An unexpected email from a stranger encouraged me to pick up the latest issue of Cineaste (Fall 2008). The current issue contains a long piece entitled Film Criticism in the Age of the Internet: A Critical Symposium, which is also available online.
I’ve become a bit weary of all the navel-gazing going on among film critics (and bloggers) lately but the piece in question offers a surprisingly refreshing look at modern film criticism and the impact of film bloggers in recent years. Two of my favorite bloggers (Zach Campbell and The Self-Styled Siren) and one of my favorite film critics (Adrian Martin) were kind enough to make mention of Cinebeats in this rather lengthy article and I’m really grateful for their support, especially since Cinebeats has been notably quiet in recent months.
Head on over to the official Cineaste website for more good reading or better yet, pick up a copy of the latest issue which gives you access to many more fascinating articles including a great piece by Adrian Martin on director Chris Marker. There’s also a piece written by Marker himself. I’ve only recently become familiar with Chris Marker thanks to Criterion making his early films available on DVD last year but I’ve become fascinated with his his work and the more I read about him, the more I want to revisit his films again.