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The Philosopher’s POV: Margin Call

November 18, 2012 No Comments

Capitalism sounds like a good system. It’s based on the idea that free markets benefit all. If I grow only tomatoes and you only cucumbers, we can come to the market and trade what we grow so that both of us can enjoy a nice tomato-cucumber salad. Of course, it would be wrong of me […]

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The Philosopher’s POV: Melancholia

The Philosopher’s POV: Melancholia

October 3, 2012 No Comments

Melancholia: Hope in a Godless Universe   “I’m trudging through this gray woolly yarn, it’s clinging to my legs, it’s really heavy to drag along.” So says Justine to her sister, Claire, and the images at the beginning of the film show her doing just that in her wedding dress. Life seems so heavy. Why […]

View From the Couch: Shame

View From the Couch: Shame

April 2, 2012 No Comments

I asked several friends and co-workers if they saw Shame over the Holidays. None did. Most said they didn’t want to see a film about sex addiction. The graphic sexual content that is depicted, and the rest that is implied, certainly earned it the NC-17 rating it received. But it is not only about sex […]

The Philosopher’s POV: Shame

The Philosopher’s POV: Shame

April 1, 2012 5 Comments

Earlier in the year, two films were shown at local theaters whose titles are single words designating different psychological states: Melancholia and Shame. We all know roughly what these words mean, but what precisely do they mean? Is melancholy the same as depression? Or is it more like sadness? And can melancholy be rational, as […]

The Philosopher’s POV: The Ten Best Films of 2011

The Philosopher’s POV: The Ten Best Films of 2011

December 30, 2011 1 Comment

Dr. Bruce Russell has listed his choices for the ten best films of 2011: 1.  Blue Valentine 2.  Moneyball 3.  Certified Copy 4.  Melancholia 5.  Shame 6.  Like Crazy 7.  Martha Mary May Marlene 8.  Another Earth 9.  The Muppet Movie 10.  Kung Fu Panda 2

The Philosopher’s POV: Midnight in Paris

The Philosopher’s POV: Midnight in Paris

October 9, 2011 5 Comments

Midnight in Paris: Fantasies, Past and Present We all have our fantasies.  Some that I’m sure you all can relate to include: playing centerfield for the San Francisco Giants, having a philosophical conversation with Bertrand Russell, being Charlize Theron’s lover.  And we all have our heroes: Willie Mays, Bertrand Russell and…Charlize Theron. Gil has his […]

The Philosopher’s POV: Never Let Me Go

The Philosopher’s POV: Never Let Me Go

September 5, 2011 No Comments

Never Let Me Go:  A Condensed Life The students at Hailsham look like ordinary students at some religious school where they all dress alike and are under the control of a strict administration and faculty.  However, they are different because they were created to be organ donors.  All of them will donate their bodily parts […]

The Philosopher’s POV: The Fantastic Mr. Fox

The Philosopher’s POV: The Fantastic Mr. Fox

August 9, 2011 21 Comments

The Fantastic Mr. Fox:  An Aristotelian Animal Foxes are known to be clever, and Mr. Fox is no exception.   He plans invasions of the farms of Boggis, Bunce, and Bean, “horrible crooks, so different in looks, but nonetheless equally mean.”  He laces blueberries with a potent sleeping powder to give to the dogs that guard […]

The Philosopher’s POV: Blue Valentine: An Enigma

The Philosopher’s POV: Blue Valentine: An Enigma

July 2, 2011 14 Comments

  As the title suggests, Blue Valentine is a sad love story.  It’s love at first sight for Dean when he sees Cindy in her grandmother’s room at an assisted living facility.   He gives her his number, but when she does not call, he returns and talks with the grandmother to find out who Cindy […]

The Philosopher’s POV: What Does it Mean? What are Films About?

The Philosopher’s POV: What Does it Mean? What are Films About?

August 19, 2010 2 Comments

“But what does it MEAN”? Each month, Dr. Bruce Russell will raise the difficult philosophical questions that inspire good filmmaking: what kind of life should we live? What is the nature of evil? Does the film make sense? Does anything make sense? Ongoing discussion throughout the month will provide an opportunity to enrich our understanding […]

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