– a line from the film Waking Life
Not the kind you might think.
These films have enchanting nuances of the colour blue. I make it my hobby to look out for blue movies. They cheer me up. If you know of any, please let me know.
My favorite, Fur:
The star studded Red:
The subtle Henry Poole is here:
The great Darjeeling Limited:
The Awesome Life Aquatic:
The funny Management:
The surprising Crazy on the Outside:
The cheerful Mamma Mia:
I’ve wanted to write this post for so long, but the subject matter is so close to my heart I didn’t know how to do it justice. Writing about something that changed your life in such a personal way always sounds a bit like you’re advertising or testifying. I want to say things like: “DUDE….reaaallly, really!!!” And there really is no way to express in type how something touched you.
There is a film that changed my world view, it calmed the urgency of my questions about life and answered quite a few. One is a film made by people who had never made a movie before and this alone impressed me. One man had an idea and it grew to reach an audience that even includes me all the way in Africa!
In the movie they present a wide range of spiritual leaders and some normal folk with 20 questions such as: why is there suffering in the world, what is the meaning of life and what happens after you die? Christians, Buddhists and even atheists respond and the film makers make no judgement, they simply present the answers.
After watching it I felt very light and more to the point, enlightened. A Sufi mystic in the film says that what we are all so afraid of is only the simple process of life, and this especially struck me. The mystic goes on to explain why living in the present is so important, and although everyone says it and some even preach it, this was the first time it really hit home for me and I fully understood the concept.
I purchased the DVD within weeks, this was more than a year ago and I’m still showing it to anyone willing to sit down long enough. I strongly urge you; reader, stranger, friend, seeker, leader, adventurer, couch potato, who ever you are, to take the time to converse with this documentary. And I mean converse with it, be brave and enter into a dialectical debate with your beliefs.
If nothing else you will come out the other end at least refreshed and a little wiser.
This week I watched a film that gave me such hope I had to share it! The Yes Men Fix The World is a film about two of the bravest men I have ever seen. Not only was it a good film that both my boyfriend and I enjoyed, it also restored my faith in the dream of changing the world. Often when I speak about my personal beliefs (vegetarianism, global warming etc.) among my friends; they’ll snicker at me, and I can hear them thinking that one person cannot possibly hope to help. But this film proves them wrong! These two men are doing the good work, and spreading the right message, and I commend them for it! I also wish them the best of luck!
The video I’m posting today is an extract from the film where they blanket New York with a fake New York Times which prints the kind of news we all wish were headlines. I think this is such a positive form of activism which affirms humanity and the worth of every single individual.
The film just came out to rent in South Africa, and it is the best R25 you’ll spend all week.
And if you’re moved by their movement and want to start moving with them, you can sign up here.
I delight in well executed animated films. And in times of heart break or illness I rely on a specific collection to ease my troubles. Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation studio that tells magical tales from the East and West. Their style is innocent, playful and visually rich. The films include famous voices such as Christian Bale and Billy Crystal (in Howl’s Moving Castle) and boasts many awards and nominations.
If you’re having a bad day and need a little adventure and a lot of magic, I personally promise these films will deliver:
Howl’s Moving Castle
The Castle in the Sky (Laputa)
My Neighbour Totoro
Tales from Earthsea
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Other films by Studio Ghibli that I haven’t seen yet:
Grave of Fireflies
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Whisper of the Heart
My Neighbours the Yamadas
The Cat Return