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Film & Philosophy Night: Why It’s OK to Love Bad Movies

June 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT


Event Details

Come join us for a fun night of film, philosophy, and community at the “W” in the Holter Museum of Art w/ cinematic bottom-feeder & philosopher Matt Strohl.  Combining philosophy of art with film criticism, we’ll flip conventional notions of “good” and “bad” on their heads and consider what it is that gives ultimate value to a work of art.  By this measure, perhaps some of the worst movies made are also among the best! 

We’ll consider films like Troll 2, The Room, Batman & Robin, Twilight, The Requin, and more and see if these so-called “bad movies” might actually be key ingredients to a fulfilling aesthetic life.

Event from 6:30pm-8:30pm.  Mingling & cash bar starting at 6pm.

NOTE:  RSVP’s are not necessary to attend, but they’re super helpful for us for planning purposes.  So if you’ll kindly let us know by clicking on our RSVP link below and scratching your name down, that’d be groovy!


When & Where

This fun film & philosophy community gathering will be held at the “W” in the Holter Museum of Art & led by cinematic bottom-feeder & philosopher Matt Strohl.


Date: Thursday, June 20
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm MT
Where: Holter Museum of Art

Registration Info

RSVP:  Yahoo, I’m coming!
Cost: Free (Donations Welcome)
Other: Cash bar happy hour & mingling starting @ 6pm

Guest Scholar

Matt Strohl earned his PhD from Princeton University in 2008 and took a tenure track job at the University of Montana in Missoula, where he works today as a professor of philosophy.

His background is primarily in Ancient Greek philosophy.  He especially loves theories of pleasure, which he believes to be still stunningly vital and illuminating.  Nowadays his work focuses on aesthetics and philosophy of art.

His most recent book, Why It’s OK to Love Bad Movies. explores a number of core issues in philosophy of art through the lens of bad movie love. It’s about 50% film criticism & 50% philosophy ll wrapped in one!



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June 20
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT
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Marisa Diaz-Waian


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Helena, 59601 United States
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