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russ (@russellc)    3 years, 5 months ago

So I’ve seen waking life dozens of times, I’ve also watched the other linklater films. Does anyone know of some other philosophically arousing films?

If you need more details on what I’m looking for – Intellectual conversations between individuals or even by themselves. Mind boggling movies that you like to stop in the middle of watching just to think or discuss.

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Bushido (@rotsen)3 years, 5 months ago ago

Have you seen Examined Life? Im sure you will like it if you liked waking life. Let me know what you think :)

This is just a clip but you can find the whole thing on netflix

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russ (@russellc)3 years, 5 months ago ago

ooooooooo, it looks interesting. thank you thank you thank you.

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Ka (@kaciula)3 years, 5 months ago ago

All movies made by Kim Ki-duk but especially “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring again” and “3-Iron”. There are no intellectual conversations. In fact the main characters say at most a few words in the entire movie so be prepared for almost no talking. But they do contain a lot of meaning.

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Ka (@kaciula)3 years, 5 months ago ago

All movies made by Kim Ki-duk but especially “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring again” and “3-Iron”. There are no intellectual conversations. In fact the main characters say at most a few words in the entire movie so be prepared for almost no talking. But they do contain a lot of meaning.

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Martijn Schirp (@martijn)3 years, 5 months ago ago

I loved Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring again, also I really liked Samsara.

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Martijn Schirp (@martijn)3 years, 5 months ago ago

I loved Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring again, also I really liked Samsara.

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Mardah (@vedran)3 years, 5 months ago ago

“Man from earth”. This one is not really philosophical, but covers a very interesting idea. Kept me glued to the screen.

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Mardah (@vedran)3 years, 5 months ago ago

“Man from earth”. This one is not really philosophical, but covers a very interesting idea. Kept me glued to the screen.

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CosmicLemonade (@cosmiclemonade)3 years, 5 months ago ago

Neale D Walsh

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CosmicLemonade (@cosmiclemonade)3 years, 5 months ago ago

Neale D Walsh

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Matt (@mrgeetah)3 years, 5 months ago ago

Memento and The Prestige are both fantastic examinations of the fabric and structure of reality. Inception I believe I would lump in there as well, since it has some very Descartian ideas running through it, mostly the notion of whether reality exists or if it’s merely a mental construct. The Machinist does this as well, but in a different way, as does Total Recall. Splice does a great job raising some good ethical questions, and it’s just a good film anyways, and Cube is a fascinating examination and treatise on the behavior of humans.

Philosophy can be found in any intelligent film (and even some unintelligent ones), you just have to open your mind to the analysis of it.

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Matt (@mrgeetah)3 years, 5 months ago ago

Memento and The Prestige are both fantastic examinations of the fabric and structure of reality. Inception I believe I would lump in there as well, since it has some very Descartian ideas running through it, mostly the notion of whether reality exists or if it’s merely a mental construct. The Machinist does this as well, but in a different way, as does Total Recall. Splice does a great job raising some good ethical questions, and it’s just a good film anyways, and Cube is a fascinating examination and treatise on the behavior of humans.

Philosophy can be found in any intelligent film (and even some unintelligent ones), you just have to open your mind to the analysis of it.

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Bushido (@rotsen)3 years, 5 months ago ago

Well said Matt I very much agree. All the movies you listed above are really good! Although I have not seen the machinist yet so I think Im going to watch that right now then possibly inception, Ive only seen it once and wanted to watch it again due to the fact that I kept getting interupted during the movie. Has anybody seen Baracka?

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Bushido (@rotsen)3 years, 5 months ago ago

Well said Matt I very much agree. All the movies you listed above are really good! Although I have not seen the machinist yet so I think Im going to watch that right now then possibly inception, Ive only seen it once and wanted to watch it again due to the fact that I kept getting interupted during the movie. Has anybody seen Baracka?

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@russellc, C L E R K S

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Minch (@minch)2 years, 4 months ago ago

FIGHT CLUB!! Maybe my favorite movie of all time. It makes you look at your life in a radical way. It’s so long and takes it’s time setting up that after a sit through of that movie I feel like going in and quitting my job the next day and starting a local fight club to free myself from society.

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TeePeeVonSay (@taylapaige)2 years, 4 months ago ago

Zeitgeist. 3 part documentry movie vibe that talks about religion, economy, terrorism, propaganda and existence. flippin worth the watch…

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Mark Brisbane (@bigfoot29)2 years, 4 months ago ago

I’m going to be “that guy” who recommends The Matrix.

Now, I know that you have probably seen the movie before, and that you might be bored of people who fancy themselves philosophers just because they’ve seen it. HOWEVER, The first two movies of the series package some very complex philosophical ideas in a very consumable format. I also highly recommend you watch the documentary “The Matrix: Return to the Source” it helps to explain and flesh out these philosophies.

Here’s a link to the full version on YouTube (however it’s very likely to be removed):

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SumtinProphetic (@sumtinprophetic)2 years, 4 months ago ago

The Sunset Limited – I think is the definition of a philosophical movie

Amistad

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MarkII (@mwinship13)2 years, 4 months ago ago

Crash.
Donnie Darko.
The Fountain.
Ink.

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Fluxface (@fluxface)2 years, 4 months ago ago

Mindwalk and My Dinner with Andrè. These will blow your mind. They defenitly blew mine.
Both these movies are mainly dialogue.

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Erin (@etaylor339)1 year, 4 months ago ago

Slacker

Its mostly dialogue but the conversations are interesting and the way it follows from person to person with no leading characters is something different.
I really enjoy this movie.

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cHappiness (@lachychap)2 months, 2 weeks ago ago

The fountain is wicked and totally worth the watch! Though I watched Cloud Atlas for the second time recently and that movie is amazing with some very clever undertones about existence, evolution of spirits, reincarnation and life itself.
First time I saw it was a while ago and I had just read the book so I had quite a bias towards the movie as it does take some of it’s own liberties with certain parts of the story.
However, this time around I noticed if you pay close attention it all syncs up just beautifully. Must watch I believe. Also it’s quite fun watching the main cast play up to 6 completely different characters each throughout the movie, you won’t even recognise them reappearing most the time it’s done that well.

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Ray Butler (@trek79)2 months, 2 weeks ago ago

I don’t like philosophical movies, I think a lot as a lifestyle so when I look for entertainment I want a break from thinking, but Instinct, The Man From Earth and After The Dark are a few solid films on philosophy.

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Michael (@Mcaristi)1 month, 2 weeks ago ago

Mr. Nobody is pretty good. Also Being John Malcovich, Blade Runner, Battleship Potemkin, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Apocalypse Now.

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josephm (@josephm)1 month, 2 weeks ago ago

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