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With Examined Life, Director Astra Taylor has turned a seemingly weighty subject into a fascinating documentary.
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You can't help but feel that director Astra Taylor fails at her own challenge of making an academic subject come truly alive as cinema.
Each of the half-dozen or so thinkers gets around 20 minutes to maunder on - simultaneously not long enough and far too long. Frustratingly, no subject is investigated in depth, and the glibness is dull.
Taylor's stimulating film, enlivened by creative location shooting, will surely find an appreciative audience among highbrow cinephiles.
Director-writer Astra Taylor wisely avoids turning this talk fest into a talking heads fest by filming these effusive intellectuals in a variety of visually diverting, real-world environments.
There's plenty of food for thought here, though the movie is more a buffet than a meal.
To [director Astra] Taylor's credit it's as inviting and accessible as a smart conversation with fascinating friends.
An unusual and compelling documentary featuring eight thinkers musing on philosophical matters as they walk in creative places.
For those interested in seeing philosophers on the screen, this engaging movie offers the opportunity to see eight of them walking the streets.
The ones that work, Cornel West and Peter Singer for example, are intriguing and compelling but they don't all hang together so effortlessly.
A fascinating introduction to the big issues in modern philosophy, presented with a pleasantly light touch.
Never dull, but it will make your head hurt.
This is an addictive and stimulating experience all round.
Makes for an intriguing film. At times funny, and at its best, insightful.
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