Cinephiles are a rare breed of people. A normal person wanders the land looking for love, for inspiration, for regalement, for answers and for reasons; our gazes turn to the great visual art of cinema for all the above. Cinephilia may be a vocation for some (like it is for me), or it may not be for others, but cinema is a way of life for all of us. We tend to enjoy dissecting, discussing and raving about cinema as much we enjoy watching it.
But there arrive in every ardent cinephile’s life those frustrating moments, when they’re bursting to discuss the nuances of a Tarkovsky film they saw last night, but all everyone wants to talk about is the new ‘Transformers’ movie! If I had a nickle for every time someone said that the films I recommended were “slow” or “complicated”, I’d be a friggin millionaire. On the other hand, there also might be those movie buffs who revel in the mainstream popcorn cinema, but they have no one with they can nerd out about the next ‘Avengers’ film! Yet another hurdle is when your cinephilia gives way to artistic desire and you have no one to advise you on how to go bout it.
Fret not cinéastes, I got you covered. Here is a painstakingly researched step-by-step guide for cinephiles to rave, rant, socialise, learn from and make the most out of the internet, beyond the generic review sites and news blogs. Exhaustive discussions about films and filmmaking, movie recommendations, social media for film buffs – we have it all right below:
1. Appropriate pages/people on ‘conventional’ social media
Well, since you’re reading this, you’ve already put a big green ‘check’ n Step 1! By following the right kind of pages/people on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you may find many faraway strangers in comment sections whose taste in cinema matches yours. Also interesting are accounts of people behind the scenes which provide an interesting insight into the craft. Case in point, I have come across more cinephiles than I have ever encountered in my entire life since I began writing for The Cinemaholic.
2. Subreddits to quench any cinephile’s thirst for exhaustive rants
Aptly called “the front page of the internet”, Reddit is a place where novelty goes to hang. This social/discussion website is for those who want an immersive conversation about things than the usual FB/Twitter babble. The site has a lot of subreddits dedicated to movies and the like. While /r/movies is the most mainstream and thus an obvious choice, there are a quite a few other niche threads catering to all kinds of cinephiles:
/r/truefilm: This subreddit delves considerably deeper than the average /r/movies fare. While some of the threads may appear pretentious, there are quite a few worthwhile discussions which crop up here.