film crit roundup

over the years since leaving college and becoming a working professional, i've stopped frequenting libraries. it's not something i'm proud of because libraries are some of the most wonderful inspiring spaces around. wandering deep into the bookstacks always gave me this strange feeling of isolation and privacy cocooned within a public space. there is no algorithm that can mirror the feeling of walking over to a shelf and then browsing its length and randomly finding other interesting books. the dewey decimal system really does rule.

 

but location, modernity and a busy lifestyle have for me supplanted the library with amazoning. it's not the same thing. one doesn't get lost in a database in quite the same way. but there is a specific pleasure to be found in browsing a vast array of books in your pajamas at 1am in the morning when you decide you just really need to find out what the new umberto eco novel is all about. and then wirelessly downloading it to your kindle in mere moments? pretty sweet.

 

in addition to the physical action of browsing, i also find myself missing being able to cull through back issues of journals. as a student, this was perhaps where the most golden nuggets of information could be found. but again, the internet offers some recourse. it seems many of the best journals for film have a degree of online access. additionally, there are strictly new online resources of varying depth and scope. Here's a hitlist of my favorites:

 

traditional film journals:

http://screen.oxfordjournals.org/content/current
http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/journals/jvlt.html
http://cameraobscura.dukejournals.org/
http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/

online blogs offering thoughtful criticism, theory and the virtual cinematheque experience:

http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/
http://mubi.com/notebook/
http://www.cinefamily.org/
http://www.criterion.com/

design oriented approaches to looking at films:

http://www.artofthetitle.com/
http://moviebarcode.tumblr.com/