Spirituality: Enlightening Cinema



This is not a movie review listing and it is not comprehensive. It is just a few notes about some pictures I think are helpful for the aims of awakening and why, or who are not and why not. With resources of comprehension, bad is frequently better than great Cinema solarmovie.

Significant topics represented on this list Appear to be such:

– Heresy
– Captive/Captor
– Teacher/Student
– Nature of self/man
– Death/rebirth
– Cataclysm/epiphany
– Untrustworthiness of all mind/memories

The one thing I could advise with respect to books and movies would be to increase up the material to the degree where it becomes of significance to you. Orwell may have been composing an anti-communist manifesto, but Nineteen Eighty-Four is quite a bit more intriguing viewed as the battle between man and his confinement. Apocalypse Now is about something over Viet Nam, How to Get Ahead In Advertising is all about something greater than wild commercialism, etc..

::: American Beauty

twenty years.

I have included American Beauty largely because of what is wrong with it. Lester’s important death/rebirth transition shows promise, but what exactly does he transition into? Backward to adolescent crap, not forward in almost any way. Stupid car, dumb medications, dumb vanity, dumb skirt chasing. Maybe not in any respect redeemed when Lester sees his own folly close to the finish or by sappy/smarmy dead man voice-over.

The film is slightly redeemed by the presence of the quasi-mystical neighbor child and his movie footage of a windblown tote:

::: Apocalypse Now

You would think that Apocalypse Now Redux, the director’s cut, are the model to observe, but all of the stuff which has been rightly cut out of the first was erroneously substituted. (Raising the intriguing point that supervisors and writers frequently don’t know the greater applications of these stories they are telling.) Stick with the first finished both Redux and Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.

Apocalypse Now is all regarding the Horror. A trip of discovery, in the heart of darkness, coming at this terror. What is the terror? How can you arrive? Why would anybody make such a trip? In case you make such a trip?

Notice the strong epiphanies that induce the movie. The first assassin’s letter house, ””Sell the house, sell the car, sell the kids…”), Dennis Hopper’s youthful exuberance, Kurtz’s diamond bullet, Willard’s “…I wasn’t even in their army any more.”

::: Being There

A beautiful picture ruined by a ridiculous walking-on-water stunt tacked on to the finish. With no nonsense the viewer will be free to think, to pick, to wonder. Instead, the film zips up itself tight with its smart little dumb-it-down twist. Hit the stop button when Chauncey is massaging the sapling, prior to the ruinous denouement, and it is a fun, beautiful film.

::: Blade Runner

All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain. Time to die.”

Have you been born five minutes past? Certainly not, and you’ve got the memories to prove it. You would know if they have been artificial implants, as, uh…

::: Cast Away

“I couldn’t even kill myself the way I
wanted to. I had power over nothing.”

If a guy screams to a deserted island and there is no one to hear him, does he make a sound? Is it enough that he hears it all himself? What if not? What is left when you take everything away?

Self stripped nude.

This film raises many fascinating questions regarding the material itself, or absence thereof, and contains an extremely Zen eulogy.

::: Dead Poets Society


::: Harold and Maude

“Vice, virtue. It’s best not to be
too moral… Aim above morality.”

American Zen, master and disciple.

::: Harvey

“For years I was smart… I recommend pleasant.”

Elwood P. Dowd, wisefool. A candy depiction of a higher order of being misinterpreted as a lower order of being. Can we understand the Superior Man once we watched him?

::: How to Get Ahead In Advertising

“Everything I do now makes perfect sense.”

A thwarted bid for liberty. A failed effort to overthrow Maya. Love the insanity of this epiphany.

::: Joe vs the Volcano

“Nobody knows anything, Joe. We’ll take this leap, and
we’ll see. We’ll jump, and we’ll see. That’s life, right?”

Death and Rebirth. Unlike American Beauty, this is all about moving ahead, “away from the things of man.”

::: Man Facing Southeast (Hombre Mirando Al Sudeste).

Watch particularly for your visual poem of a person crumbling a human mind into a sink whilst searching for the soul.