Philosophical Films

Philosophical Films is a non-profit resource for philosophy teachers who want to incorporate films into their classes.”

Films analysed include:

  • Artificial Intelligence (2001)
  • Baraka (1992)
  • Being John Malkovich (1999)
  • Blade Runner (1982)
  • The Body (2001)
  • The Book of Life (1998)
  • Bowling For Columbine (2002)
  • A Brief History of Time (1992)
  • Children Underground (2001)
  • City of Joy (1992)
  • A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  • The Corporation (2004)
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
  • Devil’s Playground (2002)
  • Dogville (2003)
  • The Emperor’s Club (2002)
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  • Fast, Cheap and Out of Control (1997)
  • Gattaca (1997)
  • Groundhog Day (1993)
  • Hilary and Jackie (1998)
  • I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
  • Kadosh (1999)
  • Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
  • The Matrix (1999)
  • Memento (2001)
  • Mindwalk (1991)
  • Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter Jr. (2000)
  • My Dinner with Andre (1981)
  • Pi: Faith in Chaos (1998)
  • Powder (1995)
  • The Quarrel (1991)
  • A Question of Faith (2001)
  • The Rapture (1991)
  • The Razor‚Äôs Edge (1946, 1984)
  • The Seventh Seal (1957)
  • SLC Punk (1999)
  • Solaris (1972 Russian; 2002 English)
  • The Swimmer (1968)
  • The Thin Blue Line (1988)
  • The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
  • Total Recall (1990)
  • The Trial (1963)
  • The Truman Show (1998)
  • Waking Life (2001)
  • Link to Philosophical Films

    Mindwalk – a wonderful film

    In thread where Ophra Winfrey’s support of the “The Secret” was being discussed , and the dreadful “What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?” was being lambasted, there was universal praise for Mindwalk.

    As Daily Muse puts it, the film:

    ..follows an artist, a politician and a physicist in conversation as they walk around the Isle of Mont Saint-Michel‚ is arguably one of the most beautiful creations in the world. As their tour and discussion progresses you begin to realize that they are essentially walking around the mind of man.  It is heavy. But mind blowing. Particularly if you‚ have never heard of systems theory.

    You can watch some of it at the Daily Muse site.

    I fiound it quite hard to watch it all. The dialogs is hard to follow and the tone a bit preachy. I also found the political message a bit simplistic.

    That said, it is definitely worth watching…if only for the Neruda poem at the end.


    Systems Thinkers react to the film [Penn State]

    Washington Post Review [1991]

    Mindwalk at Wikipedia

    Mindwalk at the Internet Movie Database

    Mindwalk at

    Very British quality films

    I was reminded last night of two fantastic British films from the 80s:

    A Very British Coup

    “A Very British Coup…a 1988 British television adaptation of the novel, adapted by Alan Plater and starring Ray McAnally. The television series, first screened on Channel 4, won Bafta and Emmy awards, and was syndicated to more than 30 countries. The journalist Johann Hari has cited the novel as offering a valuable contemporary insight into the thinking of the Bennite faction of the Labour Party at the time it was written.”

    Link to A Very British Coup – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Link to A Very British Coup at the Internet Movie Database


    For Queen and Country

    A black soldeier returns from the Falklands war only to find his citizenship revoked and his life falling apart.

    Link For Queen and Country at the Internet Movie Database

    Link For Queen and Country at Wikipedia

    YouTube banned in Turkey after video insults -Times Online

    FromTimes Online :

    A court in Istanbul has issued an order denying access to the video-sharing website YouTube. The state owned Turk Telecom implemented the ban today after an escalating dispute between Greek and Turkish users of the site.

    …Greek and Turkish YouTube users have been trading video insults over the past few months, attracting much coverage in the Turkish press. Greek videos reportedly accused the founding president of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, of homosexuality; a Turkish user responded by calling Greece the birthplace of homosexuality.

    This is yet another of those virtual wars raging online. The Balkan Wars, for example, are still going strong as the ‘lost generation’ – former child refugees  – battle each other online from their adoptive countries.

    Occasionally they hatred spills over into well publicised violence, much to the morification of people in their homelands but the bulk of the trouble is on forums and comment sections of places like YouTube and MySpace.

    I have experienced first hand the sort of ire and hatred even the most benign Balkan output can generate.

    In my video commentaries about Serbia I have attracted some pretty fierce comments (the worst have been deleted) and even videos about  beautiful Serbian girls are has attracted hateful comments.

    Clearly you won’t this nonsense through banning services like YouTube. Greeks will find new ways to offend “Turkishness” and Turks will find ways to torment Greeks about ancient boy love.

    Online gasconade is infinitely preferable to real life violence.

    That said I have wasted many hours dreaming of getting my hands on online adversaries to allow them to experience what my father used to call an Attitude Adjusting Clout!

    How the world really shapes up | the Daily Mail

    We all know what the world looks like. But a new series of extraordinary maps shows our planet in a very different light.

    Rather than defining each country by size, these computer-generated modified maps – or cartograms – redraw the globe with each country’s size proportionate to its strengths, or weaknesses, in a whole series of categories.

    For instance, when it comes to military spending, the U.S. appears bloated, but Africa is huge when HIV prevalence is mapped.

    The cartograms were produced in a unique collaboration between the universities of Michigan in the U.S. and Sheffield. Here are images and more details on some of the most fascinating…

    Source: How the world really shapes up | the Daily Mail

    Hat Tip: Oliver F

    Manufactured Landscapes

    I saw Manufactured Landscapes (IMDB) at the Belgrade Film Festival (FEST) and it rates as one of the best documentaries I have seen in years.

    “MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES is a feature length documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Burtynsky makes large-scale photographs of ‚Äòmanufactured landscapes‚Äô ‚Äì quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines, dams. He photographs civilization‚Äôs materials and debris, but in a way people describe as ‚Äústunning‚Äù or ‚Äúbeautiful,‚Äù and so raises all kinds of questions about ethics and aesthetics without trying to easily answer them.

    The film follows Burtynsky to China as he travels the country photographing the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. Sites such as the Three Gorges Dam, which is bigger by 50% than any other dam in the world and displaced over a million people, factory floors over a kilometre long, and the breathtaking scale of Shanghai’s urban renewal are subjects for his lens and our motion picture camera.

    Shot in Super-16mm film, Manufactured Landscapes extends the narrative streams of Burtynsky‚Äôs photographs, allowing us to meditate on our profound impact on the planet and witness both the epicentres of industrial endeavour and the dumping grounds of its waste. What makes the photographs so powerful is his refusal in them to be didactic. We are all implicated here, they tell us: there are no easy answers. The film continues this approach of presenting complexity, without trying to reach simplistic judgements or reductive resolutions. In the process, it tries to shift our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it.”

    Another official site with a downloadable trailer is here

    Here is a selection of interviews and trailers on YouTube

    Also see Wired’s feature on Burtynsky.