Examined Life

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With Examined Life, Director Astra Taylor has turned a seemingly weighty subject into a fascinating documentary.



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This documentary takes a look at the manifestations of contemporary philosophy through interviews with various figures in the field, who examine these existential issues from the vantage point of lively public places, where everyday people demonstrate their views and values through the most clear and innocuous ways. Some of the guests featured in the film include Cornel West, Avital Ronell, and Peter Singer. ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovi

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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.

Nov 20, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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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.

Nov 20, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Taylor's stimulating film, enlivened by creative location shooting, will surely find an appreciative audience among highbrow cinephiles.

Sep 1, 2009
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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.

May 1, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There's plenty of food for thought here, though the movie is more a buffet than a meal.

Apr 24, 2009 | Full Review…

To [director Astra] Taylor's credit it's as inviting and accessible as a smart conversation with fascinating friends.

Apr 23, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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Makes for an intriguing film. At times funny, and at its best, insightful.

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