Movie club

AFI’s home theater club brings moviegoers together – NBC Los Angeles

What there is to know

  • Enjoy “Movies to Watch Together While We Are Apart”
  • You find the chosen film on a streaming service (free or paid), then join the conversation or find out more on the AFI Movie Club website
  • The April 3 movie is “Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.”

Smile at your cat? Your kid? In the mirror every time you walk into your bathroom?

Lots of advice lists online suggest that we keep our spirits up in these #SaferatHome times, by sharing a laugh on a phone call with a friend, watching cute videos, or telling your little ones jokes.

The American Film Institute wants to help us find, if not humor in this difficult time, then a few moments where we can feel uplifted, and even lighter.

To help us in this somewhat offbeat quest?

There’s the AFI Movie Club, a daily staple for those who enjoy moving pictures, including those movies that make it to AFI’s famous “100 Years … 100 Laughs” list.

Here’s how the club works: One movie is picked each day, along with suggestions for where to find that movie on various streaming services so you can watch it at home. (Indeed, this is a home surveillance business, as theaters are temporarily closed in the face of COVID-19 and we are staying close to home.)

The cinematic accent? “Movies to watch together while we’re apart.”

Once you’ve watched the movie, you can “join the conversation” using the hashtag #AFIMovieClub.

You can also find background, information and intriguing resources on the Movie of the Day on the AFI Movie Club website.

The choice of the film of April 3? This is the masterful and sardonic “Dr. Strangelove Gold: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bombshell” by Stanley Kubrick.

Videos featuring Robert De Niro announcing Kubrick’s film, as well as Robin Williams recalling the satirical gem, are available on the club’s site.

The moving message of the cinematic outfit? “We hope the AFI Movie Club will provide inspiration and entertainment during this time when it is needed more than ever.”

Have you watched a lot of movies but still want to connect with other moviegoers? Consider this an easy door to make into this world.