Category Archives: The Grab Bag

From Our Members’ Desks (Apr. 19, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #76: Oscars: Female Actors

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Best Films of 2021 (So Far)

Candice Frederick @

Awards Coverage

How Women Made Historical Advances in the 2021 Oscar Race

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: History was made when the Oscar nominations were released for Best Director – and now Chloe Zhao has won the coveted Directors Guild Award.

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Adapted Screenplay

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Documentary Feature

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Documentary Short Subject

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Original Score

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Original Screenplay

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Original Song

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Supporting Actor

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Friday Face-Off, Losers Brakcet Round 2, #9

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Adapted Screenplay, 2001

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Apr. 19, 2021)

From Our Members’ Desks (Apr. 12, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #75: Oscars: Male Actors

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Awards Coverage

Examining Oscar’s Below-the-Line Nominees

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Without doubt, movies are the most collaborative artistic medium, and streaming has made this year’s contenders more available than ever before.

The Friday Face-Off, Losers Bracket Round 2, #8

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 2-4, 2021

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Adapted Screenplay, 2020

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Adapted Screenplay

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Makeup & Hairstyling

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Original Screenplay

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Supporting Actor

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Supporting Actress

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Apr. 12, 2021)

From Our Members’ Desks (Apr. 5, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #74: Oscars: Directing

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Interviews

Interview with SXSW Breakout Mallory Everton: Star, Writer, and Director of ‘Recovery’

Matt Oakes @

  • Excerpt: I had a chance to speak with Mallory Everton about breaking out during a pandemic, her first SXSW experience, the joys (and not-so-joys) of making a movie with your BFF, and what’s next for her.

Awards Coverage

93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Sound

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

93rd Oscars: The Polls: Best Visual Effects

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

93rd Oscars: Upcoming Precursors – April

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Friday Face-Off, Losers Bracket Round 2, #7

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Oscar-Nominated Performances – Best of 2021

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

Poll: Remaking Best Adapted Screenplay

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Documentary Feature

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Documentary Short Subject

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: International Feature Film

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Live Action Short Film

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Original Score

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Original Song

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Other Types of Articles

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Apr. 5, 2021)

From Our Members’ Desks (Mar. 29, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #73: Oscars: Animated Feature

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Interviews

C.H. Newell Interviews Director Chad Crawford Kinkle

C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore

  • Excerpt: C.H. Newell picks Chad Crawford Kinkle’s brain for a little while about experimental horror, Dementer’s unique production, disability representation in film, as well as much, much more.

Minari Star Youn Yuh-jung on Memories, Mountain Dew, and a Myopic America

Jose Solis @ The Film Stage

Soleil Moon Frye “Opened Pandora’s Box” by Creating Kid 90

Candice Frederick @ Harper’s Bazaar

Awards Coverage

The Friday Face-Off, Losers Bracket Round 2, #6

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Adapted Screenplay, 1998

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Rundown 2020: Original Score

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Mar. 29, 2021)

From Our Members’ Desks (Mar. 22, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

19 Films That Celebrate the Art of Female Friendship

Nell Minow @ rogerebert.com

  • Excerpt: Some movies are about unexpected friendships that develop over the course of the story. Some are about already-established friends who take on challenges together. And others are about the way friendships are tested, and the way they can break apart. In other words, they are all love stories.

5 Favorites Redux #72: Oscars: Screenplays

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Interviews

Empowered and Joyful: Alycia Pascual-Peña and Hadley Robinson on Moxie

Nell Minow @ rogerebert.com

  • Excerpt: We all need to be accountable and there is turbulence in growth. But when you’re able to grow with someone, it’s really beautiful.

Awards Coverage

The Friday Face-Off, Losers Bracket Round 2, #5

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Adapted Screenplay, 1997

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Who Are the 9,362 Oscar Voters Who Decide the Academy Awards?

Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com

  • Excerpt: Are you curious about how the Academy Awards are decided?

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

2021 Sundance Film Festival, Segment #5

Scott Phillips @ www.wrbl.com

Other Types of Articles

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Mar. 22, 2021)

From Our Members’ Desks (Mar. 15, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #71: Oscars: Score & Song

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Interviews

Avi Mograbi interview The First 54 Years

Paulo Portugal @ [Portuguese]

Avi Mograbi: “Admiro Portugal pela forma como as forças militares derrubaram a ditadura e devolveram o país às pessoas”

Paulo Portugal @ Insider.pt [Portuguese]

Denis Côté ‘Higiene social pode ser limpeza da nossa imagem na vida e nas redes sociais

Paulo Portugal @ Insider.pt [Portuguese]

Empowered and Joyful: Alicia Pascual-Peña and Hadley Robinson on Moxie

Nell Minow @ rogerebert.com

  • Excerpt: With women, I always feel like it’s more relatable, and then I feel a bit more open. I always feel very safe on set. And it feels good to see somebody like you at the forefront.

Festivals: General Coverage

Radu Jude vance Urso de Ouro na Berlinale

Paulo Portugal @ [Portuguese]

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Mar. 15, 2021)

From Our Members’ Desks (Mar. 8, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #70: Oscars: Film Editing

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Best films of 2020

Robert Roten @ Laramie Movie Scope

  • Excerpt: Best, worst, other category rankings of the films of 2020

Festivals: General Coverage

Berlinale; O cinema luta contra a pandemia. Com Portugal bem representado

Paulo Portugal @ Insider [Portuguese]

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Perfumes

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews

  • Excerpt: What can one say about a movie that will forever equate the smell of freshly mown grass with ‘Carnage!’ “Perfumes” is an all around winner.

Awards Coverage

93rd Oscars: Upcoming Precursors – March

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Friday Face-Off, Losers Bracket Round 2, #3

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: What Are You Watching? (Mar. 5-7, 2021)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Essays

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Mar. 8, 2021)

From Our Members’ Desks (Mar. 1, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #69: Oscars: Cinematography

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Interviews

From “Black Panther” to “Jeopardy,” Stunt Coordinator & Actor Zee James Hits Her Mark

Nell Minow @ The Credits

  • Excerpt: As a background artist, you can watch and you learn so much, but it’s not until those cameras are on you and they’re saying, “One, two, three…and action.” And then you’re hitting your mark and you’re remembering lines and all that kind of stuff—you’ve got to be ready. I love it when I can act and do my own stunts, which I just did on a show.

Saint Maud Examines A Crisis Of Faith Through Unmitigated Horror

Candice Frederick @

Festivals: General Coverage

21st Century Japan: Films from 2001-2020: Highlights from the Screening Series

Lee Jutton @ Film Inquiry

  • Excerpt: To paraphrase the great South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, if you’re not frightened off by subtitles, you’ll be rewarded richly with so many wonderful films. And thanks to Japan Society and Agency of Cultural Affairs, right now they’re more accessible than ever.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL

  • Excerpt: End of the Line presents a strong case for a righteous cause, and makes its points all the more effectively because it’s an absolutely beautiful film. I’ll admit to a bit of prejudice since I grew up on the Great Plains, but the prairie has seldom looked better than it does in Marc Gerke’s cinematography.

Awards Coverage

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Mar. 1, 2021)

From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 22, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #68: Production & Costume Designs

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Festivals: General Coverage

The SXSW 2021 Movies Already on Our Radar

Matt Oakes @ The SXSW 2021 Movies Already on Our Radar

  • Excerpt: SXSW 2021 leans heavily on first features, attempting to spotlight a diverse selection that highlights ingenuity amidst adversity.

Festivals: Individual Reviews

End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL

  • Excerpt: End of the Line presents a strong case for a righteous cause, and makes its points all the more effectively because it’s an absolutely beautiful film.

Awards Coverage

2020 Oscar Nominations Predictions: Post-Critics

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Friday Face-Off, Losers Bracket Round 2, #1

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Feb. 12-14, 2021 (Judas and the Black Messiah, French Exit, Minari)

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Original Screenplay, 2013

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Essays

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 22, 2021)

From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 15, 2021)

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

Best of Lists

5 Favorites Redux #67: Oscars: Makeup, VFX & Sound

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Doc Corner: The Best Documentaries of 2020

Glenn Dunks @ The Film Experience

  • Excerpt: If you were to sit down and watch every film below, you would be taken from rural towns in the heart of the Florida peninsula to rural towns in the heart of the Ukraine via the protests of Hong Kong and a nursing home in Chile. There are serious themes, important subjects, powerful ideas… and hand sanitizer. There’s also a stripper named Nomi. Something for everything, I reckon…

Festivals: Individual Reviews

Try Harder!

Sarah Boslaugh @ The Arts STL

  • Excerpt: [The students] They’re also aware that their achievements may not be the only thing that matter when it comes to getting into the college of their choice, and that their high school and ancestry may be working against them.

Awards Coverage

93rd Oscars – Shortlists

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

The Friday Face-Off, Round Three #9

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Poll: Remaking Best Original Screenplay, 2012

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

Video Essays, Video Reviews, Vlogs & More

Continue reading From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 15, 2021)