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A Lost Art Of Film Journalism & PhD Analysis: The Cinema Lovers Club Story

The Late 2010’s & Technology/Social Media Age brought huge cultural and societal shifts around the world. One of them was the rise of instant-gratification; technological innovation made exigent delivery of material possible and to-be-expected by millions on social media. There was a striking dilution of quantity – where shortest and easiest meant better as shortened-attention spans drove news psychology. On critical analyses, though, quality & quantity are highly-correlated: a trend CLC Founder/CEO Raj Bhagowalia noticed back in 2017 was hurting his beloved artform of cinema – and was driven to change.

Raj Bhagowalia is an Ivy-League educated cinephile and Harvard graduate with a lifelong passion for film analysis. The son of immigrants who highly-prioritized academia and achievement for their children to make better lives for themselves, Raj earned multiple degrees (B.Sc from Emory & Master’s from Harvard) before becoming the first in his family’s history to be accepted & go to Medical School. Raj equally noticed & diagnosed a massive decline in the breadth, qualifications, & quality of film journalism/criticism in modern-times – a fact that did not sit well with him loving film dearly since childhood.

The core principle of Science, Medicine, Harvard, & Academia is that true, detailed analysis is a responsibility to our subjects & the world. Everyone knows the consequences/failures of half-assing or cutting corners on papers, experiments, exams, or research from experience; There’s a reason PhD-theses & final papers are never only 2-3 pages. Why should Cinema: one of the most complex, layered, & analytical artforms exploring human truths over centuries and shifting Billions of $ in worldwide marketplaces – be held to any lighter standard?

The foundation of Cinema Lovers Club back in September 2017 was to reimagine film journalism – to go beyond the 1-2 paragraph, rushed scribbles of many lost-critics, education-deficient Joe Schmoes, and passionless moonlighters to bring back the lost art of true, Golden Age Film Analysis. We pride ourselves on bringing old-world PhD-level detail/work ethic to film review – juxtaposed with a perspective of diversity and youth still being in our 20’s and POC [not white male 60-year olds] & modern technology/style to a field we love. Now with 100,000+ subscribers & major publications, we’re just getting started!

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