Hello all,

So this is my first article, and I've read many others on W<3IT so you'd think I would get the idea by now but I still feel like I'll be winging it.

I've decided to start with something easy but also something I love because I think it's important to always express the things in life that give you goosebumps or the chills or just give you that warm fuzzy feeling.

I've always loved watching movies ever since I can remember and to this date I'd even go as far as calling myself a cinephile.

Now without further ramble, here are my top 6 movies that will definitely expand your mind:

1. Inception

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Cobb: She was possessed by an idea, this one, very simple idea, that changed everything. That our world wasn't real. That she needed to wake up to come back to reality, that, in order to get back home, we had to kill ourselves.

Where do I start? This film is one of my favourites and its sheer scope just blows my mind. Nolan took 10 years to write the script itself and even after that, changes still had to be made. It covers a range of topics from lucid dreaming to love to loneliness and loss to questioning reality and ourselves. It is rich and complex, beautifully realized, and the actors are brilliant. Combining all these elements with a stunning score by Hans Zimmer, this movie was truly a surreal experience. But beware, it's so interesting and complex that you'll have to watch it twice ;)

2. Interstellar

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Cooper: Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.

What can I say? Hans Zimmer and Christopher Nolan are simply a masterpiece when put together. Interstellar forces you to forget where you are and takes you into the future where the planet is dying and space seems like the only option. The concepts of time and space in this film are extremely addictive and it makes you think well beyond your own insignificant life. Despite that, it is also very human and delves into deep emotions associated with the human condition and all our suffering. Add the incredible score by Zimmer and it's a work of art.

3. Approaching The Unknown

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Stanaforth: Our bodies are more space than matter. There's an unfathomable distance between each atom, each particle. What keeps us solid? Why don't we dissolve?

Although the action and conflict in this film appeared very low key, the ideas and concepts it expressed were very engaging. It went into aspects of loneliness and the adaptation response of humans that keeps us going through adversity. It went into how we can feel connected to the universe and it really makes you think about where you are and how you live your life and how that impacts the universe. The cinematography in this was also pretty good so I'd even watch it for a second time.

4. Her

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Amy: I think anybody who falls in love is a freak. It's a crazy thing to do. It's kind of like a form of socially acceptable insanity.

Okay, so this movie has got quite a bit of strangeness to it, especially on the surface, but if you go beyond that, it is actually quite powerful. The way it expresses love between the two of them really makes you question what exactly love is. It made me think about the wide range of love and how it is really just our yearning to be connected to something outside of ourselves. Plus, the cinematography made it aesthetically pleasing but I think it's one of those longer movies that you only watch once.

5. Snowden

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Snowden: And ultimately, the truth sinks in that no matter what justification you're selling yourself, this is not about terrorism. Terrorism is the excuse. This is about economic and social control. And the only thing you're really protecting is the supremacy of your government.

In general, this was quite a good movie if you like all those conspiracy theories about the government and believe they're just using you for power (which they are). It was not very aesthetically pleasing but the information and the perspective it presented really makes you think about cyber security and everything associated with government surveillance and privacy. Overall it was very interesting but only watch it if you want to expand your mind; do not watch it for the aesthetics because there are none.

6. Transcendence

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So you want to create a god? Your own god? Will: That's a very good question. Isn't that what man has always done?

This film will blow your mind. It takes AI to the next level and is really relatable to this new age of technology that we are in. The cinematography was excellent and Johnny Depp plays a great role. It's a movie that will definitely make you think about what would happen if the world lost technology or if AI was built into a humanoid form. I would highly recommend watching this, even if you're not that interested in AI, because it was incredible:)

That concludes my list. Hope this finds its way to at least one person floating out there in the abyss of the internet.
Not sure if I will post again but hope someone or no one enjoys this.