Philosophical Movie Pick: Arrival

You might still be able to catch this philosophical movie pick in theaters!

Arrival (2016) is the story of Louise Banks, a linguist asked to use her skills to solve a puzzle with implications for the whole human race. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, based on the story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang in Stories of Your Life and Others (now available in paperback under the title Arrival). The film is still in theaters.


It is difficult to say much about this movie without spoiling the plot and we wouldn’t want to spoil the slightest thing about the profoundly beautiful and philosophical experience of watching Villeneuve’s science fiction masterpiece. The film raises questions about human awareness and human nature, choice, language, consciousness, and time. If you can, see it on the big screen and see it with someone who enjoys discussing big ideas!

Philosophical Movie Pick: Man on Wire

Our latest philosophical movie pick, part of our series on thought-provoking entertainment.

Man on Wire (2008) is the story of Philippe Petit’s quest to walk a high wire between the two towers of the World Trade Center, a plan that he conceived of before the towers were built. Directed by James Marsh, based on the book by Phillipe Petit. The film is available to stream on Netflix.


Here are just some questions you might ask yourself while watching the film:

  • What is the purpose of art? Does it exist for its own sake? What kinds of sacrifices should an artist be willing to make for art? What kinds of risks should an artist be willing to take?  Does the world need people who will flaunt the rules and taunt authorites?
  • How far should we go in pursuing a passion? Should we do things with no other reason than that we want to? What are the consequences for others?
  • Are adventures better when we are experiencing them or when we are reliving them? Why?

If you have seen the film, what questions did it raise for you? Let us know in comments!