Overview: Online Resources for Foreign and Independent Film Enthusiasts

It would seem sensible and timely to offer a brief overview of online resources that cater to the interests of foreign and independent cinema enthusiasts. Let us begin by taking a closer look at these:

Twitch – an excellent, lively blog offering the latest news and reviews of international and independent films, with a general focus on controversial productions and the bizarre.

Plume Noire –  an online independent film & music commentary magazine based in Los Angeles and Paris. Great find for international cinema connoisseurs and casual film buffs alike.

IMDB – The Internet Movie Database – perhaps the most popular film site with US moviegoers – allows users to rate movies they’ve seen and share opinions via reviews and message boards.

KoreanFilm.org – this non-profit site run by freelance writer and consultant Darcy Paquet provides tremendous insight into the cinema of South Korea. Dynamically updated, it remains academic in spirit and is a great resource for anyone interested in the subject.

Midnight Eye – the definitive resource for anyone interested in modern Japanese film.

KinoPoisk – Essentially the Russian version of IMDB. Great tool if you speak the language.

AlloCine – An excellent site focusing on French and European cinema. In French.

Eiga.com – Japan’s premier movie portal. In Japanese.

Naturally, there are many more sites out there dealing with similar subject matter, but these are just a few that come to mind. We’ll be sure to add more to this post in the future, so please feel free to suggest your favorites down below!

1 Response to “Overview: Online Resources for Foreign and Independent Film Enthusiasts”


  1. 1 cooleo Apr 30th, 2009 at 9:19 am

    For Russian film, another pretty nice resource is KinoKultura. Though their style is a bit too academic for my taste, the site’s got plenty of movie reviews and a news section. Would make a worthy addition to this page, I think!

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