Just a quick post today to point you to an essay that should encourage both writers and film enthusiasts. For some years now, writers on film have been considered an endangered species. However, Roger Ebert now points out that, thanks to the internet, as in so many other areas of information production, writing about film has never been more common or of better quality.
Not only do we increasingly have instant or near-instant access to the world’s film archives (thanks to companies like Netflix), we also have access to a worldwide network of film writers, many of whom are outstanding. Film lovers can be introduced to the canon of significant works from a very young age and become proficient in their analysis at a far lower cost than their professional or semi-professional predecessors.
If you haven’t hitched your hopes to the idea of a paid gig writing about films at a newspaper, what’s not to like about this development? I remember enjoying watching the “Critic’s Corner” on the Today Show as a kid, but our access to information about and opinions on films today is far superior to that experience.