Religion on Film – from Transcendence to Terrorism
How does cinema engage with the religious? Explore some of the cinematic commentary offered from Homeland, to There Will Be Blood, Eat Pray Love, Tree of Life and the Revenant – what is cinema saying? And how are we engaging with it?
How to watch a movie?
Although movies are primarily watched for entertainment value, there are deeper topics and questions in every film. How can we decipher these messages in order to engage with film at a deeper and more self-aware level.
Christopher Nolan – Apologist for Reality?
Slumdog Millionaire and LOTR – Destiny and Purpose
Conversations about Purpose with LOTR, The Hobbit and Slumdog Millionaire
Affluenza at the movies
How does a lifestyle of valuing possessions and things effect us, and how is some cinema tracking, discussing and questioning this? Combining a discussion of the psychologist, Oliver James’ diagnosis of modern societies’ ailment of ‘affluenza’ as ‘placing a high value of on money, possessions, appearance, social status and fame’ which correlates with increased ‘depression, anxiety, substance abuse and narcissistic personality disorder’, with movies that interact with the theme of materialistic values in our lives.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Love
Amazing Grace and Taken – Objectification
Being Human – Amazing Grace
13 Conversations About One Thing – Happiness
Stranger than Fiction – Purpose
Inception – Divine Hiddenness
Why isn’t God more obvious? with discussions of Inception
Transcendence – Transhumanism/evolutionary humanism
Downloading Hope – Transcendence
Future Technology and What it is to be Human – Sci-Fi and Transhumanism
The Hobbit – Unexpected Journeys
Superheroes – Why do we love them?