My Favorite Movies To Reflect On Life With

by WNJohns

Ever have a moment of deep reflection after watching one of your favorite movies? Here's my list of favorite movies to think on life with!

There are anywhere from several hundred thousand to several million movies across our world today (depending on what qualifies for your particular definition of a "movie"). That, to me, is simply a staggering thought!

I'm sure that you have favorite movies, just as I do, but have you ever thought about why you like those over the hundreds of thousands of others that could be just as great? I believe that one of my "criteria" for a movie to be among my favorite is that the ideas and concepts it discusses are from here in the real world. Whether its the hilarity of trying to sneak into work late, or the deep pondering of how our world is going to end, if its a thought provoker, it must surely be a good one :-) Here below are a list of some of my favorite movies to reflect on life with.

I will expand upon this list as I remember older favorites, or come across a lovely new title, but your thoughts, or some of your favorite movies are always welcome! And now onto...

Office Space

A humorous look at the "daily-grind"

     This movie is one of my all-time favorites, but having been recently going through a movie watching binge, I noticed more details about it this time through then I did on previous views. Office Space manages to look at the monotony of an average persons daily life, the continual struggles, the holes that we perceive ourselves to be in, while managing to keep it comedic.


     It's these little things that everyone can relate to, in some way, which is what gives the movie its hilarity. I also found myself in deep thought by the end of it this time, thinking about how the characters are stuck in cycles of living to work instead of working to live. A rather big insight to look into ones own life with!


What if you had the power to think your way into a different life?

     Limitless also takes a long hard look at the work life, but it throws another element into the mix which is why I simply love it. Creativity! As someone with a million little projects to get started on and work with, this movie really struck a chord with me. Motivation, creativity, enthusiasm, working, ethics, and the thought that there might some “trick” that if we just learned from somewhere that all these vague concepts would crystallize into the life that we can weave together only in our fantasies... Ah, alas ye cruele fates!


     I also found it quite funny when, right as it was coming out, that many persons were comparing the theoretic drug in the movie (the one that makes all of the previously stated concepts turn into actual actions for the main character) to adderall. It really makes you wonder what will be possible during our lives- how we will be able to enhance our lives and alter ourselves (even if it is medically) to be the best we can be...

Office Space - Special Edition with Flair (Widescreen Edition)

Unable to endure another mind-numbing day at Initech Corporation, cubicle slave Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) gets fired up and decides to get fired. Armed with a leisurely new...

Limitless (Unrated Extended Cut)

Bradley Cooper (The A-Team) and two-time Academy-Award® winner Robert De Niro, star in this provocative and action-packed thriller with unlimited surprising twists. Eddie Morra ...


V For Vendetta

"Remember, remember, the 5th of November..."

     A spiraling out of control government that turns into totalitarian machine on the verge of enslaving its citizens? Seems to be a horror story, but there are quite a few startling parallels between the British empire in the movie and countries of today. It saddens me to think that the American Dream has been effectively stomped out by today’s current fiscal and political situations.

When we see movies like V for Vendetta, I like to think that it makes a person more appreciative of the things that we DO have in our lives, and the freedoms that are available. Stop thinking that the glass is half-empty (or not even there!?), and start seeing the silver linings.

V for Vendetta (Widescreen Edition)

Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V For Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) who is rescued from a li...


The Union

The business (and a lot more!) behind getting high

     The Union simply blew my mind when I first saw it. There. Its out in the open now! Although I am half-afraid that even by saying I like a movie about marijuana and the ongoing prohibition, I will be consequently labeled as a hippie. Le sighe~ But seriously, The Union takes a good hard look at the dozens of different ways that marijuana, and its current stance by the US government, effects so many different facets of our lives. From local businesses to pharmaceutical companies, ethics to international disputes, from the bad to the good.

The Union is one of my favorite movies to philosophize after, and it provides a much needed view on a topic that is often slandered and looked down upon by bigger news outlets (Which is terribly unfortunate!).

The Union: The Business Behind Getting High

Through interviews filmmaker Adam Scorgie examines the cause and effect nature of the marijuana industry - a business that may be profiting more by being illegal.

Updated: 12/30/2015, WNJohns
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secret admirer on 05/01/2012

wow, you are such and amazing writer! I will definitely be sure to watch all these movies;)

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