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 Creative Loafing - Creative Loafing Atlanta: Film: Feature: Is film criticism dead?
Film criticism lost a symbolic voice last month with the death of flinty, influential critic Pauline Kael at age 82.
On junkets, critics are flown to cities like New York or Los Angeles -- or in some cases even London or Hawaii -- and put up in luxury hotels, their meals and expenses comped, for press screenings and interviews with film stars, all in an effort to garner more favorable opinions of the featured film.
Film criticism, in its best forms, may be increasingly hard to find in newspaper writing, but perhaps the genre is only recreating itself in a new form, as Rosenbaum suggests, on the Internet, at sites such as Senses of Cinema and Cinema Scope, where he says critics are writing impassioned, engaged criticism.
atlanta.creativeloafing.com /2001-10-10/flicks_feature.html   (1380 words)

  
 Films and Popular Culture
The theme is introduced at the beginning of the film as a feather floats through the air (obeying chance and the laws of physics) and finally lands (by chance?) near the hero.
It is perfectly possible, for instance, to accept that a film has profound emotional impact (because, for instance, of powerful imagery or the sentimental nature of the story), but judge that the film is not, overall, a good film (because of lack of nuance, poor acting, predicable story, etc.).
While European "art" films that make it to this country often appear (on the surface) to be more intellectually sophisticated, it is not true, as a rule, that popular American films are always less sophisticated (and therefore for a lower "class").
www.mindtools.net /MindFilms/seven.shtml   (2689 words)

  
 Find Film Reviews - Boston College
Film reviews and film criticism and analyses may be found in a number of places depending on the the audience, source and purpose of the review.
Film reviews can be found in newspapers and general interest periodicals and are generally short in length.
Film criticism is intended to give more scholarly and lengthy treatment of a film often with regard to other issues such as historical context, theory, or technical analysis.
www.bc.edu /libraries/research/howdoi/s-findfilmreviews   (1308 words)

  
 Feminist Film Criticism
We will be viewing feature-length films, mostly American, and reading critical and theoretical works on images of women, psychoanalytic theories of the gaze, formal studies of mise-en-scene and montage, cultural studies of voice and narrative, and studies of viewer response and genre (road movie, mystery, melodrama, horror).
Similarly, feminist film critics often consider the apparatus of the film: the role of the gaze, the look, identification, spectatorship.
A critical essay on a film will often develop the critic's ideas by analyzing a couple of scenes in some detail as illustrations of points within the discussion.
www.willamette.edu /~fmichel/femfilmcrit.htm   (1669 words)

  
 Film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Film criticism is the analysis and evaluation of films.
Stock widths and the film format for images on the reel have had a rich history, though most large commercial films are still shot on (and distributed to theaters) as 35 mm prints.
Film preservation of decaying film stock is a matter of concern to both film historians and archivists, and to companies interested in preserving their existing products in order to make them available to future generations (and thereby increase revenue).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Film   (3794 words)

  
 Multiple Voices in Feminist Film Criticism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
In its scope, Multiple Voices in Feminist Film Criticism illuminates the range of theoretical, critical, and educational directions open to feminist students of film and encourages readers to participate in assessing and shaping the critical context in which films are produced and received.
Along with highlighting the diversity of feminist film scholarship, this pluralist approach recognizes differences among women and is attentive to issues of race, class, nationality, ethnicity, and sexuality.
In addition to this extensive collection of theory and criticism, the editors have added course files that explore the rationale for feminist film courses and show how films and critical readings can be presented in a meaningful way.
www.upress.umn.edu /Books/C/carson_multiple.html   (391 words)

  
 Foster on Film: Film Noir, Swashbuckler, Science Fiction, Ealing, Short Film criticism & Dragon*Con Film Track
A film movement is the output of a group of filmmakers all working at a specific time and often at a specific place, and sharing some point of view with regard to style or technique.
Additionally, requiring the film techniques to be derived from the German films of the '20s misses the point.
The film is important for its place in film history, and for painting Lana Turner as a sexy seductress, not for its quality.
www.fosteronfilm.com /important/noir.htm   (1854 words)

  
 Lucid Screening - A Film Criticism Blog
Film maker Dylan Bergeson - interviewed by Lucid Screening in June - has completed the final cut of his documentary film, This Body is a Prison, a portrait of Palestinian life under occupation.
An independent short film, Homotopia follows radical queers "dedicated to exposing the trouble with gay marriage, dismantling the State, undoing Empire, while looking totally fierce." It'll be touring the Northeast US in October, spreading subversion with each screening.
Because the majority of film is based on the dominant, white society’s experience and culture, Afrocentric philosophy calls for the formation of a new cinematic language.
www.lucidscreening.com   (509 words)

  
 Film Criticism
Contains critical essays on the cinema as well as on prominent directors by scholars and critics.
This is the most comprehensive one-volume encyclopedia on films in English with more than 7000 entries on film artists, studios, film centers, styles, genres, schools, organizations, institutions, industry jargon and technical terms.
Gives the name of the distributors, the year the film was released and the source material from which the film was created.
www.library.southernct.edu /filmcritbib.html   (2365 words)

  
 Reel Conversations: Candid Interviews with Film's Foremost Directors and Critics - BOOKS
Hickenlooper a few months ago that I thought it was something of a shame he was a filmmaker instead of a critic: people who understand movies are in short supply on both halves of the thin celluloid line between critics and directors.
Hickenlooper broaches the topic of whether television is affecting film critics and their criticism with his quartet of critic subjects, with Ebert, predictably, the only one of the four who disclaims the affects of fame and the pressures of producing easily consumable opinions on a consistent basis.
Even the term "film critic" is in pejorative disrepair, as most smaller major daily editors will underline an interest in "movie writers" or "reviewers" rather than "film critics"--the homogeneity of what passes for mainstream "criticism" these days is the dismaying end result.
www.filmfreakcentral.net /moviebooks/reelconversations.htm   (458 words)

  
 Scholarly Articles (Yale Library Film Studies)
Film criticism -- scholarly analyses of particular films, directors, actors, etc. -- can be found in journal articles and in books (including collections and anthologies).
Film Indexes Online is a portal that allows one to simultaneously search both the American Film Institute Catalog and Film Index International.
The print edition covers film criticism from 1974 to the present; the online database only covers 1976-2001, and there are currently no plans to update it.
www.library.yale.edu /humanities/film/articles.html   (1301 words)

  
 Open Directory - Arts: Movies: Theory and Criticism
Andre Bazin: An Unofficial Tribute - A tribute to André Bazin, film critic and Cahiers du Cinema co-founder, and spiritual father of the French New Wave movement.
Cinetext - film and philosophy - Internet forum for cinema studies addressing students, researchers, scholars, and anyone with an interest in the thoughtful exploration of cinema, film, and television.
Strictly Film School - An evolving analysis journal of landmark cinema, examining universal themes, symbols and imagery, historical and artistic genres.
dmoz.org /Arts/Movies/Theory_and_Criticism   (769 words)

  
 Film Criticism - Find Articles
Film Criticism is a publication providing news and analysis of film and television.
With this issue, Film Criticism completes twenty-eight years of continuous publication, and, for the first time in twelve years, announces an increase...
Film Criticism values a lively discourse about the printed word on film and encourages potential book reviewers to contact the Book Review Editor,...
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_go2592   (299 words)

  
 Film History and Criticism: A Selective Guide to Reference Sources in the
UC Berkeley Libraries
Includes 245, 000 film titles and 98,500 alternative titles; 180,00 actors and actresses' names and 12,500 alternative names and 35,000 director's names in films produced in over 165 countries between 1895 and 1996.
Films are also appraised in relation to others of similar theme and genre, and commentary is provided as to how a given film affected the filmmaker's career.
Film Criticism: An Index to Critics' Anthologies/ by Richard Heinzkill, 1975.
www.lib.berkeley.edu /MRC/FilmRefGuide.html   (2333 words)

  
 Henry Sheehan | film criticism, film reviews and commentary
Visit other film critics whose commentary on cinema is extremely valuable.
The difference between criticism and journalism showed was revealed under a particularly bright light in a February 5 column by the Los Angeles Times’s Tim Rutten.
Henry Sheehan, current president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, has been a professional film critic for over 25 years and has been published in Film Comment, Sight and Sound, the Chicago Reader, the Boston Globe, and LA Weekly.
www.henrysheehan.com   (1023 words)

  
 Films and Popular Culture
The diagram is meant to indicate the built-in transcendental nature of film narrative structure as well as the common-sense interrelationships among the various sources of meaning (interpretive contexts) available in contemporary life.
Films can provide entertainment, an opportunity for intellectual reflection, and a means to understand the depths of the human heart.
And the entire topic of the relationship between the thematic content of films and globalization is probably still an under-explored area.
www.mindtools.net /MindFilms/filmhome.shtml   (633 words)

  
 Film Reviews/Criticism Subject Guide : UTSA Library
For information on the film industry or individual actors, actresses and directors, see the UTSA Subject Guide Film and Cinema Information.
Since most print film review sources cover films released during a specific period of time, it is often important to know the year of release of a film to find a review.
It indicates the factors that make each film significant for study, and points out changes in critical perception of the film between the time of release and the present day.
www.lib.utsa.edu /Research/Subject/filmrevguide.html   (1248 words)

  
 Epinions.com - On Film Criticism
The duty of a film critic is not to impress their English professors, but to receive the film with all their faculties, and bounce their impressions and perceptions back onto the medium of their choice, whether it is cyberspace, television, the cinema section of a magazine, or a vellum scroll.
Great films come in all shapes and sizes, but in the final analysis it is an intimate, personal event, on par with literature, music, and all other artistic media.
My duty to the film is to do it justice, to give it the respect that it deserves, and the quality I strive for is dependent on expressing my private impressions and perceptions in public words.
www.epinions.com /user-review-F6C-1C28DC7-394DF174-prod1   (1671 words)

  
 Reviews | Guardian Unlimited Film
Philip French: This is a modest film, far superior to Brian De Palma's overblown, not dissimilar Black Dahlia, and the fascinating, real-life story is nicely shaped by a narrative in which one man's death becomes the occasion for another man's redemption.
Philip French: This film is a reverential documentary about the Canadian poet, songwriter and Buddhist monk - strictly for fans.
Philip French: The film is aggressively foul-mouthed and deeply self-indulgent and likely, like the band itself, to attract a cult following.
film.guardian.co.uk /Reviews/Front   (325 words)

  
 ALARM! :: I should have told you that movies in the afternoon are my weakness.: Film Criticism, Indeed   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
I don’t have time to comment sufficiently, but go read James Parker’s Boston Globe piece on the last days of the old school film critics and the rise of the Harry Knowles-style reactionary blurbfests.
It’s quite similar, in many respects, to the criticisms leveled by old media at the political blog world, where “heh” and “indeed” have allegedly replaced the elaborate, carefully worded considerations of old.
I'm a freelance film critic and writer with a particular interest in the intersection of film and politics.
www.alarm-alarm.com /2006/06/film-criticism-indeed.html   (544 words)

  
 PAL: Appendix M - Film Criticism and American Literature
Theater and film: a comparative study of the two forms of dramatic art, and of the problems of adaptation of stage plays into films.
Noriega, Chon A. Chicanos and film: essays on Chicano representation and resistance.
The Merchant-Ivory Film Adaptation of Henry James's The Bostonians." Literature Film Quarterly 25.3 (1997): 231-35.
www.csustan.edu /english/reuben/pal/append/axm.html   (1678 words)

  
 Gerald Peary - essays - Film Criticism
We are the ones who need to find the weird little films of worth - low-budget, foreign, subtitled, experimental, political, whatever - and inform our readers about them.
A good critic today must attend foreign film festivals because that's where lots of the best cinema in the world is found.
Meanwhile, the marketers at the big studios are placated: at the paper of record in every major American city the chief critic is someone who is known as being soft in his/her judgments, from the New York Times to the LA Times to the Boston Globe to the Chicago Tribune.
www.geraldpeary.com /essays/def/film-criticism.html   (633 words)

  
 eFilmCritic - EARL DITTMAN EXPOSED — Film Criticism’s Greatest Shame
One of only four critics in the world that didn’t despise Serving Sara (he managed to get three different quotes in the advertising campaign), and a man who claimed that The Legend of Bagger Vance was “as perfect as any film could get,” Earl Dittman is the shame of the entire film industry.
While some may strive to pull an ‘Ebert’ and win a Pulitzer for their film criticism, and others look to simply build a readership and give honest opinions to the film-going public, Dittman’s high comes from getting his name in the press of whatever upcoming movie needs a little help.
At a panel discussion called “Writing The Wrongs” at the SXSW Film Festival this month, a gathering of esteemed film journalists were supposed to be put in the hot seat as to the state of film criticism today.
www.efilmcritic.com /feature.php?feature=712   (4021 words)

  
 InfoDome - Subject Guide for Film Criticism and Reviews
Since many references are compiled on a date based timeline, it is often necessary to know the year of release of the film you are researching.
There are some books about a single film but there is also extensive information in books about the director, stars, films of an era, or films in a particular genre.
An index in one alphabet by film, names, and topics to articles or chapters in anthologies of film criticism.
infodome.sdsu.edu /research/guides/filmcriticism.shtml   (690 words)

  
 Film Reviews and Film Criticism: A Selective Guide to Sources in the
UC Berkeley Libraries
The Film Literature Index (FLI) annually indexes 150 film and television periodicals from 30 countries cover-to-cover and 200 other periodicals selectively for articles on film and television.
Produced in collaboration with the British Film Institute (bfi) it is based on the Summary of Film and Television (SIFT) database collated by the bfi over the past 70 years.
Film Index International provides in-depth indexing of over 100,000 films - from the first silent movies to the latest blockbusters - and biographical information for over 40,000 personalities.
www.lib.berkeley.edu /MRC/filmstudies/reviewslist.html   (1480 words)

  
 Film Criticism Homepage
Founded in 1976, Film Criticism recently completed its thirtieth year of continuous publication, making it the third oldest academic film journal in the country.
Equally important, we continue to present the very best writing from a new generation of film historians, theorists, and critics representing many different disciplines, cultures, and critical perspectives.
"The critical analysis found in the essay-length articles is of a particularly high quality...
webpub.allegheny.edu /group/filmcriticism/index.htm   (125 words)

  
 How to Find Film Criticism
Academic Search Premier and Research Library are both general databases that contain several of the film industry publications as well as general newspapers that might have reviews.
Limit the dates to the year that the movie first played and possibly the year before for criticism and expectations for the fim opening.
They also have a pull down list of types of films, film festival titles, and other categories that you can browse.
www.pace.edu /library/pages/instruct/subguides/mort/filmcritplv.htm   (418 words)

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