Want to Read a Philosophical Novel?: A Recommendation Flowchart (zoom in as necessary).

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Films that I have taught in my Philosophical Films class:

Snowpiercer, Bong Joon Ho, 2013

Sorry to Bother You, Boots Riley, 2018

Cold Souls, Sophie Barthes, 2009

Us, Jordan Peele, 2019

The Square, Ruben Östlund, 2017

Synecdoche, New York, Charlie Kaufman, 2008

Remainder, Omer Fast, 2015

Stories We Tell, Sarah Polley, 2012

The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012


Or recommend to students:

2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick, 1968

Alien, Ridley Scott, 1979

Aliens, James Cameron, 1986

American Psycho, Mary Harron, 2000

Amores Perros, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, 2000

Annihilation, Alex Garland, 2018

Another Earth, Mike Cahill, 2011

Arrival, Denis Villeneuve, 2016

Bamboozled, Spike Lee, 2000

Beau Travail, Claire Denis, 1999

Being There, Hal Ashby, 1979

Blade Runner, Ridley Scott, 1982

Brazil, Terry Gilliam, 1985

Breaking the Waves, Lars von Trier, 1996

Cache, Michael Haneke, 2005

Children of Men, Alfonso Cuarón, 2006

The City of Lost Children, Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1995

A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick, 1971

The Conversation, Francis Ford Copploa, 1974

Cube, Vincenzo Natali, 1997

Dark City, Alex Proyas, 1998

Dear White People, Justin Simien, 2014

Dogtooth, Yorgos Lanthimos, 2009

Dogville, Lars von Trier, 2003

The Endless, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, 2017

Enemy, Denis Villeneuve, 2013

Eraserhead, David Lynch, 1977

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Michel Gondry, 2004

Event Horizon, Paul W.S. Anderson, 1997

Ex Machina, Alex Garland, 2014

The Face of Another, Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1966

Fargo, Coen Brothers, 1996

Faults, Riley Stearns, 2014

Fight Club, David Fincher, 1999

Force Majeure, Ruben Östlund, 2014

The Game, David Fincher, 1997

Gattaca, David Niccol, 1997

Get Out, Jordan Peele, 2017

A Ghost Story, David Lowery, 2017

The Great Beauty, Paolo Sorrentino, 2013

Groundhog Day, Harold Ramis, 1993

Her, Spike Jonze, 2013

Hereditary, Ari Aster, 2018

A History of Violence, David Cronenberg, 2005

I Heart Huckabees, David O. Russell, 2004

Ikiru, Akira Kurosawa, 1952

Inception, Christopher Nolan, 2010

Intacto, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, 2001

Je t'aime, je t'aime, Alain Resnais, 1968

La Jetée, Chris Marker, 1962

Last Year at Marienbad, Alain Resnais, 1961

The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015

Lost Highway, David Lynch,  1997

Magnolia, Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999

The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012

Memento, Christopher Nolan, 2000

Minority Report, Steven Spielberg, 2002

Moon, Duncan Jones, 2009

Moonlight, Barry Jenkins, 2016

Mother!, Darren Aronofsky, 2017

Mr. Nobody, Jaco Van Dormael, 2009

Mullholland Drive, David Lynch, 1999

Native Son, Rashid Johnson, 2019

Never Let Me Go, Mark Romanek, 2010

No Country for Old Men, Coen Brothers, 2007

The One I Love, Charlie McDowell, 2014

Only Lovers Left Alive, Jim Jarmusch, 2013

Open Your Eyes, Alejandro Amenábar, 1997

Parasite, Bong Joon Ho, 2019

Phoenix, Christian Petzold, 2014

Rashomon, Akira Kurosawa, 1950

Reprise, Joachim Trier, 2006

Run Lola Run, Tom Tykwer, 1998

The Seventh Seal, Ingmar Bergman, 1957

Sound of My Voice, Zal Batmanglij, 2011

Stalker, Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979

Take Shelter, Jeff Nichols, 2011

Thank You for Smoking, Jason Reitman, 2005

There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007

The Thin Red Line, Terrence Malick, 1998

Timecrimes, Nacho Vigalondo, 2007

The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick, 2011

The Truman Show, Peter Weir, 1998

Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer, 2013

Upstream Color, Shane Carruth, 2013

Videodrome, David Cronenberg, 1983

Wild Tales, Damián Szifron, 2014

Woman in the Dunes, Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1964

Youth, Paolo Sorrentino, 2015


Bonus: I won't try to claim that there's anything specifically philosophical about my taste in mannered indie rock, but since college, I have made a mixtape of newish music once or twice a year for friends.  Here are the most recent (links are to Spotify playlists):

Perpetual Autumn Machine (fall 2019)

I Have Been to the Mountain (winter 2019)

The Year of the Woman, Part 2 (fall 2018)

I Remember the Glow (fall 2017)

More Songs for On-Ramps (fall 2016)