On the plus side, today brought news that Jonathan Rosenbaum’s blog is up and running, though in his introductory entry, Jonathan says that the blog will chiefly consist of two features: a reprint of an older review, plus a list of Jonathan’s latest publications and upcoming personal appearances.
That’s a disappointment to those of us who’d hoped for something more ambtious, but I certainly understand Jonathan’s decision. It’s an unfortunate reality that blogging on this scale produces little or no income, and after a couple of years, it becomes hard to justify spending much time maintaining a website, when that time is so obviously better spent on work that contributes to paying the mortgage. Today, Tim Lucas expresses some similar reservations on his fine site, Video WatchBlog, going far enough to suggest that his days as a pixel-stained wretch are coming to an end. Coming on the heels of Flickhead’s abrupt retirement from the field, it’s enough to make you wonder if the energy of this particular scene hasn’t begun to burn out — at least, for those of us who aren’t supported by corporate parents. A wise man wondered some time ago whther blogging was really just the CB radio of the early 21st century — a fad that will inevitably come to an end. There’s an awful lot of typing going on out there, and not a whole lot of writing.
Undaunted, the gang at The Screengrab is continuing to provide detailed, cleanly-written coverage of the dauntingly huge Tribeca Film Festival, for which this filmgoer is very grateful. One personal recommendation if you are in the New York area: don’t miss the repeat screening on Sunday, May 4 at 2 pm of Rene Clair’s 1929 “Two Timid Souls,” an overlooked silent farce from Clair’s most creative period (there are a couple of split screen sequences, perhaps inspired by Gance’s “Napoleon,” that seem years ahead of their time). Tribeca is presenting the film in an archive print from the Cinematheque Francaise, accompanied by a 30 piece orchestra performing a newly composed score by Jaebon Hwang, Jin Kyung Lee, Jihwan Kim, and Seon Kyong Kim — all students in the Film Scoring Program at NYU Steinhardt.