5 Websites Every Cinephile Should Know

If you’re a true cinephile and are looking for something a little a different to the same old wannabe film review sites that seem to be popping up all over the place, I’ve put together my favorite collection of websites dedicated to the art of cinema. The ladies and gentlemen running these sites are serious about their films and will make even the most seasoned cinephile feel right at home.

1. Taste of Cinema

Taste of Cinema

Taste of Cinema

I often find ‘list’ posts very tedious as they’re usually cobbled together in a desperate attempt to attract visitors. Not so with Taste of Cinema. They’re lists are well crafted and beautifully insightful. One of my favorites at the moment is 15 Great Filmmakers Whose Films Demand Your Patience (you know a good post when Yasujiro Ozu makes an appearance). But don’t stop there, they’ve got enough lists to keep the cinephile in you wholly satisfied. And before you ask, yes I’m aware that this is a list post.
 

2. World of Cinematography

World of Cinematography

World of Cinematography

No words, just pictures – that’s the way I like it. World of Cinematography is a simple Tumblr blog offering a daily dose of truly astounding stills from some of the worlds greatest films. As you may have guessed by the name, this site dedicates each and every unconventional and beautiful shot to the cinematographer responsible. So far my favorite has to be the shot of Akiko in Tokyo Twilight. I’m almost certain Breakfast at Tiffany’s totally stole that one.
 

3. Desist Film

Desist Film

Desist Film

Don’t attempt to challenge this veteran collective of film critics and academics. They know what real cinema is and ain’t afraid to say it. So any of you looking for more trailers of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes should kindly move on. But if you’re passionate about avant-garde and experimental cinema you’ll love the articles and reviews on offer here. Their recent article The Documentary Ways in the Work of Hirokazu Koreeda offers are rarely documented insight into one of contemporary cinema’s all time heroes.
 

4. The Art of Slow Cinema

The Art of Slow Cinema

The Art of Slow Cinema

Nadine Mai is a student of slow cinema, and you know how we love slow cinema. A PhD candidate who is literally immersed in arguably the most transcendent form of film there is, Nadine’s website is dedicated to the study of some of the most contemplative films from around the world. Her recent article on Tsai Ming-Liang’s retirement film Stray Dogs makes for quite a touching read.
 

5. Senses of Cinema

Senses of Cinema

Senses of Cinema

For me, Senses of Cinema is the daddy of all online cinephile resources. When I was studying for my MA back in 2012, I literally lived on this site. The recent update has given this a shiny new, modern exterior. But don’t be fooled, these guys are well and truly seasoned film buffs who know their Vertov’s from their Mizoguchi’s. The Long Take as a Reaction to the Past in Contemporary Romanian Cinema is as intelligent and thought provoking as the long title suggest. Be prepared to be educated.

That’s your 5. Any other great websites for cinephiles? Let me know in the comments.

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Manjeet S. Gill

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Film maker and writer for the Black Country Cinema collective. My work often revolves around Asians living in contemporary Britain. Main influences include Ozu, Koreeda and Hou.

  5 comments for “5 Websites Every Cinephile Should Know

  1. 11/07/2014 at 12:12

    Thank you so much for mentioning my website, Manjeet. It means a lot to me.I’m looking forward to seeking a couple of films of yours once I have a bit of breathing space. Cheers!

    • Manjeet S. Gill
      Manjeet S. Gill
      13/07/2014 at 06:29

      No problem Nadin, it’s a great website.

  2. 11/07/2014 at 17:38

    Senses of Cinema is a great site and its recent issue has proved that. Thanks too for including Desist- I wrote a couple of articles for them last year http://blog.desistfilm.com/2013/06/26/kinotavr-film-festival-2013-an-overview/ and http://blog.desistfilm.com/2013/06/06/panorama-algorithms-by-ian-mcdonald-eng/ – they have some very fine criticism. I’d also add Bright Lights Film which has been going for some time. My Barnet article had some praise from New Yorker critic Richard Brody http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/movies/2013/03/dvd-of-the-week-outskirts.html

    • Manjeet S. Gill
      Manjeet S. Gill
      13/07/2014 at 06:31

      Hi Giuliano, I’ll make sure to check out Bright Lights Film.

  3. 29/10/2015 at 10:14

    Thanks for sharing such a great list of websites, I think taste of cinema is best. site provide great info about the films and their lists are always awesome.

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