Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Recent Online Discoveries

I’d like to devote this post to sharing some recent online discoveries of film websites and writings. And perhaps you might also recommend some good sites that should be better known than they are?

-- Great news: Fergus Daly has set up a page with links to over 50 of his pieces. Daly is a terrific critic and filmmaker based in Dublin. He co-wrote the book Leos Carax (Manchester Univesity Press, 2003), and made the documentaries Abbas Kiarostami: The Art of Living (with Pat Collins) and Experimental Conversations (I transcribed all of Nicole Brenez’s interview responses from this movie in an earlier post). Lots of great reading here.

-- The last post, on vulgar auteurism, generated a productive conversation and also led me to discover several websites, including The Vulgar Cinema, a group blog run by Sara Freeman, Christopher Small, Jack Lehtonen, Otie Wheeler, Jack Cole and CJ Roy. Related: Tina Hassania's Vulva Auteurism; the group blog Mission McTiernan; and the image-only Tumblr site Vulgar Auteurism.

-- A treasure trove of reading in the first two issues of the journal Cinema Comparat/ive Cinema: Issue #1 (pieces by Jean-Luc Godard, Henri Langlois, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Jean Douchet and Quintin); and the just-released Issue #2 (interviews with Jacques Rancière and Bernard Eisenschitz and many other pieces).

-- J.J. Murphy on Independent Cinema, a blog I should've been hip to a long time ago. (Thanks, Adrian.)

-- Great to see that Doug Cummings' Film Journey, one of the first film blogs I ever read, has now been "rebooted".

-- The huge Tumblr site Cinephilia and Beyond.

Any recommendations of websites: blogs, Tumblr sites, magazines, journals ... ?

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Other links to recent reading:

-- The new issue of Cinema Scope magazine includes, among many online pieces, Jonathan Rosenbaum's Global Discoveries on DVD column.

-- The new issue of Screening The Past has essays by Bernard Stiegler, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Adrian Martin, Douglas Pye, George Kouvaros, and many others.

-- At Photogénie, Tom Paulus and Bart Versteirt have been reporting from Bologna. See the right sidebar for their blog posts.

-- David Davidson posts the documentary Serge Daney: Journey of a Cine-Son (1992), with English subtitles.

-- Blake Williams ranks the films he saw at Cannes at his website R and G and B.

-- In an innovative post, Ehsan Khoshbakht and Naiel Ibarrola use the comics form to discuss five great jazz films.

-- Catherine Grant puts up a post devoted to Todd Haynes' Safe.

-- At the Criterion site, Tom Gunning has an essay on František Vláčil's Marketa Lazarová (1967).

-- Jonathan Rosenbaum's 1995 piece "The Preminger Enigma".

-- Dan Sallitt has a post on the inexhaustible Rio Bravo.

-- Via Srikanth Srinivasan: An interview with Noël Burch in my hometown newspaper, The Hindu.

-- Ted Fendt translates Serge Daney's obituary of Allan Dwan at his site Howling Wretches.


Blogger girish said...

One more: Interiors Journal is now running a column with ArchDaily. The first article is on David Fincher.

July 03, 2013 2:30 PM  
Blogger J.D. Lafrance said...

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July 03, 2013 4:12 PM  
Blogger J.D. Lafrance said...

In-depth film articles over at my blog, Radiator Heaven:

July 03, 2013 4:12 PM  
Anonymous Art P. said...

I write on the subjects of film, criticism, and aesthetics at my blog, Reconnoitering the Abyss:

July 03, 2013 5:17 PM  
Anonymous Adrian said...

Much of this site is not yet operating, but the INTERVIEWS section of FIGURE/GROUND COMMUNICATION - take the time to explore its various parts - has much great stuff, including Steven Shaviro: start here at

July 04, 2013 3:29 AM  
Blogger I.L. said...

Mighty thanks for the Fergus Daly link, Girish! Always been a fan of his writing.

For now, I've been browsing Tony McKibbin's site, and I can't say enough good things about it.

July 08, 2013 12:20 AM  
Anonymous David T. Johnson said...

Thanks for all the links, Girish, as well as to those of you who have posted others. I just wanted to add to Adrian's and your rec on Murphy's site that his book on independent-cinema screenplays, Me and You and Memento and Fargo, is well worth reading.

July 08, 2013 8:38 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Thanks for the link, Girish! What a great selection of links you curated, like always, this is the place for great film links.

Anyways, if I have any recommendation, it is for Jerome Silbergeld's "China Into Film", a great new book, where Kaige & Yimou are argued to be the post-Cultural Revolution Fifth Generation modernist rupture with Yellow Earth and Red Sorghum, which get a close analysis (the films are both modernist and traditional). It's art historical perspective illustrate how the films build, and are, influenced by paintings; and it is a great addition to the literature, alongside the socio-industrial angle of Zhang, and the multidisciplinary approach (auteur, stylistic, actor) of Berry and Farquhar.

July 09, 2013 1:10 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Thank you so much, everyone, for the suggestions and links!

July 09, 2013 6:42 AM  
Blogger Sara Freeman said...

Thank you for the shout out, Girish! We all appreciate it. :-)

July 16, 2013 7:45 AM  
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July 16, 2013 7:45 AM  
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July 16, 2013 7:45 AM  
Blogger girish said...

You're most welcome, Sara!

July 16, 2013 8:05 AM  
Anonymous charro said...

Two interesting links:

-I remember you posted a while back Olivier's favorite films from the 70s. These are his favorite films from the 80s:

-Desistfilm 4 is up now!:

July 28, 2013 2:45 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Thank you, Charro!

July 28, 2013 12:15 PM  
Anonymous José said...

I recommend this one about writing in cinema:

August 03, 2013 12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just discovered this excellent blog through Richard Brody's DVD of the Week commentary videos at the New Yorker.

Would anyone be able to recommend blogs or sites that are similar to that--where the critics provide video analyses of films?

I love written commentary, but there's something to the nature of voice over film that's really compelling. Any thoughts would be great!

And keep up the great work here!

August 08, 2013 10:21 PM  

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