Movies on My Mind publishes monthly research articles and essays on movies and media, aspiring to earn reader support as an important source of insight and critical thought on what films communicate to their audiences.


In 2017, we are exploring persuasion and persuasive people. In the Spring, we selected five films to help us learn more about the psychology of persuasion and how public relations and marketing agents use this knowledge to influence public opinion, especially through imagery.

In light of group enthusiasm, we pursue the same topic in greater depth In the fall, adding four more movies that we characterize within the same theme.

  • Sep 14 | Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

2015 Documentary 119 mins
Alex Gibney, Director

  • Oct 12 | Luther

2003 Drama 119 mins
Eric Till, Director

  • Nov 9 | 12 Angry men

1957 Drama 96 mins
Sidney Lumet, Director

  • Dec 14 | Enron: The smartest guys in the room

2005 Documentary 109 mins
Alex Gibney, Director

Note that we presented the movie, Luther, at an earlier time. However, we believe it is important to revisit the movie in October of this year because of the celebration of 500 years since Luther posted his 95 theses.

On this day [Oct 31] in 1517, the priest and scholar Martin Luther approaches the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, and nails a piece of paper to it containing the 95 revolutionary opinions that would begin the Protestant Reformation. — The History Channel, This Day in History


Movies on My Mind is presented by a dedicated team of critical thinkers. Dr. Pam Hassebroek is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Movies on My Mind. Staff Writer-Researchers are Lucy Cota and Mary Reed.