7 films after 2012 that will evolve your mind

If watching TV sometimes makes you feel guilty – like you’re not spending your free time in a productive way – this is for you. These shows are great for downtime but will also make sure you learn something new. You are no couch potato. You are an explorer – mentally.

Why are they all produced after 2012? Nostradamus predicted 2012 was the year the world was supposed to end, but I’d like to think he actually meant a new world was beginning. There was and continues to be a new wave of conscious people who saw that there’s a lot of bullshit in the world, and started finding ways to solve the Earth’s problems, one action at a time. Coincidentally, my ‘awakening’ also happened in 2012 and I discovered floatation shortly after.

Watching these films made me feel small, helped me think bigger, and feel part of the universal flow. Expect high quality visuals and interstellar CGI that will send you on a mind-bending trip.

Sirius

Documentary, 140mins, 2013

Based on UFOlogist Dr Steven M. Greer’s book, ‘Hidden Truth, Forbidden Knowledge’. Dr Greer shares evidence, scientific studies, and testimonials on all things alien from sources in the government and private sector. Topics discussed include the existence of UFOs, newly discovered energy technologies, and even alien contact through meditation.

(THE woo-woo of all woo-woos)

Even if you’re not a believer, it’s worth a watch for the sheer out-there-ness.

The Overview Effect 

Documentary, 20 mins, 2013

“The overview effect is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts and cosmonauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface.”

Hear about the profound effects of space travel on the human psyche. You may never get to experience this psychological transformation yourself, but just hearing about it from those who have is inspiring enough. The Earth really is a small, pale blue marble in the vastness of space. If we all recognised this, maybe we’d be working harder to protect it. 

Fun fact: If the soundtrack sounds familiar, it’s because you heard it in our pods. ;)

Cosmos – A spacetime odyssey 

Documentary TV series, 2014

The story of our universe and human existence, presented by the extremely charismatic astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson. This will spark your sense of wonder again. Expect realistic CGI, beautifully cinematic scores and a logically structured narrative. 

#inCGIwetrust

Interstellar 

Film, 169 mins, 2014

Made for the big screen, this film does not hold back. Treat your imagination to a bold visual spectacle, as you follow a team of astronauts in search of a new home for humanity. Arresting made-for-IMAX visuals, likeable characters, with a thought-provoking turn of events.

“We’ve always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we’ve just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we’ve barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us.” —Cooper

Sense8 

TV Series, 2015

Produced by the Wachowskis (of ‘the Matrix’ fame), this recent TV series will restore your faith in television. Sense8 follows 8 strangers around the world who suddenly find out that they are mentally and emotionally linked. The present world order sees them as a threat and they have to find a way to survive. From the first episode, you’ll see that this series breaks media norms.

(Woman is man is policeman is gangster is wha…?)

Ex Machina 

Film, 110 mins, 2015

A plausible story about artificial intelligence. This sci-fi thriller unfolds in a beautifully designed home in the middle of nowhere, led by a tech prodigy who’s also chill and an alcoholicNo fancy effects, but it’s highly engaging and thought-provoking. It will leave you with questions about consciousness, our relationship with technology (and Google? ha), and more.

P.S. Currently showing in Singapore at The Projector.

Planetary 

Documentary, 84 mins, 2015

Perfect if you’re questioning your purpose in life.

Planetary reinforces how everyone on Earth is connected, and raises worthy questions about the way we use our opportunities, resources, and time here. Features Earth porn in high definition; a backdrop to insights from community leaders in cultural and scientific circles. 

“When looking at a truth like interdependence, how interrelated everybody’s life is, we often just ignore that fact because it’s so mind boggling to think about just setting foot in one city on this planet. If one stepped onto a subway platform – to think about these 500 other feeling, thinking, eating, loving human beings here – we feel like we can’t handle that, that level of awareness. You can instill a view but then there actually have to be processes, like meditation, that actually shift the way the mind relates to others. You can’t just say a lot about how we’re all connected. You have to actually offer tools for how you would become more aware on that subway platform.”

Enjoy.

—D

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