Monarchy on screen – free!

15th July 2016

Academic open access publishing is a complex issue but developments in the field mean that an increasing number of titles are available as freely downloadable e-books. I think one of the services that this blog can provide is highlighting a different volume each week, more

Live cinema – live!

27th May 2016

To King's College London today for The Live Cinema Conference 2016. This intriguing event intends to explore the full range of live cinema today including 'the production, delivery and attendance of outdoor screenings, drive-ins, sing-a-longs, sensory augmentations, fully immersive more

The quiet cinematography of Ozu

4th May 2016

Andrew Saladino's video essay about the cinematography in Yasujiro Ozu's Floating Weeds, 1959, isn't the most innovative or the most profound or the most theoretically rigorous analysis of this kind. But it is beautifully assembled, is genuinely informative more

Film as data

7th April 2016

Some of today's richest and most stimulating research projects in cinema and media studies have at their heart the tools of data analytics. And Marina Hassapopolou at the NYI Center for the Humanities has just put online a highly informative blog more

Art, ambiguity and the audio-visual essay

26th March 2016

One of the most interesting strands of moving image criticism today is the the fast-developing form of the short audio-visual essay. Made possible by the availability of films on DVD and as downloads, by desktop editing systems, by "fair use" more

5 x 5 No. 3: Tom’s list

31st December 2015

For the end of 2015, when this blog has been less than it should have been, and for the start of 2016, when it will be more than it has been, we offer five short lists of five cultural more

5 x 5 No. 2: John’s list

29th December 2015

For the end of 2015, when this blog has been less than it should have been, and for the start of 2016, when I intend it to be more than it has been, we offer five short lists of five more

5 x 5 No. 1: Linda’s list

28th December 2015

For the end of 2015, when this blog has been less than it should have been, and for the start of 2016, when I intend it to be more than it has been, we offer five short lists of five more

Restorations and recollections

18th October 2015

In the past week I have seen three exemplary film restorations courtesy of the BFI London Film Festival. Last Sunday offered a luminous, luscious print of Kiss Me Kate, 1953, in 3D; on Friday the Archive Gala screening more