Movies have been an integral part of the entertainment industry. And that has been the case for a long time. They have a massive impact on people around the world. For some, movies act as an escape route from our monotonous lives, whereas for others, watching movies and appreciating cinema has become a passion. Over the years, the content has evolved to suit the needs of the viewers, and it’ll continue to evolve in the future. Films have the power to transport the audience into a different dimension, and not just educate but also influence them negatively and positively.
In recent years, the rapid improvement in terms of technology has changed the way we watch movies. 3D movies are no longer the buzz; IMAX and 4DX have taken the industry by storm in the past couple of years. And in time to come, even they’ll be replaced by something better. All in all, movies play a vital role in our lives, and there are dedicated communities where movie lovers express, share, and hear other people’s opinions. It makes us feel inclusive and helps us accept different art forms and cultures. Not just that, they also teach us a lot about practical life and perception in general. That’s the reason why many people love to be a part of a larger community.
Movies are accepted and rejected based upon the mass consensus. Much of it can be accredited to the bandwagon effect, which in my opinion, is unjust. But your perception can differ from mine, and that’s the beauty being a part of this broader community. Today, we’re going to be reviewing one of the lesser-known movie-related communities known as r/Movie_Club.
My recent experience on r/Movie_Club
My most recent experience on r/Movie_Club was two days ago. I was browsing through the weekly posts and stumbled across this poll. Though it just had three upvotes, the original post on r/polls attracted 254 votes. What was it about? It was a question asking the users, ‘On average, when you go to watch a movie, how many people do you go with?’
Out of 254 votes, 103 people voted with one other person, 71 people voted with two other people, 29 voted with three other people, 28 voted by themselves, 12 voted 5+ people, and 11 voted four other people. Though you cannot generalize the data, it gives you a fair perspective, that on an average, a moviegoer does love to have a partner as an accomplice as compared to watching alone or with a family. This, in my opinion, was one of the most insightful contents posted on this subreddit.
About r/Movie_Club – Community & Members
The community has 23,400 members, out of which 12-30 members are online at any given time. This subreddit was created on July 20, 2015, and has been growing at a steady rate. Nonetheless, the engagement is quite low because not many people are active on this sub. As mentioned above, only a couple of dozen members are active in real-time.
How to access r/Movie_Club?
If you’re already a Reddit member, you can simply type ‘r/Movie_Club’ in your search bar and join the subreddit; however, if you aren’t well-versed with Reddit and are not present on the platform. You’ll need to create an account and confirm your email address. Once you do so, you’ll be able to follow subreddits, comment on posts, and even post anything on any of the subreddits.
Moderators of r/Movie_Club
One of the most fascinating aspects of r/Movie_Club is its moderators. Though the community is pretty small, it does have ten mods to keep everything in check. They ensure that the page is up to date, and the users are posting content adhering to the community guidelines. At the time of review, the ten mods are – ‘Bondle’, ‘lukeeman’, ‘wheeledjustice’, ‘AutoModerator’, ‘darkchiefly’, ‘Movie_Club_Moderator’, ‘PandaCow64’, ‘Obiwan_Shinobi’, ‘Alaharon123’, and ‘brianjaction’.
Why should you follow r/Movie_Club?
Members of this subreddit don’t just review movies and participate in polls; they also request titles. Having a group filled with movie fanatics is a boon as you can rely on the recommendation you get. For instance, there was this post where the OP requested ‘Proper scary movies to watch on Halloween, as well as a few classics.’ He later summarized the title and set his expectations straight. As a viewer, if you have something helpful, you’d obviously recommend movies and titles. And that’s how the communication begins.
Even for a small community of just 20,000+ members, the engagement rate is abysmal. It’s the worst I’ve seen on any subreddit in any niche I’ve reviewed thus far. There are dozens of posts updated by the users, but not one of them crosses ten upvotes. Only the mods announcement makes it past the 15-20 mark. If you search for the top content this past week, except for announcements, no other post even manages to attract over ten upvotes, which is kind of sad. But given that hardly any members are active in real-time, can you blame the inactivity?
Browsing & Navigation
One of the major benefits of being a part of a community where not many members are active at a time is that you can browse smoothly. Even if there’s an abundance of videos and other rich media, navigating across menus and scrolling through content isn’t tiring. The posts load instantly, and thus you save quite a few minutes due to the lack of member inactivity.
I wasn’t even expecting anything regarding Reddit Gold. With a community whose engagement is less than 0.5%, you can understand that the content on it is generally not gold worthy. Most of the informative subs have this problem. Herein, people don’t feel like awarding gold to a fellow member because they aren’t getting any significant input or humor from the post. I browsed the page for 10 minutes and didn’t find a single gold.
Filter by flair
Another disappointing aspect of this sub is that it doesn’t have an essential filter by flair options. As a user scrolling through posts, you don’t want a barrage of unusual posts in your feed. Using filter by flair, you’re able to find posts from your desired category. For example, if you want to participate in polls or ask for recommendations, the sub should have those options, so you can check those posts out. Unfortunately, r/Movie_Club just has one option, and that’s ‘Locked.’
Important rules you must know before joining r/Movie_Club?
Before you go ahead and click on the ‘Join’ button on any sub, it’s important that you read about the rules and regulations of the page. If you fail to adhere to the rules, you might receive a permaban, and that’s not good. So, below are some r/Movie_Club rules that you need to follow:
1. No Open Spoilers
2. No Advertising or low effort posts
3. No Piracy or Torrenting Talk
4. Title Tags are Required
5. No Hate Talk, Spam, or Circlejerking
One of the most underwhelming elements on this sub is its design. Similar to r/entertainment, r/MovieClub has a generic ‘Saturn’ logo with a blue cover. With over 20,000 members, at least the community icon should be changed to ensure that the page stands apart. But that’s not the case on this sub, which is quite disappointing.
Most Upvoted Content on this subreddit
1. People are trying to stop our movies from being streamed! We need to team up and stop them! WE MUST FIGHT FOR NET NEUTRALITY! – 3,400 upvotes
2. Why don’t we all just watch the movie any time on Friday, then have the discussion on Saturday? – 388 upvotes
3. r/MovieClub was the fastest growing non-default subreddit yesterday, beating out 682,114 other subreddits – 325 upvotes
4. The password for our Cytube channel will be posted here on Thursday, exactly 24 hours before the stream. – 323 upvotes
5. The movie starts at 6 pm UTC on Friday. I live in the North American Central time zone, so the movie will begin at 1 pm for me. Can we make an American group? – 169 upvotes
Most Upvoted Content 2020
1. Come join us on Thursday, January 30 to ask How Did This Get Made? It’s the Adventures of Pinocchio (1996)! – 34 upvotes
2.” It’s Cool World (1992) – 30 upvotes
3. Mystery Trilogy Reveal for April 26, 2020 – 28 upvotes
4. October Movie Suggestion Thread! This Month’s Theme: Horror! – 31 upvotes
5. Proper scary movies to watch on Halloween, as well as a few classics – 29 upvotes
Movie_Club is a cool platform in its distinctive niche. However, it’s not very engaging, and as a member, don’t expect to get upvotes or even comments on your posts. It’s mostly a passive community that appears past its peak.