Announcing Film Club!


A few weeks, ago Amy at My Friend Amy blogged about the idea of a film club and asked for volunteers to co-host. I thought, “Hey, my blog is Books and Movies, right?” and threw my name out there. I am now pleased to announce that we have put on our thinking caps, placed our organizational ducks in a row (sort of), and are ready to kick this thing off!

I am especially excited about having people to discuss movies with, because it stretches my viewing habits and prompts me to watch movies differently, with more purpose. Our first selection is the Russian film The Island:


Here’s what Amazon has to say:

“Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives a very unusual man. His fellow-monks are confused by his bizarre conduct. Those who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons, and foretell the future. However, he considers himself unworthy because of a sin he committed in his youth. The film is a parable, combining the realities of Russian everyday life with monastic ritual and routine.”

The discussion will take place at Amy’s Blog on Thursday, March 29th. That gives all us a little more than three weeks to watch the movie – it is available on Netflix streaming, for those of you with Netflix accounts.

Amy and I will be alternating hosting duties. On April 27th, I will be hosting the discussion of our second film, Babette’s Feast. This one isn’t available on Netflix streaming, so I wanted to give you a head’s up, as it may take longer to figure out how to get your hands on a copy. Check your public libraries – mine actually has two copies.

Each month on the designated day, Amy or I will post our thoughts and some discussion questions about the film. Any of you who want to join in would post your thoughts and answers in the comments section, or else write up your own post and link to it in a comment. Hopefully, we’ll get some good discussions going!

The title selection and discussion schedule through August will be as follows:

May 31stWhip It (discussion at My Friend Amy)

June 28thA Wrinkle in Time (discussion here)

July 26thPoint Break (discussion at My Friend Amy)

August 30thAnother Earth (discussion here)

I hope you’ll consider joining us!

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17 Responses to Announcing Film Club!

  1. Sheila (Book Journey)
    Twitter: bookjourney
    says:

    I am kind of excited about this! I love movies and discussing them!
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  2. Word Lily
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    says:

    It sounds like so much fun! I’ll have to see, though.
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    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Hannah – I know you have lots on your plate, but we’d love it if you could join us. :)

  3. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    Count me in for Babette’s Feast and Whip It!
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    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      V – Yay! I’m really excited about Babette’s Feast – I’ve been meaning to watch it for ages.

  4. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    Oh I will definitely be there to chime in on Babette’s Feast. I love that movie. This is a great idea! I’m not sure how good I’ll be at getting the movies watched, since I have a family of people who have opinions on what we should watch! But I will do my best.
    Sandy´s last post ..The Turn of the Screw (1999)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – I told my husband he can put up with one “artsy-fartsy” movie a month – it won’t kill him!

  5. The Film Club sounds like fun! I hope you get a lot of participation. I will try to join in when I can.
    Literary Feline´s last post ..Bookish Thoughts: Under the Skin by Michel Faber

  6. Bonnie says:

    This sounds like fun! I’ll see if I can watch the movie on Netflix.
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  7. Kailana says:

    sounds like fun! If I can get the movies you can count me in. :)
    Kailana´s last post ..Red Sky at Night by Vernon Oickle

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  9. Kathleen says:

    I can’t commit to joining the film club but will look forward to hearing more about the movies you watch and your thoughts on each.
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