Top ten DVDS for your existential crisis
What better topic for a top ten list than the ol’ existential crisis? What are we here for? What’s it all about? Who moved my cheese? These are all-important questions that we, as humans, were forced to learn about in philosophy 101. Seriously, don’t you ever just get the feeling that manis and pedis might give way to something bigger? Like a full-body massage? And after all that, if you’re not satisfied, throw these movies on for some instant soul-searching.
1. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
If you’re wondering if your life couldn’t be any more boring, check out Harold Crick’s sorry existence. He’s an IRS auditor who realizes that his life is empty, till something really strange starts happening: he starts hearing voices. Check out this flick and get inspired to break out of old routines. It’s got a great soundtrack, too.
2. I Heart Huckabees
This one might be the obvious choice. Just when you think your life is perfect, you examine the cracks and realize that nothing is right at all. At least, that’s what the characters in I Heart Huckabees discover. If the star-studded cast weren’t enough to draw you in (Jude Law, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Schwartzman, Lily Tomlin, Mark Wahlberg, et al), the film manages to make existential crises entertaining and humourous.
3. Being There (1979)
Kind of the Forrest Gump of his time, Chance is oblivious to all the impact he’s having on the world. In fact, he’s sort of oblivious to everything, unless it’s been on television. But everyone else thinks his simplistic talk holds some kind of deeper meaning. “Being there,” two very important words for existentialist thinkers, allows you to see the value of the present and how easily we’re distracted from true meaning. Film buffs like Roger Ebert think this movie is the ish, so check it out.
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