Movies Concerning Awakening

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Re: Movies Concerning Awakening

Post by jgh » Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:30 am

Alice in Wonderland

and

Empire of the sun, about a 12 year old boy whose perfect secure world falls to pieces because of the war.

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Re: Movies Concerning Awakening

Post by Vpopov81 » Wed Dec 12, 2007 2:17 am

This may not sound like it but the movie Patton has a very spiritual quality to it. Whenever I see it I just think of Lila the divine game god is playing.I love Fight Club absolutely one of the best movies of our time. Matrix, Peaceful Warrior, Groundhog Day. Dersu Uzala is a good movie about a mountain man. Star wars of course. Again this may sound off but Excalibur has that special something as well.

Comedies can be extremely spiritual. There is a movie by Martin Short called Clifford which is highly underrated I even have a clip on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF80c60COgE

Forrest Gump, Interview with the Vampires I really loved and Stephen King movies although often show the darker side also have a certain somethin...

Gurdjieff said that Piinnochio was a metaphor for enlightenment and I watched it in this light and it was amazing. Perhaps best to revisit all those stories we saw as children but didn't understand their deeper meaning.

I definately have to watch Alice in Wonderland again

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Re: Movies Concerning Awakening

Post by Nebula » Sun Jan 27, 2008 1:32 am

Watch "The Fountain"

It really is the BEST film i've seen in ages, it touched me deeply.
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Re: Movies Concerning Awakening

Post by MasterDee » Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:57 pm

julia_whirly wrote:Watch "The Fountain"

It really is the BEST film i've seen in ages, it touched me deeply.
yap its a good move. must see.

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Re: Movies Concerning Awakening

Post by Nebula » Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:31 pm

I watched the World's Fastest Indian the other day - on recommendation from this thread - Great film!!
Keep the recommendations coming!
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Re: Movies Concerning Awakening

Post by eyogateacher » Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:40 pm

Watched "The Way of the Peaceful Warrior " on DVD . Wonderful movie that talks of being in present .It would be more useful if the book is read before watching the movie .

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Re: Movies Concerning Awakening

Post by marcelo » Sun Mar 16, 2008 5:56 pm

I recommend "Clik" (with Adam Sandler). The ego wants to avoid all those "bad moments". :)
Leave "me" out of that!

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Re: Movies Concerning Awakening

Post by shivak » Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:48 pm

I recommend
"Baraka"
"The Fountain"
"The Last Temptation of Christ"

They are some fun spiritual movies to please the ego. :P
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Re: Movies Concerning Awakening

Post by entelechy » Sun Mar 16, 2008 10:57 pm

I liked the following films, although they're not all concerned with awakening as such, but they all have important messages:

Born into Brothels (a documentary by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski)
Awakenings (Robert de Niro and Robin Williams)
Shawshank Redemption (Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman)
Patch Adams (Robin Williams)
Good Will Hunting (Matt Damon and Robin Williams)
Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks)
The Last Samurai (Tom Cruise)
Inside I'm Dancing (Steven Robertson & James McAvoy)
Moulin Rouge (Nicole Kidman & Ewan McGregor)
Peaceful Warrior
Pleasantville
Life is Beautiful (by Roberto Benigni)
American History X
Schindler's List
Juno
The Bucket List
Lost in Translation
Babel
Tuesdays with Morrie
Sweet November
The Kid (Bruce Willis)
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Big (Tom Hanks)
Alfie
Sideways
The Truman Show
When Harry met Sally
The Killing Fields
Monsters Inc.
Mulan
The Lion King
Meet Joe Black (Brad Pitt)
The Departed
The Last King of Scotland
Million Dollar baby
Kramer vs Kramer
A Beautiful Mind
Gladiator
I am Sam (Sean Penn)
The Interpreter (Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn)
The Assassination of Richard Nixon
Gandhi
Mrs. Doubtfire
The Pianist
Happy Feet
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Re: Movies Concerning Awakening

Post by Onceler » Mon Mar 17, 2008 12:32 am

How about "Memento" for a treatise on the present moment, and more specifically the effects of memory on experience?
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Re: Movies Concerning Awakening

Post by mikel » Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:27 am

I'm a big fan of "Groundhog day" and Bill murray.

I also like "being john malkovich" very funny and original.

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Re: Movies Concerning Awakening

Post by James » Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:09 pm

I just saw the movie Vanilla Sky, on TV again, I've seen the film 4 or 5 times now. It is one of my favorites, it is hard to describe why, but the notion of lucid dreaming is fascinating. As Kiki mentioned earlier in this thread, some people love it, and some hate it. There are films in this thread I've not seen yet, that I'd like to check out. Here is my list of favorites, more or less in order, with release dates and links to more info and trailers. As a lover of films, I would like to hear more from others on this forum, about movies related to awakening. It helps if you provide a release date, since some films have several different versions.

Top Ten Most Memorable
1- Being There - 1979 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078841/
2- Vanilla Sky - 2001 http://www.imdb.com/find?s=all&q=Vanilla+Sky&x=0&y=0
3- Matrix- 1999 - http://www.imdb.com/find?s=all&q=the+matrix&x=0&y=0
4- Thin Red Line - 1998 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120863/
5- Magnolia -1999- (not to be confused with Steel Magnolias) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0175880/
6- Into The Wild - 2007 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0758758/
7- Truman Show - 1998 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120382/
8- Into Great Silence- Documentary - 2006 - http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/film.php? ... eatsilence
9- Forrest Gump - 1994 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109830/
10- Little Buddha -1993- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107426/

Honorable Mention
1- Ground Hog Day -1993- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107048/
2- The Legend of Bagger Vance -2000- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0146984/
3- Pleasantville -1998- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120789/
4- Being John Malkovich -1999- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120601/
5- Siddhartha -1972- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070689/

Also Worthwhile/Relating to life, love or awakening
1- Prelude To A Kiss -1992- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105165/
2- Cold Comfort Farm -1995- BBC TV film- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112701/
3- Enchanted April -1992- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101811/
4- Chocolat -2000- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0241303/
5- The Pianist -2002- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0253474/
6- Artificial Intelligence -2001- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0212720/
7- Altered States -1980- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080360/
8- Amelie -2001- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0211915/

I also will add one of my favorite films, which is not directly related to awakening, but because it is beautifully made art, I found it to be inspirational:
Once Upon A Time In The West -1968- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064116/

And if you have not seen the TV Series Planet Earth -2006-, it is extraordinary, with gorgeous images of nature. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0795176/ It was made my the BBC in the UK, but it is rerun now and then, on the US Discovery Channel. Their web site has scheduled times, I believe It's currently running Sunday nights. http://dsc.discovery.com/search/results ... rch=search


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Re: Movies Concerning Awakening

Post by Tara » Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:22 pm

One of the most recent films I like is Sean Penn's "Into The Wild" based on a true story. Love the soundtrack too...who would have known I would like a group or singer my kids like...Pear Jam/Eddie Veder

The movie made me want to pick up and do nothing, everything and live in the moment!

you can check out the trailer here- great cast too!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LAuzT_x8Ek

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Re: Movies Concerning Awakening

Post by James » Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:25 pm

Yes Tara I really enjoyed Into The Wild also, it was very moving, and gives you a lot to ponder.

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Re: Movies Concerning Awakening

Post by mmy » Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:45 am

So many great ones mentioned, a few I would add

The Man Without A Face - 1993

Dead Man Walking - 1995

Crash - 2004

Grizzly Man - 2005

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