The Grab Bag

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

Best of Lists

10 Best Warner Brothers Gangster Films

Beth Accomando @ About.com Hollywood Movies

  • Excerpt: Little Caesar was the first gangster film with sound and the first in a cycle of gangster films from Warner Brothers. The films represented a shift in the studio’s focus toward more gritty and realistic storylines, and soon branded the company as “The Gangster Studio.”

Best Action Films of 2012

Beth Accomando @ About.com Hollywood Movies

  • Excerpt: Dance and action are all about kinetic energy and the body in motion, and therefore are perfectly suited to motion pictures. So a great action film offers not just an adrenaline rush but a breathtaking piece of cinematic poetry.

Best of 2012: The 14 Best Films of the Year

Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder

Best of FrightFest 2012

Beth Accomando @ About.com Hollywood Movies

  • Excerpt: The terrifyingly talented twins from Canada, Jen and Sylvia Soska, deliver the most original film of the festival with American Mary.

Christopher Bourne’s Top Films of 2012 – Breaking News: Cinema Is Not Dead

Christopher Bourne @ Twitch

  • Excerpt: As far as I’m concerned, 2012 in film was an embarrassment of riches in unique visions and immense talent that do a much better job of countering the premature writers of cinema’s obituary than I ever could.

Loopers, Wallflowers, and Tigers: The Best of 2012

Thomas Spurlin @ ThomasSpurlin.com

Philip K. Dick Movies

Beth Accomando @ About.com Hollywood Movies

  • Excerpt: Blade Runner came out just after sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick died in poverty. Ironically, the film brought Dick a popularity he never knew in life.

SDG’s Top Films of 2012

Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register

  • Excerpt: I’ve known since seeing it last April that my favorite film of the year would almost certainly be the latest film from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, the Belgian brothers recently honored with the Robert Bresson Prize, given each year by the Pontifical Councils for Culture and Social Communications to filmmakers whose work attests to the human search for spiritual meaning in life. After that, though, there’ve been a lot of tough calls.

Top 10 Most Revealing Films About Strippers

Beth Accomando @ About.com Hollywood Movies

  • Excerpt: Stripper, peeler, exotic dancer… whatever you call them, Hollywood loves them. Having a stripper — male or female — as a central character allows for all sorts of formulaic conventions Hollywood adores.

Top 20 Films of 2012

Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

Interviews

Alexandra Pelosi: “If it’s guilt or shame, Jim McGreevey’s actually doing some good in the world”

Kimberly Gadette @ Salon.com

  • Excerpt: Pelosi opines on her latest documentary, faith, family, the media and …

Damien Echols and Lorri Davis on “West of Memphis”

Frank Swietek @ One Guy’s Opinion

Destin Cretton Is Not a Hipster

Don Lewis @ Film Threat

Family ties – Sister review

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

This Is 40

Don Lewis @ Film Threat

Threat level midnight – Zero Dark Thirty review

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Festivals

“Mother of George” Star Isaach De Bankolé Gushes Over the Art of Fillmmaking at Sundance

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Bill Pullman Discusses the Joys of Indie Filmmaking and His New Sundance Film, “May in the Summer”

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Cinema in Noir Interview with Independent Spirit Award Nominee and “Middle of Nowhere” Star David Oyelowo

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman Talk “Lovelace”

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Octavia Spencer, Evan Rachel Wood and Other Stars Debut New Films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

Oscar Coverage

Cole Smithey Predicts the 2013 Oscars

Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com

  • Excerpt: Of the nominations for Best Motion Picture, you can rest assured that Quentin Tarantino’s genre masterpiece “Django Unchained” will remain unfettered by the weight of any stinking award.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 8

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the winners and losers of the Oscar precursors for the 8th week of the season.

Other Articles

Beowulf and the Fleeting Riches of Motion Capture

Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?

  • Excerpt: What Zemeckis has always understood better than other technologically high-minded, action-mad peers [is this]: the creation of chaotic spectacle need not necessitate a negation of classical narrative visual language. That Zemeckis manages to maintain clarity of the [film]’s obvious, if somewhat narrow-minded, narrative goals and indulge in a radical anything-goes technology at the same time is to be commended.

Exit Lines: Golden Boy

Bob Cashill @ Popdose.com

  • Excerpt: Review of the Broadway revival, the basis for the 1939 film.

Film Threat Podcast – Episode 78 – A New Year

Don Lewis @ Film Threat

Jan. 22 Blu-ray/DVD releases

Phil Villarreal @ Becauseitoldyouso.com

Panoramic Vision: Classic Widescreen Cinema at the Webster University Film Series

Andrew Wyatt @ Look / Listen (St. Louis Magazine)

  • Excerpt: Webster has elected to focused on a particular visual niche with “Taking It All In,” presenting films that take maximal advantage of aspect ratios of 2:20 and wider.

Screen World Revisited

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: Barry Monush, author/editor of Screen World 2011, discusses his work on the latest volume of this beloved film anthology.

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