This blog represents a new venture for me, as it is a dedicated blog for film and film criticism and reflection. In addition to trying to stay relatively current with the movies you can find at local theaters, I would like to try and engage with older and more difficult films that the average person isn’t as interested in seeing. In order to do this, as well as deepen my exposure to the world of film and have a little fun while I’m at it, I’m starting The Watchers, a group of friends interested in watching films off the beaten path and reflecting on them together as much or as little as they see fit.
Anyone can join The Watchers, but it helps if you know me personally (and live relatively close!) so we can actually watch movies together. I’ve compiled this list of 50 films over at IMDb. I’ve tried to select critically acclaimed films that I either haven’t seen or have only seen once and not with other people. Also, as befits the title of my blog, I’ve tried to select thematically dark films. I would most like to attract people of faith interested in reflecting on the films’ artistic and cultural significance in light of their faith. I see potential for blog entries from The Watchers not only containing my reflections, but also possibly recorded conversations from group members and guest bloggers wanting to offer their two cents.
I should be up front about the fact that I am a Christian and therefore the Christian faith and the theological witness of the Christian Bible will most often serve as the guiding principles for the overall shape of the blog’s content and reflections. That said, I would be excited to have anyone join in the conversation: I affirm pluralism and charity in dialogue, yet retain that certain viewpoints are irreconcilable.