Film Review ~ Time is Art

Time is Art: Synchronicity and the Collective Dream

This documentary, directed by Katy Walker Mejia and Joel Mejia and written by Jennifer Palmer and Katy Walker Mejia, tells of one woman’s journey of a life-altering experience when she is “summoned” to her aunt’s deathbed.  This event shifts the main character’s path dramatically. She transforms from a secular worldview to a heightened spiritual awareness via a series of mysterious synchronous happenings.

This film is relatable and accessible for anyone interested in the spiritual path. I enjoyed the visual feel of the piece, as well as interviews with a diverse mix of healers and thought leaders. I  found the cinematography stunningly beautiful and very dreamlike in presentation.  Jose Arguelles and Carl Jung are often cited in interesting and novel ways. Telepathy is described as distant empathy and may be behind many synchronicities. It is also an alternative explanation that deserves consideration.

I particular liked this theme: Time is Money vs Time is Art: The film suggests that the planet will evolve significantly when time is measured not by salary or what we charge, but by what we create. Imagine a world where we are rewarded for being the creators we truly are.

There is a sequel on the horizon so I would certainly view the initial project now! I had my own synchronicity while viewing the film. I recall a vivid dream the night before about Native American spirituality that connects with a key ayahuasca sequence. Once this epiphany emerged, I laughed inwardly with a peaceful knowingness.  This realization demonstrated yet again how potent synchronicities can be!

Please see the film and let me know what you think! Visit this link to access the film for rent or purchase and this link for more Time is Art events.  You are in for a real treat!

wikiart.org pub domain

Words and Pictures

the-little-falls-sketch-1918.jpg!Large

Words and Pictures is a film I have longed to see for a good while. The draw for me is my passion for both writing and the visual arts. It had alluded me at the theater and disappeared from cable and Netflix without warning. It reappeared this week on On Demand fortunately.

Mini-review: This film is about two lonely, wounded artists who find one another and challenge each other to become better versions of themselves. The acting is magnificent. Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen are beautifully matched here. I am a fan of both in such films as Chocolat, Bee Season, Croupier, and Closer. But I would be inclined to say they gave better performances in this piece. I appreciated mostly the nuances in what wasn’t said, the intricacies expressed by their facial expressions were on full display.

The main premise asks the question: Which medium is more moving , pictures or words? While the answer still remains a mystery, the film uses both words and visuals to provide drama, inspiration, and some comic relief. Both main characters struggle with loss, failure, and emotional vulnerability. It seems like they have become reduced to lifeless, half-dead, shells. But life has other plans….

The purpose of this post is to pair images with words and have you, the reader, decide your preference. I am pairing the paintings of J. E. H. MacDonald and the words of  poets from Love Poems from God and quotes by The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo for your enjoyment and comparison.

First pairing:

5.1.5

I WOULD CEASE TO BE by St. Teresa of Avila

God

dissolved

my mind – my separation.

I cannot describe now my intimacy with Him.

How dependent is your body’s life on water and food and air?

I said to God ” I will always be unless you cease to Be.”

And my Beloved replied, ” And I

would cease to Be

if you

died.”

Second pairing:

the-tangled-garden-1916

LIKE ROOTS by St. Thomas of Assisi

Our hands imbibe like roots

so I place them on what is beautiful in this world.

And I fold them in prayer, and they

draw from the heavens

light.

Third pairing:

early-autumn-montreal-river-algoma

The stream of life that runs through the world,

runs through my veins.  ~  Rabindranath Tagore

Fourth pairing:

rowanberries-mountain-ash-algoma-1922.jpg!Large

And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk to bloom.  ~ Anais Nin

Final reflections ~

This is not a contest, just merely an exercise to focus on the wonder of the written word and the dance of color and light. I will admit that blogging has afforded me the luxury of marrying my words with art, a luxury I am unlikely to relinquish without a fight.

The beauty of Words and Pictures is the restoration of the main characters. This is a partial restoration or reset point. While neither one goes back in time, before the damage and wounds set in, they emerge lively and prolific once more. Compromises were made and risks were taken. Through this process, rebirth prevailed.

Happy Spring from litebeing,

May you embrace your inner Easter.

image credits ~ wikiart.org, public domain

Tomorrowland ~ Can we have more George Jetson and less Goofy?

fair use wikipedia.org

 
I thought that if you loved Heroes and  Disney theme parks, you would adore Tomorrowland. I thought wrong.

Wait! – Don’t go anywhere, the review isn’t over. I just had to tell you right off that this was not exactly a trip of a lifetime. There are some worthwhile scenes and intriguing questions that make excellent takeaways. Let’s just say that George Lucas has nothing to worry about.

The trailer is what got me going. Touch an archaic pin and enter another dimension. Yes, ascension courtesy of the Disney Corporation. Well, not so fast.

Tomorrowland is a science fiction fantasy film based on the futuristic section of Disney theme parks. The action begins when a young boy rides a greyhound bus to Flushing Meadows to visit the 1964 World’s Fair. I was so excited to revisit my childhood on the big screen. He hitches a ride on A Small World’s boat and things get woo woo. For a few seconds I was reliving one of my earliest memories sailing into this beautiful global paradise. Then mayhem and hijinks ensue.

I will break it down into pros and cons and then you can decide if its worth your time and money.

Pros:

The acting is very good. George Clooney is perfect in the lead and the newcomers are engaging.

The special effects are top-notch.

The juxtaposition of past and future is interesting.

Ideas such as time travel, creativity, optimism versus apathy, the power of imagination, are well illustrated.

There are a few truly funny moments and emotional exchanges.

Cons:

I was not sure if I was viewing a grownup film or something a young Lindsay Lohan would star in. (Raffey Cassidy reminds me of a young Ms. Lohan.)

There was too much slapstick and not enough future. There was very little footage of this enigmatic future world. With such a big budget, it is curious why most of the action took place in every day 2014ish America.

The plot was disjointed and very slow-moving.

Just like the movie’s premise, so much potential but a disappointing delivery.

 
I am glad I saw the film because it made me think about popular culture’s impact on how we see our planet. It just wasn’t the film I was expecting, based on the trailer I viewed and the accompanying hype. Please let me know your opinion. We enjoy robust discussions and healthy debates here at litebeing chronicles.

The good news is that a new Star Wars is coming out later this year and that the future is not fixed in stone.

image credit: wikipedia.org fair use

Somewhere In Time

wikimedia free domain

Planetary retrogrades are absolutely wonderful for re-watching ( retrograde) old films and re-exploring familiar concepts (airy Aquarius). I did both while watching Somewhere In Time yesterday. I have seen it numerous times, but noticed some details I may have overlooked before.

Backstory: This is more of a back paragraph… Through my teens and young adulthood, I was fascinated with eternal love. I also fancied myself a budding writer. I journaled regularly and would occasionally jot possible story lines on a notepad. I had an amazing idea for a book/movie. Two people would alter time to be together for eternity. No obstacles could defer them from realizing their fate. Every great love is timeless!  Then in 1980 Somewhere In Time was released. I must admit I was quite angry, realizing my idea was already taken and it was too late to do anything about it. I did not know then that ideas can be received by many people simultaneously, and that an original idea may not be so original after all. Eventually my envy turned into appreciation.  When discussing movies, I would declare that this was my all-time favorite film. Immediately a palpable mystical glow would follow whenever I met another who felt the very same way.

Growing older has made viewing this treasure even more fulfilling.This movie has an incredible score, lovely use of color and cinematography, and the considerable acting abilities of Christopher Reeves. I give a mini review of this now classic tale here. I noticed how primitive the late 1970s look in retrospect. The typewriter and clunky desk phones were commonplace items when the film was created. Now they seem almost as dated as the horse-drawn carriages and photographic equipment which were characteristic of the turn of the century period featured in this film.

 

the_talk

 

This phenomenon reminds me of one of the themes in Cynthia Sue’s Larson’s book Quantum Jumps. She discusses how you can go back in time and influence the past by your current perception of your memories. Noticing the names of popular actors in the credits, for example,  can prompt you to realize that once unfamiliar faces are now fixtures in some of your favorite weekly TV series. When you come to that realization, you may view these actors differently.

 

Café_de_Flore

 

I am still a newbie at this process, but am enjoying the ride. I do have more experience with this through the lens of past relationships. Last night I planned on setting an intention before bed to imagine how I would feel having attained a particular goal. Lately I have been having some difficulties falling to sleep easily. I lost focus and my mind just drifted off. I forgot to follow through. I did , however, have a dream about a past love. I woke up thinking about him, Paris, and pastries. I have never been to France, but would love to travel there. Even now more than ever, after having seen another time travel masterpiece,  Midnight in Paris.  My ex and I used to speak to each other occasionally in French and he was smitten with Paris, so..   Mais oui!

I wished to return to the dream and quickly set this intention. No biggie as I have done this many times successfully. I was only partially successful last night. The dream plot continued with my ex, but no Paris or eclairs. In the interest of full disclosure, I really was more interested in the pastries than my ex or Paris. It is likely that these dream trips were connected to watching Somewhere In Time. I have felt such a strong initial connection in a few of my romances and often wondered if we were together before in some fashion.

 

Boulangerie_Viennoise_formerly_Zang's_-_1909

 

Have you noticed that time travel is making a comeback? The makers of cheesy flicks like Hot Tub Time Machine are advertising sequels. My cable network is featuring time travel films this month. Unfortunately I did not notice any good ones. I am faithfully watching a new series on VH1 called Hindsight. I mentioned  this show here. While I find the show to be childish and superficial, I do enjoy how ripple effects occur when the main character makes different choices while visiting her past. There is also a mysterious character who appears both in the present day and the 1990s. I am curious what role he will play. I also like to see what devices are used to aid the transformation between realities. In Hindsight the elevator is primary. I have noticed elevators being used in this way before.

Now that the idea of simultaneous points in time sits rather well with me, I am much more open to seamless time travel being more and more feasible. Pop culture often reflects what is possibly about to become the next big thing, so perhaps we are getting closer.

 

What are your thoughts on time travel, reincarnation, simultaneous time?

What techniques or portals are best used to move through different dimensions?

Are reincarnation and time travel different? How?

 

Aquarius rising and like time travel? 

http://www.michaellutin.com/nextweekreview.html

 

image credits: images 1, 3, and 4: wikimedia.org, public domain
image 2, josephine wall

Before Midnight – I’ll love you long after you’re gone, gone, gone ….

wikipedia.org

Before I lay out my Before Midnight critique, I want to pay homage to the director Richard Linklater. Rick Linklater made a huge impression on me in 1993 with Dazed and Confused. This film is an in-depth look at the last day of high school in 1976. I did not know the director, or the fledgling movie stars Ben Affleck or Matthew McConaughy, but I know arcades, cruising, and songs such as Free Ride, Why Can’t We Be Friends? and Sweet Emotion. I kept repeating, “ Who is this person writing about my life?” while I watched in awe.  Linklater got it just right, down to the pocket T-shirts and leather barettes. I was hooked, someone cared enough to make a movie about high school in the 70s. Well as it turns out, Rick Linklater went to high school in the seventies and his stunning attention to detail along with intelligent adolescent conversation set him apart from the pack. In his ethereal Before series, it still does distinguish him among his peers.

I could not wait to see this film. Before Midnight is the third installment of the Before series, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. In 1995 a pair of twenty somethings, Jesse and Celine, meet on a train and fall in love while spending a few hours together in Vienna. Every 9 years we get a chance to catch up with them. In 1989, Linklater spent a night in Philadelphia with a young woman named Amy Lehrhaupt and this encounter was the basis of the Before Sunrise story. This could be another page taken out of my playbook since I live in Philadelphia! Linklater apparently rather recently discovered that Lehrhaupt had died in 1994 – killed in a motorcycle accident just weeks before the first film began shooting. Before Midnight was dedicated to her memory.

I was spellbound as the final credits rolled during the end of Before Sunset after Celine says to Jesse, “Baby, you are gonna miss that plane.”  I feel as though I have matured and grown along with this couple from 1995 until now. In 1995 Before Sunrise was released and I was enjoying a rebirth of sorts in graduate school. Someone I loved dearly had unexpectedly moved away and this time immersed in studies had helped me heal. In 2004 Before Sunset was released and my spiritual awakening was in full force. I was experiencing an intensely loving encounter similar to the one that occurred in Before Sunrise. While my experience was not about young romantic love, it was about two souls striving to pour a lifetime into a few precious  hours. Here we are in 2013 and the third installment of this trilogy, Before Midnight, has arrived. Take a look at the trailer:

When I see Ethan Hawke wearing a Neptune Records T-shirt, I become immediately aware that plenty of rich symbolism awaits me. As an astrologer who is very Neptunian, this felt like a warm greeting.  Ethan Hawke and I also share the same birthday ( different year), so he is an incredible canvas for me to project astrological synastry and nuanced layers of meaning upon. Turns out he has a powerful Neptune stellium including Sun, Jupiter, Mercury and Venus! In 2013 we find the couple together at long last with twin daughters and living in Paris.  Jesse, a writer, divorced his wife and left his son in the US to live with Celine, an environmentalist, in Europe. They are spending their vacation at a writer’s retreat in Greece.  Jesse feels guilty about being separated from his son.  Celine resents his contemplating uprooting their family and dismissing her career aspirations. The couple spend time with their Greek friends, stroll through scenic landscapes ( including a marvelous ancient Byzantine chapel dedicated to St. Odile) and skillfully argue about whether or not they still belong together.

Themes of time travel, parallel realms, and the passage of time pervade the entire series. Jesse even writes about the nature of time in his novels. These topics add a dimension of wonder and mysticism that I consider to be the third character in the story. The similarities between my passions and the characters is astonishing.  Just like I could drop myself into  the plot of Dazed and Confused, the amount of synchronicity for me in these films is freakishly overwhelming. References to pinball, Quakerism, astrology, reincarnation, fortune-telling, my favorite painter  Seurat, and philosophy are very close to my heart. Most of these references repeat throughout the series, even pinball!

I have to admit that I don’t love this third film like the other two.  The battles between the lovers are incredibly cynical, highly manipulative and often downright cruel. I don’t believe that Celine can switch almost seamlessly between angry vengeful rants and a friendly conversational tone within seconds. Who talks like that? I don’t buy it. Spoiler alert: I also don’t believe that both of them would easily cheat on the other and not discuss it at all for years. These two discuss EVERYTHING!  Sorry, again not buying it.

While I am partial to ( translation: totally enamored with) the other two films, I do still suggest you see Before Midnight. Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke are brilliant actors and the chemistry between them makes me wonder why they never became an item.  Greece provides a stunning backdrop,  filled with significant history and eternal mystery. The examination of Celine and Jesse’s life together exposes universal concerns about committment, gender roles, parenting, and sexuality.  The series ultimately raises these fundamental questions about the mystery of love: what if ? what might have been? and what happens if you get what you want? Before Midnight answers this last question by showing that we don’t always want something once we have it for a while. It also shows that people can lose sight of what brought them together once the consequences of their choices zap the life out of them.

As for my investment in this series, it offers some symbolism of hope. Jesse alludes to Celine’s future self as a reason to take a chance and get off the train with him.  Spoiler alert: He ultimately uses  time travel and a letter from Celine’s 82-year-old self as a last-ditch attempt to save their union. When Jesse concocts this tale of Celine’s future self writing her a letter, he touches on a missing element in their relationship – how Celine’s fear about aging could diminish her dreams and lovability. The letter assures Celine that middle age will be a time of joy, reminiscent of her preteen years dancing with her friends. I have often read that for many women, middle age is a passage akin to a second adolescence. I find both comfort and excitement in that possibility. Jesse alludes to the notion that while different, the best is yet to come. While the couple’s future is unknown, perhaps it might be playing out blissfully in some parallel dimension.

 If you want to see another quality film that spans years into just one installment, check out Serendipity. This 2001 film stars John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, and Jeremy Piven. It is a beautiful romantic piece about love, risk, synchronicity, and following your intuition.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0240890/

Same Time Next Year ( 1978)  is an older film reminiscent of the Before series. It stars Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn. They meet for decades for one weekend a year and it is beautifully acted. Very romantic and poignant.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078199/?ref_=sr_1

see related post https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/litebeings-guide-to-the-movies/

This recent hit by Phillip Phillips captures the essence of eternal devotion and unwavering love.

Before Midnight image by wikipedia.org