Cinephilia Club for Film Fans
As we endured the period of lockdown and as the rather ubiquitous Teams technology took over our lives, our highly creative Head of Drama and Performing Arts, Miss Agg-Manning set about devising something a little different for our pupils to get involved in.
And so was born the Cinephilia Club. Cinephilia, the portmanteau of the words cinema and philia, is the term used to refer to a passionate interest in films, film theory, and film criticism.
Armed with some titles to contribute to the mass discussion that ensued ... of what to watch and when, Miss Agg-Manning engaged the pupils in some weekly film critique.
Week one saw Ferris Bueller's Day Off – a seminal 80's classic – get a 4 1/2 star review. "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while you could miss it."
Week two was the popular The Shawskank Redemption – a film based around friendship and most importantly, hope. It too received 4 1/2 stars. "Hope is a good thing, maybe the bestow things, and no good thing ever dies."
Week three brought The Pursuit of Happyness to our small screens. Based on a true story of the life of Chris Gardner who went from being homeless to being a multi-millionaire, the club rated the film 3 stars. "You got a dream...you gotta protect it. People can't do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want something, go get it. Period."
Week four and LA LA Land brought the glamour of Hollywood via this contemporary musical. The club rated this film 4 stars. "I'm letting life hit me until it gets tired. Then I'll hit it back. It's a class rope-a-dope."
In week five, we were literally Spirited Away in this beautiful Japanese animation. It received the club's first 5 star review! "Once you've met someone you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return."
Birdbox brought tension to week six, as this chilling thriller set nerves on end. It received 3 1/2 stars. "In a world where you can't open you eyes - isn't a blindfold all you could ever hope for?"
Dunkirk in week seven proved the most popular film of the term – an epic film that brought the historical event to life. The 5 stars it received were unanimous. "We shall never surrender."
And rounding off the reviews in week eight was the turn of the Adam Sandler classic, Happy Gilmore – a great comedy with quotes you can recall for hours. The comedy received 4 stars.
"Think of a place that's really perfect. Your own happy place."
Commenting, Miss Agg-Manning, said: "When we went into lockdown I was thinking of ways to enrich the pupils further and I began to think about films. I knew they would be accessing their Netflix accounts and perusing what to watch, and therefore thought we should use this to our advantage by starting a film club. Each week I would choose a film and we would meet to dissect the movie, looking at all aspects of the production, from plot to characters, to the aesthetics. I tried to pick films of all genres and periods to give a variety in our weekly discussions. I have thoroughly enjoyed leading the club throughout this time of remote learning."
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