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 Halloween costumes for 2012

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix


Alex Gibney

Philip Concannon @ Phil on Film

Bryan Cranston and John Goodman of “Argo”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

John Hawkes

R. Kurt Osenlund @ Slant Magazine

Michael Damian of “A Princess for Christmas”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

  • Excerpt: The Young and the Restless star talks about the movie he co-wrote and directed, now out on DVD.

Robert Davi

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Celebrating fifty years of Bond as Robert Davi discusses his role in Licence to Kill.

Ry Russo Young on Making a Move With the Delicate “Nobody Walks”

Stephen Saito @

  • Excerpt: The New York filmmaker gets under the slick surface of a Southern California family in her latest drama and talks about writing a script with Lena Dunham and the psychology behind making a geographical leap as one in her career.

Ursula Meier on Stolen Moments and Her Singular Approach for the Swiss Oscar Contender “Sister”

Stephen Saito @

  • Excerpt: The writer/director of the impressive coming-of-age story of a young, ambivalent thief who can pry just about anything free except the love of his only relative talks about how she got into filmmaking in her teens and the origins of her latest film.


Antiviral (Sitges International Film Festival – 45th Edition)

Diego Salgado @ Miradas de Cine ( [Spanish]

Austin Film Fest ’12: Sparks Fly At Premiere of “Informant” About Controversial Ex-Activist Brandon Darby

Stephen Saito @

  • Excerpt: When victims of an activist-turned-FBI informant take the mic at the hometown premiere of the compelling new documentary he’s a star of, a completely different version of an already wild tale is told.

Like Someone in Love

Christopher Bourne @ Twitch

  • Excerpt: Like Someone in Love, as indicated by its title, “like” being the operative word here, is a bewitching and intriguingly ambiguous exploration of the roles we play with one another, and how nothing is ever quite what it appears to be. Kiarostami casts a spell that deeply resonates with one long after the film is over.

Preview: Scary Movies At The Film Society Of Lincoln Center

Peter Gutierrez @ Twitch

  • Excerpt: And then there’s Maniac’s impressive commitment to its subjective camerawork: just imagine Robert Montgomery in The Lady in the Lake except every time a woman enters his field of vision he’s tempted to attack her savagely.


Savides and the Generous Image

Carson Lund @ MUBI: The Daily Notebook

  • Excerpt: More than any surface feature, the quality that bound Savides’ work as a cinematographer together was the generosity of his image-making, an approach to framing and camera movement that opened up the possibility of a multiplicity of focal points rather than compressing the viewer’s attention.

Oscar Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Oct. 19-21, 2012

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for The Sessions

Other Articles

Cinema in Noir Talks to “Shameless” and “Parenthood” TV Writer LaToya Morgan

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: TV’s “Parenthood” and former “Shameless” writer LaToya Morgan (top, left) also joins us later in the show to chat about the newest season of “Parenthood” and what drew her to both successful family-centered projects.

Criticwatch – Getting Their Wires Crossed. Alex Cross-ed!

Erik Childress @ eFilmCritic

  • Excerpt: Want To See An Interviewer Lie About How Much They Liked a Movie?

Edward Burns Writes, Directs and Stars in “The Fitzgerald Christmas” [TRAILER]

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: It doesn’t sound like the movie strays much from past holiday films just like it, but it will be good to see Burns in a respectable enough role again.

Film Threat Podcast – Episode 75 – Billy Zane Is My Cinematic Comfort Food

Don Lewis @ Film Threat

Kennedy Center Honors Vs. Hispanics

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The entire brouhaha over the near-total absence of Hispanic honorees lies with the Center itself. An entity that doth protest too much about celebrating diversity and going out of its way to have a balance of honorees cannot then complain when its called on its lack of said diversity.

Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins Aim to Scare Audiences Silly with “A Haunted House” [TRAILER]

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: Up until this year, rumors were swirling that Marlon Wayans may step into the big shoes of late comedian Richard Prior for a big screen biopic. And I for one thought that Wayans would have made a nice choice for the part, especially since I feel too many critics neglected his stellar dramatic work in 2000’s Requiem for a Dream.

Minority Report

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: Steven Spielberg’s 2002 treatment of author Philip K. Dick’s dystopian short story is a visually arresting murder mystery as prophetic about the obliteration of personal privacy as the story’s “precog” characters are at predicting murders before they occur.

Monsters vs. Aliens

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: Nell Minow and A.J. Hakari debate the entertainment vallue of movie monsters and aliens.

Sidney Lumet Commentary Track

Philip Concannon @ Phil on Film

Tony Stark Faces Off Against His Newest Demons in the First Trailer for “Iron Man 3”

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: The trailer doesn’t exactly give me goosebumps, but I know fanboys are losing their minds over it, so I guess it would be cool to say it’s great. It’s ok.

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