1. The Matrix (R)—Deals with themes of reality, how active our brain is in creating our perception, and free will.
  2. Truman Show—Provides a close analogue to Plato’s Cave. Should Truman be happy living in a man-made utopia? Do you somehow feel that he’s missing out on something?
  3. Waking Life (R)—Animated. The plot centers around the main character trying to determine his waking from his dreaming life. Along his journey he has numerous conversations that directly relate to issues in Ian’s Adventure.
  4. Existenz (R)—About a futuristic virtual reality game. What level of the game is reality?
  5. Rashomon—1950’s film about 4 witnesses’ versions of a crime. Is an objective view of reality possible? What might prevent us from seeing/remembering events as they „really” happened?
  6. 12 Angry Men—A good example of critical thinking and talking through a topic thoroughly in order to come to a conclusion.


  1. THEME: MEMORY—How important is a person’s memory to their identity?
    Memento (R)
    Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind (R)
    Total Recall (R)
    Groundhog Day
    Fifty First Dates
  2. THEME: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE—Are these robots persons? Do they have minds? Have they achieved consciousness? Should they have rights?
    I Robot
    Bicentennial Man
    AI: Artificial Intelligence
    2001: A Space Odyssey
  3. Crash (R)—What role does race play in identity? More importantly, how does society affect the way you view others?

4. Being John Malkovich (R)—Does the main character “become” John Malkovich?

  1. The Jerk (R)—How much does the main character’s identity affected by his material/monetary possessions? By his realization regarding his family history?
  2. Heaven Can Wait—What does it mean to come back to life in another body? What is the meaning of death if our soul lives on?
  3. Gattaca—How important is one’s body and physical composition to their identity? What is the harm in using technology to create what we believe to be “more fit” people?
  4. The Fountainhead—What does it mean to be an „authentic”
    person? Is this possible? Which architect do you admire more and why?


  1. What the Bleep Do We Know?—How do recent findings in physics affect your view of God and spirituality? Does knowing more about your world add to or subtract from its wonder?
  2. Inherit the Wind—A film about the 1925 „Scopes Monkey Trial” involving creationism/evolution in schools. If creationism is not a science, should it be taught in a science course? Should it be taught in another course? What does it mean for evolution to be „only a theory”? Is teaching creationism (God created universe) in a public school a violation of church and state?

3. Mindwalk—Basically a conversation between a physicist, a politician, and a poet/philosopher. They apply a lot of scientific theory to their views of reality.

  1. A Brief History of Time—Based on the ideas of one of the most influential contemporary physicists, Steven Hawking. Mostly topical instead of a movie with a plot.


  1. Bruce Almighty—A personification of God. What would you do if you were all-powerful?
  2. Dogma (R)—Brings up many issues surrounding God including omniscience, omnipotence, salvation, and evil.
  3. The Gods Must Be Crazy—How does the Coke bottle shed any light on creationism? Do they use the bottle „incorrectly”? What other issues arise from the outside influence of the Coke bottle?
  4. Oh God!—God attempting to spread the word about Himself. Touches on God’s omnipotence, miracles, His being perfect, and a bit on the problem of pain and evil as well.


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Înainte să te cunosc:

Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972)
American History X (1998)
Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Baraka (1992)
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
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)
Casablanca (1942)
Children Underground (2001)
City of Joy (1992)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The Corporation (2004)
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Devil’s Playground (2002)
Dogville (2003)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
The Education of Shelby Knox (2005)
The Emperor’s Club (2002)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Fast, Cheap and Out of Control (1997)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Gattaca (1997)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Hilary and Jackie (1998)
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
Kadosh (1999)
King Corn (2007)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Lifeboat (1944)
The Man from Earth (2007)
The Matrix (1999)
Memento (2001)
Metropilis (1927)
Mindwalk (1991)
Minority Report (2002)
Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983)
Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter Jr. (2000)
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
Phenomenon (1996)
Pi: Faith in Chaos (1998)
Powder (1995)
The Quarrel (1991)
A Question of Faith (2001)
The Rapture (1991)
The Razor’s Edge (1946, 1984)
Religulous (2008)
Saw II (2004)
The Searchers (1956)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
SLC Punk (1999)
Solaris (1972 Russian; 2002 English)
Standard Operating Procedure (2008)
The Swimmer (1968)
The Thin Blue Line (1988)
The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
Total Recall (1990)
The Trial (1963)
The Truman Show (1998)
The Village (2004)
Vertigo (1958)
Waking Life (2001)

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