I’m counting down the hours until I will be taking a much-anticipated vacation with The Best Girlfriend Ever. I’m hoping to blog from the road about our travels, but I’m not sure what kind of internet access we will have. For now, here is one last roundup of links before the big trip:
- Paul Snyder has an overview of “the future of cinephilia” on The Huffington Post, where he argues that streaming video has the potential to bring cinephilia “new life,” adding that “the cinematheque of the future is online.” Of course, he acknowledges that a vast proportion of new material will remain unavailable online for the foreseeable future, which complicates the arguments about universal access, but I think he is right to point out that streaming may lower the barrier for casual fans to discover filmmakers they might not check out in theaters or at the video store.
- Snyder also mentions that MUBI (formerly The Auteurs) has made nineteen Agnes Varda films available online, which gives me the excuse to remind you that her amazing autobiographical documentary, Beaches of Agnes, will be showing on PBS later this month. I caught it at Full Frame in April 2009 and really loved it. I’ll try to put together a longer review later if my schedule permits.
- Speaking of online cinephilia, James Wolcott and the Self-Styled Siren have news that a recent film blogathon raised enough money and awareness to fund the restoration of two films, illustrating that although our cinephilic practices may be expressed online, they sometimes translate back to the silver screen.
- I’ve been fascinated by some of the anti-fandom practices associated with the Karate Kid reboot. In this case, Cinematical is reporting on a planned anti-remake protest.
- Filmmaker Amos Poe has a gest post on Ted Hopes’ blog talking about the future of indie cinema.