Movies with Plato

My criteria for looking at films. Read through and tell me if you agree or disagree!

Once upon a time, while everyone else I knew was watching movies and such, I was holed-up somewhere, practicing my violin for hours.

I wish I could say that was an overstatement. I was also often so wound-up and anxious that I couldn’t sit in one spot long enough to watch a movie. You can imagine how this limited me after James Cameron’s “Titanic” started a trend of blockbuster movies that were 3 hours long or more.

So anyway, fast-forward to now, and there is a huge world of film just waiting for me to dive into, and I couldn’t be more excited!

I love movies, even though there are tons I haven’t seen which most people I know have.

But now that I am grown, I am not so much after distractions. I don’t even worry too much about being entertained, since I have never had a problem finding something interesting to do.
I’m interested in quality. That’s tough for someone who is a neophyte audience member at best!

So I am evoking a standard within philosophy: The Platonic Triad.

The Platonic Triad evaluates things, ideas, stories, and philosophies based on three prongs:

  • The True
  • The Good
  • The Beautiful

Obviously, this leaves some ridiculous absurdist films completely out, which is kind of where they should be, in my humble opinion.

I am going to enlist the help of two elements here: One is the expertise of my boyfriend, Enko, who has a fantastic knowledge of film, and the other is a book (of course). The book that will help me begin is 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die from Quintessence Books. I’m curious to see how many “must-sees” are actually films of quality that can add to the development of my mind. I have a feeling that some of the films herein will simply be culturally distracting, or maybe some kind of pop catharsis, or some technological feat within the industry.

We’ll see!

I hope you’ll join me in talking about the films that have made history, and be sure and tell me which books about film theory helped you see with new eyes!

Treasures await!


Source for adventurous reading:
Quintessence. 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. New York, NY: Universe Publishing. 2016. Print.


  • Anne Glenn says:

    You make a good point about watching quality programming- we only have a finite amount of time on this earth, why waste even three hours of it on meaningless garbage? Lol

    • Margaret Nelson says:

      Right? I mean, don’t get me wrong, there is something to be said for films that are entertaining, plain and simple! But upsetting, absurd visual experiences make me agree with the old wives tales of screens rotting the brain, lol! Thank you for commenting!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *