The thought was bouncing about my head today about Saw (and II), Se7en, Phone Booth, and Fight Club. Just kinda thinking, but then I thought about how I changed after seeing each of these movies (not so much FC, though); nothing huge or dramatic, but how I viewed some things in life (sloth or misuse in life (Saw), greed et al (Se7en), lack of responsibility (Phone Booth)) definitely changed. The same also happened with some books I’ve read, the most notables being the series by King, The Dark Tower; also Orwell’s 1984.
I was just wondering your thoughts on such movies/books/media in general. Do you think there should be a list of items people should see (not everybody be forced to see, but if you were to recommend one based on its message)? If so, what would be some movies/books to put up? If you don’t think there should be such a list, why not? Has anyone else ever seen a movie and have their life change because of it?
Hitch-hiker’s guide to the galaxy (moreso book than film), really got me into thinking about stuff about life. Nothing in particular, but questions about existance popped because of it. I highly reccomend it to any person whom is interested, it’s a good read.
Chain Of Command:The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib by Seymour Hersh. It’s a great book by the guy who leaked the My Lai massacre story. (I saw him speak as well). It’s really making me think about all the bullshit we’re fed.
The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions by Huston Smith which dives into the beliefs of the religions rather than their respective histories. It covers Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucionism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, as well as Primal Religions (such as the Aboriginal religion). It’s a great primer on world religion, and shows you just how compatible beliefs are with one another.
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu, which is one of the lesser read holy books of religion. Its poetry is beautiful, and it is something that just about anybody can learn from, regardless of your beliefs.
The film eXistenZ explores questions of reality much better than [/u]The Matrix[u] could ever hope to.
there are few works of art that have changed my life. the novel Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse, the song Here Comes Your Man by the Pixies, and the poems of T.S. Eliot, The Lovesong of J Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, and Burnt Norton, specifically.