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:
“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:
June 28th – A Wrinkle in Time (discussion here)
August 30th – Another Earth (discussion here)
I hope you’ll consider joining us!