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What the "Bleep" Do We Know!?

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Director: William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente, Marlee Matlin

Cast: William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente, Marlee Matlin

     
 

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Part narrative, part documentary, and part animation, What the #$*! Do We Know?! was filmed with the intent of expressing the neurological processes and so called "quantum uncertainty" of life. With the help of a directorial triumvirate consisting of Betsy Chasse, William Arntz, and Mark Vicente, Marlee Matlin stars as Amanda, whose uninspired daily routine is

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Part narrative, part documentary, and part animation, What the #$*! Do We Know?! was filmed with the intent of expressing the neurological processes and so called "quantum uncertainty" of life. With the help of a directorial triumvirate consisting of Betsy Chasse, William Arntz, and Mark Vicente, Marlee Matlin stars as Amanda, whose uninspired daily routine is abruptly altered into a chaotic, Alice in Wonderland-style reality, complete with quirky characters and wildly different perspectives on life. As Amanda falls deeper into the experience, she's forced to drastically reconsider her perceptions of interpersonal relationships, men, and the fundamental principles of life. What the #$*! Do We Know?! is supplemented by a host of mystics and scientists, who are interviewed intermittently throughout the film for their wisdom and knowledge concerning religion, science, the thin line between them, and the consequences of blurring that line. ~ Tracie Cooper

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This hard-to-describe movie, which combines talking-head documentary footage with a fictional narrative, attempts to explain quantum physics in terms most audiences can understand. The extent to which it succeeds will largely be the extent to which a viewer grasps the complex theories being addressed in those terms. Does matter exist? Does time flow in one direction? Have we determined that there really is a universe, or could it just be a construct of our feeble minds? A procession of physicists, philosophers, and medical professionals grapple with these questions, but their answers are often obtuse, elliptical, and far from conclusive. Intercut with their musings is the story of Amanda (Marlee Matlin), a photographer with many questions about her own existence. The simple act of attending a wedding reception makes her uneasy: are all these people dancing in a hall, or are they simply bouncing through space and time? They seem to be enjoying themselves, but are they? There's no point in pretending that everybody will find this movie equally engaging and provocative; the constant musing and speculation will make some viewers restive. But the filmmaking team of Mark Vicente, Betsy Chasse, and William Arntz has succeeded in crafting a movie that is wholly original, and those who possess patience and intellectual curiosity in equal measure will be mesmerized by it.
All Movie Guide
At its best moments, What the Bleep Do We Know?! is like Richard Linklater's Waking Life, sans the watercolor visuals -- a high-level intellectual discourse on states of being and life possibilities. At worst, it's like a recruitment video for a new-age cult. Fortunately for the trio of filmmakers, their ambitious project has more good moments than clumsy ones, and no one has ever been accused of brainwashing someone with discussions of subatomic particle theory. What the Bleep Do We Know?! exists in a strange middle ground between documentary (interviews with talking heads) and narrative film (the story that illustrates their ideas). Clearly the directors are more comfortable with the former, leaving it up to Marlee Matlin to breathe truth into a series of stagy incidents from the life of a frustrated photographer. While Matlin's naked performance involves acting out a bunch of self-loathing, she can't overcome the stiff execution of the novice screenwriting team. They do shine during a funny wedding sequence, in which Matlin's character sees the cells of the drunken guests anthropomorphized as colorful blobs, interacting according to their behavioral tendencies. If that description seems silly, it's just one of the ways the film must be seen rather than explained. It's rich with notions about alternate dimensions, the spatial uncertainty of objects, the impact of thoughts on organic cells, and being "in the mystery" rather than "in the know." A standout among the generally interchangeable interview subjects is Ramtha, a kooky spiritual guru who's a mix between Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Jennifer Coolidge. Despite some clunky moments, What the Bleep is a thought-provoking life manual that should hold interest for all but the most obstinate cynics.
Philadelphia Inquirer
As a piece of filmmaking, What the Bleep isn't exactly transcendent stuff. But as an entryway into new ways of thinking about the self, the universe, and the vast infinite whatnot of whatever (you know what we mean, oh wise one), this little movie is big. Steven Rea

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2005
UPC:
0024543170884
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:48:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marlee Matlin Amanda
Elaine Hendrix Jennifer
John Ross Bowie Elliot
Robert Bailey Reggie
Armin Shimerman Old Man
Barry Newman Frank
Larry Branderburg Bruno
David Albert Actor
Joseph Dispenza Actor
Amit Goswami Actor
John Hagelin Actor
Stuart Hameroff Actor
Michael Ledwith Actor
Daniel Monti Actor
Andrew B. Newberg Actor
Cadace Pert Actor
Ramtha Actor
Jeffrey Satinover Actor
William Tiller Actor
Fred Alan Wolf Actor
William Joseph Elk Shaman

Technical Credits
William Arntz Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Betsy Chasse Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Mark Vicente Director,Cinematographer
Jim Baer Sound/Sound Designer
Tim Bomba Musical Direction/Supervision
David Bridges Cinematographer
Christopher Franke Score Composer
Matthew Hoffman Screenwriter
Robin Lane Choreography
Ron Leamon Costumes/Costume Designer
Eugene Mazzola Asst. Director
Valerie McCaffrey Casting
Antonia Nava Production Designer
George Nemzer Sound/Sound Designer
Shandy Ray Set Decoration/Design
Francesca Serra Associate Producer
Jonathan Shaw Editor
Danny Stoltz Casting
Straw Weisman Associate Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Feature
1. Opening Sequence [:16]
2. What Is Reality? [:32]
3. Seeing the Ships [5:46]
4. Duke Reginald's Court of Unending Possibilities [:21]
5. Radical Thinking [3:42]
6. Affecting the Reality We See [4:21]
7. A Strange Day [4:33]
8. Concepts of God [3:14]
9. Who Is in Control? [3:01]
10. Emotional States [4:40]
11. Addicted to Emotions [:04]
12. An Upsetting Reflection [7:49]
13. New Perceptions [:21]
14. Losing Track of Ourselves [5:36]
15. Down the Rabbit Hole [:55]
16. End Credits [5:14]

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What the "Bleep" Do We Know!? 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
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This is an incredible documentary. It really opens your eyes to the world around you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched it twice, and thought it to be another way of looking at myself, and what else there is to look at in this world that I have and will continue to know. I am not a Quantun Specialist but it does have a nice approach and if I am lucky, I'll learn to understand the smallest things life has to offer are larger than any mountain time can create.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found it to be entertaining, engaging, and educational - and most importantly: I walked away feeling much better about myself and how I can deal with negativity of everyday living... For that alone it's worth seeing - and owning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was based in scientific study and theory, and made a point to say that the whole point of theories are to be re-checked again. I think some people who have reviewed this negatively have become a little disconnected from the general public, and are a little too wrapped up in perfection. As any teacher of science knows - you can't hit perfection at the first introduction. Plus, not everyone will be able to pick up a book like the elegant universe and understand it. For others in America (as our last election proved) religion is a major thing for them. The fact then that this has tried to explain something modern and complicated to the masses deserves praise. This movie is a welcome break into the mainstream of DVD culture, and I was glad to see it at blockbuster. Religion was a tool to help this explanation in this movie, however, I did not find it overly biased with religion, and I wouldn't consider myself that involved in religion. Most of the 'religious' talk simply said the basics - such as if you do good things to others, it'll effect theirs and your own life positively. I don't find that overtly biased. A good portion of movie was factional and not based so much in theory (when talking about the functions of the brain for example, and the studies of atoms). There are also quite a few reputable scientists in this production, including a former head of the national institute of health. Many others were PHD holders at major institutions. This re-release of the original movie comes with extended interviews and scenes which lets you almost have a discussion with the people and challenge or ponder their research with more depth. There are also quite a few new scietific experiments and pieces of evidence which differs from the original version. My only complaint was that you could not see the titles of these people as they spoke in the movie - instead you had to wait until afterwards.
CynthiaSueLarson More than 1 year ago
¿What the #$*! Do We Know?¿ is a new kind of spiritual film, which fuses a documentary montage style with the unfolding of a dramatic story and amazing animation. BLEEP takes the viewer on a thrilling tour of the boundaries of what we know, while introducing us to some of the newest concepts in the field of consciousness. Is it possible that words and ideas can change the very quality of physical matter? Do we really have an infinite range of choices available to us at any given moment? Is it possible that there are things right in front of us that are invisible to us until other people start to see them? BLEEP raises these questions and many more, and provides scintillating answers that raise even more intriguing questions. Indeed, the best way for us to learn what is really going on is to ask better questions... and watching ¿What the #$*! Do We Know?¿ is one of the best ways to start asking better questions. ¿What the #$*! Do We Know?¿ tells the story of Amanda, played by Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin, who feels like her whole world as she knew it is coming undone, to be replaced by something strange, unknown, and new. Amanda's attitudes and assumptions expand dramatically through extraordinary dreams and remarkable encounters in waking life. Interwoven in the story of Amanda's awakening to fuller realization are documentary clips with fourteen mystics and scientists. These interviews provide a delightful counterpoint to what is happening to Amanda as she considers how she is more in charge of her life and better connected to everyone and everything else than she previously would have believed. When Amanda is given a photographic assignment that requires her to face painful memories from her past, she discovers new ways to view her experiences and a bigger sense of herself that allows her to gain strength, courage and inspiration at a time when she might otherwise have felt sad, small, and defeated. Amanda brings us on our own journey of self- discovery, as we wonder how we might reframe painful memories into life stories that reflect our more heroic, loving nature. ¿What the #$*! Do We Know?¿ brings about positive life changes for viewers, because it presents a framework for how to reclaim mental, physical and spiritual health even in the most difficult times. ¿What the #$*! Do We Know?¿ is the perfect film for everyone who has an open mind and would like to ask more interesting questions... in order to discover more interesting answers.
FindingMyWay More than 1 year ago
I began my journey into finding myself several years ago when "The Secret" came out, and I have been on a journey ever since. I found this movie just recently and WOW its amazing. The interviews and information presented here make you realize that your the one causing all your conflict and misery, not anyone else. YOU are to blame for the way your life is not anyone else. It has opened my eyes wide open and I have begun to accept the responsibility of my thoughts which dictate how I experience my daily life. All you have to do is really pay atention to what your actually thinking and feeling, and when you are experiencing something that is not pleasant change it, turn it around, because your the only one who can truly make yourself happy. No one else on this Earth can do it for you. That is what all of us must realize. This is an eye opening experience, I recommend watching it over and over many times so pick up what you might have missed the first, second or third or more times you watch it. It is powerful and life changing if your willing to accept the responsibility and take charge of your own life. Good Luck and God Bless!
HalliwellBoi More than 1 year ago
Trust me this movie is for anyone that has conflict with God, Life, and what is Our Purpose. Roommate and i spent all night talking about the concepts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really don't care if the history is completely accurate. I really don't care if the special effects aren't top notch. I really couldn't care less about the acting. What matters to me is that the movie made me think and question and feel better about myself - because it reminded me that I have the power to create my own reality and path. Sure, we all know this, but sometimes many of us forget and just allow things to happen to us - and then complain that our lives are in turmoil. All I know is that after I watched the film, I felt better than I had in a long time. And that, I think, is what a a film is supposed to do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was given this and looked forward to a journey into the edges of what we know in science. Instead the author's message boils down to, "we don't like what the science is telling us, so it must be wrong" and "we don't have all the answers yet, so we can believe what we want to believe". If you believe the Earth is 5000 years old, man has been here since before the dinosaurs, and the universe was created for our express benefit, you'll probably buy into this bit of wishful thinking, as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film, of course, as most films, is not for everyone...but if you have ever "hated your body", "felt something was missing in the life you are living" wondered "What the Hell am I doing here?" well...then you are going to find something interesting, intruiguing and entertaining about this movie. If you have asked any of those questions, there are scientists here that will focus on those questions. You need not be a full-on intellectual to be fascinated by this film. Do-be prepared to learn something about the way you look at your body...Do-be prepared to feel curious and to let your curiosity push you further.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How amazing! I've spent my adult life and most of my adolescence wondering that I was the only one with these quirky views of the universe, to find there are others with parallel thoughts and they've actually given it a scientific name, quantum physics. I'm humbled that greater men and women have delineated what I've struggled to only partially comprehend. Still the movie leaves me short. Is it that the movie is inadequate asking for "leaps-of-faith" I can not give it, or that quantum mechanics, like every human notion is imperfect, begging for the next discovery? Perhaps, in a concept like "quantum," I expect too much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, this movie is so completely eye opening! I have watched it at least six times, and every time I re-watch it, I actually do learn something new! It is steeped with thought-provoking questions regarding science and spirituality. There are a couple of "cheesy" spots in the show, parts where they did not want the audience to fall asleep. In addition, I strongly do not agree with a certain part near the ending, and it is hard to me to describe without giving the movie away. (Let us just say that the main character wakes up on a park bench near the end of the movie, and what she does after she wakes up is what I have a problem with.) However, overall, I think it sparks one's imagination, which is invaluable these days, over and over again! This movie is for anyone and everyone who has ever thought that there MUST be more going on in this world - in this life - than what is right in front of them. I HIGHLY recommend this film to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie, it awakened me in the sence that G.O.D is everything. Generator/Organizer/Distributer. and all of that IS, in every cell particle in our bodies, our enviroment, our universe. Not apart, but within. Don't bother with this movie if you are not seeking within.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rented this movie and was happy I finally got to see it. I could really relate to the part where they were talking about angry and how that affects you b/c of my childhood and how you need to make choices in how you live your life, how your thoughts are make you happy or make you sick. I'm looking forward to watching the bonus features.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is just awful. It takes quantum mechanics and sets it up as our paradigm for God and reality. Quantum mechanics is a mathematical description of what we see in a laboratory... nothing more! Science is not truth! It's just a consistent mathematical explanation of what we see, explaining things the best we can. Science should not be extended to cover topics for which it is NOT RELATIVE. But not only is the 'science' bad: The movie is just plain boring. It tries to intermingle inteviews with scientists with this pointless fictional storyline, and it winds up screwing up both. Please, please, please do not buy this movie! Rent it if you must, but you do not want to blow $20 on this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being that I have an advanced degree in high energy physics, I thought this would be a cool introduction for my wife to my world. It starts off with unquestioning truths about quantum mechanics and how it can affect our everyday lives and it's succinct and comprehensible for laymen. Then, we go metaphysical and talk about the exsistence of god and exsistence. It all seems to blend in together and needs to be taken with a grain of salt that "This is one interpretation" The other problem I have with the movie is that it doesn't make a lot of clear connections between the quantum mechanics to the metaphysical stuff. I'm lucid on QM but how it relates to the shaping of our worlds isn't as clear as the authors would have you believe. It's worth renting/buying since the visuals are amazing and it will prompt many good thought provoking questions about your world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie validates all that I hold dear but does so with the scientific studies as well as humor, drama, and creative genius. Run don't walk and buy this. I already have 5 copies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most commentaries are grounded in quantum physics. This documentary is an excellent way to aquint yourself with the existential questions raised by quantum mechanics. They story line in this documentary demonstrate the theories raised by the experts in their commentaries. I recommend this film for anyone who is willing to examine their life from new angles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is some science in this, but also a great deal of new-age mysticism type opinion, and the movie does not really differentiate between the two. It tries to present both equally as fact. One should also be aware that one of the "experts" in this movie is supposedly a 10,000 year old (I don't remember the exact age) shaman being channeled through a woman. I'm not kidding. I heard this movie was financed by a group of people that worship said shaman. If you're into spiritual thinking/exploration, you may enjoy this. It's pretty to watch as well. However, if you're looking for an entertaining presentation of science, I'd look elsewhere as this movie will be misleading if you don't already have a strong scientific background.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was done with this movie when they started going on about how Native peoples in the Americas couldn't see/comprehend approaching ships because they had never seen them before - absolute tripe. I did find the water experiment somewhat interesting... but it's still fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie fascinated me. I was impressed with the way they illustrated the difficult concepts of quantum theory and the metaphysical without getting bogged down too much. The wedding reception scene was a bit much in certain moments, but other than that, I loved this movie. It attempts to answer questions I've had my whole life and even mirrored certain experiences I've had that were unexplainable. This movie really empowered me. Keep an open mind when watching it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was basically for people who have not read or thought about quantum physics or any science for that matter, which for the most part is most of the American public. This movie is so a person can say, “Gosh darn, isn’t that amazing!” as she slurps on her over-priced coffee and laps up magico-religious nonsense disguised as science. The special effects were kind of lame. The whole movie was like watching a 7th grade health film on drugs, or worse yet, the refreshment commercial at the movie theater. They’re trying to sell something and it’s a load of horse manure. Most of the scientists are New Age types, except for Dr. David Alpert, a philosopher of physics, who wrote an article later saying how he was misused. The anecdotal report about the Natives not seeing Columbus’ ships is utter Euro-American trash. Most of the indigenous people of the Americas and surrounding islands had boats and would know what a big boat was. The Carib Indians traded with each from island to island by boat. The “experiment” about water was not scientifically done and never repeated. The water crystals are snowflakes and every snowflake is distinct and so it proves nothing. Spirituality connected to quantum physics is not a new idea. Read THE TAO OF PHYSICS by Fritjof Capra and THE DANCING WU LI MASTERS by Gary Zukov. Both these books have been around for a long, long time Better yet read books by Brian Greene, Stephen Hawkings, and Michio Kaku. They’ll trip you out more profoundly than this propaganda film from the Ramtha followers. This movie is just the New Age equivalent of creationism. It’s trippy, but it’s just not science. – Leslie Strang Akers, not a physicist, just a thinking person.