Of course we all want to see the film everyone else is watching, so we can be in on the fuss. It's only natural that we want to know what everyone is going to see and why, taking part is all part of the enjoyment. But films are not only there to be smash hits and blockbuster number crunching landmarks. There are other reasons to make films, and perhaps much more valuable ones as well. Producing for a massive audience leaves the windows wide open, and as Kurt Vonnegut once penned, “If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia”.
So film-makers with credibility perhaps choose to make films that serve a purpose other than to entertain. A film is always designed to be watched and enjoyed yet there can be more cerebral reasons for why it is such a good piece of work. Psychology is something that we need to draw on when creating believable characters, and in this way various aspects of our understanding of this complex subject can be focussed on with film.
The University of Indiana has uploaded an incredibly detailed list of films which are written to compliment the cognitive sciences. You may be surprised by some familiar titles in there, however it extends way beyond the scope of the popular eye. This is a serious web project with an aim to weave the world of media and art into the world of cognitive sciences. Everything is fully searchable and each film is linked to pages with detailed information about who made it, when, and where. Of course it also details why the film is relevant to the field, helping researchers to find media that helps them think in the ways that are being taught.
Also, from a media consumer's perspective, passive education is extremely worthwhile. It's a mark of quality media that aims to improve the knowledge and wisdom of its consumers in return for their focus and attention. We don't all watch movies for the explosions, sometimes they explore things about ourselves and the lives we lead that cause us to look again at how we go about our own ways.
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