Category Archives: The Grab Bag

From Our Members’ Desks (Jul. 6, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

The Best Films of 2020 (So Far)

Candice Frederick @ Harper’s Bazaar

Tributes

Enter Laughing: Carl Reiner (1922-2020)

Nell Minow @ rogerebert.com

  • Excerpt: Carl Reiner has died at age 98 after a warm, inviting comedy career as a writer, director, and actor that stretched from the earliest days of television to political barbs on Twitter. He was a talented and sometimes innovative director with a sketch comedy writer’s gift for affectionate but telling satire.

Awards Coverage

93rd Oscars: Upcoming Precursors – July

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Academy Invites 819 New Members

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Friday Face-Off Round Two #10

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Costume Design, 2000

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Reviews of Short Films

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From Our Members’ Desks (Jun. 29, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #33: Favorite Films by Black Directors

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Interviews

A Little Bit of Buffer Room for Surprise: Bryce Dallas Howard on “Dads”

Nell Minow @ rogerebert.com

  • Excerpt: So, leave a little bit of buffer room for surprise, for humanity, for unexpected things to come out. I think that that’s the magic of what is possible with filmmaking.

Miss Juneteenth

Candice Frederick @ New York Times

Think Like a Dog Writer/Director Gil Junger on his Family Friendly Canine Comedy

Nell Minow @ The Credits

  • Excerpt: Gil Junger talked about the pleasures of ignoring the show business adage about never working with children or dogs and how the film is a love letter inspired by his own experience of re-connection to his family.

Training the Pups in Think Like a Dog

Nell Minow @ The Credits

  • Excerpt: It’s really important to me that the dog isn’t just staring at its’ trainer the whole time. I told Gabriel he would have to learn to become a trainer as well.

Festivals: General Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Jun. 29, 2020)

From Our Members’ Desks (Jun. 22, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #32: Favorite LGBTQ Films

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Awards Coverage

Academy Announces New Diversity Measures & Change to Oscar Eligibility

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Friday Face-Off Round Two #8

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

New Dates for 93rd Oscars

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Costume Design, 1998

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Essays

The Help Addresses Racism Without Making White People Feel Guilty—And That’s the Problem

Candice Frederick @ Oprah Magazine

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Jun. 22, 2020)

From Our Members’ Desks (Jun. 15, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

40 Horror Movies About Black-White Race Relations

Mark Harris @ Black Horror Movies

5 Favorites Redux #31: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Episodes, Part 2

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Favorite Feel-Good Films

Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • Excerpt: During grim times like this Covid-19 pandemic, I find myself thinking about movies that have made me feel good after watching them. These five films below are my favorites – and I enjoy viewing them over and over again.

Awards Coverage

Academy Elects New Board of Governors

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Friday Face-Off Round Two #7

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Costume Design, 1997

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Original Score, 2010

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Original Score, 2011

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Original Score, 2012

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Original Score, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Original Score, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Original Score, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Original Score, 2016

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Essays

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Jun. 15, 2020)

From Our Members’ Desks (Jun. 8, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #31: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Episodes, Part 1

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Interviews

Anette Dujisin (Filmin): “Fomos dos poucos que crescemos durante a pandemia”

Paulo Portugal @ Insider.pt [Portuguese]

‘On the Record’ Allows Women in Hip Hop to Finally Have Their #MeToo Moment

Candice Frederick @ Shondaland

Festivals: General Coverage

Chattanooga Film Festival Report

Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat

Punta Sacra vence Visions du Réel

Paulo Portugal @ Insider [Portuguese]

Visions do Réel. Hector Babenco ensaia a sua própria morte

Paulo Portugal @ Insider.pt [Portuguese]

Awards Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Jun. 8, 2020)

From Our Members’ Desks (Jun. 1, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #30: Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Netflix Bingo! 32 Filmes Que Não Pode Perder na Netflix

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Os 12 Melhores Filmes Originais da Netflix!

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]

Interviews

Interview WIth Damien LeVeck, the Director of the Highly-Acclaimed Horror Movie

Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema

  • Excerpt: Portal Cinema had a wonderful talk with Damien LeVeck, a rising star within the horror genre that in 2019 presented in some top movie festivals the supernatural horror film “The Cleansing Hour”. The film was aclaimed by the media and it is widely considered one of the best indie horror films of 2019!

Awards Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Jun. 1, 2020)

From Our Members’ Desks (May 25, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #29: Star Trek: The Original Series Episodes

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Awards Coverage

The Friday Face-Off Round Two #5

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Original Dramatic Score, 1997

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Essays

Incredible Violence

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: If there were a thesis for Condon’s film it might be that film making as a capitalist industry, cheap horror, and pornography are all the same elaborate scheme.

The Lodge

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: The Lodge‘s terror exists in the real world, it’s happening right now— in the fanatically faithful, the cruelty of gaslighting, and the exploitation of peoples traumas.

Other Types of Articles

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (May 25, 2020)

From Our Members’ Desks (May 18, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #28: Star Trek: Voyager Episodes

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Awards Coverage

The Friday Face-Off Round Two #4

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Supporting Actress, 2016

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Essays

Blood Quantum

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: The infection in this film is not simply a zombie virus, it’s whiteness and everything it entails: colonialism, patriarchy, and, most of all, the destruction of our natural world.

Other Types of Articles

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (May 18, 2020)

From Our Members’ Desks (May 11, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #27: Favorite Alfred Hitchcock Films

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Awards Coverage

93rd Oscars: Upcoming Precursors – May

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Friday Face-Off Round Two #3

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Supporting Actress, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Essays

The Quarry

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: A lot of wasted potential, despite being well acted, but underneath it all is buried and important, timely interrogation of American whiteness and morality.

Other Types of Articles

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (May 11, 2020)

From Our Members’ Desks (May 4, 2020)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #26: Favorite Steven Spielberg Films

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Supporting Actress, 2014

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Interviews

Interview With French Filmaker Julien Seri, the Directyor of Night Fare and the Upcoming Thriller Anderson Falls

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese and English]

  • Excerpt: Julien Seri is the director of the cult horror film “Night Fare”, a well known film that in 2015 rocked the film festival circuit. This year, Seri brings us is latest project entitled “Anderson Falls”, an action thriller with some major Hollywood stars that recently conquered the audiences at the Glasgow Film Festival!

Awards Coverage

93rd Oscars: Awards Rules Approved

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Friday Face-Off Round Two #2

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Essays

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (May 4, 2020)