Some thought provoking films.

3 years, 4 months ago

I’m feeling a little empty on a my cinephile side recently, and as I was looking for some input on films you guys would recommend a watch?

I’m talking about the sort of film that’s thought provoking, but cinematic at the same time; sort of a "Fight Club" ilk. Something that can make me think about how we live our lives, and so on, while still be entertaining; or if you know some really invigorating documentaries that still can be something that I’d enjoy watching on a Friday night with some friends.

October 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm

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Profile photo of eva eva (@evalondon) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

“being john Malkovitch” “meeting joe black” “vanilla sky” “source code” ;)

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Profile photo of tim mcnary tim mcnary (@tdog) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

“american beauty”

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Profile photo of Piotr Piotr (@ekharttoll) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

“mr. nobody”,”memento”,”truman show”,”trainspotting”

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Profile photo of Josh Josh (@jwins) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

“Good Will Hunting”, “Gangs of New York”, “Band of Brothers”… As for Documentaries: “Restrepo”

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Half Nelson, The Ledge, and most of all WAKING LIFE!(the most thought provoking of them all.)

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Profile photo of ELI var namnet ELI var namnet (@manimal) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

Peaceful warrior, Boondock saints, Garden state, Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, Shawshank redemption, The bucket list.

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

I invite anyone who likes the Boondock Saints to tell me what the huge appeal of this movie is?! Almost everyone I’ve met loves it and I just can’t see why.

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Profile photo of ELI var namnet ELI var namnet (@manimal) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

@Ellie What’s the appeal? I’ll tell you what’s the appeal. It’s a great story, with interesting characters (the csi guy is my favorite) and it’s got so much energy. And I find the lead characters very inspiring, they fight for what they know is right and give it their full engagement. I mean seriously, I don’t see how anyone can not like that movie. It’s got everything, action, story, cool characters, message, the whole ballet.

Care to share why you don’t like it?

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Profile photo of Renee Renee C (@themorning) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

Does anyone like I <3 Huckabees?? I just watched it for the first time the other day, I reaaaaallly enjoyed it. Good food for thought and good for lots of chuckles. :)

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

Manimal, it’s just cheesy and lame to me. The “funny” parts aren’t funny, the parts that are supposed to be badass are just not, in my opinion.. Not my cup of tea, I guess. However, you gave the best explanation as to why someone would like it that I’ve heard so far.

Renee, great movie!

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Profile photo of CosmicLemonade CosmicLemonade (@cosmiclemonade) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

David Lynch

Werner Herzog

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Profile photo of Jeff Jeff (@jcbrazz) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

I recommend Swimming Pool and I’m about halfway through Meet Joe Black ( I watch during lunch).

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Profile photo of EEL EEL (@mindlessfreak30) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

What Dreams May Come. Its available for streaming on netflix now if you have an account. Great movie about the after life and very appropriate for this website I would say. Stars Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr

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Profile photo of Ray Butler Ray Butler M (@trek79) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

I have seen “what dreams may come” it is really good, a lot of Catholic overtones though.
I like “Stand by me”, “all quiet on the western front”.

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Profile photo of Ty Ty (@tymr) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

Wow, after seeing it listed here, I just watched “Meeting Joe Black,” and I have to say, it was a truly profound movie. Definitely now one of my favorite films.. It is definitely thought-provoking, and the story is just amazing.

American Beauty’s an interesting one, but not necessarily a positive boost..

Mr. Nobody is visually beautiful and also thought-provoking, I’m not sure why it isn’t more well-known

Good Will Hunting is an absolutely fantastic movie, one of my favorites

The Fountain is an experience of its own, it can’t really be compared to any other movie I’ve ever seen, positively beautiful film

Waking Life is extremely thought-provoking, and amazing in many ways, but it is not cinematic at all..

Some others:

“Instinct.” Stars Anthony Hopkins and Cuba Gooding Jr., it’s about a man who had spent two years living in the wild with gorillas in Africa, after realizing the insanity of human greed in modern society. The movie follows him as he is held in a prison and believed to be insane, as a bright young psychologist tries to figure him out. The story is inspired by the book Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, one of my favorite books, mentioned in one of Jordan’s articles on this sight.

“The Man Who Came From Earth” About a man who has been alive since paleolithic times; the whole movie takes place as a discussion between this man, who is a professor, and a group of his scholarly professor friends, all of who had no idea of his past until now. Very thought provoking, especially when it gets into religion, philosophy, and other things.

“It’s A Wonderful Life” I absolutely love this movie. It’s an oldie, but a goodie. Teaches extremely valuable lessons about life and its meaning, and really touches the heart. I’m always crying uncontrollably by the end of this movie, and it’s always liberating.

“12 Angry Men” This one is super thought-provoking, and one of the best films ever made. My memory is shaky since I haven’t seen it in many years, but I remember that my perspective of the situation was dramatically transformed by the end of the move, in a way that I couldn’t have imagined possible.. The way this is accomplished is truly masterful. In fact, this is probably the next movie I will watch..

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Profile photo of jake arends jake arends (@jakexx) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

@ ty The movie is called “The Man from earth”

And it’s amazing, i definetly recommend it as well, it is not as action packed as ‘fight club’ but maybe because of this it’s even more thought provoking.

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Profile photo of Ray Butler Ray Butler M (@trek79) 3 years, 4 months ago ago

I seen “Malcolm X” at the cinema as a kid, awesome. I like a lot of racially oriented movies like American history X, Mississippi burning, Menace 2 society, boys n the hood, Lean on me, Romperstomper, Schindler’s list and to kill a mockingbird.

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