“Everything I learned, I learned from the movies.” – Audrey Hepburn
Are you a movie buff? A cinephile? A passionate critic? Do you have a favorite movie star, or do you aspire to be an actor/actress yourself? Maybe you are pursuing an RTVF degree, with a dream of one day making it big, behind the scenes in Hollywood? Or do you just go for the hot, buttered popcorn? Whatever the reason, many TCC Students love going to the movies. It is a great way to escape the stress of classes and work for a couple of hours, as you lose yourself in a passionate love story, a gut-busting comedy, or a thrilling adventure.
Now that the Oscar season is over, and the biggest films from last year are getting ready to launch on DVD and Blu-Ray, I plan on catching up with all the movies I didn’t have a chance to see in theaters during 2013. Luckily, the TCC Northeast Campus Library has a wide selection of periodicals that cover the ins-and-outs of the movie industry, so I’ll know what I’m getting myself into, before I sit down on the couch with my family to watch.
“Film Comment” magazine is published bi-monthly by the Film Society of the Lincoln Center in New York. It is absolutely FULL of great reviews of all kinds of movies – both old and new – that will make you want to go out and re-experience your favorite movies in a whole new way, while at the same time, branching out to international films, award-winners from the last century, and more…
Here is another source for film critiques, but “Film Quarterly” tends to go beyond the standard review article… They also delve into the relevant culture surrounding movies, what makes a film important, tie-ins to books, dvd’s and other media, etc…
Sight & Sound
Published monthly by the British Film Institute, “Sight & Sound” is another magazine about movies and movie-making that goes above and beyond in the quality of their reviews. Featuring new films from all over the world, each month, this fantastic film journal can make you wish there was unlimited room on your Netflix queue. Their review of “Gravity” in the Dec 2013 issue, for example, draws connections and parallels from a score of other space-faring features from the last 50 years, as well as going into the depths of research and detail that the film-makers sought when making their movie as scientifically, technologically, and heart-poundingly realistic as possible… while, at the same time, not really making it about space at all.
Published by the Creative Planet Network, this monthly magazine is geared more towards the behind-the-scenes aspects of movie-making. Drawing on the popularity of recent Oscar-contenders “American Hustle” and “Wolf of Wall Street,” for example, the January 2014 issue of Digital Video focuses on the story-boarding, design efforts, cinematography, post-production work, and editing that made these movies successful.
If you have questions about these, or any other periodical titles in our VAST collection, please don’t hesitate to stop by the Reference Desk and ask. We will be glad to help you, because that is what we’re here for.
See you at the movies!
This post was written by JAMES PONDER