One of the best ways to pass the time until another Bond release and to grow together as a community is to imagine cool little groups for members to be a part of, and we see this with the past community-wide Bondathon that ran from this September to March and with the current reading group for the Fleming novels running for the next few months. I know that we have a grand, enthusiastic and varied community of movie fans here, so I thought it'd be great and enriching for us all to have a group of our own that could go on without end as we continue to flesh out our individual film libraries and gradually kill those "must-watch" lists of ours that could be stacking up. The great variety of fans we have here, with "experts" in horror, sci-fi, noir and more films in and out of genre definitions ensures that there could be a wealth of amazing suggestions on everyone's side for the others to experience via this group.
With that, I'm happy to announce The MI6 Community Film Club For Cinephiles
These rules can be subject to change depending on community feedback, but the main idea of the club would be this:
*Either every week or every two weeks, a particular member will make an opening post naming and advocating for one of the movies they want the others to watch and discuss (this could be because they simply want to share it or because they think the other members would find it to their liking judging from their tastes). The movie can be of any genre, year or content, though we could run into an issue making sure everyone has the film to view if it's a particularly esoteric one.
*The other members will watch the recommended film in the days that follow the opening post, and will use the following one or two weeks afterward to discuss their unique impressions on the film, what they liked, didn't like, and, if they knew about the movie beforehand, how the "legend" of the film with all its expectations stood up to their viewing of it.
*When the one or two week period is over, the order will switch to a new member with another film suggestion, and the process will continue on and on.
With those rules in mind, I thought it'd simply be a good idea to do what we do with all these groups first off, gauging community interest and seeing how many members actually want to be a part of such a thing. I know that @Creasy47
is interested, but other hopefuls that come to mind would be...
, and possible more I could be forgetting that would be welcome to speak up.
The great thing about this group will be its looseness. If you want to sit out a week or can't find a particular film, no sweat, there's always the next week. Life gets in the way and sometimes it won't be possible to get as into discussions as one wants and that is fine. This won't be a serious or fancy group at all where you are expected to do this or that weekly or bimonthly, but a relaxing and insightful space to come and share what you love about movies and see what those around you love too.
If we get a good group going here, whether that's five people, ten people or more, I think it'd be a good idea for each member to assemble at least five preliminary films that they would like to share with the others in the future just to give themselves and others an idea of what will be coming down the viewing pipeline . We'll decide on an order of which members go first, second, third and onward before we start the process, and once we cycle through each member's first choices that initial time, the order will then return to the original member and their second film will be chosen, along with the second films of all those after them, and so on. By the time that everyone runs through their initial list of five movies the group will have an even better idea of who each other are and what their tastes in films are, such that when we compile the next list of our individual five movies we could, if we chose, customize our lists to the interests of other members who love a certain genre but who may not have seen a classic of that style.
Because of this the process and purpose of the group will be to enrich not only our own ideas and experiences of film watching, but to improve those of others too. There will be movies that don't register to some of us for a lack of interest in genre or simple engagement on a subjective level, but there will no doubt be other times where suggestions from other members could give us or someone else a new favorite film to voraciously watch on repeat. The end goal will simply be for all of us to come together with the united passion of loving films, enjoying the unique perspectives we can offer to one another as we become more knowledgable and experienced fans of cinema as a collective unit.
For those interested in joining the group, please feel free to pledge that interest and to give any feedback or ask any questions you may have. If it picks up steam we could be starting as soon as next Monday or into the coming week, but there's no rush either way. We'll adapt to everyone's needs and concerns over time.
Full List of Scheduled Film Viewings and When Discussions For Them Begin
(2000)/ Dir. Christopher Nolan
/ Spoiler discussion on pages 8-11
(1960)/ Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni
/ Spoiler discussion on pages 11-13
(1968)/ Dir. Gordon Douglas
/ Spoiler discussion on pages 13-14
(1988)/ Dir. Robert Bierman
/ Spoiler discussion on pages 13-15
(1983)/ Dir. Francis Ford Coppola (Oct. 28th-Nov. 10th)
/ Spoiler discussion on pages 14-
The Big Lebowski
(1998)/ Dir. Joel & Ethan Coen (Nov. 10th-Nov. 24th)
Zindagi Na Milengi Dobara
(2011)/ Dir. Zoya Akhtar (Nov. 24th-Dec. 8th)
(2011)/ Dir. Takashi Miike (Dec. 8th-Dec. 22nd)
Once Were Warriors
(1994)/ Dir. Lee Tamahori (December 22nd-Jan. 5th)
Death Wish 3
(1985)/ Dir. Michael Winner (Jan. 5th-January 19th)
School For Scoundrels
(1960)/ Dir. Robert Hamer (Jan. 19th-Feb. 2nd)
Dark Blue World
(2001)/ Dir. Jan Sverák (Feb. 2nd-Feb. 16th)
Knife In the Water
(1962)/ Dir. Roman Polanski (Feb. 16th-Mar. 2nd)
Police Story 3: Supercop
(1992)/ Dir. Stanley Tong (Mar. 2nd-Mar. 16th)
(Unchosen)/ (Mar. 16th-Mar. 30th)
(1988)/ Dir. Martin Brest (Mar. 30th-Apr. 13th)
Sea of Love
(1989)/ Dir. Harold Becker (Apr. 13th-Apr. 27th)
(Unchosen)/ (Apr. 27th-May 11th)
His Kind of Woman
(1951)/ Dir. John Farrow (May 11th-May 25th)
Kiss Me Deadly
(1955)/ Dir. Robert Aldrich (May 25th-June 8th)
The Sand Pebbles
(1966)/ Dir. Robert Wise (June 8th-June 22nd)
The Red Shoes
(1948)/ Dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (June 22nd-July 6th)
(Unchosen)/ (July 6th-July 20th)
(Unchosen)/ (July 20th-Aug. 3rd)
(Unchosen)/ (Aug. 3rd-Aug. 17th)
(1981)/ Dir. Walter Hill (Aug. 17th-Aug. 31st)
(2014)/ Dir. Kornél Mundruczó (Aug. 31st-Sept. 14th)
(2011)/ Dir. Ben Wheatley (Sept. 14th-Sept. 28th)
(Unchosen)/ (Sept. 28th-Oct. 12th)
The Omega Man
(1971)/ Dir. Boris Sagal (Oct. 12th-Oct. 26th)
(1928)/ Dir. Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman (Oct. 26th-Nov. 9th)
(Unchosen)/ (Nov. 9th-Nov. 23rd)
(Unchosen)/ (Nov. 23rd-Dec. 7th)
(2005)/ Dir. Steven Spielberg (Dec. 7th-Dec. 21st)
(Unchosen)/ (Dec. 21st-Jan. 4th)
A Night to Remember
(1958)/ Dir. Roy Ward Baker (Jan. 4th-Jan. 18th)
(Not Making a Selection) (Jan. 18th-Feb. 1st)
In A Lonely Place
(1950)/ Dir. Nicholas Ray (Feb. 1st-Feb. 15th)
(2014)/ Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson (Feb. 15th-Mar. 1st)