John de Ruiter Cinema Nights

Sit back and enjoy a movie specially selected by John.
Meet others at the Zoom ‘café’ after the show.


About Cinema Nights

Back before the days of COVID-19, Cinema Nights at The College of Integrated Philosophy were a much anticipated event. There, we regularly gathered in the stunning grand hall to watch a specially chosen movie and later discuss its meaning at an Open Mic with John. Though the days of meeting and mingling over a glass of craft beer and gourmet popcorn aren’t possible at the moment, our Cinema Night tradition lives online.

Movies are selected by John to reflect aspects of his teachings through the creative expression of film. The titles are only revealed at the time of screening, adding an element of surprise to the evening’s fare. 

Keep in mind that each metaphor has its limits and not all aspects of the movies are an accurate reflection of John’s teaching. 

After the show, an online gathering is held on Zoom where people can meet in smaller groups (6-10) to share their experience of the film. John will often join in, answering questions about the relevance and meaning of the movie. 

So get your favourite snacks, cuddle up on the sofa, and be ready for the count down to press ‘play’. Then wherever we are, we can all enjoy the latest Cinema Night offering together.


Movies Watched So Far

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (French) June 23 (online event)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Chinese) May 22 (online event)
Miracle in Cell No.7 (Turkish) April 2022 (online event)
Departures (Japanese) March 2022 (online event)
The Legend of Bagger Vance February 2022 (online event) 
Vanishing Time: The Boy Who Returned
(Korean) January 2022 (online event)
Harry & Snowman December 2021 (online event)
Hearts in Atlantis November 2021 (online event)
The Finest Hours June 2021 (online event)
Eddy the Eagle
May 2021 (online event)
Take Shelter April 2021 (online event)
Powder March 2021 (online event)
Midnight Special February 2021 (online event)
Togo December 2020 (online event)
The Peanut Butter Falcon February 2020
Forrest Gump January 2020
Victoria & Abdul December 2019
Meet Joe Black October 2019
Secretariat August 2019
Braveheart June 2019
Selma May 2019
Another Earth April 2019
At First Light March 2019
Annihilation January 2019
Cinderella Man December 2018
A Beautiful Mind November 2018
The Shape of Water October 2018
Pan’s Labyrinth (Spanish) September 2018
The Black Stallion August 2018
Lucy June 2018
Starman May 2018
Good Will Hunting April 2018
Warrior February 2018
Midnight Special January 2018
Locke December 2017
Babette’s Feast (Danish) November 2017
District 9 October 2017
Mud September 2017
The Time Machine August 2017
Arrival May 2017
Lion April 2017
The Tiger: An Old Hunter’s Tale (Korean) February 2017
The Matrix January 2017
Life is Beautiful (Italian) November 2016
The Abyss October 2016
Kon-Tiki August 2016
Billy Elliot May 2016
The Fault in Our Stars March 2016
The Hunt (Danish) February 2016
How to Train Your Dragon December 2015
The Book of Eli September 2015
Django Unchained June 2015
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World May 2015
The Good Lie April 2015
American History X March 2015
Tracks February 2015
March of the Penguins January 2015
Les Miserables December 2014
Unbreakable November 2014
Jane Eyre October 2014
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (French) September 2014
Powder 2014
Ip Man (Chinese) June 2014
The Drummer (Chinese) May 2014
The Intouchables (French) April 2014
Rob Roy March 2014
In a Better World (Danish) February 2014
Avatar January 2014
The Last of the Mohicans December 2013
The Family Man October 2013
Shakespeare in Love June 2013
Slumdog Millionaire May 2013
Nanook of the North March 2013
Teddy Bear (Danish) February 2013
The Matrix January 2013
The Snow Walker September 2012
Shadowlands June 2012
The Painted Veil May 2012
Predator April 2012
As Good as it Gets March 2012
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King February 2012
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers January 2012
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring January 2012
The Truman Show December 2011
i am sam November 2011
Of Gods and Men (French) October 2011
Departures (Japanese) June 2011
Batman Begins April 2011
The Shawshank Redemption March 2011
Gran Torino January 2011
Mrs. Doubtfire December 2010
Avatar December 2010
Meet Joe Black October 2010
District 9 May 2010
Evan Almighty April 2010
Lord of the Flies March 2010
The Princess Bride February 2010
The Hurricane October 2009
The Edge September 2009
Liar Liar November 2008
The Remains of the Day October 2008
Vanilla Sky October 2008
The Matrix July 2008
What About Bob? July 2008
Pleasantville June 2008
Unleashed May 2008
Gladiator March 2008
Contact 2003
Pinocchio October 2002
The Devil’s Advocate July 2002
Field of Dreams July 2001
The Legend of Bagger Vance April 2001
Groundhog Day
The Abyss
Forrest Gump December 2000
Braveheart 2000
The Matrix 2000
Phenomenon July 2000
Powder April 2000
Brother Sun, Sister Moon 2000
The Green Mile 2000
American Beauty October 1999
Sphere December 1999
The Matrix 1999
Meet Joe Black June 1999
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Upcoming Cinema Nights

September 1
September 29
October 27
November 24

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Dialogues After Watching

Meetings after Movies Watched So Far

December 5, 2017 @ 7:15pm

Exploring the characters and concepts in the movie “Locke”. – Moving by clarity, under pressure – Lived-in clarity that is paid for through time and troubles – If someone is living being really clear, they are generally not distracted. – If the heart closes then there is no heart in the self. – A heartless self: A less than human self. – It’s an open heart that gives the self its humanness – Separation begins at a subtle level. – When awareness, on its own, turns away from what it knows, that manifests as a closing in the heart. It shows first in the heart, then in the self. – Empowering direct knowledge into clarity and empowering clarity into our selves:it’s simple but it costs a lot. – Relying on clarity is the step right into the self. – Authentic kindness isn’t learned, it’s a fruit of being. – The main character coming to love, where he didn’t want to.

October 12, 2017 @ 7:15pm

The movie showing some of the complex effects in your self of all of these deeper levels of your being that you love bringing into your humanness. Whatever it is that happens in the self and to the self isn’t what is first. To make that first is to lose all real perspective.The quieted heart. The Prawns seen as meaningless: shows how much we don’t see. The actual potential of what we are is just virtually not seen. Realized power and technology. Watching a movie not for entertainment.Innocence, watching unspoiled technology. Becoming advanced humanness.

May 23, 2017 @ 9:30pm

People ask John questions after watching the movie Arrival. Topics discussed include: • Real communication occurs when your heart and anything deeper fills your self. – limiting that infilling – is you limiting real communication. • Within real communication, there is real listening… contingent on your heart and anything deeper. • misinterpreting something – is conclusion that’s being drawn in your self that in your self you don’t know the truth of, so that conclusion doesn’t have the support of everything that’s deeper than your self. • As soon as you’re coming from what’s deeper than your self what you come into is that it’s all done • as soon as you apply that to what matters in your self you separate from what is all done, so you create something that isn’t real: illusion. • Your self needs to be close to your heart and everything deeper… melts away what you think matters much. • It’s for your self to take the shape of your heart and everything deeper • as soon as your self is used to take the shape of what you like and don’t like, what you want and what you don’t want, your self as a separate form from your heart and everything deeper, turns into a kind of mobility and a power that offers no depth of meaning.