Jonathan Rosenbaum – Essential Cinema: On the Necessity of Film Canons (2004)

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In his astute and deeply informed film reviews and essays, Jonathan Rosenbaum regularly provides new and brilliant insights into the cinema as art, entertainment, and commerce. Guided by a personal canon of great films, Rosenbaum sees, in the ongoing hostility toward the idea of a canon shared by many within the field of film studies, a missed opportunity both to shape the discussion about cinema and to help inform and guide casual and serious filmgoers alike. Continue reading

Jonathan Rosenbaum – Moving Places: A Life at the Movies (1995)

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Moving Places is the brilliant account of a life steeped in and shaped by the movies–part autobiography, part film analysis, part social history. Jonathan Rosenbaum, one of America’s most gifted film critics, began his moviegoing in the 1950s in small-town Alabama, where his family owned and managed a chain of theaters. Continue reading

Jonathan Rosenbaum – Movies as Politics (1997)

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Currently film critic at the Chicago Reader, Jonathan Rosenbaum has written for a variety of film journals for more than 20 years. Collected in Movies as Politics are more than three dozen essays focusing on political statements of modern film. Covered are such topics as racial stereotyping in the movies, the emergence of films and filmmakers from the Third World, and the cinematic treatment of historical events, such as the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the Holocaust. It’s not all heavy going, either. Rosenbaum’s essays on Forest Gump, Ace Ventura, and the influence of Miramax are both informative and entertaining, if at times scathing. Continue reading