End(ing) notes: Richard Lippe.
CineAction began as a response to the rejection of the practice of film criticism in the heyday of privileging theory in academic study. The magazine was intended to illustrate the value of criticism through a close reading of a film's style and content. It was a process of evaluation that provided insights into the construction and meaning of a work. It was conceived as a political forum that included challenging the then contemporary theoretical notion that ideology was monolithic and, as such, put into question the possibility of political change.
Our other goal was to produce a serious-minded magazine that wasn't arcane and elitist in its nature; instead, we wanted to provide an open-minded reader with a magazine that was accessible while retaining its integrity., and sense of purpose. CineAction was meant to be wide ranging in its content, embracing the medium in all its manifestations, whether it be the Hollywood cinema, the art film, the documentary film or other cinematic formats.
As an editor, I have found the experience of putting an issue of the magazine together as an adventure which has been demanding at times but also gratifying and rewarding. As for the latter, it has led to connecting with writers, both seasoned and beginnings, who are insightful critics, enthusiastic about film, and inspiring to read.
While run as a collective, the magazine's content remained diverse and lively. As individual issues were themed, it allowed the editor(s) to explore aspects of the cinema that engaged him or her or were considered as topical at the time. I feel fortunate to have co-edited many issues (and co-written numerous articles) with my friend and colleague Florence Jacobowitz. Our working relationship has been consistently productive and a pleasure experience.
It would be an oversight to neglect mentioning the significance of having Robin Wood as one of the founding members of CineAction. Robin's participation in the magazine was on-going until 2009 when his failing health prevented him from practicing his craft. He valued the magazine's contribution to film culture. Robin also valued it as a place to publish regularly and do so without having restrictions imposed on his work.
CineAction has been an important part of my life and its demise in a print format is a sad occasion. On an upbeat note, it is conceivable that the magazine will reappear online but that is a possibility that is pending at this point.