Online Resources

In this section, we plan to expand this list of recommended web sites on a regular basis. Let us know what sort of information sources you'd like to see added by e-mailing us at —The Editors

Journals and Magazines

ArtForum: the online version of this venerable magazine includes a film section, updated several times a week, which features reviews and festival coverage by many of the finest contemporary film critics.

Bright Lights Film Journal: an independent and irreverent journal covering an eclectic mix of film-related topics.

Cahiers du Cinema in English: The legendary French film journal now offers articles in four languages.

Cineastes: Aside from the dubious name, this French site features articles on experimental film and filmmakers. The site is navigable in English, but the content is in French.

Cinema Scope: features articles, interviews and commentary on international cinema.

Documentary Films: a site dedicated to the non-fiction film, featuring reviews, previews and film festival coverage. 

Film Comment: the magazine of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Covers current art house and independent American and International film, along with features on more esoteric or historical subjects, often tied to the programming at the Walter Reade Theater.

Film Criticism: founded in 1976, Film Criticism is one of the oldest academic film journals in the country, and continues to present the very best writing from a new generation of film historians, theorists, and critics.

Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journalof Film and Television Studies: An academic journal committed to promoting the use of film as a tool in the teaching and practice of history. In addition to content that directly addresses its mission, the journal also includes film and book reviews.

Film International: the English-language web manifestation of what began life in 1973 as the Swedish film journal Filmhäftet, this site covers film culture as part of the broader culture, history and economy of society.

The Film Journal: an Ohio-based independent site featuring articles on a variety of cinematic subjects.

Filmmaker: a magazine covering the independent cinema industry.

Film Monthly: contains a large selection of reviews of current films, home video, and television.

Film-Philosophy: an online journal offering philosophical perspectives on film. Articles are consistently interesting, and, occasionally, abstruse. 

Film Quarterly: an academically focused film magazine published by the University of California, that also includes reviews of current cinema and film books.

Images: A Journal Of Film And Popular Culture: a web journal dedicated to the analysis of the cinema of the past.

Joan's Digest: A Film Quarterly: an online feminist film quarterly. 

Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media: A political magazine which analyzes media in terms of its larger social meaning, dealing with issues of class, gender, sexuality, and race. Recently Jump Cut has become an exclusively web-based publication and the site features a great deal of content.

Kinoeye: specializes in both academic and journalistic perspectives on European cinema

La Furia Umana: an online, multilingual quarterly of cinema theory and history, which features numerous articles by many of the most interesting voices in contemporary film criticism and scholarship, on an astounding range of topics.

Lola: A wide-ranging new online film journal co-edited by frequent Cineaste contributor Adrian Martin and film-blogger extraordinaire Girish Shambu.

Millennium Film Journal: One of the earliest film publications to deal exclusively with avant-garde and experimental film.

Off Screen: Canadian film journal on world cinema, featuring a large archive of past issues with book and film reviews. Often, issues focus on a special subject, with several articles on the same topic.

Pop Politics: entertaining, political commentary on the media

Reverse Shot: a new web-based magazine featuring reviews and articles by younger film writers.

Rouge: an intriguing mix of pieces on art cinema often by filmmakers themselves.

Senses of Cinema: a massive online journal from Australia geared toward a general, but film literate audience, covering a wide variety of topics in cinema. Along with the current issue, SOS features annotations for the Melbourne Cinémathèque's programs, profiles of great directors, and an archive of annual top ten lists.

Scope: an academic journal featuring articles from broad array of approaches on theory, history and criticism.

Screening the Past: A journal on the history of media as well as the depiction of history in photography, film and multimedia.

Sight and Sound: from the British Film Institute's, covers popular, independent and art-house international cinema.

Undercurrent: published by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), and edited by Chris Fujiwara, Undercurrent features critical essays, film, DVD, and book reviews, and articles on the practice, theory, and history of film criticism.

Vertigo: A British film magazine, specializing in Independent film, video and documentary.


The Academic Hack: Cineaste contributor Michael Sicinski’s site features in-depth, penetrating reviews of a wide range of contemporary world cinema.

Alt Film Guide: a Los Angeles-based site which offers an alternative, offbeat look at the world of film.

Elusive Lucidity: this blog, by Zach Campbell, focuses on film, but also encompasses musings on other forms of media, as well as art, literature, philosophy, cultural theory, and politics.

Film Journey: a Los Angeles-based site covering world cinema, with special attention given to historical, formal, and human values.

Girish: maintained by the tireless Girish Shambu, this blog combines film festival reporting, in-depth discussions of particular films and filmmakers, and digests of links to the best of current web-criticism. a site featuring articles from eminent film critic, scholar, author, and Cineaste Associate Editor Jonathan Rosenbaum’s extensive body of work.

Some Came Running: Glenn Kenny’s blog, updated almost daily, features his in-depth ruminations on films, filmmakers, DVD releases, and other cinema-related matters.

Thanks for the Use of the Hall: a blog from freelance film critic Dan Sallitt, with penetrating discussions of classic and contemporary cinema, from an auteurist perspective.

They Shoot Pictures Don’t They: this Australia-based site covers a wide range of classic and contemporary cinema from an auteurist perspective. 

Further Resources

Alt Screen: this site is devoted to the NYC repertory film scene, featuring listings, reviews, and highlights of upcoming screenings and events.

Chaplin: A Life: A loving and comprehensive guide to all things Little Tramp.

Educational Media Reviews: Aimed at teachers and educators, provides ratings for media available from educational and documentary distributors. Includes an excellent links page.

Eurochannel: Official website of international channel featuring European arts, culture and film.

Film Studies for Free: a pluralist, pro bono, and purely positive web-archive of online film and moving image studies resources of note.

Hammer to Nail: devoted to world cinema, this extensive site features articles, reviews, interviews, and discussion boards, as well as streaming movies.

Moving Image Source: administered by the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, NY, this site offers original articles by leading critics; a calendar highlighting major retrospectives, festivals, and gallery exhibitions around the world; and a guide to online research resources.

Mubi: an invaluable resource, this ambitious site offers a wide range of streaming movies, as well as a blog, reviews, festival coverage, and a database of descriptions and information about thousands of films. A site devoted to the work and legacy of the highly influential British film critic Raymond Durgnat, author of such seminal books as Films and Feelings, A Mirror for England, and The Strange Case of Alfred Hitchcock.

Ubu: this remarkable site is devoted to providing free access to an extraordinary range of avant-garde art and culture, and features an extensive film section with hundreds of movies available for streaming.