The Grab Bag

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

Best of Lists

The Best Films of 2012

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: A good list of films from the year of ‘meh’

The Best of the Year That Was

Samuel Castro @ [Spanish]

  • Excerpt: Mi selección propia con lo mejor que vi en el 2012

The Five Best Segments of the Generally Bad Genre of Anthology Comedy Movies

Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest

  • Excerpt: Some of the biggest comedic talent has come together to collaborate on sketch comedy movies, but most wind up with mixed results. Here are the best moments from the bunch.

John J. Puccio selects his favorite films of 2012

John J. Puccio @ Movie Metropolis

My Favorite Albums of 2012

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

  • Excerpt: Here’s ten albums I found thrilling and rewarding this year.

The top 10 Quentin Tarantino characters

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Worst January Releases Since 2000

Dustin Freeley @ Movies About

  • Excerpt: January is a notorious month when movies go to die. Here’s a bit of proof.

A Year in Review: 20 Best Movies of 2012

Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]

A Year in Review: Best Indonesian Movies of 2012

Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]

A Year in Review: Worst Movies of 2012

Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]


Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed)

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix


Nagisa Oshima: 1932 – 2012

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Oscar Coverage

85th Annual Academy Award Nominations: A Review

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: If (Seth MacFarlane’s jokes) are what I’ll be treated to come February 24, it makes me long for James Franco and Anne Hathaway.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers Week 7

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the winners and losers from Precursor Season, Week 7

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jan. 11-13, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar potential of Gangaster Squad

You’ve Got To Accentuate The Positive: What’s Good About The 2013 Oscar Nominations?

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: People often decry the Oscars for being too middlebrow and for only rewarding a certain breed of self-consciously worthy films about important people and subjects. Whilst that is as true this year as any other, given the complete domination of Lincoln over the proceedings (though, to be fair, most Academy members can remember where they were the day that Lincoln was assassinated, so a film about him was always going to be an emotive issue) at the very least they allowed a really, really good middlebrow film about an important person to lord it over all others.

Other Articles

David Spaltro: Indie Filmmaker

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Films Facing Reality in 2012

Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International

  • Excerpt: The only movie of 2012 that makes a strong case for America being a cohesive social body with moral purpose binding it together is Lincoln. For those keeping track, that film is set 147 years ago.

Halle Berry Goes Beyond the Call of Duty in the New Trailer for ‘THE CALL’

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk


Daniel Kelly @ Danland Movies

  • Excerpt: The UK’s premier record and physical media store is closing down.

Jan. 15 Blu-ray/DVD releases

Phil Villarreal @

Kennedy Center Honors vs. Hispanics Part II

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The controversy over the lack of Hispanic Kennedy Center Honorees could not have come at a worse time. 2012 was a disastrous year for Hispanics in the arts…

Saturday Night Live Vets Prove to be the Biggest Winners of Tonight’s Golden Globes

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

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