Category Archives: The Grab Bag

From Our Members’ Desks (Dec. 18, 2019)

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

Interviews

Blood Ties: The Parting Glass

Jonathan Richards @ Pasatiempo

  • Excerpt: (Moyer) and O’Hare wanted to deal with the fact that it can be difficult for people to change. The film looks at the big events in life, he said, and how you process it, how it affects you, and how you move on from it.

Festivals: General Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Dec. 18, 2019)

From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 11, 2019)

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

Other Types of Articles

Streaming Bloody Murder: Horror VOD Postmortem for January 2019

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 4, 2019)

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

Best of Lists

The 10 Best Films of 2018 and their lessons

Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson

  • Excerpt: All ten and a few extra were no-doubt five-star films for me. True to this website’s specialty, each film will be paired with its best life lesson.

The 2019 Cinemayward Oscars

Joel Mayward @ Cinemayward

  • Excerpt: With the Oscar nominees announced, here are the 2019 Cinemayward Oscars, celebrating much of what the Oscars (and other awards) overlooked this year, as well as a few unique categories of my own.

The Best Films of 2018: The Roundtable

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Awards Coverage

3rd Annual CIFCC Award nominations

Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson

  • Excerpt: As one of the founders and directors of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, I’m honored to be among such fine peers. These are solid picks our group can be proud to support.

Marcello Fonte vence prémio de interpretação masculina nos European Film Awards

Paulo Portugal @ Insider [Portuguese]

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Interviews

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 4, 2019)

From Our Members’ Desks (Jan. 28, 2019)

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

Tributes

For Carol Channing

Betty Jo Tucker @ AuthorsDen

  • Excerpt: Carol Channing’s passing motivated me to write this poem.

Essays

The Trip (1967)

Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod

  • Excerpt: Much as Paul’s decision to try acid is based in his desire to understand himself and push the psychic envelope rather than simply enjoy an illicit thrill, so the film serves as in part as a capsule of Corman rummaging through his career, winnowing out key images and concepts.

From Our Members’ Desks (Jan. 21, 2019)

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

Best of Lists

10 Hidden Gems to Watch on Netflix UK

Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film

  • Excerpt: Looking for something a bit different to watch on Netflix UK? Read this list of great hidden gems buried in its catalogue.

Best Bollywood Movies of 2018

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Worst Bollywood Movies of 2018

Kathy Gibson @ Access Bollywood

Awards Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Jan. 21, 2019)

From Our Members’ Desks (Jan. 14, 2019)

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

Best of Lists

The 10 Best Bollywood Films of 2018…

Tusshar Sasi @ Filmy Sasi

The 10 Best Bollywood Soundtracks of 2018…

Tusshar Sasi @ Filmy Sasi

30 Incredible World Cinema Titles from 2018 That You Shouldn’t Miss….

Tusshar Sasi @ Filmy Sasi

Best films of Alfonso Cuarón

Anne Hoyt @ AARP.org [Spanish]

Best of 2018 So Far

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

  • Excerpt: My Number One Film of 2018 is one of those ‘you can’t believe this even if it is true’ films, something that leaves one simply astonished, shocked, angered and heartbroken.

Best Soccer Films of all Time

Anne Hoyt @ AARP.org [Spanish]

Father Gore’s Favourite Horror Performances— 2018 Edition

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: 2018 was a monumental year for horror with so much creepy cinema for us fans to feast on. Of course with the films and their stories come the performances that make them so feast-worthy.

My Favorite Films of 2018 (Part Two of Two)

Scott Phillips @ The Movie Isle

My Top 10 Movies for 2018

Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: I love humanity. There are a lot of beautiful people out there and these 10 films are proof of that.

Worst of 2018 So Far

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews

  • Excerpt: I am appalled at how awful The Spy Who Dumped Me was, and worse, that I found two films I found more painful to sit through.

Interviews

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Jan. 14, 2019)

From Our Members’ Desks (Jan. 7, 2019)

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

Best of Lists

10 Best Movies of 2018

Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews

10 Great Slow-Burn Horror Movies

Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews

  • Excerpt: Slow-burn horror movies done right can be some of the scariest movies in the genre. Here are some of our favorites!

20 Year Retrospective: The 10 Best Films of 1998

Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson

  • Excerpt: When measuring back as far as twenty years or more, I feel like favorites that have stood the test of time have aged to become some level of “best.” A bunch of those populate my reflective look back at the best of 1998.

50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2019

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: Who’s psyched to watch a bunch of movies in 2019?

Aaron’s Superb Top Ten Films of 2018

Aaron Neuwirth @ Why So Blu

  • Excerpt: I had a lot of fun putting together this final top ten list, knowing full well the strong set of contenders.

Aaron’s Top 25 Favorite Movie Scenes Of 2018

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: I gathered this set of movie scenes that range from dance number and action scenes to big speeches and carefully edited moments.

The Best Films of 2018

Alan Mattli @ The Zurich English Student

  • Excerpt: According to my Letterboxd account, I spent roughly 378 hours of 2018 watching movies – 206 of them, to be exact. Now, as the year has drawn to a close, it’s time once again to pick my favourites from that selection.

Confessions of a Film Freak

Roderick Heath @ Film Freedonia

  • Excerpt: One major connective theme of 2018’s cinema meditated upon shambolic figures who find themselves at the mercy of fate at once leviathan-like but also often informed by seemingly trivial signifiers – a motif that connects a film as massive as Avengers: Infinity War and as rarefied as Lucrecia Martel’s Spanish Colonial tale Zama.

Every Horror Film of 2017, Ranked

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

My Favorite Films of 2018 (Part One of Two)

Scott Phillips @ The Movie Isle

My Top Ten Films of 2018

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: What a year! Here are my 2018 top movies and scenes plus my favorite film quote.

Nerdist’s Top 10 Television Shows of 2018

Kyle Anderson @ Nerdist

Top 10 Movies of 2018: Mainstream Edition

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

Top 10 Weird Movies of 2018

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

Interviews

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Jan. 7, 2019)

From Our Members’ Desks (Dec. 31, 2018)

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

Best of Lists

The 15 Best Horror Movies of 2018

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

The Best Films of 2018: The Lists

Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens

Top 10 Movies of 2018

Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See

  • Excerpt: There are actually eleven movies. I’m bad at counting.

Interviews

Karyn Kusama on Capturing a Broken World in ‘Destroyer’ and Nicole Kidman’s Revelatory Performance

Jose Solís @ The Film Stage

  • Excerpt: Kusama about the genres that influenced the style of Destroyer, her revelatory work with Kidman, and what she wishes men would ask her during interviews.

Awards Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Dec. 31, 2018)

From Our Members’ Desks (Dec. 24, 2018)

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

Best of Lists

The 10 Best Movies of 2018

Candice Frederick @ Harper’s Bazaar

2018 in Review: The Best Canadian Films of the Year

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: Counting down the best Canadian films of the year including ‘Kingsway’, ‘Meditation Park’ and ‘The Fall of the American Empire’.

The Best Movies of 2018

Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge

  • Excerpt: The Top 10 movies of the year have a nightmarish twist.

Interviews

Bo Burnham Tells Us Why He Made “Eighth Grade” and What’s “Horrifying” About His Teenage Fame

Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge

  • Excerpt: I definitely felt like, ‘Oh geez, what am I doing? This could be bad.’

Breaking the Rules Pays Off in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Marina Antunes @ Spark

Let Kiki Layne Talk

Pat Mullen @ BeatRoute

  • Excerpt: Chatting with the breakout star of ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Zack Ward Reminisces about “A Christmas Story”

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: A fun interview with the actor who played Scut Farkus in this popular holiday classic.

Festivals: General Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Dec. 24, 2018)

From Our Members’ Desks (Dec. 17, 2018)

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

Best of Lists

The 10 Best Movies of 2018

David Crow @ Den of Geek

Interviews

Director/Writer Patrick Wang

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Like the dioramas, each of Patrick Wang’s films takes seemingly ordinary environments and people and juxtaposes them to surprising situations which in turn challenge our minds and extend our thoughts.

Peter Hedges Talks His New Addiction Drama Ben is Back

Christian Long @ Coming Soon dot net

Festivals: General Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Dec. 17, 2018)