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Philosophy and Films

I wanted to start this topic to get some movie recommendations going. Alex (in the 2PM class) recommends “Waking Life.” I have it, haven’t seen it, and am interested to hear what others might have to say about the philosophical issues behind the film. Would it be a good selection? What other choices come to mind?

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4 Responses

  1. Megan says:

    First, let me say I’m a film major, so my biased opinion is that this connection between philosophy and film is the best idea since IFC. I haven’t seen Waking Life, but I do have a suggestion. Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey presents (in my opinion) some excellent philosophical issues such as the innate nature of humans, and how technology plays a role in this nature. I would say that any of Kubrick’s films could be presented for philosophical analysis, but 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of my favorites.

  2. Anna C. says:

    Waking Life is an excellent film for philosophical issues. Most of the film is dialogue between people. It’s very intense in that way. It’s also interesting because it’s entirely done in animation, but probably using vectors so that the people still look realistic; so its artsy as well.

  3. Ron G. says:

    I think a good movie would be “Donnie Darko” It’s an obvious cult classic, but displays a good basis for arguing for or against reality as well as the consequences of actions affecting the rest of the world.

  4. Jude says:

    Fight Club, more of a commentary of how capitalism doesn’t nurish the soul.Darkos a cool movie, and id like to have a chance to figure out what actually happened

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