A directory of the Internet’s best film-related writers, databases, and services.


One of the great “film professionals” is Jonathan Rosenbaum, whose distinctly intelligent writing spans the last fifty years and can all be found in the archives of his website.

Roger Ebert’s Great Movies writings are some of the most accessible writing about film. I read and reread the three books in high school and they became my much-needed template for how to write about movies.

David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson’s “Observations on film art” consistently provides perceptive film criticism that is nearly unparalleled anywhere else on the web.

Richard Brody of The New Yorker writes extensively on this blog, The Front Row. Always insightful, Brody is a truly original thinker of the cinema. No one approaches popular Hollywood films quite like him. If you want somewhere to start, read his reviews of the new Ghostbusters or Creed.

A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis hold up what might be one of the last great movie sections in a major metropolitan newspaper over at The New York Times.

Wesley Morris, one of my favorite writers on film (and only the second film critic to win a Pulitzer), now writes about pop culture and more at The New York Times as well.

The A.V. ClubThe Onion‘s pop culture section, is a home for plenty of serious criticism that is consistently fun to read. A few regular contributors include editor A.A. Dowd, Mike D’Angelo, and Noel Murray.

The author of The Wes Anderson CollectionMatt Zoller Seitz, writes for

R.I.P. The Dissolve.



For those looking for a comprehensive film canon and or a guide to directors, They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They? is an excellent resource. The result of compiling over 6,000 film lists from around the world, the TSPDT list might be the most democratic and well-rounded canon out there.

The Black Film Canon: Slate’s list of the 50 greatest films by black directors isn’t meant to start a new separate canon, but to shed light on voices that are missing from the old ones.


Great Reads

Jonathan Rosenbaum on AFI’s list of the 100 Greatest American Movies here


Film Diaries

Letterboxd has grown quite the community of film lovers in the last few years. The site’s best facet is the ease of keeping track of what you’ve seen, when you saw it, and what you thought of it.

iCheckMovies is a simpler site for keeping track of what you watch. No ratings or reviews involved, just checkmarks and empty boxes.


Curated Streaming

No way of watching a movie approaches the power of seeing a movie in a theater. But sometimes the only way to see a movie is on a smaller screen. The following websites multiply your home viewing choices in the categories of indie and foreign films:

Short of the Week is one of the internet’s best free resources for watching short films. The site features new shorts every week and its offerings rarely disappoint.

Film Struck is a streaming service by TCM and Criterion Collection that offers some of the best of classic, foreign, and art house cinema. It’s also now the only place on the internet to watch hundreds of Criterion movies.

Mubi bypasses the dilemma of browsing a large catalogue by adding one film a day to its hand picked line-up of 30 films. Most of the site’s choices are novelties, films you’re not likely to see anywhere else.