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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Atheist Film Festival

Since there seems to be a dearth of comments, I'm going to try to stimulate some conversation...

You are asked to contribute to an upcoming Atheist Film Festival. The following schedule has been suggested :

OPENING - Monty Python : The Life of Brian
The God Who Wasn't There
Monty Python : The Meaning of Life
Inherit the Wind
Wings of Desire
Chocolat
Planet of the Apes
The Seventh Seal


Would you disagree with any of these choices ? What other suggestions would you submit ?

I have excluded the movie "Blasphemy" because, although it is very atheistic, it is not of a high enough quality to be in a festival. I think quality should be a factor in your suggestions.

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21 Comments:

At 9/29/2005 11:41 AM, Blogger Aaron Kinney declaimed...

Why chocolat? Wings of desire? How are those atheist movies?

 
At 9/29/2005 2:04 PM, Blogger mathyoo declaimed...

chocolat is definitely and atheist/humanist film-the main theme of the film is the difference between being good and being pious.

Some more:

Equilibrium
Contact
Gattaca
Agnes of God
The Handmaid's Tale
The Wicker Man
Star Trek: the Undiscovered Country

 
At 9/29/2005 4:09 PM, Blogger Not Reformed declaimed...

Great Star Trek reference!

"Why does "God" need a ship?"

(or something to that effect)

Why goes God need our praise, our dollars, and our time? Why does God need anything? :)

 
At 9/29/2005 4:26 PM, Blogger MichaelBains declaimed...

I'd add Seven because the antogonist is the epitome of a Good Christian.

Dang mang, now I want to see Chocolat!

Gataca was a terrible movie. I wans't convinced by anyone except the dead girl. Perhaps the book was better?

 
At 9/29/2005 6:33 PM, Blogger Francois Tremblay declaimed...

"Why chocolat? Wings of desire? How are those atheist movies?"

Chocolat shows the conflict between physical pleasure and the religious establishment. Wings of Desire is a story showing the contrast between anti-materialist, abstract beliefs and the vibrant reality of materialism (with angels to boot).

 
At 9/29/2005 6:35 PM, Blogger Francois Tremblay declaimed...

I haven't seen any of mathyoo's movies, except Contact, which was pretty bad and anti-skeptic. Are any of those worth seeing ? I heard plenty of bad things about Gattaca.

 
At 9/30/2005 1:29 AM, Blogger mathyoo declaimed...

ummmm....Contact was based on the book of the same name by Carl Sagan-he was as skeptic of religion as anyone. As I recall, the movie was mostly accurate to the book, and I don't think it was anti-skeptic at all.

Gattaca was actually a decent film. Not the best film ever, but it didn't suck, either

 
At 9/30/2005 1:57 AM, Blogger Francois Tremblay declaimed...

I guess we haven't seen the same Contact.

 
At 9/30/2005 10:13 AM, Blogger Sam Jordison declaimed...

One Million Years BC? That should annoy the creationists.

Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey??

Million Dollar Baby?

Good blog by the way - first one I've found worth reading while browsing through people interested in 'cults.'

www.samjordison.blogspot.com

 
At 9/30/2005 11:35 AM, Blogger vjack declaimed...

Don't forget Saved.

 
At 9/30/2005 3:48 PM, Blogger Francois Tremblay declaimed...

Saved ? I guess you didn't see the ending !

 
At 9/30/2005 4:09 PM, Blogger DerekSansone declaimed...

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy!

 
At 10/02/2005 9:54 AM, Blogger DUB declaimed...

Dogma.

 
At 10/03/2005 2:05 PM, Blogger Aaron Kinney declaimed...

Saved-directors cut.

In the ending, the principal of the school says "There is no God. I am living a lie. Sorry kids."

 
At 10/03/2005 3:13 PM, Blogger Francois Tremblay declaimed...

"Saved-directors cut.

In the ending, the principal of the school says "There is no God. I am living a lie. Sorry kids.""

YES !

 
At 10/07/2005 5:46 PM, Blogger Mike declaimed...

I would add "Cider House Rules" as a great Atheist movie. The protagonist is told at one point, "No one has the right to make rules for me until he has slept in the bed I sleep in"

 
At 7/17/2007 3:16 AM, Blogger Phillip Kelly declaimed...

"Life of Brian" is far from atheistic. You're confusing the point of the film just as many religious fundamentalists did when it appeared in theatres. The film isn't anti-God, it's anti-religion. It satirizes the people who believe in God while never saying that God doesn't exist. And to put Seventh Seal on any atheist list is strange to me, since Bergman's film were about the struggle to believe in a God that doesn't seem to care, or about people that don't know how to believe in God, rather than God not existing all together.
http://philzine.wordpress.com

 
At 1/27/2008 11:39 PM, Blogger Tsee declaimed...

francois, you misunderstood Contact because its ending shows the importance - and implications - of using evidence.

 
At 5/05/2009 1:23 PM, Blogger David Fitzgerald declaimed...

Hi all, this is Dave Fitzgerald; I'm one of the directors of the Atheist Film Festival. Francois, thanks for spreading the word and thanks to all of you for your great suggestions. Aaron, do you know where we can find a copy of the Director's cut of "Saved!"?
See everybody there on June 28th!
-DF

 
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