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Clare O’Farrell’s blog on books, TV, films, Michel Foucault, universities etc. etc.

Strong Spoilers. Please note that this discussion will probably only make sense if you are familiar with all the Harry Potter books and films. WARNING: DO NOT READ, if you don’t want to know what happens in the film before seeing it. My rating: **** Imdb link With this action packed and very watchable film, …

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Bearing in mind these reflections about the shortcomings of lists… Introduction Prompted by re-watching one of my all time favourite films over Easter, I was inspired to make a list of a small handful of favourite films that I re-watch every couple of years or so. The Glaswegian actor Robert Carlyle mentions that he has …

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Mild spoilers My rating: *** imdb link Clint Eastwood’s film Hereafter written by English screenwriter Peter Morgan is a film about how three different people in Chicago, Paris and London cope and fail to cope with the question of what happens after death in a secular society where discussion and investigations of such issues are …

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Olivier Dekens, La philosophie sur grand écran: Manuel de cinéphilosophie. Paris: Ellipses, 2007 My rating: *** La philosophie sur grand écran : Manuel de cinéphilosophie by Olivier Dekens I really like the format of this book – in terms of how it works as a teaching text. Each short chapter consists of a brief commentary …

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My rating: **** imdb link I have no doubt that Inception will prove a bonanza for all those analytic philosophers churning out edited collections on analytic philosophy and popular culture over at Open Court. Let me propose a workable alternative title for the film to start them off: Descartes and Freud. The Final Showdown. Or, …

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NB: Spoiler alert! My rating:** Somewhat biased quick plot summary A corporation supported by the military has its eye on a rare mineral called unobtanium which can be found in large quantities on a planet called Pandora. This planet is covered by primeval forest and inhabited by blue ‘noble savages’ with cultures reminiscent of those …

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My rating: ***** Spoiler alert imdb link This wonderful and underrated science fiction film was directed by Vincenzo Natali who directed the earlier better known Cube. The original title for the film was Company Man but was renamed Cypher when the film-makers found there was another film of the same name. Cypher means a person …

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