Off Topic: Film Criticism in the Age of the Internet drainer
Tue Sep 23 20:13:45 EDT 2008

 Not unless it falls into a specific genre (usually under cult) or appeals 
to some subculture (which in case is not an attempt at mass production), so 
I am tempted to agree with you.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Aaron Gerow" <aaron.gerow at>
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Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 6:46 PM
Subject: Re: Off Topic: Film Criticism in the Age of the Internet

> One can perhaps say that the internet is a site for active discussion  of 
> film in Japan, but given how it has tended to be defined as  essentially a 
> consumerist, not a critical activity, I have not seen  the internet being 
> productive for film in Japan the way the Cineaste  people talk about in 
> the West, i.e., the generation of interest in  filmmakers/films that would 
> otherwise be ignored in the market or the  major media. Maybe I've missed 
> it, but can anyone think of the  release of any older or less recognized 
> Japanese filmmaker on DVD in  Japan because of internet buzz?
> Aaron Gerow
> Assistant Professor
> Film Studies Program/East Asian Languages and Literatures
> Yale University
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