Movies that inspire us
I'm not into parody songs, but....
Who am I kidding! I just found this one. It feels good to laugh at the situation sometimes. Afterall, laughter is the best medecine!
Just started binge-watching the MESSIAH series on Netflix, and can't wait for another large block of time to finish it up. It's a fictional story in a modern-day setting of a charismatic young man from the middle east who claims to be doing God's work. He healed a dying boy. He walked on the water with thousands of witnesses, He somehow cultivated worldwide attention and millions of followers. The story centers around whether this guy is the real thing or not. As a viewer, I want to believe in him, but a CIA agent is convinced the guy is a clever con man who studied the art of illusion from a master. If you happen to know the ending, don't tell me. This topic is particularly appealing to me because I have an ongoing fascination with charismatic religious leaders like Jim Jones and David Korish who get people to do harmful things, all in the name of God. Sort of like trump, who's captured the heart and soul of evangelicals and who are incapable of seeing the harm he (and they) are doing.
Along the same theme, I recommend the new documentary about BIKRAM, the yoga guru from India who started an intense kind of yoga done in 95-100 degree heat that became very popular in the US. Also on Netflix, the documentary profiles how a truly inspiring guy (who only wears a speedo and his gold rolex) can get his devotees to pay $10,000 each for a week of instruction to become certified Bikram trainers. We see a huge auditorium filled with 400 or 500 of his teacher/students following Bikram's challenging yoga direction. We see Bikram riding around in his Roles Royce and living very well. And ultimately, we see the testimonies of five or six women who claim Bikram sexually abused them....The assault was always the same. "Come to my room and massage my feet. Now massage my leg. Now massage my thigh. Now massage my dick. Now I'm giong to have you." The women were confused because they had so much love in their hearts for Bikram, and they were in a kind of denial that anything unwholesome could possibly be happening.
I just binged Ramy on Netflix. It's a series about an Egyptian-American Muslim family, specifically about the son, who is trying to bridge the divide between his faith and his modern lifestyle. I loved the universality of the themes, it was very heartwarming.
Also, I have a link to share from two of my dance teachers. They are a husband-wife team who have their own dance company. They got a grant to create a dance for film, it's about the husband's struggles learning that he has diabetic neuropathy, I love the spiritual strength in it:
The doctor-healer Lewis Mehl-Madrona likes to get to know new patients by talking to them about whether they’ve seen any good movies lately. This approach allows him to see what sorts of tropes and archetypes the patient is drawn to-what sorts of characters and stories inspire them. He can then use this knowledge to help the patient craft a personal mythology that will put illness within a context of healing.
For me, the film that activates my drive for transformation and health is Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film Spirited Away. It’s a hero’s journey that also explores themes of mutual healing among equally dislocated souls.
Does anyone else have a film they identify with because the heroism of its characters inspires strength and healing in yourself?
Lars and the Real Girl:
"Extremely shy Lars (Ryan Gosling) finds it impossible to make friends or socialize. His brother (Paul Schneider) and sister-in-law (Emily Mortimer) worry about him, so when he announces that he has a girlfriend he met on the Internet, they are overjoyed. But Lars' new lady is a life-size plastic woman. On the advice of a doctor (Patricia Clarkson), his family and the rest of the community go along with his delusion."
Saw this movie a few weeks ago and it's just so heartwarming the way his family and the whole town band together to help Lars in his time of need. It just really epitomizes "Love Thy Neighbor." I was tearing up the whole time...
For me I have to say that there are several inspirational movies that made an impact in my life. I have always to some extent felt insignificant while growing up. (years of bullying dampened my confidence when young). I did grow out of much of that, but It's a Wonderful Life and Babe (yes the pig movie!) really spoke to me. The theme that every single one of us is important and can be impactful, whether we realize it or not was a central theme I enjoyed.
Side story: My god daughter was born right around the time Babe was popular. I had already watched the movie twice when she was two years old. At two she said (in her adorable child voice--she couldn't say her "R's" very well) "I want to watch the pig movie". So as a year or two went by, I literally watched that movie about 45 times LOL. She always wanted to watch that movie. She said something to me at 2.5 years old I'll never forget. She said "Aunt Trish, I love you so much, and I've always loved you." I said "what do you mean 'always'?" (She was barely 2.5 yrs old which is why I asked her that). She pointed up to the sky and said "Always, Even Before". Whoa!! Then she said to me "Don't tell my mommy how much I love you", I asked her why? and she said "Because I don't want her to think I don't love her as much too. She is my mommy". Whoa and whoa again!
She's now 25 yrs old, is a social worker and when she was 19 she volunteered in an orphanage in Nicaragua. I feel God gave her to me in my life because I didn't have a child, so she is the daughter I would have had if I did. I also felt and saw one of my first Angels right after she was born. So special to me. ❤️ 😇 ❤️
Thanks for asking about great movies. My husband and I saw "Little Women" recently and thought it was amazing. As he pointed out, "I loved the way it showed people being kind to one another." Which is why I love him, and he's right.
It's simple, but yeah, being kind (and paying attention to those whose life is focused on that) can be revolutionary.
Also all the other themes of empowerment and self-liberation and living a creative (and kind) life had something to do with my admiration for this movie.
When I started thinking about your post this morning, I immediately thought of the last movie I saw which was "Little Women." I worried that the film adaptation wouldn't live up to that cherished book of my childhood, but it did in so many marvelous ways. What touched me was this simple story of a family and the vastly different people within that family who forged their own unique paths in life, following their own dreams. They did all this while maintaining their bonds and love for one another. It was a compelling movie and I particularly enjoyed the way it relates to today's world and the need for women to be recognized and empowered.
Next I thought of an old favorite, "A River Runs Through It." Again, it's a story of family, love and the bonds between siblings. There are people in your life whom you love, but you can't fix. It's a timeless tragedy to consider how a family member's addiction or mental illness may be out of your control to fix. You love that person regardless, but the tragedy and grief are there. All in all, it's a beautiful story set in the wilderness of Montana narrated by the older brother who witnesses and endures and the younger brother who struggles. Unforgettable. So you might consider this an odd choice for a favorite movie, but I thought it exemplified real life with all its complexities and challenges and the love that overrides it all.
Whoa indeed. Your goddaughter sounds like a lightworker. I'm happy for you that you have her in your life.