Two TOKish Films Coming

There are 2 films coming out now (both sort of dystopian sci-fi) that I think would be a great connection to TOK.

The first is “Branded” (OFFICIAL WEBSITE – I love how they make you read QR codes!)

Wow, it’s like Matrix meets Marx.



The next is “Prototype”. The trailer mentions Ray Kurzweil and “The Singularity”.




Summer Post #6: Perception in Film

What happens if you take a seemingly inocuous film and REMIX IT (which involves careful cutting, music choice, video effects, etc.)  into a horror film trailer?

We saw something similiar in JORDAN’S COLOR PROJECT.

Here you go – Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) remixed as Horror


Mrs. Doubtfire (Recut) from Peter Javidpour on Vimeo.

Equilibrium: A Dystopia Sans Emotion

What if there were a world that was afraid of human emotion, blaming feelings for all of humanity’s ills, then attempting to anesthetize the population? You’ve seen this theme in dystopian novels such as Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four, and to some extent in the Matrix films. Another film (2002), “Equilibrium”, shows what life would be like if we tried to keep feelings at bay with drugs and destroy all emotional provocations such as art and literature, censoring items for “Emotional Content and branding those who do not comply “Sense Offenders”.


Here is one of the opening scenes (sorry about the Spanish subs):

In this scene Cleric fools the power that be and runs home to check on his Prozium supply, only to discover that his own son has not been taking Prozium since his mother was convicted of being a Sense Offender and subsequently executed. He gets to see “Father” and has his emotions tested…only to be in for a surprise.

One of the final scenes- The “Father” taunts Cleric into questioning his morality now that he can feel. Is killing someone else who can feel really “worth the price”?

Apes Will Rise – TOK extension activity

The new film “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, starring James Franco is a great TOK learning experience. There are so many TOK-worthy issues in this piece.

Here’s the official website

Movie times for Oahu

And a great review plus trailer from the Kurzweil blog, “Accepting Intelligence”