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

Best of Lists

2013 So Far: Midterm Top 10

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

The Best and Worst Films of 2013 So Far

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

Half-Time Top 10

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: Six months into the year, it’s important to take stock and try to figure out just what kind of a year it’s been. Here is my Top 10 for the first half of 2013.

Tom Cruise’s five best movies

Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]

Year in Review – Halftime 2013

Kenji Fujishima @ In Review Online

Interviews

Frankenstein unbound: Richard Raaphorst on Frankenstein’s Army

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Greg “Freddy” Camalier of “Muscle Shoals”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

  • Excerpt: “Why didn’t they leave?” I asked. ”I am sure they could have had more opportunities and made more money in Los Angeles, New York, or Memphis. ”It is their home,” he said. ”They like it there. Their families are there. And the world came to them.”

Heitor Pereira, Composer of “Despicable Me 2″

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Henry Jackman, composer for “Turbo” and “This is the End”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

  • Excerpt: One of the quickest ways to ruin this film would be goofy comedy music.

Nat Faxon and Jim Rash of “The Way, Way Back”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion

Predicting a riot: Mike Lerner talks about his new documentary on Pussy Riot

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Festivals

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts’ 18th Annual French Film Festival

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: I’ve listed individual titles below, not sure how this is usually handled…..

TIFF’s Bitter/Sweet The Joyous Cinema of Jacques Demy Review: Ars (1959)

Matthew Blevins @ Nextprojection.com

Oscar Coverage

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jun. 28-30, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for “White House Down,” “Byzantium,” and “I’m So Excited.”

Other Articles

4M

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

A Vida de Rafi

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Documentary Short Film

Ana

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Annie Hall

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Inspired by Federico Fellini’s “8½”, “Annie Hall” contains the seeds of the deconstructionist template Woody Allen has avidly pursued throughout much of his career.

Cinema’s Craziest Characters

Anton Bitel @ Scene360

  • Excerpt: Crazy characters for crazy times

City of God

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: “City of God” epitomizes the rich potential of cinema to tell richly textured tales, here of a vast, desperate, community of peasants consumed by an endless cycle of violence.

The Deer Hunter

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Based on a spec script about people who go to Las Vegas to play Russian roulette, Michael Cimino and two other writers (Michael Seeley and Deric Washburn) developed the screenplay [“The Man Who Came to Play”] into a modern-day parable about the cost of the Vietnam war on personal terms. It is rare that a more relevant metaphor has served as the foundation for a movie of any genre.

Depp as Tonto: Debate Heats Up

Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com

  • Excerpt: Readers of our previous column “Greasepaint Injun” weigh in — some pro, most con

Eulogy for a Multiplex

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Exit Lines: The World’s A Stage

Bob Cashill @ Popdose.com

  • Excerpt: Reviews of Much Ado About Nothing, and Barrymore on Broadway.

Exploring Johnny Depp’s Fall From Gonzo Grace

R. Kurt Osenlund @ Indiewire

James Cagney Tribute Show

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: Film critics A.J. Hakari, James Colt Harrison and Diane Saenger celebrate the movie career of James Cagney.

My Year of Chevy: One Guy’s Journey Through the Filmography of Chevy Chase

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

New Releases: Deadpool, Portlandia

Phil Villarreal @ COEDMagazine.com

The New Teaser Trailer For “Black Nativity” Tries To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

O Ciclo do Amor

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

PreviaMente

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

The Proper Care and Feeding of the Superhero Movie

Mike McGranaghan @ Film Racket

Safety Last!

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: The film’s 20-minute centerpiece sequence of Lloyd scaling the building against attacks by birds, netting, stray rope, and an unstable clock comprise the most emblematic episode in all of silent film. That the secrets of its spectacular staging were kept hush-hush until after Harold Clayton Lloyd’s death in 1971, only adds to the film’s lasting charm. The illusion of safety was never last.

Las Séxicas

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Shaft

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: The payoff scene involves Shaft swinging in through a window on a bright red climbing-rope — pistol blazing. Like the famous scene in “The Great Escape” where Steve McQueen jumps over the fence on a motorcycle, Shaft’s athletic expression of derring-do proves the point; “Shaft is a bad mother.”

Shame

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Simetria

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Trailer Watch: Aubrey Plaza Tries to Swipe Her V-Card for a Hot Blonde Fella in “The To Do List”

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Unspoken Understanding

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Short Film Review

Voice Over

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Spanish Short Film Review

Why Hollywood Wants You to Love Surveillance

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: As our country moves toward a totalitarian and fascist government regime operated by citizens who unknowingly participate in their own confinement, it’s clear that the people most able to comfortably endure absolute control by surveillance will be consumers who take their routinely prescribed medicine and dutifully return for more. Hollywood will surely hold our hands through it all. And according to box-office ticket sales, complete control by surveillance is very amusing and entertaining indeed.

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Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Portuguese Animated Short Film Review