|Years active 1965–2011|
Name James Monaco
|Role Film critic|
Spouse Susan Schenker
|Born 1942 (age 72–73)Flushing, New York, U.S.|
Occupation Film critic, film historian, publisher
Books How to read a film, American Film Now
Nominations Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Broadway Musical
Similar People Hans‑Michael Bock, Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen, Erroll Garner, Bob Haggart
James Monaco (born 1942) is an American film critic, author, publisher, and educator.
Monaco founded Baseline in 1982, an early online database about the entertainment industry, and a forerunner of the IMDb. It was taken over by The New York Times Company in 2006. In 2011 the Times sold the company to Project Hollywood LLC, which is majority owned by entrepreneurs Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein, who sold it to Gracenote in 2014 for a reported $50 million.
He has taught at The New School for Social Research, Columbia University, New York University, and the City University of New York. He was a media commentator for Morning Edition on NPR in the 1980s, and has written for The New York Times, The Village Voice, and The Christian Science Monitor.
He has written seven books, including The New Wave: Truffaut, Godard, Chabrol, Rohmer, Rivette (1976), How To Read A Film (1977, 1981, 1999, 2009) and American Film Now (1979), and edited four others.
He is the founder and current president of UNET 2 Corporation. He runs Harbor Electronic Publishing in New York and Sag Harbor. In 2012 he co-founded the Long Island Nature Organization, Inc., sponsors of the annual Long Island Natural History Conference.