The Grab Bag

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

Best of Lists

Elizabeth Taylor top 5 movies

Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]

The Embarrassing Early Films of Oscar-Winning Directors

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Affleck can take comfort in the fact that he’s not the only filmmaker with a cinematic skeleton in his closet: we found eight auteurs who rose to the Best Director Oscar from rather humble cinematic beginnings.

The Quintessential American Movie of Every Decade, 1920s-Present

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: We’re not saying that these are the very best films of their time (though some were); rather, we feel that each is specific to their time, and summed it up in a unique way.


Damon Gameau (Save Your Legs)

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Dylan Mohan Gray article about Fire in the Blood

Amber Wilkinson @ Eye For Film

Eleanor Tomlinson of “jack the Giant Slayer”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom


Autores Awards 2013: winners

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Authors Society Awards

Fantasy, fright and fiction – GFF days 8 & 9: big stars, big launches and big screen games

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Focus on Japanese Cinema – 2013

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

Going out with a bang – GFF days 10 & 11: Joss Whedon, Eli Roth, Joan Of Arc and a shot to the heart

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Into The Shintoho Mind Warp (Japan Society, New York)

Peter Gutierrez @ Twitch

  • Excerpt: I’ve wanted to see Ghost Story of Yotsura for more than a quarter century–so you can imagine the level of my expectations… and the significance of my saying that Nobuo Nakagawa’s 1959 film exceeded them.

Shortcutz Lisboa 2013: winners

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Shortcutz Lisboa is a short film movement created in Lisboa that prometes portuguese short films awarding each month a winner and has a early cerimony.

Oscar Coverage

The 85th Annual Academy Awards: Sublime and Ridiculous

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: It wasn’t the best Oscar telecast, but unlike the Super Bowl at least the lights stayed on.

85th Annual Academy Awards: The Review

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: How interesting that the 70-year-old Streisand and 76-year-old Bassey received standing ovations for their performances, but 24-year-old Adele Adkins didn’t. Two women old enough to be her grandmother could outsing our Cockney chanteuse, and with better songs too.

Argo wins Best Picture, and Ang Lee Best Director

James Plath @ Movie Metropolis

  • Excerpt: Here’s a rundown on the sometimes funny, but sometimes painful Oscar evening.

Argo wins top Oscar – Life of Pi is also a roaring success

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

‘Argo’, Jennifer Lawrence and Daniel Day-Lewis Crowned Oscar MVPs

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Cesar Awards 2013: winners

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: French Film Academy Awards

‘Cinema in Noir’ Takes on the Oscars, Spirit Awards and Silver Linings

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Hey, Oscars: Some Foreign Countries Make More Than 1 Great Film a Year

Jason Bailey @ The Atlantic

  • Excerpt: If the Academy can make the number of Best Picture nominees a negotiable item based on the quality of eligible films, surely some additional consideration could be devised for foreign films as well.

Independent Spirit Awards: winners

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 13

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the final week of Precursors and the quick response to the winners and losers of the 85th Academy Awards

Oscars 2013: winners

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Academy Award winners

Projection: Oscar – Final Oscar Predictions

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: I spent about three hours writhing around like an unhappy child finalizing predictions, then second-guessing, then third-guessing.

Projection: Oscar – Memories of a Boondoggle

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: In truth, the word to define the season is “boondoggle,” which I believe I’ve typed more times than the word “snub” in the past six weeks. Every phase of this campaign was marred by screw-ups, mistakes, and dissent.

Projection: Oscar – Shock and Awful

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: …my satisfaction with my prediction performance was sullied by the Oscar telecast itself, which I proclaimed last night – early and often – was one of the worst I’ve ever witnessed, and easily the worst in recent memory.

Projection: Oscar – The 2nd Annual Official Projection Oscar Ballot

Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection

  • Excerpt: I present to you the 2nd Annual “Official Projection Oscar Ballot,” in which I take a short break from the agony of prognostication and indulge in the ecstasy of celebrating the winners I would pick…if only I had an Academy ballot at my disposal.

Rants and Raves: Reflecting on the 85th Oscars

Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie

  • Excerpt: The first award of the night gave me great – and what proved to be false – hope for an evening of deserved awards. Christoph Waltz won his second best supporting actor award for yet another role for Quentin Tarantino.

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Owns The Independent Spirit Awards

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Other Articles

Blu-ray Picks for Early 2013

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

El Mimo y la Mariposa Negra

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Short Film Review


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Exit Lines: The Ethan Hawke Experience

Bob Cashill @

  • Excerpt: The star of film and New York theatre in his latest production, Clive.

Horror’s Fallen Heroes: Village of the Damned

Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online

  • Excerpt: Characters often die in horror films, but not all of them are helpless victims. Some, such as Gordon Zellaby (George Sanders), are heroes.

Judy Reyes on Gun Hill Road

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: Judy Reyes talks about her diverse acting career.

New releases

Phil Villarreal @

O Estrondo II

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: First Portuguese Feature of the Year Available online

Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself: I am … Dracula

Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online

  • Excerpt: Movie monsters know the value of making a good first impression – consider the Count’s courtly self-introduction in “Dracula.”

Sorry, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Sometimes ‘B Movies’ Do Deserve Oscars

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: “Being fun and entertaining and emotionally engaging shouldn’t be enough,” he asserts. To which we reply, why not?

Too much for Australia? Censor says no to real gay sex scenes – but yes to bestiality

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Zero Dark Thirty inquiry dropped – has ‘propaganda’ film lost its power?

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.