James Franco Finds Time for an Indiewire Column

Siskel and Ebert begets James and Semaj.

Let the man-of-many-hats jokes fly once more.

As if James Franco didn’t have enough to already keep him occupied, he is now officially as of today a bi-weekly contributor to Indiewire. And yes, folks, it’s as wacky as all heck:

This is a column where James Franco talks to his reverse self, Semaj, about new films. Rather than a conventional review, it is a place where James and Semaj can muse about ideas that the films provoke. James loves going to the movies and talking about them, but a one-sided take on a movie, in print, might be misconstrued as a review. As someone in the industry it could be detrimental to James’s career if he were to review his peers, because unlike the book industry — where writers review other writer’s books — the film industry is highly collaborative, and a bad review of a peer could create problems. So, assume that James (and Semaj) love all these films. What they’re interested in talking about is all the ways the films inspire them, and make them think. James is me, and Semaj is the other side of me. —James Franco

Film criticism may be dead. But thank the Lord, Franco is alive and kicking in all directions. Read his fascinating two-way inaugural convo with James-spelled-backwards here. (In all seriousness, Franco is a legitimate cinephile, so this column makes perfect sense.)