The Grab Bag

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

Best of Lists

Cole Smithey’s Top Ten Films of 2012

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: 2012 was an extremely eventful year in cinema. Expanded distribution channels meant more film titles being released than ever before.

Sun Don’t Shine, “Nancy, Please,” “Pincus” Lead Our Favorite Undistributed Films of 2012

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: From the hundreds of films we’ve checked out at festivals, here are the ones that are most in need of being seen by a wider audience.

The Top Ten Films of 2012

Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row


50 Years of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ on Film: A Chat with Documentarian Mary Murphy

Peter Gutierrez @ School Library Journal

  • Excerpt: Is it possible for us not to picture Gregory Peck when we think of Atticus Finch and generally separate the movie’s imagery and characterizations from the book’s?

Carl Reiner & Dick Van Dyke Shine a Spotlight Once More on the Dark Comedy “The Comic”

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: Among the two comedy legends’ greatest achievements, this searing 1969 Hollywood satire is never mentioned, but a recent special screening at Los Angeles’ New Beverly Cinema revealed why it should be.

Christian Petzold on “Barbara”

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: The director of the German drama about a young doctor caught between the East and West during the Cold War talks about his Hitchcock obsession, his longtime collaboration with actress Nina Hoss and “the infection of the past on the present.”

Oscar Coverage

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 4

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A look at the winners and losers in the Oscar race during the fourth week of precursors.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Dec. 21-23, 2012

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances of Amour, The Impossible and Zero Dark Thirty

Other Articles

12/24 Blu-ray/DVD releases

Phil Villarreal @

  • Excerpt: Bradley Cooper may be getting the most attention of his career for his laudable turn in Silver Linings Playbook, but his performance in this film is an overlooked gem about a writer struggling with his own morals.


Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: If ever there was a cinematic guide to Roman debauchery — real or imagined — “Caligula” is it.

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. It remains one of the most heartrending cinematic interpretations of addiction ever produced.

Funny Games

Cole Smithey @

  • Excerpt: Austrian auteur Michael Haneke successfully mocks the American media’s penchant for violence by pushing the limits of cinematic sado-masochism.

Hollywood in 2012 Was Female Action-Packed

Kimberly Gadette @ Womens eNews

  • Excerpt: Like a mixed martial arts kick to the head, flawlessly delivered in this year’s “Haywire,” we didn’t see this female-centric Hollywood year coming.

Hollywood’s most miserable time of the year

Kimberly Gadette @

  • Excerpt: Ever since George Bailey attempted suicide on Christmas Eve in 1946’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Hollywood’s been blurring our visions of sugar plums with amorphous specters of death and doom.

Holy Motors is Among the Films Nominated for Best Picture by the Online Film Critics’ Society

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: Just when you thought we were done with the precursor film award nominations, the Online Film Critics Society has unveiled their list of honorees.

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: If ever there was a cinematic guide to Roman debauchery — real or imagined — “Caligula” is it.

Movies, Violence, Blame, and the NRA

Dustin Freeley @ Movies About

No Concessions: A Rant of My Own

Bob Cashill @

  • Excerpt: Lamenting the National Film Registry’s choice of A League of Their Own as one of this year’s selections.

Possibly Fatal Movie Events from 2012 that the Mayans Can Use Against Us

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: I don’t know about you, but I just want to make sure that this year’s film tragedies are not held up in the court of apocalypse.

Trailers for the End of the World

Bob Cashill @

  • Excerpt: Trailers for end of the world movies tied to the “Mayan apocalypse.”

Tyler Perry’s Answer to the Apocalypse: The Trailer for His New Film, “Confessions of a Marriage Counselor”

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: Figures that the day before the Mayan-predicted apocalypse, Tyler Perry would squeeze out one more movie trailer to leave us with for the rest of eternity.

Watch the First Four Minutes of “Warm Bodies”

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: Have you heard about the new zomcom, WARM BODIES?

The Worst Movie Posters of 2012

R. Kurt Osenlund @ The House Next Door

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