The Grab Bag

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

Best of Lists

Best of 2012

Susan Granger @

Reeling (Laura and Robin Clifford) Top 10 List for 2012

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

Revisiting the Ten Best Films of 2002

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

  • Excerpt: In 2002, I made a list of the year’s best films. How do I feel about that list a decade later?

The Top 10 Female Performances of 2012

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

The Top 10 Male Performances of 2012

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Winners announced in the ‘Best of 2012’ Detroit Film Critics Society awards

Tom Santilli @

The Worst Films of 2012

Daniel Kelly @ eFilmCritic


Catriona McKenzie (Satellite Boy)

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Interview: John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman (Wreck-It Ralph)

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Roger Michell of “Hyde Park on Hudson”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Oscar Coverage

And Now the Golden Globes

Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie

  • Excerpt: As with the BFCA’s Critics Choice Awards, the Golden Globes divide nominations up between comedy and drama in order to spread out the winnings, which makes the studios happy by increasing box office for both the nominees and winners. The Oscars have yet to do this but they did recently extend the number of best picture nominees from 5 to 10 to provide box office boost to more films at the end of the year and for their DVD release.

The Awards Season is in Full Swing

Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie

  • Excerpt: The Critics Choice Awards receive attention because they come before the Oscars (winners announced on February 24th with Seth McFarlane hosting) and they have proven to be a consistent predictor of what is likely to be nominated by the Academy and what is likely to win.

The Golden Globe Noms Were Announced and They Score an “D” in Diversity and and “A” in WTF?

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: But the gaping omission of Samuel L. Jackson’s career rejuvenating performance in Django Unchained is downright criminal at this point.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 3

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Running down the winners and losers from Week 2 of Precursor Season

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Dec. 7-9, 2012

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for Hyde Park on Hudson

Projection: Oscar – On the Legitimacy of Critics

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: In the middle of yesterday’s marathon Twitter coverage of multiple critics group awards announcements, as punditry occasionally broke down and degenerated into snarky back-and-forth, it became clear that a new topic needed to be addressed: the role and legitimacy of film critics in the awards cycle.

Projection: Oscar – Predictions, 11/27/2012

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: In less than a week’s time, the race has taken on two new contenders, both of which could potentially blaze a trail to Best Picture victory.

Projection: Oscar – Predictions, 12/10/2012

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: As the early awards have been discussed, voted on, and announced, various themes are starting to settle in – the themes that invariably start to shape the season’s narrative.

Projection: Oscar – The Picture Gets Clearer…and Fuzzier

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: …even as we start to see more of the contending films, therefore clarifying any uncertainty as to which films are in the race, any additions really just add to the confusion over the eventual winner.

Other Articles

2012, a bad year for movies? A critic laments

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: Was 2012 a bad year? You tell me.


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.

Cinema In Noir: Why Did the Gripping Doc “Central Park Five” Get Shut Out by the Academy?

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: In the meantime, the Academy has slowly dishing out films that have made it on their shortlists. But noticeably absent from their Best Documentary category? The fascinating and tragic Central Park Five.

Days of Wine and Roses

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: The first film to tackle alcoholism in a serious manner, “Days of Wine and Roses” is a tragic social drama of timeless effect.

Dec. 11 Blu-ray/DVD releases

Phil Villarreal @

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.

The Human Tornado

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: Rudy Ray Moore’s signature style of guerilla blaxploitation filmmaking is as defiant, ribald, and outrageously funny as anything in the genre.

In Cold Blood

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: Brooks muted the story’s lurid aspects in order to advance an anti-capital punishment theme utilizing authentic elements such as the actual house where the murders took place.

Rants and Raves: The Hobbit

Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie

  • Excerpt: Since my friends and I are film geeks we wanted to watch all three extended cuts of “The Lord of the Rings Trilogy” and serve all 7 Hobbit meals (first breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and supper plus of course dessert). The last time we did this insanity it resulted in food comas for all. I am including all the recipes so you can try it yourself if you feel so inspired.

Scenes from the Class Struggle in the Criterion Collection

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

  • Excerpt: In simply imagining Guy and Rosemary Woodhouse more in line with Cassavetes and Farrow themselves—him as a scrappy immigrant’s son and her as a privileged bohemian daughter of professional artists—it becomes more apparent than ever how Polanski viewed the Woodhouses.

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