Movies & Meaning

Storytelling • Healing • Art • Justice

Announcing something hugely exciting: the Movies and Meaning Festival will take place from May 28th-31st, 2015, in Albuquerque, NM. Magical cinema, extraordinary guests, inclusive community, meaningful conversation, beautiful landscape and dance parties! Only 300 spaces will be available for this amazing experience. Get tickets here.


Cinema has been around for over a century, which means there are thousands of magnificent masterpieces that elevate the mind and soul, and also that the art form is just getting started. In a world of infinite content, often dominated by blockbuster superficiality, Movies and Meaning helps you find the best films to watch, talk about, and be inspired by. We recommend three movies each week - one for the multiplex, one at the art house, and one to watch at home.


The Movies and Meaning newsletter is published weekly, and emailed directly to our subscribers, who include some of the most discerning film viewers in the US. Our curators use their discerning eyes to discover the very best movies out there, and send you their recommendations, along with links to the best film writing around.

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Image credit: The Thin Red Line (1998, dir. Terrence Malick) We love it and you can buy it here

The Porch is the flagship publication behind the Movies & Meaning Festival. Gathering for our festival is incredible, and The Porch is the way we connect during the other 51 weeks of the year.

The Porch is a slow and substantive conversation in a world of publications rushing to out-publish, out-shout, and out-do each other to convince readers that the world is in crisis—because crisis drives clicks.

The truth is that the world is not getting worse. We may actually be living in the most peaceable era in human history. But the story we're telling about it could use some help.

Don't get us wrong; the suffering we read about and the experience of it is real. But suffering deserves to be engaged, presented, and contextualized in ways that empower us as readers to repair ourselves and make the world better—not paralyze us or convince us that it's all going to hell.

The Porch is a magazine that steps into possibility: of a more beautiful world, of ways of seeing and being, not by avoiding the pain that does exist, but by being attentive to a way of talking about it that has the potential to heal. We'd love to welcome you to the conversation.