The Grab Bag

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

Best of Lists

The top 10 movie moments of all time

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix


Ben Mankiewicz of Turner Classic Movies

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

  • Excerpt: ”These movies just make them feel good. It was not a better time in America. We’ve made a tremendous amount of progress. But, to remember either seeing it with your parents or your parents saw it and introduced it to you or now, for people in their 20′s, watching with their grandparents, or just discovering these films for the first time, that gets me. We’re never going to push these movies out. We show movies from the classic era and that’s not going to change. I’d be proud to put ‘Argo’ on TCM but in 20 years it will still be too expensive. But we have great films to share and new generations to share them with.”

John Ottman, editor/composer of “Jack the Giant Slayer”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

  • Excerpt: the original “Star Trek” series. It actually pretty much trained my brain how to score movies because they has to reuse a lot of their existing music. It taught me how they would reuse thematic ideas and so forth. And they scored those episodes in a very classic way. That was a huge influence on me, that series and then when “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” came out, the movie version. And of course “Star Wars.” That was the catalyst that woke all of us up inside, especially the resurrection of the classic film score.


Festa do Cinema Italiano 2013

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Lisbon’s Italian Film Festival 2013

Full Frontal: Boobs, Dicks, and Hollywood’s Nudity Double Standard

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: There’s been a boob sighting in almost every other movie for years. Chances are, if you’re an actress of any caliber, you’ve flashed your rack in a film. And I’m getting sick of it.

Mira Nair, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Rudd and Melissa Leo Among Those Headlining 2013 Tribeca Films

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Naomi Watts and Jennifer Jason Leigh Headline Two New Women-Directed Films Premiering at Tribeca

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

The Other ‘Asia Extreme’: Eastern Identity at the Pan-Asia Film Festival

Anton Bitel @ Sight & Sound

Pan-Asia Film Festival 2013: Asian Interiors

Anton Bitel @ Little White Lies

  • Excerpt: These four genre films bring Asia extreme to a more contemplative interior.

The We and the I

Jesse Cataldo @ The House Next Door

Zoe Saldana Responds to Critics and “ChilltownTV” Creator Discusses Breaking the Hip-Hop Mold on Today’s “Cinema In Noir”

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Oscar Coverage

Oscar Preview: 85th Academy Awards Wrap-Up

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A look back at the 85th Oscars

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Feb. 22-24, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “A Place at the Table”

Other Articles

Ante la Araña

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

A big day for Today

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The Faint Silver Lining Around MacFarlane and The Onion’s Ugly Oscar Jokes

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

Great Film Comedians

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: Three comedy experts discuss their picks for the greatest film comedians of the past and present.

How to Classify Movies Now That “Independent Film” Is Dead

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

Love for Sale

Bob Cashill @

  • Excerpt: Review of a new collection by film critic and essayist Cliff Thompson.

March 5 home video and game releases

Phil Villarreal @

The Most Beautiful Movie Theaters in America

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

New Robert Todd Films

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

  • Excerpt: The otherworldly meditations on the everyday produced by Boston-based filmmaker/professor Robert Todd are some of the most underappreciated visions in contemporary experimental cinema.

A Tangle of Notes, Impressions, and Questions on Hollis Frampton’s Zorn’s Lemma

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

  • Excerpt: Opening in darkness, Hollis Frampton’s Zorn’s Lemma (1970) asks its viewer to clear his/her perceptual slate and approach the film with fresh eyes and ears. Then, for its ensuing hour, it asks if this is even possible.

El Vendedor de Humo

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Goya Award Winner Short Film

What Is an “Independent Film” in 2013?

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

The Wonderful Reinvented World of Disney

Kimberly Gadette @ doddle

  • Excerpt: The Toto problem examined — right before we take a return trip back to Oz.

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