Essay Question: Queasicam

OFCS members answer the question: Has the current craze for handheld and queasicam generally contributed positively to the look and feel of films, or has it generally been a fad that has been handled badly and that should go away? Read responses after the jump. Daniel Carlson: I think, for the most part, it’s been poorly handled. The use of handheld cameras can give a sense of immediacy and urgency, but too often it comes at the expense of clarity and understanding just what’s happening in a given scene. For instance, the Transformers films aren’t (just) terrible because they have […]

Essay Question: A Single Movie Gift

OFCS members answer the question: If you had to give your friends just one DVD (or Blu-ray) as a holiday gift, which one would you choose, and why? Answers after the jump. Xavier Donoso: I would choose a movie that represents this year. It definitely would be Inception because it’s an original and brainy movie that surprised Hollywood with its success as if it were a commercial blockbuster, revealing that people are looking for good cinema and that the movie magic is still strong. Mike Everleth: Sins of the Fleshapoids (1965), directed by Mike Kuchar. Released by Other Cinema. This […]

OFCS Top 100: 100 Best First Films

For movie lovers, there are few things more exciting than the discovery of a bold new filmmaker. Through cinema history, many extraordinary directors immediately made their marks on the industry with their first feature-length films. The Online Film Critics Society celebrates the innovations and ingenuity of these extraordinary artists by presenting its selection of the 100 Best First Feature Films of All Time. Spanning the cinematic experience from the silent era to the digital age, the OFCS writers pay tribute to the most impressive filmmaking debuts of all time. Read the list after the jump. 1. Citizen Kane (directed by […]

OFCS Top 100: Top 100 Overlooked Films of the 1990s

A new OFCS Top 100 is coming soon: our “100 Best First Films” celebrates the best in directorial debut efforts. Voting is currently underway, and the list will be announced Monday, October 4. To celebrate the arrival of the new list – our first since 2004 – we’re taking a trip back in time, reposting our previous Top 100s. The OFCS Top 100 Overlooked Films of the 1990s was announced in 2004. Read the list after the jump.July 27, 2004: It was the decade of Tarantino and Titanic. From Schindler’s List to The Blair Witch Project, movies and the hype […]

OFCS Top 100: Top 100 Animated Features

A new OFCS Top 100 is coming soon: our “100 Best First Films” celebrates the best in directorial debut efforts. Voting is currently underway, and the list will be announced Monday, October 4. To celebrate the arrival of the new list – our first since 2004 – we’re taking a trip back in time, reposting our previous Top 100s. The OFCS Top 100 Animated Features was announced in 2003. Read the list after the jump.March 4, 2003: The Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), the international association of the leading Internet-based cinema journalists, is celebrating the glory of animation with its […]

OFCS Top 100: Top 100 Villains of All Time

A new OFCS Top 100 is coming soon: our “100 Best First Films” celebrates the best in directorial debut efforts. Voting is currently underway, and the list will be announced Monday, October 4. To celebrate the arrival of the new list – our first since 2004 – we’re taking a trip back in time, reposting our previous Top 100s. The OFCS Top 100 Villains of All Time was announced in 2002. Read the list after the jump.October 1, 2002: The Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), the international association of the leading Internet-based cinema journalists, is sharing its love with the […]

OFCS Top 100: Top 100 Sci-Fi Films

A new OFCS Top 100 is coming soon: our “100 Best First Films” celebrates the best in directorial debut efforts. Voting is currently underway, and the list will be announced Monday, October 4. To celebrate the arrival of the new list – our first since 2004 – we’re taking a trip back in time, reposting our previous Top 100s. The OFCS Top 100 Top Sci-Fi Films was announced in 2002. Read the list after the jump.June 12, 2002: The Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), the international association of the leading Internet-based cinema journalists, is celebrating the first century of science […]

Essay Question: Our Remake Wishes

OFCS members answer the question: If you had the chance to remake any film, which one would you remake? Answers after the jump. David Cornelius: Flash Gordon. With all respect to the 1980 Mike Hodges feature (which I love), the character deserves a camp-free revival, and the crummy 2007-08 TV series (not to mention the 1996 cartoon) just didn’t do the job. Let’s get back to the comic strip/matinee serial roots with some whirlwind retro adventure – like The Rocketeer, but with Hawkmen! (Brian Blessed, of course, is invited to play every role.) Rob Gonsalves: The Island of Dr. Moreau. […]

Essay Question: The Worst Miscasting

OFCS members answer the question: What do you think was the most severe case of movie miscasting? Answers after the jump. Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic: The all-time one would be John Wayne as Genghis Khan. But the worst one I’ve heard about recently is Scorsese supposedly considering Al Pacino as Frank Sinatra and Robert De Niro as Dean Martin. Jesus wept. Phil Hall, Film Threat: Hands down, Lucille Ball in Mame. She was far too old for the role (and the use of gauzy filters only accentuated her advancing age) and it was impossible for her to shake her “Lucy” persona […]

Essay Question: Unseen Classics

OFCS members answer the question: What classic film(s) have you never seen? Why not? Answers after the jump. David Cornelius, eFilmCritic: I’m destined to never see Gone with the Wind in its entirety. Oh, I’ve started several times, only to fall fast asleep every with every viewing. Something about those Tarleton boys, I guess. Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic: More than I care to admit, count, or list. You’ve heard of They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They, with its ever-changing list of 1000 essential films? Yeah, I haven’t seen all of ’em. Not even close. In fact, I’ve only seen eight of the […]