Film Criticism

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BenoitRouilly
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Re: Film Criticism

#1076 Post by BenoitRouilly » Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:50 pm

MichaelB wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:50 am
Anyone who fancies a crack at Penelope Houston's 35-year record of editing Sight & Sound can apply here.
That's an ambitious job application! I'm no fit :(
They should really get someone from the film journalism industry (maybe even an onliner), not just a manager who loves movies.
I do hope they transition online as I don't have a newstand that sells it in my area of France since I left Paris...

Jonathan Romney is (usually) a great defender of Contemplative Cinema! (no relation to the above paragraph)

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colinr0380
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Re: Film Criticism

#1077 Post by colinr0380 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:43 pm

As a subscriber it does seem slightly concerning to wonder exactly what 'managing the transition from a primarily print-based monthly title to a vibrant digital-first brand with a complementary print edition' will actually entail. Will half of the material go online only? Presumably it will be up to the new editor-in-chief to decide on that once they are in the position.

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Professor Wagstaff
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Re: Film Criticism

#1078 Post by Professor Wagstaff » Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:50 pm

BenoitRouilly wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:50 pm
I do hope they transition online as I don't have a newstand that sells it in my area of France since I left Paris...
I started subscribing because my nearest bookstore that carried it was too far away. With a digital subscription, you get access to the complete archives going back to the beginning of the magazine. I still love the physical copy though. Miffed they forgot to mail me my May issue.

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Re: Film Criticism

#1079 Post by furbicide » Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:09 am

MichaelB wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:50 am
Anyone who fancies a crack at Penelope Houston's 35-year record of editing Sight & Sound can apply here.
I would so love to (it's been a dream for a long time + moving to the UK would be awesome!), but I also know that I'd need another five to ten years in the industry minimum to even be considered. One day, maybe!

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BenoitRouilly
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Re: Film Criticism

#1080 Post by BenoitRouilly » Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:06 pm

I was unaware of the digital subscription. It's expensive for online read but it's pretty cool for the access to the complete archive!

From the Information Pack to Editor-in-Chief application :
35% employee discount on all food across BFI Benugo outlets, and 20% staff discount on alcohol
They know how to appeal to editors!

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colinr0380
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Re: Film Criticism

#1081 Post by colinr0380 » Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:16 am

I had missed this Los Angeles Times article from back in April on the late Philip French's library having been donated to the BFI for preservation.

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bottled spider
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Re: Film Criticism

#1082 Post by bottled spider » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:08 pm

In his review of Runaway Train, (the link is to Not David Kerr on Letterboxd), David Kerr refers to "a Tarkovsky thumb sucker like Stalker". Does anyone know what "thumb sucker" is meant to convey?

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Kirkinson
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Re: Film Criticism

#1083 Post by Kirkinson » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:32 pm

I would imagine he's using it in something close to the journalistic sense of a long, self-aggrandizing think-piece masquerading as "news analysis" despite containing few hard facts or any actual news. So in this case, it would be a long, self-consciously serious film that purports to be about Big Ideas but is really just Tarkovsky "sucking his thumb." Sort of similar to calling something a "chin-stroker," but more derisive. I could be way off, though!

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bottled spider
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Re: Film Criticism

#1084 Post by bottled spider » Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:03 pm

Thanks. I hadn't encountered that sense of the word before. I think you're right, but Kerr's usage in that case isn't very apt -- simply "chin-stroker", as you suggest, would have been better.

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Re: Film Criticism

#1085 Post by BenoitRouilly » Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:13 pm

Webcast of Jonathan Rosenbaum on on Film Criticism (21 June 2019) 15' and on American Independent Cinema (24 May 2019) 15'

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