The Grab Bag

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

Best of Lists

10 Best Bond Villains

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: #4. While much has been written about the negatives in (the film), I have yet to hear anything negative about Francisco Scaramanga, the titled Man With the Golden Gun.

10 Worst Bond Villains

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: #7. It’s exactly like the Joker sans makeup.

The top 10 Australian films of 2012

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

The Top 10 Original Movie Songs of 2012

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row


Ed Burns on the Fitzgerald Family Christmas

Stephen Saito @

  • Excerpt: After 15 years away, the actor/writer/director is returning home for a story about an Irish-American family like his own and he does so as an unlikely pioneer of filmmaking in the digital age.

Interviews with directors of ‘Burn’, the Detroit-based firefighter documentary

Tom Santilli @

Milestone Films Co-Founder Dennis Doros on Crowdsourcing the Restoration for Shirley Clarke’s “Portrait of Jason”

Stephen Saito @

  • Excerpt: Ahead of its time when it was first released, this nonfiction character study of an African-American hustler who slowly loses his inhibitions as the camera rolls to reveal what he really thinks during the 1960s hopes to be a beneficiary of a pioneering crowdsourcing effort.


Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema Brings Some of the Best of Contemporary and Classic Romanian Films to NYC

Christopher Bourne @ Twitch


Oscar Coverage

2016 Deserves an Oscar Nomination Says Director of “2016”

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row

  • Excerpt: It’s bad enough that he’s whining about being snubbed, but by trashing other directors’ films (especially the brilliant This is Not a Film), he has reached a new low.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 1

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Reviewing what’s coming from Oscar Precursors in Week 2 and highlighting the big winners and losers from Week 1.

Other Articles

12/4 DVD/Blu-ray releases

Phil Villarreal @

A Batch of Gloomy Images Surfaces from the Upcoming Film “Les Misérables”

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: You might have heard a little about the latest Hollywood reincarnation that’s garnering lots o’ buzz across cyberspace and beyond, the beautiful mood killer Les Misérables.

Beautiful minds

Sean Axmaker @ MSN Movies

  • Excerpt: Here are some of the best films that have tried to plumb the depths of the human mind under assault, chart a course to recovery, and, in the process, offer some talented performers the kinds of roles that get noticed around Oscar season.

Great Movie Gifts

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: Film critics Nell Minow and A.J. Hakari discuss great holiday gifts for movie fans.

Lenny Kravitz as Marvin Gaye and the State of Black Biopics on Today’s “Cinema in Noir”

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: And all we have to say on Cinema in Noir is the only things those two have in common are the fact that they are/were revered recording artists. the end.

Men in Black 3

Phil Villarreal @

No Concessions: Fall Report Card

Bob Cashill @

  • Excerpt: Grading Killing Them Softly, Skyfall, Lincoln, and other fall releases

Number one with a bullet: Assassins in the movies

Sean Axmaker @ MSN Movies

  • Excerpt: A tour through a very special employment agency and picked out the top-rated specialists in this exclusive field from the past 60 or so years. They don’t kill for love or hate or fun. These are the best of a breed that treats death as a business…

The Portraits of Daniel Day-Lewis

Sean Axmaker @ MSN Movies

  • Excerpt: Here are ten of his most committed performances, and the stories behind the incarnations.

TraversWatch: It’s Time To End This! – Part 2

Erik Childress @ eFilmCritic

  • Excerpt: Our argument continues to prove that those paying attention to ads know that a quote from Travers is its own joke. Any more that looks exciting or half-way interesting immediately takes a step away from a potential viewer when they see his hacky prose copied from his limited vocabulary.

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