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Discovering and Enjoying Movies

as a hobby

Movies touch our hearts and awaken our vision, and change the way we see things. They take us to other places, they open doors and minds. Movies are the memories of our lifetime, we need to keep them alive.

Martin Scorsese

Movies have the power to enrich our lives and inspire us in ways we never imagined. While easily accessible and digestible movies on platforms like Netflix are great, there’s so much more to discover. Independent cinema offers unique perspectives and stories that can broaden our horizons. And there’s nothing quite like the experience of visiting the cinema, immersing yourself in a new world, and sharing the joy of film with others. Finding hidden gems, exploring different cultures and stories – the moving image has so much more to offer. Let your imagination run wild and your spirit soar.

Helpful content to start discovering and enjoying movies as a hobby

We aim to provide accurate information, but errors might be found. Always exercise judgment and discretion.


Short visual inspiration.

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YouTube | We Are What We Watch | US
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YouTube | My 50 Favorite Films
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YouTube | Top 10 Independent Movies of All Time | A CineFix Movie List


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Spotify | Filmspotting – Movie Reviews
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Spotify | Unspooled
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Spotify | Pure Cinema Podcast
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Spotify | The Cineskinny
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Spotify | MUBI Podcast

A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.

Stanley Kubrick


Basic lingo for orientation.

A partial list of film movements:

  • French Impressionism: An avant-garde silent film movement that emerged in France after World War I and focused on enhancing the aesthetic qualities of each frame and portraying the psychological states of the characters.
  • German Expressionism: A dark and stylized film movement that developed in Germany after World War I and used distorted sets, lighting, and shadows to create a sense of horror and alienation.
  • Soviet Montage: A revolutionary film movement that originated in Soviet Russia in the 1910s and introduced the technique of montage, which is the editing of shots to create meaning and emotion.
  • Italian Neorealism: A gritty and realistic film movement that emerged in Italy after World War II and depicted the harsh realities of poverty, oppression, and injustice in post-war society.
  • French New Wave: A radical and innovative film movement that flourished in France in the late 1950s and early 1960s and challenged the conventions of Hollywood cinema with unconventional narratives, editing, cinematography, and sound.
  • New Hollywood: A creative and experimental film movement that dominated American cinema in the late 1960s and early 1970s and reflected the social and cultural changes of the era with more complex, ambiguous, and controversial themes and characters.
  • Hong Kong New Wave: A vibrant and diverse film movement that emerged in Hong Kong in the late 1970s and early 1980s and showcased the talents of directors such as John Woo, Tsui Hark, Wong Kar-wai, and Ann Hui.
  • Cinema Novo: A political and artistic film movement that originated in Brazil in the 1960s and aimed to portray the realities of the Brazilian people, especially the poor and oppressed, with a critical and aesthetic perspective.
  • Iranian New Wave: A cinematic renaissance that began in Iran in the late 1980s and early 1990s and produced some of the most acclaimed films of world cinema, such as those by Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Jafar Panahi, and Asghar Farhadi.
  • Dogme 95: A manifesto-based film movement that was initiated by Danish directors Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg in 1995 and advocated for a return to a more pure and authentic form of filmmaking, free from artificiality, technical gimmicks, and genre conventions.

How to start discovering and enjoying movies as a hobby

First moves for getting acquainted and breaking the ice.

  • Watch these videos for inspiration.
  • Choose a movie recommendation website and rate movies you saw.
  • Try one of the recommendations.
  • Repeat.


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Go-tos for information.

I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made films were magicians.

Francis Ford Coppola


Nothing like a film for inspiration.

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YouTube | Cinema Paradiso Official Trailer


Get a clue.

How do I find the next film to watch?

Try movie recommendation engines. Streaming guides often have a recommendation system as well. If you want others to pick films for you, try curated streaming services.

I have a movie I would like to watch but it isn’t included in my streaming subscription, how can I watch it?

Recommendation engines and streaming guides, such as JustWatch, usually show your streaming options based on your location. Often, there are free options (potentially with ads), so don’t be discouraged if a movie isn’t included in your streaming subscription.


Smart assistance.

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YouTube | Welcome to MUBI | Available on Android and Google Play
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YouTube | The Criterion Channel – Sign Up!


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YouTube Playlist | Film History

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