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1984

2001: A Space Odyssey

The Adjuster

Altered States (genetic experimentation, regression)  

And the Band Played On, directed by Spotiswode. USA: 1993 (discovery of the AIDS virus)

The Andromeda Strain (alien virus)

Apollo 13 (technological failure & recovery)

Blade Runner

Blog Wars (2006) Directed by James Rogan

Brazil. Terry Gilliam's dystopian satire exploring the tensions between beauracracy, technology and human relationships

Buying the War (2007) PBS Frontline with Bill Moyers

Capricorn One describes in fiction how a landing on Mars was not real, but filmed in a studio

Catfish (2010) Created by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.

The China Syndrome

A Clockwork Orange

Contact

Control Room (2004) Directed by Jehane Noujaim. 

The Conversation, surveillance, wiretapping, and dark struggles of the soul

The Day the Earth Stood Still (electricity)

Desk Set (office technology)

Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier (2010)  PBS Frontline Directed and Produced by Rachel Dretzin

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Equilibrium (2002) directed by Kurt Wimmer. In a futuristic world, a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death.

eXistenZ

Fail-Safe

Fairytale - A True Story (1997) featuring Arthur Conan Doyle (for) Harry Houdini (against) in the true story of contested photographs of fairies produced by two girls in 1920s England

Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control human impulse to control nature, the nature of life & death, consciousness

Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement, an exploration of the promise and perils of human enhancement technologies

Frankenstein

Gattaca

Een geschenk uit de hemel, De slag om de Brent Spar, Kees de Groot van Embden, 2000, VPRO-television, Hilversum.

The Governess

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) Directed by Morgan Spurlock

Hey Watch This! Sharing the Self Through Media (2013). An ethnographic film directed by Patricia G. Lange that explores digital identities and media usage through its analysis of the rise and fall of YouTube as a social media site. Film website: http://www.patriciaglange.org/page2/page2.html

Human Nature (M.Gondry) Comments on the nature-human divide in post/late/modernity

Into Eternity (Madsen, 2010) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Into_Eternity_(film)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1194612/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoUkhOup1C4&feature=related

Kinsey

Kitchen Stories. A feature film based on a Swedish study in the 1950s of how bachelors use their kitchens. This is the last word on the anachronistic, social scientific ideal of "observation" without "participation."

The Man in the White Suit (plastics / new fibers)

Manufacturing Consent (1992) Directed by Mark Achbar and Wintonick

Matrix trilogy

Metropolis

The Milagro Beanfield War (environment / water / politics)

Mindwalk, based on Fritjof Capra's book The Turning Point

Minority Report

Modern Times

The Mouse That Roared (atomic bomb humor)

The Net

Never Cry Wolf

The Persuaders (2004) PBS Frontline Directed by Rachel Dretzin, Barak Goodman 

Planet of the Apes (time travel, alternate universe)

The Prestige (using Tesla's alleged technology to perform magic tricks and the problems of teleportation)

Primer

Princess Mononoke

Quest for Fire (early human's maintain fire, lose fire, seek fire, learn how to make fire and weapons)

The Race for the Double Helix (original title Life Story) (1987, 97 minutes). Stars Jeff Goldblum as James Watson and Tim Piggot-Smith as Francis Crick. Follows Waton’s Double Helix faithfully and so contains numerous misrepresentations but is still a riveting portrayal of one of the century’s most consequential discoveries.

Robocop

The Russians Are Coming

Soft Science by Rachel Mayeri, a compilation of videos by artists and scientists she put together, as a resource. Topics include genomics, scientists, pharmecuticals, ecology, synthetic biology...

Soylent Green (environment / food industry)

Species

The Status Films (2011) Directed by Andrew Filippone Jr. A 4-part documentary culled from public Facebook updates

Super-size Me

The Terminator

Time Bandits

Todo sobre mi madre - dir.Pedro Almodovar

Tron

The Truman Show

War Games

War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death (2007) Directed by Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp

The Way to Eden (Robert-Adrian Pejo) Documentary about the craft of systematically taking apart bodies, and ultimately about dignity inside the iron cage of modern rationality.

We Live in Public (2009) Directed by Ondi Timoner

Who Killed the Electric Car

The Wizard of Oz

The Yes Men Fix the World (2009) Directed by Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno