For the past year, I've been running an online film club on a community site consisting of people from the now dissolved "The Deida Experience". We've watched eleven films and are about to watch our 12th. This is the list of the movies we have covered:
- Revolutionary Road (US) | IMDB
- Avatar (US) | IMDB
- Elegy (US) | IMDB
- Eyes Wide Shut (US) | IMDB
- American Beauty (US) | IMDB
- The Constant Gardener (US) | IMDB
- The 13th Warrior (US) | IMDB
- Amelie (FR) | IMDB
- Okuribito (JP) | IMDB
- Walk the Line (US) | IMDB
- Dangerous Beauty (US) | IMDB
- As it is in Heaven (SE) | IMDB
It's been a great experience to lead a group of this type and I have enjoyed it immensely. Actual growth has taken place as a result of the Polarity Film Club. But now, it is closing down. I tell you this, dear readers, because I want to honor the end of something that has been important to me. This represents the dissolution of a group of people I have come to appreciate a lot. I also tell you this because I wonder if there is interest for an online film club hosted on Masculinity Movies, where we discuss movies in a forum setting and see what gems we can excavate together. My energy must move towards this webpage now. 2011 is going to be an important year.
To give you an idea of what a filmclub like this may mean, I include here part of the text I wrote when the Polarity Film Club opened.
For the last year, I've been building a website about masculinity in movies on my spare time. It's called Masculinity Movies and can be found on www.masculinity-movies.com.
Prior to and during the development of the site, I have spent a fair amount of time reflecting on the role movies have in shaping our identity, society, sexuality and intimate relationships. I set out with a working hypothesis - that movies looked at from the right perspective can serve as great teachers of universal principles. With some mileage under my belt, the hypothesis still holds firm; I believe it is true.
I have found that when we take our time to really penetrate to the core of what good movies are trying to tell us, some timeless laws of great importance make themselves manifest. These laws are what I hope to extract from the movies and put on the table for us to investigate and discuss.
Tell me what you think.