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RE: The WHF Film Club

Nooooooooo! I have kept meaning to bump the thread but have been insanely busy with work. Should be easing off for a few weeks now. Don't we already have a film of Mike's lined up to watch? I too have a gazillion recorded and unwatched films, my attitude is the reverse, what's one more? Don't let the football threads overshadow the best thread on the forum!

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I've more or less decided to leave the film club, and possibly the forum too.

I get the feeling that some of us are struggling to maintain interest, and personally speaking, I'm struggling to find the time to watch the films, and I have at least 40 recorded or in my collection that I haven't seen yet, so I just don't have the time to watch the proposed films.

If I thought that I added to the discussions it might be worth me staying, but I have nothing to add that isn't far better stated by other members, and as I've said before, I prefer watching films, to discussing them. 

Generally, I seem to have raised the hackles of other members, including people that I Iiked and respected, and I've been surprised at how upset I was by the loss of Big Chris, so it's probably time I moved on, if not from the forum, then definitely from the film club.

I wish you all good luck, and I do hope you'll continue the club, and give it the time that you should.

There have been times when we haven't exactly been 'best buds' (and I shouldn't even really comment here as a non-member), but I really think you should weather this out and stay an active member of the forum.

I enjoy reading the Film Club (even if some of it's contributions go way beyond my understanding) and especially - like now - when one of my favourite films is being being discussed (The Lives Of Others).

Maybe just keep away from football threads (and a certain polymer pundit) and things might seem better.

A lot of us were shocked at Big Chris's death, but I doubt he'd have wanted his absence, for whatever reason  (and I dearly wish it had been a benign one), to be a contributory factor to anyone leaving.

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chebby wrote:

BIGBERNARDBRESSLAW wrote:

I've more or less decided to leave the film club, and possibly the forum too.

I get the feeling that some of us are struggling to maintain interest, and personally speaking, I'm struggling to find the time to watch the films, and I have at least 40 recorded or in my collection that I haven't seen yet, so I just don't have the time to watch the proposed films.

If I thought that I added to the discussions it might be worth me staying, but I have nothing to add that isn't far better stated by other members, and as I've said before, I prefer watching films, to discussing them. 

Generally, I seem to have raised the hackles of other members, including people that I Iiked and respected, and I've been surprised at how upset I was by the loss of Big Chris, so it's probably time I moved on, if not from the forum, then definitely from the film club.

I wish you all good luck, and I do hope you'll continue the club, and give it the time that you should.

There have been times when we haven't exactly been 'best buds' (and I shouldn't even really comment here as a non-member), but I really think you should weather this out and stay an active member of the forum.

I enjoy reading the Film Club (even if some of it's contributions go way beyond my understanding) and especially - like now - when one of my favourite films is being being discussed (The Lives Of Others).

Maybe just keep away from football threads (and a certain polymer pundit) and things might seem better.

A lot of us were shocked at Big Chris's death, but I doubt he'd have wanted his absence, for whatever reason  (and I dearly wish it had been a benign one), to be a contributory factor to anyone leaving.

BBB, I would be sad to see you leave because you were the founder and intially the driving force behind the club, reminding the members of their responsibilities, and drumbeating the nomination, voting and viewing of films.

However i had noticed that you were keeping more and more in the background, but I didn't know what was driving you away.

I can reveal that the discussions about some films do go over my head, containing much academic sounding references to political movements, plus maybe the human tendency to look for structure and patterns in life, where non actually exist. Nevertheless I have made an effort to try and learn from what is discussed, and now do know more about the theory of film making than when I started. So I would say don't be defeated by a feeling that you cannot contribute to the discussions - look on it instead as a challenge to learn more about films. That was one of the challenges I had as part of my rationale for joining the club.

I too am struggling to find time to watch films at the moment, but I put that down to the current pressure of work, and the french summer weather. It feels difficult to sit inside watching a film, when the weather is so nice outside. I think the world cup has also been a factor, because I have spent time watching a few matches, when maybe I could have watched a film instead.

I think Chebby is right in his advice to you to avoid football threads for a while, plus the postings of a certain chelsea fan. He seems to be a red rag to a bull to you, and the threads just end up full of insults. I will say that I did think that some postings (not just ones by your nemesis) were just attempts to light your fuse, and see what happened. Those postings did sadden me, because I don't think such behaviour does the Forum any credit.

Finally I only knew Chris from reading his threads, and it is clear that many others knew him much better, and have consequently been greatly saddened by his death. I think that you are experiencing an example of the grieving process, and this is reinforcing your feelings that the film club is not worth the effort. Please don't make a rash decision to leave the club, until your sadness about Chris has subsided a bit.

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Well said both of you  :clap:

 

BBB, I watched one of your recommendations today, Throne of Blood. Can't remember if it's one you'd said you'd seem from that director? Really enjoyed it, the Macbeth story seems to work particularly well in the Japanese samurai setting. 

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Stick around, BBB.

This thread goes quiet from time to time, while some FC members remain more active than others. (Obviously I'm not a member any more and possibly contribute more than most people would like.)

I understand your perspective. I've greatly reduced my post count of late, largely because my comments are ignored completely, or misrepresented by certain members to point out what a spiteful individual I am.

However, there are still a few people on here I enjoy chatting with (yourself included), so I've decided to respond only to these members, and to ignore the great majority of forum activity. You could try a similarly selective approach.

Focusing on this thread seems a good idea, since you started it and, like Ben, I'd argue that this is the best thread on the forum. There's a reason the WHF film club is still going after 10 months and more than 2,000 posts.

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I've decided to hang around

I've decided to hang around for a little longer, as I would seriously miss the film club if I was to give up on it.

I think the nature of Big Chris's death has made me think of my own mortality, and the risk I'm taking most days at work just to earn a living. My best friends dad died recently, a man I thought was indestructable, a man so good natured that none of us (including all of his family) could remember him losing his temper, or complaining about anything, ever. Though obviously I never knew Big Chris, I think he was a similar kind of person, and I was just overwhelmed by how unfair life is. 

With this in mind, I just couldn't, and still can't face watching the chosen film for June, and with the seeming lack of interest of some members, I just couldn't raise any enthusiasm to bother any more. 

Anyway, I'm back for now, but where we go from here, I don't know, as the club does seem to be losing it's appeal to more than just me.

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BenLaw wrote:

BBB, I watched one of your recommendations today, Throne of Blood. Can't remember if it's one you'd said you'd seem from that director? Really enjoyed it, the Macbeth story seems to work particularly well in the Japanese samurai setting. 

I think I may have recommended it to you Ben, but I haven't actually seen it, though I'm sure I have it in my Kurosawa box set. I must get around to watching it. 

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Even though I have lots of

Even though I have lots of films still to watch in my collection, I couldn't stop myself from buying 4 more from a charity shop at £1 each.

The Beekeeper (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091506/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1)

Last Life In The Universe (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0345549/?ref_=nv_sr_1)

Japon (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0322824/?ref_=nv_sr_1)

The Eel (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120408/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2)

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BIGBERNARDBRESSLAW wrote:

BIGBERNARDBRESSLAW wrote:

I've decided to hang around for a little longer, as I would seriously miss the film club if I was to give up on it.

I think the nature of Big Chris's death has made me think of my own mortality, and the risk I'm taking most days at work just to earn a living. My best friends dad died recently, a man I thought was indestructable, a man so good natured that none of us (including all of his family) could remember him losing his temper, or complaining about anything, ever. Though obviously I never knew Big Chris, I think he was a similar kind of person, and I was just overwhelmed by how unfair life is. 

With this in mind, I just couldn't, and still can't face watching the chosen film for June, and with the seeming lack of interest of some members, I just couldn't raise any enthusiasm to bother any more. 

Anyway, I'm back for now, but where we go from here, I don't know, as the club does seem to be losing it's appeal to more than just me.

I'm really struggling with this ridiculous new format on my phone so I'll have to keep things short. 

What risks do you have to take at work? That sounds troubling. 

 

I'm glad you want to continue with film club. I haven't lost interest in it and I'm pretty sure mike is still very keen. Perhaps the other members could indicate their ongoing enthusiasm, failing which you put a call out for new members. Chebby, for example, clearly follows the thread and sounds like he knows a few good films. 

 

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BIGBERNARDBRESSLAW wrote:

BIGBERNARDBRESSLAW wrote:

BenLaw wrote:

BBB, I watched one of your recommendations today, Throne of Blood. Can't remember if it's one you'd said you'd seem from that director? Really enjoyed it, the Macbeth story seems to work particularly well in the Japanese samurai setting. 

I think I may have recommended it to you Ben, but I haven't actually seen it, though I'm sure I have it in my Kurosawa box set. I must get around to watching it. 

 

I watched Sanjuro yesterday, it was quite superb. The best of that season that I watched. 

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BIGBERNARDBRESSLAW wrote:

BIGBERNARDBRESSLAW wrote:

Even though I have lots of films still to watch in my collection, I couldn't stop myself from buying 4 more from a charity shop at £1 each.

The Beekeeper 

Last Life In The Universe 

Japon

The Eel 

Not heard of any of those but they look interesting, let us know what you think when you get a chance to watch them!

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I was a bit worried that the

I was a bit worried that the Film Club was running out of steam. There seemed very little discussion around The Lives of Others, which I assume is done now ?

ive got As if I am not There out for later. 

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So no interest from David or

So no interest from David or JD?

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I am going to propose that we

I am going to propose that we all have until the end of July to watch the June's film choice, and anyone who doesn't manage that, may as well resign their membership. I include myself in this.

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Ok I've put the next film top

Ok I've put the next film top of my lovefilm list, so should get it next week. Has the one after that been nominated and if not who's turn is it?

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