OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.
Best of Lists
Best of 2012
Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
Reeling (Laura and Robin Clifford) Top 10 List for 2012
Revisiting the Ten Best Films of 2002
Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
- Excerpt: In 2002, I made a list of the year’s best films. How do I feel about that list a decade later?
The Top 10 Female Performances of 2012
The Top 10 Male Performances of 2012
Winners announced in the ‘Best of 2012’ Detroit Film Critics Society awards
The Worst Films of 2012
Catriona McKenzie (Satellite Boy)
Interview: John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman (Wreck-It Ralph)
Roger Michell of “Hyde Park on Hudson”
And Now the Golden Globes
- Excerpt: As with the BFCA’s Critics Choice Awards, the Golden Globes divide nominations up between comedy and drama in order to spread out the winnings, which makes the studios happy by increasing box office for both the nominees and winners. The Oscars have yet to do this but they did recently extend the number of best picture nominees from 5 to 10 to provide box office boost to more films at the end of the year and for their DVD release.
The Awards Season is in Full Swing
- Excerpt: The Critics Choice Awards receive attention because they come before the Oscars (winners announced on February 24th with Seth McFarlane hosting) and they have proven to be a consistent predictor of what is likely to be nominated by the Academy and what is likely to win.
The Golden Globe Noms Were Announced and They Score an “D” in Diversity and and “A” in WTF?
- Excerpt: But the gaping omission of Samuel L. Jackson’s career rejuvenating performance in Django Unchained is downright criminal at this point.
Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 3
- Excerpt: Running down the winners and losers from Week 2 of Precursor Season
Oscar Preview: Weekend of Dec. 7-9, 2012
- Excerpt: Looking at the Oscar chances for Hyde Park on Hudson
Projection: Oscar – On the Legitimacy of Critics
- Excerpt: In the middle of yesterday’s marathon Twitter coverage of multiple critics group awards announcements, as punditry occasionally broke down and degenerated into snarky back-and-forth, it became clear that a new topic needed to be addressed: the role and legitimacy of film critics in the awards cycle.
Projection: Oscar – Predictions, 11/27/2012
- Excerpt: In less than a week’s time, the race has taken on two new contenders, both of which could potentially blaze a trail to Best Picture victory.
Projection: Oscar – Predictions, 12/10/2012
- Excerpt: As the early awards have been discussed, voted on, and announced, various themes are starting to settle in – the themes that invariably start to shape the season’s narrative.
Projection: Oscar – The Picture Gets Clearer…and Fuzzier
- Excerpt: …even as we start to see more of the contending films, therefore clarifying any uncertainty as to which films are in the race, any additions really just add to the confusion over the eventual winner.
2012, a bad year for movies? A critic laments
Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
- Excerpt: Was 2012 a bad year? You tell me.
- Excerpt: Revered in lesbian circles for its hat-tips to the lifestyle’s authenticity, “Bound” is a neo-noir that earns every ratchet click of tension it draws from its audience.
Cinema In Noir: Why Did the Gripping Doc “Central Park Five” Get Shut Out by the Academy?
- Excerpt: In the meantime, the Academy has slowly dishing out films that have made it on their shortlists. But noticeably absent from their Best Documentary category? The fascinating and tragic Central Park Five.
Days of Wine and Roses
- Excerpt: The first film to tackle alcoholism in a serious manner, “Days of Wine and Roses” is a tragic social drama of timeless effect.
Dec. 11 Blu-ray/DVD releases
The Firemen’s Ball
- Excerpt: 25 years before the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia was declared a criminal organization and disbanded, director Milos Forman created a deceptively modest satire that nearly resulted in him being put in prison.
The Human Tornado
- Excerpt: Rudy Ray Moore’s signature style of guerilla blaxploitation filmmaking is as defiant, ribald, and outrageously funny as anything in the genre.
In Cold Blood
Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
- Excerpt: Brooks muted the story’s lurid aspects in order to advance an anti-capital punishment theme utilizing authentic elements such as the actual house where the murders took place.
Rants and Raves: The Hobbit
- Excerpt: Since my friends and I are film geeks we wanted to watch all three extended cuts of “The Lord of the Rings Trilogy” and serve all 7 Hobbit meals (first breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and supper plus of course dessert). The last time we did this insanity it resulted in food comas for all. I am including all the recipes so you can try it yourself if you feel so inspired.
Scenes from the Class Struggle in the Criterion Collection
- Excerpt: In simply imagining Guy and Rosemary Woodhouse more in line with Cassavetes and Farrow themselves—him as a scrappy immigrant’s son and her as a privileged bohemian daughter of professional artists—it becomes more apparent than ever how Polanski viewed the Woodhouses.