In the spring of 1996, a few nerds working in a Los Angeles talent agency began spending our lunch hour watching movies. For the next 12 years we watched 1 or 2 movies per week, starting with the STAR WARS Trilogy, before that term required an “old or new” clarification. Thanks to imported DVDs, we watched Lars von Trier’s DOGVILLE before it opened in the U.S. and Wong Kar Wai’s 2046 the week before it secured U.S. distribution.
We watched old & new, black-n-white & color, documentaries & silents, epics & the occasional short, dubbed foreign & subtitled, high art, low art and no art. We watched everything we could get our hands on, looking for that spark that made some writer, some producer, some director, some performer say “I gotta make this movie.”
The Lunch Movie ended as a daily practice among coworkers in 2008. I didn’t want that to be the end of interacting with other movie nerds, so in 2009 I started blogging at www.thelunchmovie.com. Recently I added my blog to Facebook as The Lunch Movie & Twitter: @TheLunchMovie