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What’s Ciné-Club 8 about?

Ciné-Club 8 is the film criticism blog that’s also a club.

How is it a club? Isn’t it still just a blog?

It’s a club in the sense that you can be a part of the community as a contributing writer or artist.

Why’s community important? Isn’t it better to go see a film by yourself so you can cry all you want?

That’s true but it’s also true that sometimes it’s scary to laugh as much as you’d like to when you’re not with your friends in the theater. You start laughing, they laugh, and it augments the thing, all of your laughs get boosted to the next level.

But don’t you think seeing a film alone lets you experience  your own personal experience of the film with less perversity?

Not at all.

No I mean like, knowing what your friends are thinking, because we always know how our friends feel every second of the film whether it’s annoying or not to do so, doesn’t that change how you’re experiencing it?

You have to be careful not to let them color it.

But they do, they always do!

Well you should choose which films to see with friends and which you want to have a deep experience with and see alone. Sometimes I see a trailer and I know exactly who I want to see it with, or I see a movie and I know exactly who to call after. But what I meant by community was simply that we talk to each other. Seeing a film is an individual experience and it is different for each person and we want to hear about specific experiences of seeing films and what differs versus what is the same in all viewings. We need to hear each other’s opinions in order to learn more about the film’s power, otherwise we can only have access to a small portion of the experience offered.

What films do you guys review?

Whatever we like. New though; what we feel is relevant right now. We’re not snobby, we love Hollywood, you don’t just grow up and stop loving hot dogs after you’ve had some fancier eats.

You eat hotdogs? Do you know what kind of meat is in hotdogs?

I think like, pork.

Why do we need a film criticism blog?

Criticism ideally pushes forward culture by challenging art to be better. Some people question the integrity of today’s criticism. “Now, instead of moving culture ahead, it’s about finding a group of people you can promote. They promote that work not because they think it is the most important work being made or because it is a do-or-die issue, but because it’s a little corner that they can own.” Tom McDonough, the writer for Art in America said that. Criticism is evolving, but it’s not all the way bad. The ideal of review should always be to elevate culture, even when we have a sneaking suspicion that that’s too idealistic to be taken seriously.

Is that your suspicion?

I don’t know.

Isn’t criticism mean?


Isn’t criticism mean?

Yeah. Like Art Forum doesn’t write negative reviews. Eminem says “Will Smith don’t have to cuss in his raps to sell records/but I do/so fuck him and fuck you too.” I confess partiality to Em’s argument. With film criticism, it makes sense to write negative reviews. You’re not going to tell your best friend, yeah go see that because I hated it.

What does the name Ciné-Club 8 come from?

In France they used to have cinema clubs, called ciné-clubs, (don’t quote me on this)…I guess they probably still have them. It’s just kind of adorable to think about because everyone wants to be in a club.

It seems like cinephilia used to be cool but now it seems to be over. Makes sense and I get it, but for those of us who want to, we should get back into that culture of going out and going to the theaters and sitting in the dark together and then talking about it after. This is one of the ways humans have invented to socialize with each other and it can’t be romanticized enough–it’s just one of the best. Our culture is moving away from movies and maybe movies aren’t really that great, maybe we’re just nostalgia whores, but we gotta find a way to deal with that problem if thats what we’re calling it too, right?

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