I really don't think this show gets enough credit. One of my favorite shows for years now. Shameless (US)
"Let me tell you why you are here. You are here because you know something. What you know you cannot explain. But you know it. You felt it all your life. That & # 39; ; s something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there. Like a splinter in your mind - make you angry. "-Morpheus, The Matrix
This is not a movie review list and it is not comprehensive. These are just a few notes about some movies that I find useful for waking up and why, or those aren & # 39; t and why not. Having tools to understand bad is often better than good.
Important themes represented on this list seem to be these:
- Captive / Captor
- Teacher / student
- Self / human nature
- Death / rebirth
- Cataclysm / epiphany
- Insecurity in the mind / memories
The only thing I might advise when it comes to movies and books is to raise the material to the level where it becomes valuable to you. Orwell may have written an anti-communist manifesto, but Nitton Eighty-Four is considered much more interesting as the struggle between man and his containment. Apocalypse Now is about something more than Vietnam, How to get ahead in advertising is about more than lush commercialism, etc.
::: American Beauty
"I feel like I've been in a coma in the past
twenty years. And I'm just waking up right now. "
I've included American Beauty mainly for what's wrong with it. Lester's big death / rebirth transition shows promise, but what is he transitioning to? Backward to teenage crap, not forward in any sense. A fear-based regression. Stupid car, stupid drugs, stupid vanity, stupid skirt chasing. Not at all redeemed when Lester sees his own folly near the end or of the shabby / smarmy dead guy voice-over.
The film is loosely redeemed by the presence of the quasi-mysterious neighbor and his video footage from a windblown bag:
"It was the day I realized that there was all life behind things and this incredibly benevolent force that wanted me to know that there was no reason to be afraid ever."
::: Apocalypse Now
"In a war, there are many moments of compassion and tender action. There are many moments of reckless action - what is often called ruthless - what in many circumstances can be just clarity, see clearly what to do and do it, directly, fast, awake and watching it. "
You think Apocalypse Now Redux, the director's clip, would be the version to watch, but all things that were rightly cut from the original were mistakenly replaced. (To highlight the point of interest that directors and writers often do not understand the higher applications of the stories they tell.) Stick to the originals of both Redux and Conrad & # 39; s Heart of Darkness.
Apocalypse Now is about the horror. A journey of discovery, to the heart of darkness, arrives in this horror. What is the fear? How do you get there? Why would anyone make such a trip? Should you make such a trip? Why or why not?
Note the powerful epiphany that drives the film. The first killer & # 39; s letter home, ("Sell the house, sell the car, sell the kids ..."), Dennis Hopper & # 39; s youthful surprise, Kurtz & # 39; s diamond ball, Willard & # 39; s "... I wasn't even in their army anymore."
::: Be there
"Spring, summer, autumn, winter ... then spring again."
A wonderful movie destroyed by a stupid wandering stunt released to the end. Without this nonsense, the viewer would be free to think, decide, wonder. Instead, the film tends to hard with its clever little dumb down twist. Press the stop button when Chauncey straightens the plant before the devastating release, and it's a fun and wonderful movie.
::: Blade Runner
"I've seen things you wouldn't believe. Attacking ships on fire off Orion's axis. I've seen c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All these moments will be lost in time that tears in the rain. Time to die . "
Were you born five minutes ago? Of course not, and you have memories to prove it. You & # 39; know if they were artificial implants, because ...
::: Throw away
"I couldn't even kill myself like I was
wanted. I had power over nothing. "
If a man screams on a deserted island and there is no one to hear him, does he make a sound? Is it enough that he hears it himself? What if not? What is left when you remove everything?
This movie raises many exciting questions about the substance of the self or the lack thereof and contains a very zen order.
::: Dead Poets Society
::: Harold and Maude
"Vice, virtue. It's best not to be
for moral ... Aim for morality. "
American Zen, master and disciple.
"For several years I was smart ... I recommend nice."
Elwood P. Dowd, vice. A sweet depiction of a higher order of being misunderstood as a lower order of being. Would we know the superior man when we saw him?
::: How to get ahead in advertising
"Everything I do now is perfectly meaningful."
A prevented bid for freedom. An unsuccessful attempt to overthrow Maya. Enjoy the epiphany's insanity.
::: Joe vs the volcanoes
"Nobody knows anything, Joe. We're taking this leap and
we'll see. We jump and we see. That's life, isn't it? "
Death and rebirth. Unlike American Beauty, this is about moving forward, "away from human things."
::: Man to the Southeast (Hombre Mirando Al Sudeste)
Look especially for the visual poem of a man who melts a human brain in a sink while searching for the soul.
::: The matrix
"Like everyone else, you were born into bondage, born in a prison that you can't smell, taste or touch. A prison for your mind."
Plato's cave for the people. As allegorically finished as Joe vs. Vocano, Pleasantville and Star Wars.
::: Monty Python & Brian & # 39; s Life
"No, no! It is a sign that we, just like him, do not have to think
of the body things, but in the face and head! "
Holy cow tipping at its best.
"Meaning of life" also belongs on this list.
::: Nineteen eighty-four
"If you want a vision of the future, Winston,
Imagine a luggage stamped on a human face - forever. "
This movie is unique in the sense that it is as good as the book, which is an extremely intimate portrait of the author / prisoner, the Mayan / man relationship. Compare this to Moby-Dick or One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest which are great books but worthless movies.
::: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
As with Moby-Dick, Hollywood castrated the book. They removed it from its archetypal dimensions and reduced it to a pointless piss match between McMurphy and Nurse Ratched. Good entertainment, but for meaningful insight, read the book.
"There are some places where the road does not go in a circle. There are some places where it continues to go."
A happy heretic story where no one is burned at the game and the new paradigm is immediately embraced by everyone.
::: The Razor & # 39; s Edge
"The dead look so terribly dead."
The razor edge is what makes it interesting; to see Larry shakily balanced on the fine line between what he was and what he became. He walks the edge between two lives. The Bill Murray version is a bit unfocused ... stick to Tyrone Power or read the book.
Maugham probably used Ramana Maharshi as a model for the novel's holy man.
::: Star Wars
"The power will always be with you."
The first, where Luke makes the transition from flesh to spirit.
The Hero & # 39; s Journey.
::: The thin red line
"Maybe all the men got a great soul everyone's
part of, all faces are the same man. "
A sublime examination of the spiritual nature of man. More a sad / sweet song than a narrative movie.
::: Thirteenth floor
"So what do you say?
that there is another world on top of this? "
Stock by stock. Turtles on top of turtles.
::: Vanilla Sky / Abre Los Ojos
"Open your eyes."
If you like Vanilla Sky, check out the original, the Spanish film Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes). These two films are perhaps the best of the bunch for our purposes; closest to an enlightenment allegory.
Of course, it is interesting with enlightenment to get there, not be there, and that is what these films are about; wake up from a false reality and open your eyes. They are not so much about what is real as what is not.
It's the story of the journey you take to get to the place where everything, even jumping from a tall building, would be better than continuing to live a lie, even a beautiful, blissful lie.
Notice the presence of the true guru, explain in clear terms why it is best to jump out of the building and wait patiently for it to happen.
::: Wake life
"They say that dreams are only real for so long
they agree. Couldn't you say the same thing about life? "
Comprehensive philosophical inquiry. Provocative. Funny. Potentially disruptive.
::: Wings of Desire
"When the child was a child, it was time for these questions: Why am I and why not you? Why am I here, and why not there? When did time begin and where does space end?"
A wonderful, intelligent, thought-provoking film. Can the awakened be back to the dream state? Would he like to?
Some other films that reward thoughtful viewing are The Wizard of Oz, About Schmidt, What Dreams May Come, Total Recall, All the Mornings Of the World (Tous les Matins du Monde) and of course many more.