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 October 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, highlighting some of the ones we though were noteworthy.

Halloween Picks 2012: Recent and New Releases of Note

Peter Gutierrez @ Firefox News

  • Excerpt: Need an alternative to the classics that cable TV reliably rolls out on an annual basis or to the opportunistic studio releases that glut screens this time of year?

Top 10 Bits: Movies Within Movies

Richard Gray @ The Reel Bits

  • Excerpt: Inspired by ARGO, these are the films we wish existed in their full form, but will forever remain teasing snippets within greater (and sometimes lesser) works.

The top 10 deceptively dark comedies

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix


Macky Alston Interview

Kenneth R. Morefield @ 1More Film Blog

  • Excerpt: “I wanted to make a film that humanized religious people, not just gays and lesbians.”

RZA – Star/writer/director of ‘The Man with the Iron Fists’

Tom Santilli @


In Another Country

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: If Hong Sang-soo had not already had a film titled Woman on the Beach, this film certainly could have had that title.

Scare Tactics – The Master of Suspense: The First Annual Hitchcock Festival

Jamie S. Rich @ Portland Mercury

  • Excerpt: As studios continue their drift into digital, there will be fewer and fewer opportunities to catch classics like these on 35mm—in other words, you’ll be seeing essential building blocks of cinema in the way they were originally presented. Don’t even pretend that doesn’t sound cool.

Oscar Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Oct. 26-28, 2012

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of Cloud Atlas

Other Articles

3 Family Films That Terrify Audiences

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: There are children’s films, and then there are children’s films so filled with terror that they could possibly moonlight as a cheap horror flick.


Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Details: Re-thinking Bergman, Part 1 – A Shifting Red

Carson Lund @ MUBI: The Daily Notebook

  • Excerpt: If red is a bloodstream running through Cries and Whispers, here it’s a storm that rolls in and out, coming in strong for lengths of time before leaving the ground arid.

M. Night Shyamalan, Frightmaster

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A lively discussion of M. Night Shyamalan’s films.

Power in Numbers – Considering the Merits of Star-rRating a Film

Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee

  • Excerpt: It should be about more than A’s, F’s, Ones, Fours, Fresh and Rotten

The Six Faces of 007: Daniel Craig

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: With the release of Skyfall, celebrating Daniel Craig’s time (so far) in the lead role.

Three’s a Crowd; Four Stretches the Limits; Five is Creatively Bankrupt

Dustin Freeley @ Movies About


Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

TraversWatch – It’s Time To End This!

Erik Childress @ eFilmCritic

  • Excerpt: This week we are going to keep the commentary to a minimum and just show you what you’ve been getting recently from Peter Travers.

The Turing Horse

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: “The Turin Horse” is an existential provocation to its audience, demanding that we consider the effect of man’s judgments against nature and ultimately against ourselves.

Tyler Perry in Drag Is More Popular than Tyler Perry in a Goatee

Dustin Freeley @ Movies About

A View to a Bond Baddie: Ernst Stavro Blofeld

Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Celebrating fifty years of Bond baddies with a look at his most iconic on-screen adversary.

When the Economy Struggles, Horror Films Do Well

Darren Mooney @ The

  • Excerpt: A look at the link between the popularity of the horror genre and times of economic hardship.

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