Movies

Barn’s burnt down
now
I can see the moon.
—Masahide

Movies have the ability to touch deeply into one’s psyche/soul/spirit. The following few movies have touched different parts of my being.

  • As It Is in Heaven – about living in the heart (In Swedish, subtitled).
  • Before the Rain – an intense portrait of human reactions in a senseless war
  • Birdy – a touching story about deep friendship
  • Breaking the Waves – beautiful, heartbreaking, awe full
  • Choose Me – the archetypal Lover
  • Close Encounters – the E.T. at the end of the extended version touched that sensitivity in myself
  • Excalibur – very powerful archetypal movie for men
  • Faraway So Close – the sequel to Wings of Desire
  • Field of Dreams – father/son stuff – I shook at the end of this movie
  • Ghost – I remembered what it was like to die
  • Jacknife – about commitment
  • Kiss of the Spider Woman – powerful story of personal transformation
  • Kundun – beautiful, spiritual relating of the life of the Dalai Lama
  • Ladybird, Ladybird – very real, disturbing story of a distressed mother caught in the welfare
  • Last of the Mohicans – the only movie I ever shouted out loud in the movie theater
  • Last Temptation of Christ – depicts the spiritual struggle within each of us (for those who choose to take the journey)
  • Man Facing Southeast – what is sanity?
  • Moonlight and Valentino – “good grief”
  • The Piano – Into the mind of a deaf person
  • Resurrection – where true healing comes from
  • To Live – a gut wrenching masterpiece about a family in revolutionary China
  • The Tin Drum – touching, moving story about a young boy’s despair in Nazi Germany
  • The War at Home – a moving story about a son who returns home from Vietnam with PTSD
  • Whole Wide World – a touching story about love and mental illness
  • Why has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East – you have to be in a meditative state to watch this one!
  • Wings of Desire – we are all fallen angels