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Re: Must See Movies - Philosophy Favorites - List yours!

Postby anc0de on April 21st, 2012, 5:43 pm 

I think everyone has mentioned every good films I can think of: Matrix, Fight Club, Pi, Blade Runner.

I'll say these movies are pretty good too.
A Beautiful Mind
The Island
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Re: Must See Movies - Philosophy Favorites - List yours!

Postby NorthStar on September 13th, 2012, 6:23 pm 

* Baraka
* Incendies
* K-19: The Widowmaker
* The Fall

...Just to name four of a multitude
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Re: Must See Movies - Philosophy Favorites - List yours!

Postby Gregorygregg1 on September 13th, 2012, 7:01 pm 

These are movies I would recommend, but be advised, I usually like twisted movies. I can see some other connoisseurs of the different among you.
Baghdad Cafe
Shall we Kiss
All My Friends Are Funeral Singers
Antonia and Jane
The Fairy
Rock Slide
Oh yes, and any of the Wallace and Gromit series. Philosophy out your butt there.
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Re: Must See Movies - Philosophy Favorites - List yours!

Postby Gregorygregg1 on April 20th, 2013, 2:26 am 

I should add a few American films...
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Long Hot Summer
HUD
Casablanca
American in Paris
Cannery Row
Brother from Another Planet
Earth Girls are Easy (partly for Madonna singing "Cause I'm a Blond")

And a few Brittish...
A Town Like Alice
Hobson's Choice
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Re: Must See Movies - Philosophy Favorites - List yours!

Postby dady551 on July 10th, 2013, 10:36 pm 

Waking Life

Fight Club
2001: A Space Odyssey

I Heart Huckabees
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Re: Must See Movies - Philosophy Favorites - List yours!

Postby adacromega on September 6th, 2013, 2:57 pm 

Sunset Limited
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Re: Must See Movies - Philosophy Favorites - List yours!

Postby deadbrainwaves on November 10th, 2013, 12:32 am 

A classic but still great, "Slaughter House Five" (for the fourth dimension in relation to daily life)
"Rocky Horror Picture Show" (for its argument of hedonism) (also quite funny)
"Nazarin" (Written by Luis Bunuelos, argument between religious morality, practicality, and superstition)
"Tomboy" (for sexuality statements)
"Metropolis" (for its statements about hierarchy and the upper class)
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Re: Must See Movies

Postby Faradave on November 10th, 2013, 12:08 pm 

With so many mentions of Pi (1998) (also a favorite of mine, but best viewed after a prophylactic dose of Advil), I was surprised not to see Primer (2004) listed. It's like Pi but in color and based upon time travel rather than numerology. The time knots require a second (at least) viewing. Then the moral and philosophical aspects can be better appreciated. They didn't make enough DVDs (thus, they can be quite expensive), so streaming is the way to go.
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Re: Must See Movies - Philosophy Favorites - List yours!

Postby TheVat on March 19th, 2014, 12:29 pm 

Been here a while, but haven't noticed this thread. Yeah, plenty I expected like Pi, Being There, IH Huckabees and Waking Life....I really like Primer, that 7K budget wonder, and agree on a second viewing to deal with the temporal pretzels. I would also add...

Being John Malkovich (philos. of personal identity)
Blade Runner (what does it mean to be human? what is artificial sentience?)
Total Recall (ok, now I'm just listing PK Dick films, so I will just stipulate that most of them touch
on philosophic themes)
Her (the 2013 one with J. Phoenix and ScarJo -- another exploration of AI, plus social alienation)
Equilibrium (political philosophy, the role of emotion in life, etc.)
Lulu on the Bridge (metaphysics)
The Inner Life of Martin Frost (also from Paul Auster, also rather metaphysical)
Adaptation (again, just stipulate anything from Spike Jonze)
Jacob's Ladder
Stay (Adrian Brody's mind moves through time, Keira Knightley does a dreadful Am. accent)
The Truman Show (glad that was mentioned - touches of Platonism, existentialism)
The Big Lebowski (the philosophy of Dude-ism, random Nihilists, and the most quotable script known to mankind) (I can get you a toe by 3 pm today....with nail polish!)
The Man Who Wasn't There (while we're on the Coen bros...)
Ruby Sparks (recent film with Paul Dano...similar to The Inner Life of Martin Frost, but takes itself far less seriously - call it metaphysical comedy)

I'll stop, as I'm duplicating too many prior mentions....

To he who cited American Beauty: hate that film. Mendes is a director who, as he did in Revolutionary Road, looks for the easy solution to complex themes and plots. Glad Kate Winslet had the sense to split up with him. OK, I'm being a bit hyperbolic, he's not all bad. :-)
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Re: Must See Movies - Philosophy Favorites - List yours!

Postby TheVat on March 19th, 2014, 7:03 pm 

And, how could I omit....

A Serious Man (from the Coen brothers - a physicist finds his life falling apart; weighty moral issues, quantum physics, the meaning of life....it's all there!)
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Re: Must See Movies - Philosophy Favorites - List yours!

Postby Venus on March 19th, 2014, 7:18 pm 

Genji monogatari: Sennen no nazo (2011)

Recently I saw this movie, which is very loosely based on "The Tale of the Genji", but from a different perspective.
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Re: Must See Movies - Philosophy Favorites - List yours!

Postby Hendrick Laursen on April 5th, 2014, 12:17 pm 

Mine is (if isn't mentioned yet), THE BEAUTIFUL MIND.
On the life of Prof. John Nash
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Re: Must See Movies - Philosophy Favorites - List yours!

Postby skyteacher on October 10th, 2014, 12:11 pm 

Sorry I update post, i skipped reading some posts.. can't wait.

Hendrick! I salute THE BEAUTIFUL MIND.. ...Russel Crowe)

[b]CONTACT
.. (Jody Foster, Matthew McCounnaghey, )

PHENOMENON.. (Travolta)

HAPPYNESS .. (Will Smith)
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Re: Must See Movies - Philosophy Favorites - List yours!

Postby whyme on May 20th, 2015, 6:32 am 

For me totally leading are:
The Big Lebowski - who cannot love that?
The Fountain, liked also the very aesthetic approach
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Re: Must See Movies - Philosophy Favorites - List yours!

Postby manishsqrt on September 29th, 2015, 9:16 pm 

I am not sure whether these can be called philosophy movies or not. But the one i admire more aesthetically are amelie, the white balloon and pather panchali. I categories them as philosophical just because i feel that they have a sense of very high quality aesthetics and are definitely more than a movie or literature.
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Re: !!!ALRIGHT!!!

Postby zetreque on January 13th, 2018, 2:21 am 

DlsMatrix » Sat Nov 01, 2008 4:58 pm wrote:
!!!PLEASE get The Ultimate Matrix Collection: Limited Edition: Case Set again PLEASE!!!
Cuz you will never regret I'll promise that!


I bought it years ago and am just now making full use of it listening to all of the commentaries. I wasn't sure if I would be able to stay interested this long after watching/listening to the trilogy 3 full times over the past week. Normal, The Matrix Reloaded, Critic commentary, philosophy commentary, but I did and almost feel like watching the normal version again. I may go onto the Animatrix next to see what that is all about.

I still haven't watched the documentary reloaded of the 2nd and 3rd movie yet.

So yeah, I don't regret buying this back when I got a bunch of DVDs series online on sale. :)
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Re: Must See Movies - Philosophy Favorites - List yours!

Postby Hendrick Laursen on January 13th, 2018, 11:21 am 

Some classics I've found that might interest you, which kept me thinking for weeks.

* One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
* Awakenings.

+ You told him I was a kind man ...
(long pause)
+ It's kind to give life only to
take it away?
- It's given and taken away from
all of us.
+ Why doesn't that comfort me?
- Because you are kind.
(pause)
And because he's your friend.
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Re: Must See Movies - Philosophy Favorites - List yours!

Postby BadgerJelly on February 20th, 2018, 4:27 am 

Lagaan

Not because it's "philosophical", but simply because someone recently mentioned Bollywood and I love this movie!! A bit like "Singing in the Rain" for the happiness factor felt after viewing :D
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Re: Must See Movies - Philosophy Favorites - List yours!

Postby Lozza on November 15th, 2018, 1:19 am 

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Dr Strangelove

Being There

Syriana

K19: Widow-maker

Hell in The Pacific

Das Boot

Wag The Dog

12 Angry Men

Dark Star....just for the philosophical argument with the bomb at the end of the film...lolol

Forbidden Planet

The Day The Earth Stood Still (original version with Michael Rennie)

Brazil

The Good Shepherd

Arrival
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Re: Must See Movies - Philosophy Favorites - List yours!

Postby Forest_Dump on November 17th, 2018, 1:27 pm 

[googlevid][/googlevid]Not sure I would call it a strictly philosophical movie but I would highly recommend "Indian Horse". Particularly up my way, this one definitely prompts some difficult conversations about both events and philosophies that are far too familiar.

Along the same line, Gordon Downie's (the late lead singer for the Tragically Hip) "Secret Path" is worth a watch. Both are about the history of residential schools in nw Ontario and both may be difficult to watch.
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Re: Must See Movies - Philosophy Favorites - List yours!

Postby wolfhnd on November 17th, 2018, 1:45 pm 

I don't enjoy movies or fiction as much anymore, after you have lived long enough you start to see the world more as it is than how it should be. I'm sure the movies Forest recommended are wonderful films but I will probably skip them in favor of a glass of wine and staring of into space from my deck.
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Re: Must See Movies - Philosophy Favorites - List yours!

Postby wolfhnd on November 17th, 2018, 1:48 pm 

BadgerJelly » Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:27 am wrote:Lagaan

Not because it's "philosophical", but simply because someone recently mentioned Bollywood and I love this movie!! A bit like "Singing in the Rain" for the happiness factor felt after viewing :D


Wish I had learned to appreciate art and music when I was younger, man does not live by philosophy alone.
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Re: Must See Movies - Philosophy Favorites - List yours!

Postby Brent696 on November 17th, 2018, 11:00 pm 

Excalibur 1981

Many people tout Star Wars as being some grand depiction of metaphysical knowledge but it is actually very shallow, the concept of "The Force" is a very elemental one, but Excalibur, whether on purpose or by providence, hits a divine undercurrent for its metaphysical depth.

Jesus Christ Superstar

I find it amazing that a very young Tim Rice could trace so many of the psychological nuances of the Gospels tales that even the Church consistently miss as they focus on their recipe theologies. Even if one sets their religious or non religious prejudices aside, thanks to Andrew, Tim and the film director (Norman Jewison), the emotional drive of the movie is explosive and captivating.

Romeo and Juliet 1968

Its simplicity captures what one might expect watching the medieval stage directed by Shakespeare himself.

North By Northwest - All time favorite Hitchcock

Robin Hood, Men in Tights - just plain fun

Batman - Michael Keaton, screw the rest

Fargo - for its juxtaposition between good and evil people and the lost in between.

Gladiator - Russel Crowe

Red Heat - Jim Belushi, Arnold Schwarzenegger, isn't that enough

Troy and The Bourne Identity - as they both seem to make quantum leaps in fight choreography

Might as well throw in my all time favorite TV show, "Due South". My only complaint is that it only lasted 3 seasons, a polite Mountie with a wolf living in Chicago.

Strangely enough, many of the movies people seem to drool over, the Matrix, Godfather, etc... just don't do much for me but movies are highly subjective. My favorite Marlon Brando is "The Freshman"
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