Philosophy Movie Night
Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the local community gather several times each semester to discuss philosophical themes in great movies. There will be a ten-minute talk before each movie and a related philosophical topic is discussed after the showing. The public, philosophers and scholars are invited to attend.
Philosophy Movie Night is sponsored by DSPT Alumni. All movies are shown in Classroom 1, our state of the art classroom with movie theater style seats, a surround sound system, and large screen. Admission is free, though donations are always welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information about Philosophy Movie Night, please click here for a list of all the movies that have been previously screened and consequently dissected by our student's sharp, philosophical acumen.
Spring 2013 Schedule
Superman Returns - DSPT Student Christopher Ragusa - April 2, 2013
Humanity and Divinity: an Examination of Christological Imagery in Superman Returns
Please join us as DSPT Concurrent MA student Christopher Ragusa leads us in an in depth discussion over the movie Superman Returns . He will discuss it as an example of the modern vision of Christ and humanity, and its implications of salvation, sin, and human nature.
Mean Girls - DSPT Student Caleb Brown - March 15, 2013
(Not Just for) Girls Night! We watched Mean Girls (2004)--widely acclaimed as the most accurate and honest portrayal of female-social dynamics captured in movie-form. We mined the film for its self-conscious anthropological insights, making special use of Rene Girard's scapegoating paradigm. Come laugh at the human condition!
Fall 2012 Schedule
WALL•E - DSPT Student Caleb Brown - November 6, 2012
You won't want to miss this unique opportunity to train your eye in the finer points of visual storytelling. Reproducing a class he taught at Warner Brothers, Caleb Brown will perform an in-depth analysis of Pixar's WALL•E. in order to demonstrate how filmmakers manage our attention and subtly communicate big ideas.
Decoding The Godfather - DSPT Student, Caleb Brown - September 28, 2012
Caleb Brown reverse-engineers Francis Ford Coppola's directing decisions in a live, interactive scene-by-scene commentary. It will take 5 HOURS, but you will never watch movies the same way again. One screenwriting teacher charges $1000 for an evening like this, but you'll get the class for free. By the time the clock strikes midnight on Sept. 29th, we'll all know a great deal more about how movies make meaning, about human nature and about America in the early 1970s.
Spring 2012 Schedule
The Darjeeling Limited - DSPT Student Benjamin Griffin - April 24, 2012
In order to provide a sort of conclusion to the previous two films shown for Philosophy Movie Night, The Darjeeling Limited will be presented with it's theme of cultural appropriation in mind. Unable to cope with their ever present pasts, let alone their ever passing present, three brothers embark on a misguided attempt at a spiritual pilgrimage in India, "one of the most spiritual places in the world." Shot vibrantly by twee autuer Wes Anderson, The Darjeeling Limited serves as a remarkably wry reminder of how easily we deny ourselves the beauty in this world in our stead-fast determination to claim where it might be found.
The Namesake - DSPT Student Tom Sundaram - February 14, 2012.
A shallow glance at Mira Nair's The Namesake yields that it is a story of a young man torn between his Indian heritage and his Western society. Yet to watch this movie is not to watch a biopic about India or the West. This movie is a radiantly beautiful presentation of what it is to be human: to be torn between expectations and liberty, culture and autonomy, happiness and contentment, love and lesser things. Nair presents us with a story not just of one world with glimpses of another, as she did in Monsoon Wedding, but with the complete and entire collision of two worldviews. Her usual emphasis on cultural globalization is here amplified into an all-encompassing symphony of human life, and no movement of that symphony is without any aspect of that life. The movie displays happiness and despair in equal measure; but at its very core it has a message of hope about how the “seamless see-saw” of the two worlds may be set in an equal balance which is essential to human fulfillment.