The Ides of March
A Collection of Favorite Films
No, this is not a film club dedicated to either Caesar and the fall of Rome nor George Clooney's 2011 political thriller. Rather, March is my birthday month (feel free to tweet me on 15 March - the Ides of March - happy birthday)! So, that means this month's film club is going to all about me. Because that's what birthday months are about, right? A month-long celebration of you!
For this month's film club, I wanted to curate a collection of films that I love - my favorite films. These films, some of which I have already written about in the 'My Favorite Films...' series, are some of the films that have had the most influence on me as a person and as a scholar of film studies. These films shaped my understanding of the world and myself and played a pivotal role in shaping my love and passion for cinema. That, by no means, means that these are the best films ever made - some have high acclaim, some you've probably never heard of - but they are films that have a special place in my heart and have ignited (and in some cases, reignited) by love for cinema.
It's hard to decipher what your favorite films are, at least for me. I watch so many films and fall in love with each and every one of them (unless they are crap... But I tend not to watch films), that its hard for me to pick only six as my favorites. When crafting this list, I had to look back through my life and think which films have continuously spoken to me throughout the years, which films have remained with me even as the years passed and I began to mature, and which films held that special place in my heart and continuously bring a sense of warmth and comfort. There truly is nothing better than re-watching films you adore and reliving that feeling of complete elation you felt the first time... But perhaps I'm just a sappy sentimentalist.
The films of the Ides of March are:
Birdman Or: the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (dir. Alejandro G. Iñárritu)
Breathless (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
Hamlet (dir. Gregory Doran)
The King's Speech (dir. Tom Hooper)
The Hour (Created by Abby Morgan)
Wreckers (dir. Dictynna Hood)
Here's how The Film Club works. Each month I curate a collection of films that demonstrate the best of filmmaking. Over the course of the month, you watch as many films on this list as you can, and, with your help, we can discuss how these films work together as a collection and how they reflect the artistry of filmmaking. At the end of the month, come back here to read my review a film in this month's collection. If you want to take part in this month's film club, leave a comment Tweet me, Tumblr me, or Email me discussing your thoughts on this collection!
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