Spirituality: Enlightening Cinema

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“Let me let you know why you are right here. You are right here as a result of you recognize one thing. What you recognize, you may’t clarify. However you are feeling it. You felt it your total life. That there is one thing flawed with the world. You do not know what it’s, but it surely’s there. Like a splinter in your thoughts — driving you mad.” -Morpheus, The Matrix

This is not a film evaluation record and it isn’t complete. It is just a few notes about a number of motion pictures I believe are helpful for the needs of awakening and why, or that are not and why not. With instruments of understanding, unhealthy is usually higher than good.

Main themes represented on this record appear to be these:

– Heresy

– Captive/Captor

– Instructor/Scholar

– Nature of self/man

– Loss of life/rebirth

– Cataclysm/epiphany

– Untrustworthiness of thoughts/reminiscences

The one factor I would advise with regard to motion pictures and books is to boost the fabric as much as the extent the place it turns into of worth to you. Orwell may need been writing an anti-communist manifesto, however Nineteen Eighty-4 is far more attention-grabbing considered because the battle between man and his confinement. Apocalypse Now’s about one thing greater than Viet Nam, How you can Get Forward In Promoting is about one thing greater than rampant commercialism, and so on.

::: American Magnificence

“I really feel like I have been in a coma for the previous

twenty years. And I am simply now waking up.”

I’ve included American Magnificence primarily for what’s flawed with it. Lester’s main dying/rebirth transition exhibits promise, however what does he transition to? Backward to teenage crap, not ahead in any sense. A fear-based regression. Silly automotive, silly medication, silly vainness, silly skirt chasing. By no means redeemed when Lester sees his personal folly close to the top or by sappy/smarmy lifeless man voice-over.

The film is barely redeemed by the presence of the quasi-mystical neighbor child and his video footage of a windblown bag:

“That is the day I noticed that there was this complete life behind issues, and this extremely benevolent power that wished me to know there was no motive to be afraid, ever.”

::: Apocalypse Now

“In a conflict there are a lot of moments for compassion and tender motion. There are numerous moments for ruthless motion — what is usually referred to as ruthless — what might in lots of circumstances be solely readability, seeing clearly what there’s to be completed and doing it, instantly, shortly, awake, it.”

You’d suppose that Apocalypse Now Redux, the director’s lower, can be the model to look at, however all of the stuff that was rightly lower from the unique has been wrongly changed. (Elevating the attention-grabbing level that administrators and authors typically do not perceive the upper functions of the tales they’re telling.) Persist with the unique over each Redux and Conrad’s Coronary heart of Darkness.

Apocalypse Now’s all in regards to the Horror. A journey of discovery, into the guts of darkness, arriving at this horror. What is the horror? How do you get there? Why would anybody make such a journey? Must you make such a journey? Why or why not?

Notice the highly effective epiphanies that drive the movie. The primary murderer’s letter residence, (“Promote the home, promote the automotive, promote the youngsters…”), Dennis Hopper’s youthful exuberance, Kurtz’s diamond bullet, Willard’s “…I wasn’t even of their military any extra.”

::: Being There

“Spring, summer time, autumn, winter… then spring once more.”

A stunning movie ruined by a silly walking-on-water stunt tacked on to the top. With out that nonsense the viewer can be free to suppose, to resolve, to surprise. As an alternative, the film zips itself up tight with its intelligent little dumb-it-down twist. Hit the cease button when Chauncey is straightening the sapling, earlier than the ruinous denouement, and it is a enjoyable, beautiful movie.

::: Blade Runner

“I’ve seen belongings you folks would not imagine. Assault ships on fireplace off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched c-beams glitter at midnight close to the Tannhauser Gate. All these moments might be misplaced in time like tears in rain. Time to die.”

Had been you born 5 minutes in the past? After all not, and you’ve got the reminiscences to show it. You’d know in the event that they have been synthetic implants, as a result of, uh…

::: Forged Away

“I could not even kill myself the way in which I

wished to. I had energy over nothing.”

If a person screams on a abandoned island and there is not any one to listen to him, does he make a sound? Is it sufficient that he hears it himself? What if not? What’s left while you take away all the pieces?

Self stripped naked.

This film raises many intriguing questions in regards to the substance of self, or lack thereof, and features a very Zen eulogy.

::: Useless Poets Society


::: Harold and Maude

“Vice, advantage. It is best to not be

too ethical… Intention above morality.”

American Zen, grasp and disciple.

::: Harvey

“For years I used to be good… I like to recommend nice.”

Elwood P. Dowd, wisefool. A candy depiction of a better order of being misinterpreted as a decrease order of being. Would we all know the Superior Man after we noticed him?

::: How you can Get Forward In Promoting

“The whole lot I do now makes excellent sense.”

A thwarted bid for freedom. A failed try to overthrow Maya. Benefit from the madness of the epiphany.

::: Joe vs the Volcano

“No one is aware of something, Joe. We’ll take this leap, and

we’ll see. We’ll leap, and we’ll see. That is life, proper?”

Loss of life and Rebirth. Not like American Magnificence, that is all about transferring ahead, “away from the issues of man.”

::: Man Dealing with Southeast (Hombre Mirando Al Sudeste)

Watch particularly for the visible poem of a person crumbling a human mind right into a sink whereas on the lookout for the soul.

::: The Matrix

“Like everybody else, you have been born into bondage, born inside a jail that you just can’t odor, style, or contact. A jail on your thoughts.”

Plato’s Cave for the folks. As allegorically lucid as Joe vs Vocano, Pleasantville and Star Wars.

::: Monty Python’s Lifetime of Brian

“No, no! It’s a signal that, like Him, we should suppose not

of the issues of the physique, however of the face and head!”

Sacred Cow-tipping at its greatest.

“That means of Life” additionally belongs on this record.

::: Nineteen Eighty-4

“In order for you a imaginative and prescient of the longer term, Winston,

think about a boot stamping on a human face—eternally.”

This film is exclusive within the sense that it is pretty much as good because the guide, which is a particularly intimate portrait of the captor/captive, Maya/man relationship. Examine this to Moby-Dick or One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest that are excellent books however ineffective motion pictures.

::: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

As with Moby-Dick, Hollywood castrated the guide. They stripped it of its archetypal dimensions and diminished it to a meaningless pissing match between McMurphy and Nurse Ratched. Nice leisure, however for significant perception, learn the guide.

::: Pleasantville

“There are some locations the place the highway would not go in a circle. There are some locations the place it retains on going.”

A cheerful story of heresy by which nobody is burned on the stake and the brand new paradigm is, finally, embraced by all.

::: The Razor’s Edge

“The lifeless look so terribly lifeless.”

The razor’s edge is what makes it attention-grabbing; seeing Larry shakily balanced on the tremendous line between what he was and what he is changing into. He’s strolling the sting between two lives. The Invoice Murray model is a bit unfocused… stick to Tyrone Energy or learn the guide.

Maugham supposedly used Ramana Maharshi because the mannequin for the novel’s holy man.

::: Star Wars

“The power might be with you, at all times.”

The primary one, the place Luke makes the transition from flesh to spirit.

The Hero’s Journey.

::: The Skinny Purple Line

“Possibly all males received one large soul all people’s

part of, all faces are the identical man.”

A chic inquiry into the non secular nature of man. Extra a tragic/candy music than a story movie.

::: The Thirteenth Flooring

“So what’re you saying? You are saying

that there is one other world on prime of this one?”

Layer after layer. Turtles on prime of turtles.

::: Vanilla Sky/Abre Los Ojos

“Open your eyes.”

If you happen to like Vanilla Sky, try the unique, the Spanish movie Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes). These two movies could also be the very best of the bunch for our functions; the closest to an enlightenment allegory.

After all, the attention-grabbing factor about enlightenment is getting there, not being there, and that is what these movies are about; awakening from a false actuality, opening your eyes. They don’t seem to be a lot about what’s actual as what’s not.

It is the story of the journey one takes to get to the place the place something, even leaping off a tall constructing, can be higher than persevering with to stay a lie, even a phenomenal, blissful lie.

Notice the presence of the true guru, explaining in clear phrases why leaping off the constructing is the very best factor to do, and ready patiently for it to be completed.

::: Waking Life

“They are saying that goals are solely actual so long as

they final. Could not you say the identical factor about life?”

Broad-ranging philosophical inquiry. Provocative. Amusing. Doubtlessly disruptive.

::: Wings of Want

“When the kid was a baby, it was the time of those questions: Why am I me, and why not you? Why am I right here, and why not there? When did time start and the place does house finish?”

A stunning, clever, thought-provoking movie. Can the woke up being return to the dreamstate? Would he need to?

::: Others

Another movies that reward considerate viewing are The Wizard of Oz, About Schmidt, What Desires Could Come, Complete Recall, All of the Mornings Of the World (Tous les Matins du Monde), and, after all, many extra.

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