as we breeze through the rest of 2012, but I assure you there has been no other trailer I was anticipating more than Hitchcock…

Film Culture Isn’t Dead; It’s Just More Fun

Jason Bailey @ The Atlantic

  • Excerpt: Spend more than a couple of months reading about film, and you’ll come to an inescapable conclusion: The only movie-world standby that’s in no danger of extinction is the think piece on the death of cinema.

The Manchurian Candidate

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: Based on Richard Condon’s 1959 novel, “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962) embodies a uniquely modern political thriller of far reaching implications and remains one of the most influential political films in U.S. history.

Rocky Horror Time

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: Barry Bostwick discusses “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” during this get-ready-for-Halloween” podcast.

Shoot To Kill

Jason Bailey @ Slate

  • Excerpt: The bluntly horrifying ‘V/H/S’ and ‘Sinister’ suggest the future of horror may lie not in abandoning the found-footage trope but in shifting the perspective from victim to perpetrator.

Sin City

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: Sin City is a high concept tour de force rendering of Frank Miller’s wickedly sexy and grotesque graphic-novel-homage to the hardboiled noir style of Dashiell Hammett and Mickey Spillane.

The Six Faces of 007: Timothy Dalton

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Celebrating Bond’s 50th year on screen with a look of Timothy Dalton’s time in the role.

Team America: World Police

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: This all-out adult satire pulls no punches and takes no prisoners. The greatest gift that Stone and Parker possess is their inexhaustibly brash approach to big issues.

The Toronto Connection Ep.22

Panagiotis Gkaris @ Movies Ltd

  • Excerpt: Man’s best friends: A reanimated dog and a LAPD cops’ duo

A View to a Bond Baddie: Alec Trevelyan

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Part of our 50th anniversary celebrations for Bond on-screen, a look at Sean Bean’s fallen counterpart to Pierce Brosnan’s 007.

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