Jim's Film Website

A major part of this website is dedicated to film, both classic and contemporary, often focusing on LGBTQ+ cinema. When the site originally launched in 1997, this section was called Jim’s Film Website. Now in 2021, I’m bringing back that subtitle (tiny pun? yup).

As described below, you will find several original resources, including many 10-best lists, 50 landmarks of film history, a film guide (covering dramatic structure, visual and sound aesthetics), over 200 reviews, and linked sites for Fassbinder, Pasolini, and Jarman.

Film Resources

Jim’s Film Reviews

Reviews over a hundred selected classic and recent pictures, including Murnau’s Nosferatu, Dreyer’s Michael, Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, Resnais’s Muriel, 11 films by Robert Wise, all of Fassbinder, Jarman, and Pasolini; and more. FILM BOOK REVIEWS: includes Niall Richardson‘s The Queer Cinema of Derek Jarman, that explores connections to gender, history, and politics.

10 Best Films Lists in 30+ Categories

Works in over 30 genres ranging from comedy to documentary, science fiction to Westerns.

50 Landmarks of Film History

Essential pictures, silent era to today, from all major genres and international cinemas, with brief critical remarks.

Analysis of a Sequence from Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train

Shot-by-shot comparison of Hitchcock’s film with Patricia Highsmith’s novel and Raymond Chandler’s screenplay.

Best English-Language Films, Year–by–Year List

From 1930 to today, with no fixed number of titles, including pictures from the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and more.

Film Guide

UPDATED March 28, 2021: My introduction to how visual and sound design enhance drama and shape ideas.

Film Reviews

Detailed reviews of over two hundred pictures, from classic to contemporary.

Films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Introduction to Fassbinder’s life and work in theater and film, with reviews of all of his pictures , including The Merchant of Four Seasons, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Effi Briest, The Marriage of Maria Braun.

Films of Pier Paolo Pasolini

Introduction to Pasolini’s life and work as poet, novelist, theorist and director, with reviews of all of his pictures, including Accattone, Mamma Roma, The Gospel According to [Saint] Matthew, Oedipus Rex.

Films of Derek Jarman

An overview of his career as artist, author and filmmaker, his role in British cinema, and reviews of all of his films, including Sebastiane, Jubilee, The Tempest, The Last of England, Edward II.

Films of Robert Wise

A tribute to one of Hollywood’s greatest and most versatile filmmakers, with reviews of Born to Kill, The Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story, The Haunting (1963), The Sound of Music, more.

Start a Discussion Group

Start a film and/or book discussion group – or discuss both books and their movie adaptations (linked example relates to LGBTQ+ works, but adapt to your group’s particular focus).

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LGBTQ+ Films

Directors, great films, books, more — described below.

Recommended Film Books

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LGBTQ+ Film

50 Outstanding LGBTQ+ Themed Films

GLBT experience explored from diverse perspectives, in pictures made between 1924 and today.

50 Great Films by LGBTQ+ Directors

Released between 1919 and today, these extraordinary works cover a wide range of genres, from comedy to drama, fantasy to documentary.

Films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Introduction to Fassbinder’s life and work in theater and film, with reviews of all of his pictures.

Films of Derek Jarman

An overview of his career as artist, author and filmmaker, his role in British cinema, and reviews of all of his films,

Films of Pier Paolo Pasolini

Introduction to Pasolini’s life and work as poet, novelist, theorist and director, with reviews of all of his films.

LGBTQ+ Fiction & Film

Updated! Films based on a diverse range of LGBTQ+ literature, from ancient classics to contemporary fiction.

LGBTQ+ Filmmakers

Wikipedia has a comprehensive list of LGBTQ+ directors, with each filmmaker’s name linked to information and resources.

Recommended LGBTQ+ Film Books

More LGBTQ+ Arts Resources

LGBTQ+ Classical Music, LGBTQ+ Literature, LGBTQ+ Visual Arts. Essay “Why a LGBTQ+ Focus?”

Begun 1997 / Updated September 10, 2021

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