Film and Media Blogroll

Category D: A Film and Media Studies Blog

Chris Cagle: It’s been my belief for some time that there needs to be a blog, and ultimately many blogs, devoted to academic film and media studies. There is no shortage of websites devoted to film, television, popular culture, or new media. And a few of them are written by scholars teachers, mediamakers or other educated critics: see the blogroll for some of these. But to my eyes, few of them are fully devoted to discussing and promoting the discipline as a discipline. This is where Category D steps in.

Celebrity Gossip, Academic Style

Anne Helen Petersen: “Celebrity Gossip, Academic Style” is an attempt to reconcile my current research, a fascination with stars, and the impulse to alter the landscape of academic publishing.

Chris Fujiwara: Insane Mute

Chris Fujiwara is the Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. His latest book, Jerry Lewis, published by the University of Illinois Press, has been called “essential reading” (Richard Brody, The New Yorker) and “excellent” (Dave Kehr, The New York Times). Jonathan Rosenbaum (Cineaste) calls it “the first extended critical treatment of Lewis in English that Lewis deserves — including a thoughtful, sympathetic, and lucid (yet in no way sycophantic) thirty-two page interview that is conceivably the best one anyone has ever had with him.” According to Edward Crouse (Cinema Scope), “Fujiwara’s frame is a glassbottomed boat where one views how J[erry] L[ewis]’s shifting identities and elongated gags mutated screen comedy.”

Chris Marker: Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory is an randomly-compiled, taxonomically naive and hopefully useful archive of ruminations, bibliographic & filmographic notations, untimely meditations, mnemonic minutiae and other glosses on the cinematic, written, photographic and multimedia work of world-citizen & time-traveler Chris Marker – the “mercurial international man of semiotic mystery.”* (Or, as the endnotes to Abschied vom Kino puts it, Chris Marker is: “Autor, Aktivist, Filmemacher, Fotograf, Internaut, Kritiker, Medienkünstler, Poet, Publizist / Author, activist, filmmaker, photographer, Internaut, critic, media artist, poet, journalist.” We might add: friend to animals).

Cinephile: The University of British Columbia’s Film Journal

Cinephile is a peer-reviewed journal edited by graduate students in the Film Studies program at the University of British Columbia. The journal aims to provide a forum to discuss aspects of film theory, history, and criticism, and is intended to provide a platform to share research papers, book reviews, and reports that engage with debates appropriate to film, media, and cultural studies. As a peer-reviewed journal, Cinephile endeavors to promote the Film Studies portion of the program as an inclusive but discriminating environment which is dedicated to publishing work of the highest scholarly quality and appeal.

Dave Kehr: Reports from the Lost Continent of Cinephilia

Dave Kehr is an American film critic. A critic at the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Tribune for many years, he writes a weekly column for The New York Times on DVD releases, in addition to contributing occasional pieces on individual films or filmmakers.

David Bordwell: Observations on Film Art

David Bordwell is an American film theorist and film historian. Since receiving his PhD from the University of Iowa in 1974, he has written more than fifteen volumes on the subject of cinema including Narration in the Fiction Film (1985), Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema (1988), Making Meaning(1989), and On the History of Film Style (1997). He and Kristin Thompson maintain the blog “Observations on Film Art” for their recent ruminations on cinema.

Film Comment

For almost 50 years, Film Comment magazine has featured in-depth reviews and critical analysis of mainstream, art-house and avant-garde filmmaking from around the world. Winner of the 2007 Utne Independent Press Award for Best Arts Coverage: “Film Comment regularly publishes some of the best film writers in the world, and they probe and parse cinema in ways that deepen our experience of it.”

Film School Thesis Statement Generator

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“The subversion of the male gaze in I Now Pronounce You Chuck exposes the major pillars of post-feminism.”

Film Studies For Free

A pluralist, pro bono, and purely positive web-archive of examples of, links to, and comment on, online, Open Access, film and moving image studies resources of note. FSFF is lovingly tended (in a personal capacity) by Catherine Grant, of Film Studies at the University of Sussex. She always wanted to be a Borgesian librarian when she grew up.

Fred Camper: My Writing on Film

I am Fred Camper, an artist who makes digital prints of multiple photographs, and who lives in Chicago. For many years before starting to complete these works, at the beginning of 2005, I was, and still am, also a free-lance writer and lecturer on art, photography, and film. When I was younger I was a filmmaker. This site has a large number of my film articles on-line, several articles on art, and links to a few of my art reviews that artists or galleries have placed on their sites, a list of my favorite filmmakers, and many other things. Coming in the future: a few more film articles, many more art articles, photography reviews, and other stuff.

Henry Jenkins: Confessions of an Aca-Fan

Henry Jenkins is the Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He arrived at USC in Fall 2009 after spending the past decade as the Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program and the Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities. He is the author and/or editor of twelve books on various aspects of media and popular culture, including Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory CultureHop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Cultureand From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games. His newest books include Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide and Fans, Bloggers and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture. He is currently co-authoring a book on“spreadable media” with Sam Ford and Joshua Green. He has written for Technology ReviewComputer GamesSalon, and The Huffington Post.

J. Hoberman: Das Blog of Shameless Self-Promotion!!!

James Lewis Hoberman, also known as J. Hoberman, is an American film critic. He started at The Village Voice in the 1970s, became a full-time staffer in 1983, and was the senior film critic from 1988 to 2012.

Jim Emerson: Scanners

Jim Emerson, the founding editor-in-chief of, is a Seattle-based writer and film critic whose love of movies has led to experience in nearly every part of the film world, from writing (and re-writing and re-writing), through “development hell” and production, to exhibition, marketing (including promotion and advertising), writing features and criticism for many publications (in print and on the Internet), and academic study. He was the editor of the late Microsoft Cinemania, a multimedia movie encyclopedia on CD-ROM and the web, and has been the editorial director of other encyclopedic film-related web sites such as and the now-defunct start-up,

Jonathan Rosenbaum is an American film critic. Rosenbaum was the head film critic for the Chicago Reader from 1987 until 2008. Apart from Notes (comments on books, films, paintings, music, etc.), which are posted periodically, along with reprints of texts of mine that may not otherwise be readily available, this web site includes Featured Texts which are, most often, long reviews which appeared in the Chicago Reader between 1987 and early 2008 -– and a list of recent publications and upcoming events, updated with some regularity.

Museum of the Moving Image: Moving Image Source

Museum of the Moving Image: Moving Image Source – Articles, calendar, dialogues, research guide.

Global Queer Cinema

Global Queer Cinema is a collaborative research project engaged in investigating queer film cultures from a global perspective and analysing world cinema from a queer point of view. In addition to scholarly inquiry into the spaces and forms of queer world cinema, its activities include programming innovative queer cinema, holding workshops, and bringing scholars together with film festival programmers, filmmakers and activists from around the world for public discussions of queer visual culture. The GQC website focuses on new writing on global forms of queer cinema and will form an open access archive for project-generated material, and for queer film and moving image studies resources. We publish shortform and some longer pieces on international queer cinema, using scholarly models from queer theory and film studies but not limited to traditional academic writing and publishing models. We are interested in the worldly shapes and spaces of queer cinema, its styles, its institutions and its archives.

Reverse Shot

Reverse Shot is a quarterly, independently published film journal.

Welcome to, the online home of Roger Ebert, the best-known and most widely read film critic in the world. Our goal for the initial phase of developing this site is to collect, assemble, and integrate virtually everything Ebert has written since he began working as the movie critic of the Chicago Sun-Times back in 1967 – the year of Arthur Penn’s revolutionary “Bonnie and Clyde,” John Boorman’s “Point Blank” and Howard Hawks’ “El Dorado,” and the arrival in America of Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona” and Luis Buñuel’s “Belle de Jour.”

Self-Styled Siren

Farran Smith Nehme’s film blog from NYU. “She’s brainy, she’s funny, she knows old movies better than lots of so-called pros, and she writes like a Noel Coward heroine turned substitute teacher.”
–Tom Carson, GQ Magazine

Senses of Cinema

Senses of Cinema is an online journal devoted to the serious and eclectic discussion of cinema. We believe cinema is an art that can take many forms, from the industrially-produced blockbuster to the hand-crafted experimental work; we also aim to encourage awareness of the histories of such diverse forms. As an Australian-based journal, we have a special commitment to the regular, wide-ranging analysis and critique of Australian cinema, past and present. Senses of Cinema is primarily concerned with ideas about particular films or bodies of work, but also with the regimes (ideological, economic and so forth) under which films are produced and viewed, and with the more abstract theoretical and philosophical issues raised by film study. As well, we believe that a cinephilic understanding of the moving image provides the necessary basis for a radical critique of other media and of the global “image culture”.

Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule

“There is no one in the blogosphere more able to make me look at a movie with fresh eyes.” — The Self Styled Siren

Glenn Kenny: Some Came Running

The House Next Door

The House Next Door is the official blog of Slant Magazine, and is home to all things film, music, television, theater, politics, and more.

The Seventh Art

The Seventh Art is an independently produced video magazine about cinema featuring profiles on interesting aspects of the film industry, video essays and in-depth interviews with filmmakers. Issues are released monthly and the production is based out of Toronto, Canada.