The Grab Bag

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

Best of Lists

5 Black Actors Who Could Be The Next James Bond

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: Daniel Craig may be getting ready to take on the weekend box office today as James Bond in Skyfall, but word on the street is Idris Elba is the people’s choice to play 007 next.

Andrei Tarkovsky, Ranked

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

  • Excerpt: Tarkovsky’s political struggles speak to a fundamental core of melancholy in his work, but his films are anything but bitter or depressive; rather, they are defined by their unceasing search for the sacredness in life that can be found against all odds.

Cinema in Noir Talks to “Boyz ‘N the Hood” Actress Alysia Rogers About Her Gritty New Film

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: Cinema in Noir Talks to “Boyz ‘N the Hood” Actress Alysia Rogers About Her Gritty New Film

The Sessions

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: What’s the difference between a sex surrogate and a prostitute? Love, apparently, according to writer/director Ben Lewin’s new drama, The Sessions.

Top 10 Worst Video Game Movies Ever

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: Hollywood has a way of tainting some our favorite TV shows, children’s board games and even classic movies with terrible remakes and adaptations. But perhaps one of its worst offenses is how the big screen has treated our video games for nearly twenty years.

Two New Black Films Reclaim the Male Voice, with Different Results

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: Even this year’s Think Like a Man, a movie about male and female relationships, favored the female point of view. So when does the guy get to to have the last word again?


Abel Ferrara (Go Go Tales, Bad Lieutenant)

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Parker Posey

R. Kurt Osenlund @ Slant Magazine


AFI Fest 2012 Round-Up (Part 2)

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

  • Excerpt: Moving on to the second half of my experience at the 2012 AFI Film Festival, I’m at this point overwhelmed by plots, characters, images, and sounds, entering smoothly into a zone of viewer fatigue where films start to blur together and standout moments and provocative imagery become especially vivid.

DOC NYC 2012 Round-Up Part 1: The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology, Venus and Serena, Can’t Stand Losing You

Christopher Bourne @ Twitch

Juxtaposition as Art: Impressions from Joe Dante’s The Movie Orgy at SLIFF

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

  • Excerpt: Experiencing The Movie Orgy proves to be a kind of ADHD tour of the Boomer generation’s cinematic and televisual memory, assembled with an experimental artist’s audacity and a satirist’s wink.

Oscar Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Nov. 9-11, 2012

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of Skyfall, Lincoln and A Royal Affair

Projection: Oscar – Oscar Politicking

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: It’s merely coincidental that the American election cycle shares similar months on the calendar with the Oscar season. But it sure is telling that one so freely gives way to the other, a feverish yearlong push to decide a nation’s leader transitioning into a six-month push to decide who rules the film industry.

Other Articles


Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: Revered in lesbian circles for its hat-tips to the lifestyle’s authenticity, “Bound” is a neo-noir that earns every ratchet click of tension it draws from its audience.

Criterions for Sale

Bob Cashill @

  • Excerpt: Five recommended Blu-rays as the biannual B&N sale winds down.

The Firemen’s Ball

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: 25 years before the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia was declared a criminal organization and disbanded, director Milos Forman created a deceptively modest satire that nearly resulted in him being put in prison.

Hitchcock Stories

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: Author and storyteller Stephen Schochet shares fascinating information about the Master of Suspense.

James Bond at 50: Vesper Lynd and Vodka Martinis

Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online

  • Excerpt: Answers a few questions about 007’s favorite drink

James Bond: A Retrospective Preview

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Bond films have certain elements: a Villain and Henchman (or woman), at least two Bond Girls (one of whom usually, not always, dies), and an opening song.

Restored Horror of Dracula to hit UK next March

Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online

  • Excerpt: Footage censored over five decades ago will be seen again on UK home video

Sense of Wonder: James Bond at 50

Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online

  • Excerpt: A look at how 007 has survived 5 decades on screen, by changing with the times.

The Turin 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.

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