Litebeing’s Guide to the Movies

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Update: I thought it might be worthwhile to mention some films I enjoyed since the Oscars were last held. :

Three Christs

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Rocketman

Marriage Story

Clearly I did not see many new films recently, or they were not memorable enough for me to notice!

Here are a few I hope to see soon :

Little Women

Check out Monika of Symbolreader’s review here : https://symbolreader.net/2020/02/06/little-women-2019-a-short-review/

Harriet

Judy

Bombshell

Lucy in the Sky

I have been viewing more US election coverage this past year, and for me the political is spiritual. However I want to honor my appreciation for artistry of Greta Gerwig, Brad Pitt ( yes, he can also act ), Charlize Theron, Richard Gere ( before there was a Brad Pitt), Adam Driver, Scarlett Johannson, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, and my admiration of hero Harriet Tubman, icon Judy Garland, and reformed role model Elton John. I find that studying history and autobiography gives us a unique understanding of the bigger picture.

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In honor of the Oscars tonight, I had to showcase some of my favorite spiritually themed films. While the Oscars are typically held during the sign of Pisces,  the Neptune in Pisces transit will ensure glamour and fantasy. Some of my choices are more obscure, and therefore less well-known. A few are controversial (big surprise!), while others are more mainstream crowd-pleasers.

Here’s an alphabetical list with my brief critiques below, enjoy!

Bee Season  (2005)

This movie stars Richard Gere who mentors his daughter while his family falls apart.  It was adapted from the book Bee Season about a young girl’s quest to win a spelling bee. It is a tale about both mysticism and alienation.

 

The Blue Bird  ( 1940)

I first stumbled onto this Shirley Temple feature as a child and was mesmerized by this story about the search for the bluebird of happiness. The way in which the future was characterized was both otherworldly and heart wrenching   The memory of this magical realm stayed with me for years and was just as captivating during a recent viewing.

 

City of Angels  (1998)

This story about an Angel who risks everything for the woman he loves stars Meg Ryan and Nicholas Cage. Most of the story takes place in the hospital where a weary physician becomes involved in an unlikely love triangle. The performances of the two principles are both soulful and nuanced.

 

 Close Encounters of the Third Kind  (1977)

This Steven Spielberg classic highlighted the theme of interconnection long before Babel, Crash, and Traffic and also demystified the concept of life on other planets. When I initially saw this film, I wondered if Spielberg was trying to prepare us for the possibility of some visitors! See it again with new eyes.

 

Cloud Atlas  (2012)

(  The last 4 digits of the URL are 1111, hmmmm. )

This was adapted from the book Cloud Atlas and features an ensemble cast whose multiple characters permeate each other’s orbits through time and space. It is a stunningly complex epic that left me enthralled long after the final credits. Incredible work by Halle Berry and Tom Hanks, supported by spectacular costumes, sets, and special effects.

 

Contact (1997)

Jodie Foster plays a lonely  scientist who seeks out communication from the cosmos and meets a charismatic theologian in Matthew  McConaughey along the way. David Morse’s performance as her father is noteworthy. Fabulous use of special effects adds to the appeal.

 

Defending Your Life ( 1991 )

This funny yet poignant story about the afterlife features Meryl Streep and Albert Brooks.  Shirley MacLaine discusses reincarnation in a cameo role. The plot focuses on the impact of love and fear on one’s evolution. Wonder if the writers read  A Course in Miracles ?

 

 Groundhog Day ( 1993 )

Bill Murray does what he does best as he tries to win Andi MacDowell’s heart on Groundhog’s Day.    After I watched the movie a few times, I was able to recognize the gradual soul development of Bill Murray’s character. There is more here than meets the eye.

 

 Heaven Can Wait  ( 1978 )

Warren Beatty is luminous as the football player who dies before his time in this remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan. This tale of reincarnation has a fair balance of comedy and romance. Beatty’s chemistry with Julie Christie here really makes the difference.

 

  Made in Heaven ( 1987 )

This is another love story starring Timothy Hutton and Kelly McGillis. They meet in the afterlife and are forced to find each other again on Earth before Timothy Hutton’s character turns thirty. His real wife at the time , Debra Winger, plays God. Two souls head out on separate heroes’ journeys in order to have a chance to reunite. Watch for the surprise cameos along the way!

 

  The Last Temptation of Christ ( 1988 )

I love Martin Scorsese so maybe I am a bit biased but I adored this over the top interpretation of the life of Christ based on the adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis’s novel . It is brilliantly acted by Willem Dafoe and thoughtfully depicts his inner struggle as he gradually comes to accept his divinity and ultimate fate.

 

 The Sixth Sense ( 1999 )

One of Bruce Willis’s best performances and shot in Philly to boot! Willis plays a therapist whose young client ( Haley Joel Osment) sees dead people. If you haven’t seen it yet, the ending will blow you away. I would consider this film a modern-day classic.

 

 Sliding Doors ( 1998 )

This is a tale of parallel universes starring Gwyneth Paltrow as a young woman who makes different choices about her fate. The story-telling is very credible so it is effortless for the audience to buy this premise as plausible. It is a clever take on the road not traveled.

 

 Somewhere in Time  ( 1980 )

One of my favorites about reincarnation and time travel with Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour.  I especially liked Jane Seymour in this role as she seems to me to be from a previous era. Christopher Reeves also shows more dramatic range and magnetism that is less obvious in later roles. The story’s pace is nuanced yet compelling as you are transfixed by a stunning score, enchanting sets, and strong chemistry between the two leads.  A truly romantic treasure.

 

  Vanilla Sky ( 2001 )

Although I am not a Tom Cruise fan, I think he is fabulous as this cocky rich kid caught up in this trippy murder mystery. Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz are both excellent as the women in this enchanted love triangle. The ending was so incredible that I had to watch it over and over again to put the pieces together. Stunning visuals and great soundtrack by director Cameron Crowe’s ex-wife Nancy Wilson.

 

  Waking Life  ( 2001 )

Richard Linklater is one of my favorite filmmakers and it is very cool that he took on the topic of lucid dreaming. Yes it is very conversational, but this animated feature is thought-provoking and highly recommended for anyone interested in dream exploration.

 

  What Dreams May Come ( 1998 )

This movie is an emotional roller coaster ride about suicide and the afterlife starring Robin Williams, Anabella Sciorra, and Cuba Gooding Jr. Using spectacular visuals based on Sciorra’s character’s paintings, you are taken on a journey of wonder, awe, and triumph. This is an intense story about tragedy and redemption.

 

What the Bleep Do We Know !?  ( 2004 )

Quantum physics, basketball,a Polish wedding, and a woman’s transformation; this is the cosmic voyage of What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? ( or What the Bleep Do We Know!? ) This extraordinary film incorporates interviews with scientists and thought leaders into a scripted tale of a woman played by Marlee Matlin who is trying to get on with her life after a marital crisis. It was panned by some critics and applauded by others . I really am amazed that this film was able to get a distributor and reach as many people as it did. The DVD version can be programmed to shuffle the scenes randomly. This cult phenomenon has to be seen to be believed!!

  Zardoz  ( 1974 )

What would it be like if you could not die? Zardoz attempts to give you a perspective on eternal life on Earth. It is a somewhat cheesy take on The Wizard of Oz with a 1970’s mentality. I found the premise fascinating, despite its flaws.

 

  Tell me about your favorite spiritual movies. What elements speak to you the most? :

Do you prefer sweeping cinematography, computer generated special effects, or an  artfully crafted screenplay carefully translated onto the screen?

What  role does the score and soundtrack play in your choices?

Classic black and white or strikingly vivid Technicolor?

Comedy, drama, documentary, fantasy, animated, sci-fi, , thriller, or mystery?

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Litebeing’s Guide to the Movies

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Alabama Theatre

While I am still busy preparing my Awakening post for Barbara’s challenge, I figured this old chestnut will tide my readers over for now. I hope to have it published by Sunday evening, but you never know..

So here is an oldie but goodie that will provide you with some excellent entertainment choices. Until we meet again, have a grace-filled weekend.

In honor of the Oscars on Sunday, I had to showcase some of my favorite spiritually themed films. This weekend’s Sun in Pisces, Moon in Scorpio energies are excellent for combining fantasy with passion. It is a great combo for just about any activity, in my opinion. Some of my choices are more obscure, and therefore less well-known. A few are controversial (big surprise!) , while others are more mainstream crowd pleasers.

Here’s an alphabetical list with my brief critiques below, enjoy!

Bee Season  (2005)

This movie stars Richard Gere who mentors his daughter while his family falls apart.  It was adapted from the book Bee Season about a young girl’s quest to win a spelling bee. It is a tale about both mysticism and alienation.

 

The Blue Bird  ( 1940)

I first stumbled onto this Shirley Temple feature as a child and was mesmerized by this story about the search for the bluebird of happiness. The way in which the future was characterized was both otherworldly and heart wrenching   The memory of this magical realm stayed with me for years and was just as captivating during a recent viewing.

 

City of Angels  (1998)

This story about an Angel who risks everything for the woman he loves stars Meg Ryan and Nicholas Cage. Most of the story takes place in the hospital where a weary physician becomes involved in an unlikely love triangle. The performances of the two principles are both soulful and nuanced.

 

 Close Encounters of the Third Kind  (1977)

This Steven Spielberg classic highlighted the theme of interconnection long before Babel, Crash, and Traffic and also demystified the concept of life on other planets. When I initially saw this film, I wondered if Spielberg was trying to prepare us for the possibility of some visitors! See it again with new eyes.

 

Cloud Atlas  (2012)

(  The last 4 digits of the URL are 1111, hmmmm. )

This was adapted from the book Cloud Atlas and features an ensemble cast whose multiple characters permeate each other’s orbits through time and space. It is a stunningly complex epic that left me enthralled long after the final credits. Incredible work by Halle Berry and Tom Hanks, supported by spectacular costumes, sets, and special effects.

 

Contact (1997)

Jodie Foster plays a lonely  scientist who seeks out communication from the cosmos and meets a charismatic theologian in Matthew  McConaughey along the way. David Morse’s performance as her father is noteworthy. Fabulous use of special effects adds to the appeal.

 

Defending Your Life ( 1991 )

This funny yet poignant story about the afterlife features Meryl Streep and Albert Brooks.  Shirley MacLaine discusses reincarnation in a cameo role. The plot focuses on the impact of love and fear on one’s evolution. Wonder if the writers read  A Course in Miracles ?

 

 Groundhog Day ( 1993 )

Bill Murray does what he does best as he tries to win Andi MacDowell’s heart on Groundhog’s Day.    After I watched the movie a few times, I was able to recognize the gradual soul development of Bill Murray’s character. There is more here than meets the eye.

 

 Heaven Can Wait  ( 1978 )

Warren Beatty is luminous as the football player who dies before his time in this remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan. This tale of reincarnation has a fair balance of comedy and romance. Beatty’s chemistry with Julie Christie here really makes the difference.

 

  Made in Heaven ( 1987 )

This is another love story starring Timothy Hutton and Kelly McGillis. They meet in the afterlife and are forced to find each other again on Earth before Timothy Hutton’s character turns thirty. His real wife at the time , Debra Winger, plays God. Two souls head out on separate heroes’ journeys in order to have a chance to reunite. Watch for the surprise cameos along the way!

 

  The Last Temptation of Christ ( 1988 )

I love Martin Scorsese so maybe I am a bit biased but I adored this over the top interpretation of the life of Christ based on the adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis’s novel . It is brilliantly acted by Willem Dafoe and thoughtfully depicts his inner struggle as he gradually comes to accept his divinity and ultimate fate.

 

 The Sixth Sense ( 1999 )

One of Bruce Willis’s best performances and shot in Philly to boot! Willis plays a therapist whose young client ( Haley Joel Osment) sees dead people. If you haven’t seen it yet, the ending will blow you away. I would consider this film a modern-day classic.

 

 Sliding Doors ( 1998 )

This is a tale of parallel universes starring Gwyneth Paltrow as a young woman who makes different choices about her fate. The story-telling is very credible so it is effortless for the audience to buy this premise as plausible. It is a clever take on the road not traveled.

 

 Somewhere in Time  ( 1980 )

One of my favorites about reincarnation and time travel with Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour.  I especially liked Jane Seymour in this role as she seems to me to be from a previous era. Christopher Reeves also shows more dramatic range and magnetism that is less obvious in later roles. The story’s pace is nuanced yet compelling as you are transfixed by a stunning score, enchanting sets, and strong chemistry between the two leads.  A truly romantic treasure.

 

  Vanilla Sky ( 2001 )

Although I am not a Tom Cruise fan, I think he is fabulous as this cocky rich kid caught up in this trippy murder mystery. Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz are both excellent as the women in this enchanted love triangle. The ending was so incredible that I had to watch it over and over again to put the pieces together. Stunning visuals and great soundtrack by director Cameron Crowe’s ex-wife Nancy Wilson.

 

  Waking Life  ( 2001 )

Richard Linklater is one of my favorite filmmakers and it is very cool that he took on the topic of lucid dreaming. Yes it is very conversational, but this animated feature is thought-provoking and highly recommended for anyone interested in dream exploration.

 

  What Dreams May Come ( 1998 )

This movie is an emotional roller coaster ride about suicide and the afterlife starring Robin Williams, Anabella Sciorra, and Cuba Gooding Jr. Using spectacular visuals based on Sciorra’s character’s paintings, you are taken on a journey of wonder, awe, and triumph. This is an intense story about tragedy and redemption.

 

What the Bleep Do We Know !?  ( 2004 )

Quantum physics, basketball,a Polish wedding, and a woman’s transformation; this is the cosmic voyage of What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? ( or What the Bleep Do We Know!? ) This extraordinary film incorporates interviews with scientists and thought leaders into a scripted tale of a woman played by Marlee Matlin who is trying to get on with her life after a marital crisis. It was panned by some critics and applauded by others . I really am amazed that this film was able to get a distributor and reach as many people as it did. The DVD version can be programmed to shuffle the scenes randomly. This cult phenomenon has to be seen to be believed!!

  Zardoz  ( 1974 )

What would it be like if you could not die? Zardoz attempts to give you a perspective on eternal life on Earth. It is a somewhat cheesy take on The Wizard of Oz with a 1970’s mentality. I found the premise fascinating, despite its flaws.

 

  Tell me about your favorite spiritual movies. What elements speak to you the most? :

Do you prefer sweeping cinematography, computer generated special effects, or an  artfully crafted screenplay carefully translated onto the screen?

What  role does the score and soundtrack play in your choices?

Classic black and white or strikingly vivid Technicolor?

Comedy, drama, documentary, fantasy, animated, sci-fi, , thriller, or mystery?

theatre image by https://commons.wikimedia.org

Scenes From An Indian Restaurant: Collisions of Parallel Time

This story has been around for months now.  It is time to dust it off and take it out of storage. The actual event happened in early February ( for me a very fortuitous time), yet I kept it stashed away with the other drafts. Why the wait?? I did not want to finish the story. Too many memories and  bittersweet emotions were rising to the surface and I simply did not want to deal.  I began questioning my intentions “Do I blog about this or not? Will anyone care about this anyway?” The answer came quickly but the writing dragged at a snail’s pace. So here we are four months later and I am still stalling!

I do think this story is worth telling and hope it proves to be both provocative and compelling. So without further adieu:

By flickr user ninjapoodles [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

I drove to a popular Indian restaurant for lunch on the way home from dream group. I had a wild craving for lamb biryani which could not be denied. Driving down the hill towards the shopping center, I realized that a former  chain restaurant was situated in the very same place. I quickly reflected on a college boyfriend’s affinity for their double stuffed pizza. He often brought take-out to my house when we were dating.  This is when I discovered their amazing red double -stuffed pizza. He bought a lot of takeout because I was not much of a cook back then. Little has changed! It has been so many years since I last tasted this decadent, greasy, cheesy delight.

I find it strange that I am now spending more time in this Philadelphia suburb.  This area had been pretty much forgotten about by me. My life has taken me in many different directions since then. I had worked down the street from here right after college graduation. At that time Indian food was less mainstream and lunch usually consisted of sandwiches or hoagies. Much of this neighborhood has changed, but it has still retained its charm.

The colorful dining room before me is rather empty. Some lovely music is playing in the background and the smell of spices lingers in the air. When I enter the restaurant , the waiter motions me to a table directly behind a young couple. The man is sitting towards me and the woman is sitting directly across from him. The man is speaking rather loudly so I can hear most of the conversation. It begins “I traveled to the ashram in India to worship with ***** (an Indian Guru). I stayed for several weeks.” He goes on to describe his experiences there. I immediately realize that my college boyfriend had visited the very same ashram to spend time with this guru. I think to myself ” I am surprised that people talk about this guru anymore as he has been dead  for quite some time. ”  I look forward to my vegetable samosas when they arrive:

by kspoddar http://www.flickr.com/photos/feastguru_kirti/2223030510/sizes/o/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en

The samosas are crunchy on the outside, with a fluffy potato and pea filling that is spicy and comforting. I cut them up in small pieces and dip them in the chutney. Then I generously pour raita over them and savor the hot/cold, crispy/soft, and savory/sweet elements and textures. Just like the imposed duality of living, there is enjoyment within the complex messiness.

I can hear the young man’s voice over the music once again. I wonder if he is trying to impress his companion with his intellectual prowess. He then compares Eastern spirituality to Judaism and how the people in India were less repressed. I find it interesting because Judaism is a part of my heritage. The conversation then progresses to his enjoyment of a Grateful Dead cover band. I practically worshiped the Dead as a teenager and young adult and had seen both The Jerry Garcia Band and The Dead with aforementioned college boyfriend. He then discusses a particular Philly Neighborhood. The streets he mentions are very familiar because I lived only a few blocks away as a senior in college. He goes on to detail his car being burglarized while living there. My car was also broken into a couple of times in that section of town, all those years ago. Unfortunately, that situation was not uncommon at all. Yet, I continue to be amazed by all these shared life events. His were quite recent, while mine occurred decades ago!  I am feeling rather vulnerable, like in those dreams when you are outside and realize you are naked.  My mind wanders back to my senior year, filled with so many dreams and way too much drama. Where is my biryani ?!!

by Karan Verma http://www.flickr.com/photos/43426405@N00 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en

The lamb is fork tender and gamy, just how I like it. The rice is spicy and loaded with cashews, onions, and perhaps raisins. The sweet mango chutney and cool raita are wonderful contrasts to the steaming hot savory meat/ rice mixture.While I am deep in biryani heaven, I think about all those Indian meals I ate during college. Am I there or am I here…. Who IS this couple? Should I introduce myself ? When I have either dreamed of someone or overheard a meaningful conversation, I have been known to tell the party all about it. I figured that this information may be valuable in some way. I mull this over while waiting for my leftovers to be packed up. I decide to leave well enough alone and smile over at  the couple as I leave the restaurant. I am so grateful to make my exit to the parking lot.

I could not make sense of what happened.  It wasn’t a planetary cycle, although the Saturn return of my senior year would have been quite fitting. I have occasionally overheard people talking in public about matters relevant to me. I tend to attract these situations and don’t really get jarred by them anymore. Synchronicity is very common in litebeing’s world.

See related posts – https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/calendars-and-collisions/

https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/collisions-and-mortadella-the-sequel/

This experience seemed to be more of an anomaly somehow. It felt quite awkward and somewhat disturbing. Does the spirit of the pizza restaurant live on in this shopping center? Does my love of Indian food and culture attract some type of quantum vortex ? Is that couple now living a distorted version of my former life?  Was something added to the food that altered my perceptions? (no, just kidding!) What possible lesson is meant for me by examining my senior year? Am I simply more able to access different realms without even trying? Perhaps I was more open as a result of participating in the dream group.  Four months later, I honestly still have no idea. Perhaps the act of blogging this story may generate some insights for me………….

Please share your experiences with parallel time and space. I know I am not the only one out there! I am curious what triggers these events for people and what happens afterwards. Instead of posing questions, comment as you feel led and feel free to suggest some questions of your own.

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I have included the song Eye in the Sky by The Alan Parsons Project because it was on heavy rotation during college. This song has multiple meanings for me. For one, when I would hear it playing, I thought it confirmed the telepathy between me and my boyfriend.  We were very connected to one another, even long after we broke up.  It also has a haunting quality that seems to complement this post. Imagine if it were playing in the restaurant while we were dining!

For a  final touch, I included Taylor Swift’s 22. I was 22 when I lived in said neighborhood and dated said boyfriend. My days contained so much promise, confusion and exhilaration. (And the occasional exam or term paper!) That year of life was so jam-packed with romance, adventure, heartbreak, accomplishment, freedom, disappointment, excitement, and sheer fun.  I was finally on my own, making  everything up as I go along. Taylor, my home girl from Wyomissing ( I lived in nearby Reading as a child) did an amazing job capturing that time of transition and youthful exuberance.  So whether you are 22,82, 12, or somewhere in between, play the song and consider what it would be like to step into a parallel dimension –  where you embrace the joy and levity of a pop- song worthy moment.

update 9/22/13: I have been back to the restaurant a few more times and found myself both relieved and disappointed that I remained in ” real -time.” I was back this past Friday after my dream group and the biryani remains stellar. I noticed a few odd appearing people waltz in and out of the restaurant, but nothing particularly mystical occurred until …  the check arrived.  Look closely ( image is dark) at the picture below.

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I have never been happier to pay tax in my life!  Wonders never cease.

pizza by  flickr user ninjapoodles [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

samosa by  kspoddar http://www.flickr.com/photos/feastguru_kirti/2223030510/sizes/o/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en

indian entrees by Karan Verma http://www.flickr.com/photos/43426405@N00 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en

Litebeing’s Guide to the Movies

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Alabama Theatre

 

In honor of the Oscars, I had to showcase some of my favorite spiritually themed films. Some of my choices are more obscure, and therefore less well-known. A few are controversial (big surprise!) while others are more mainstream, crowd pleasers.

Here’s an alphabetical list with my brief critiques below, enjoy!

Bee Season  (2005)

This movie stars Richard Gere who mentors his daughter while his family falls apart.  It was adapted from the book Bee Season about a young girl’s quest to win a spelling bee. It is a tale about both mysticism and alienation.

 

The Blue Bird  ( 1940)

I first stumbled onto this Shirley Temple feature as a child and was mesmerized by this story about the search for the bluebird of happiness. The way in which the future was characterized was both otherworldly and heart wrenching   The memory of this magical realm stayed with me for years and was just as captivating during a recent viewing.

 

City of Angels  (1998)

This story about an Angel who risks everything for the woman he loves stars Meg Ryan and Nicholas Cage. The performances of the two principles are both soulful and nuanced.

 

 Close Encounters of the Third Kind  (1977)

This Steven Spielberg classic highlighted the theme of interconnection long before Babel, Crash, and Traffic and also demystified the concept of life on other planets. When I initially saw this film, I wondered if Spielberg was trying to prepare us for the possibility of some visitors! See it again with new eyes.

 

Cloud Atlas  (2012)

(  The last 4 digits of the URL are 1111, hmmmm. )

This was adapted from the book Cloud Atlas and features an ensemble cast whose multiple characters permeate each other’s orbits through time and space. It is a stunningly complex epic that left me enthralled long after the final credits. Incredible work by Halle Berry and Tom Hanks, supported by spectacular costumes, sets, and special effects.

 

Contact (1997)

Jodie Foster plays a lonely  scientist who seeks out communication from the cosmos and meets a charismatic theologian in Matthew  McConaughey along the way. David Morse’s performance as her father is noteworthy. Fabulous use of special effects adds to the appeal.

 

Defending Your Life ( 1991 )

This funny yet poignant story about the afterlife features Meryl Streep and Albert Brooks.  Shirley MacLaine discusses reincarnation in a cameo role. The plot focuses on the impact of love and fear on one’s evolution. Wonder if the writers read  A Course in Miracles ?

 

 Groundhog Day ( 1993 )

Bill Murray does what he does best as he tries to win Andi MacDowell’s heart on Groundhog’s Day.    After I watched the movie a few times, I was able to recognize the gradual soul development of Bill Murray’s character. There is more here than meets the eye.

 

 Heaven Can Wait  ( 1978 )

Warren Beatty is luminous as the football player who dies before his time in this remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan. His chemistry with Julie Christie here really makes the difference.

 

  Made in Heaven ( 1987 )

This is another love story starring Timothy Hutton and Kelly McGillis. They meet in the afterlife and are forced to find each other again on Earth before Timothy Hutton’s character turns thirty. His real wife at the time , Debra Winger, plays God. Two souls head out on separate heroes’ journeys in order to have a chance to reunite. Watch for the surprise cameos along the way!

 

  The Last Temptation of Christ ( 1988 )

I love Martin Scorsese so maybe I am a bit biased but I adored this over the top interpretation of the life of Christ based on the adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis’s novel . It is brilliantly acted by Willem Dafoe and thoughtfully depicts his inner struggle as he gradually comes to accept his divinity and ultimate fate.

 

 The Sixth Sense ( 1999 )

One of Bruce Willis’s best performances and shot in Philly to boot! If you haven’t seen it yet, the ending will blow you away. I would consider this film a modern-day classic.

 

 Sliding Doors ( 1998 )

This is a tale of parallel universes starring Gwyneth Paltrow as a young woman who makes different choices about her fate. It is a clever take on the road not traveled.

 

 Somewhere in Time  ( 1980 )

One of my favorites about reincarnation and time travel with Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour.  I especially liked Jane Seymour in this role as she seems to me to be from a previous era. Christopher Reeves also shows more dramatic range and magnetism that is less obvious in later roles. The story’s pace is nuanced yet compelling as you are transfixed by a stunning score, enchanting sets, and strong chemistry between the two leads.  A truly romantic treasure.

 

  Vanilla Sky ( 2001 )

Although I am not a Tom Cruise fan, I think he is fabulous as this cocky rich kid caught up in this trippy murder mystery. Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz are both excellent as the women in this enchanted love triangle. The ending was so incredible that I had to watch it over and over again to put the pieces together. Stunning visuals and great soundtrack by director Cameron Crowe’s ex-wife Nancy Wilson.

 

  Waking Life  ( 2001 )

Richard Linklater is one of my favorite filmmakers and it is very cool that he took on the topic of lucid dreaming. Yes it is very conversational, but this animated feature is thought-provoking and highly recommended for anyone interested in dream exploration.

 

  What Dreams May Come ( 1998 )

This movie is an emotional roller coaster ride about suicide and the afterlife starring Robin Williams, Anabella Sciorra, and Cuba Gooding Jr. Using spectacular visuals based on Sciorra’s character’s paintings, you are taken on a journey of wonder, awe, and triumph. This is an intense story about tragedy and redemption.

 

What the Bleep Do We Know !?  ( 2004 )

Quantum physics, basketball,a Polish wedding, and a woman’s transformation; this is the cosmic voyage of What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? ( or What the Bleep Do We Know!? ) This extraordinary film incorporates interviews with scientists and thought leaders into a scripted tale of a woman played by Marlee Matlin who is trying to get on with her life after a marital crisis. It was panned by some critics and applauded by others . I really am amazed that this film was able to get a distributor and reach as many people as it did. The DVD version can be programmed to shuffle the scenes randomly. This cult phenomenon has to be seen to be believed!!

  Zardoz  ( 1974 )

What would it be like if you could not die? Zardoz attempts to give you a perspective on eternal life on Earth. It is a somewhat cheesy take on The Wizard of Oz with a 1970’s mentality. I found the premise fascinating, despite its flaws.

 

  Tell me about your favorite spiritual movies. What elements speak to you the most? :

Do you prefer sweeping cinematography, computer generated special effects, or an  artfully crafted screenplay carefully translated onto the screen?

What  role does the score and soundtrack play in your choices?

Classic black and white or strikingly vivid Technicolor?

Comedy, drama, documentary, fantasy, animated, sci-fi, , thriller, or mystery?

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