People often ask me what my favorite “Jesus Movie” is, and they almost never expect my answer. For me it’s hands down. A clear forerunner. A movie most people have never heard of, but in my opinion, the best of all time: “Jesus of Montreal.” This is not just my favorite Jesus movie of all time but one of my very favorite movies of any kind of all time.
Want to watch it and then have a discussion about it with me?
This will be our first ever Blog Movie Club event (BMC)!
The main event, the discussion with me, will be on Sunday, January 22, 4:00-5:30 pm EST.
The Movie Club viewing will not be that day, but before; and you have two (well three!) massively convenient options. You can:
- Watch it on your own at your leisure.
- Join other blog members in watching it simultaneously in silence, with a brief introduction and discussion afterward (without me) led by movie club organizer and blog member Lance Boyer, on January 14, 8:00 pm;
- Join other blog members in watching it simultaneously in anything but silence, making comments and giving insights and whatever, led by movie club organizer and blog member Lance Boyer, on January 15, 2:00 pm
As you might imagine, I do NOT recommend doing ONLY option 3; but if you’ve already done options 1 or 2, 3 could be fun. Lance’s descriptions of these options are below.
SO, the basic idea is that you watch the film at some point, by yourself or with others, and then we discuss it on January 22. Interested?
We are asking for a minimum donation of $30 to participate in the event. If you can’t afford it, or all of it, come anyway. If you’re feeling generous (beginning of the year giving!), the sky is the limit. For those who agree it’s one of the best movies they’ve never seen, we suggest multiples of $10 up to and including $30,000. Anything above that, please send small unmarked bills to my private address.
For those who sign up, I will be providing a brief movie-viewing-guide in advance. (That can help for this film in particular. It’s not at all hard to understand on the surface, but there’s a lot more to it than you might expect at first glance.)
I hope you can do it. I’m looking forward to it.
Here now are Lance’s descriptions of the joint viewing options (#2 and #3) , should you want to go that way (as opposed to watching the film on your own):
Saturday 14 January 2023 8:00pm EST Jesus of Montreal–Silent Movie Watching Only with discussion afterwards!
Lance will give a brief introduction of the film with a short history of Denys Arcand’s conception and execution. Then we’ll roll the film and watch it together in silence. Afterwards, we’ll have a half hour to discuss the movie.
Sunday 15 January 2023 2:00pm EST Jesus of Montreal–Loud Movie Watching with MST3K commentary, discussion, or observations welcome during the film!
Even if you watched it the day before, this promises to be a fun showing that is anything but silent. Anyone is welcome to make comments, stop the film for conversation, or even play MST3K (Mystery Science Theatre 3000) and attempt to tell jokes and get people laughing while we watch. Afterwards, we’ll have some conversation if anyone is left with something to say.