Tom Mes from
Midnight Eye is another guy who covers his respective field very well. Covering Japanese cinema mainly, his book on Takashi Miike (Agitator: The Cinema of Takashi Miike) is a tome of information and also just an all around great read. Definitely recommend it as well as the site, especially if you’re interested in modern Japanese cinema.[/quote]
I’ll second Tom Mes.
Also, Jasper Sharp, David Stratton and Tony Rayns.
I can’t say I read much in the way of actual reviews. I prefer the analytical style of S&S and I tend to read a lot of scholarly work. Mostly because I can make up my own mind about whether a film is good or not and it’s film study that I prefer to hear from critics, not film evaluation.
The theory of film was what I leaned towards in film school, even though I do enjoy the practical aspect of filmmaking. But almost all my High Distinctions came in Film Analysis and Game Analysis classes.