Movie Reviews From a Spiritual Perspective

THE PEOPLE VS THE STATE OF ILLUSION

May 29, 2012

The People Vs The State Of Illusion, by Austin Vickers, is a documentary, much in the same style as films such as The Secret, What the Bleep Do We Know, and Down The Rabbit Hole.  These films use heavy scientific evidence expounded by experts in various fields to prove the existence of spiritual experience.

When I saw the trailer to The People VS The State of Illusion with all the professional graphics and stock footage, I thought, “Oh no, not another one of these slick new age documentaries for the masses.”  But when I attended a screening at my local art house theater, I was impressed that the subject of the film dealt with how our beliefs and emotional memories create our reality.  The film did seem to be a 101 course on emotional life, but did bring up profound ideas on how one can take hold of one’s life by facing one’s deeper emotional storehouse.

It is said that we are using only 1% of our mind’s capacity, but this film suggested that we are only processing this 1% because we are only seeing what we expect to see.  Those expectations come from belief systems that are charged with emotional energy that many people would like to escape.  Dr. Joe Dispenza, a neurologist and lecturer, explained how we use addictions to escape these feelings.  He also went on to describe how many of us try to maintain a persona that is much different from who we really are in order to “fit in” to society.  It is interesting to see nervous breakdowns seen in light of this persona crumbling away. 

Dr. Thomas Moore, who wrote the best-selling book, Care of The Soul, in the film said: “To take this source of life …we get when we are born, deep within us and we can tap into it and you find strength and you find your identity, you find the difference between you and other people…In order to follow it [your own path] does take courage.  It’s going to take you into actions that people don’t approve of, it will take you into actions you may be afraid of…”  He goes on to explain how tapping into this source within one’s self allows the experience of one’s flow in life; to experience one’s full potential and purpose in life.

I am constantly on a search to see how I am continually creating my reality and I see how my expectations can limit my ability to see what is really happening in my world and the opportunities it presents.  Debbie Ford, a life coach, said, “It happens in a moment. It doesn’t have to take ten years on a couch to have a shift in perception.  It takes a willingness and desire to know that what you’re looking at now, when you’re limited and stuck, is not true.”

Despite the new age documentary formula, I applaud Austin Vickers for bringing to light the subject of emotional healing and looking at one’s belief systems as a way to develop self-empowerment and enlightenment.  Even though the concepts are on a beginning level, it really inspires one to start to look within at those dark emotional spaces most would rather never have to face, but are so much a part of our being.

No techniques or exact cures were given in the film, but there are quite a lot of workshops, books, DVD’s offered on the website and at screenings.  The DVD is coming out  Fall of 2012 and will be distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films.  Highly recommended.


 

THE INTERRUPTERS

November 11, 2011

The Interrupters, the story of interrupting the cycle of anger and vengeance. 

There are so many wonderful reviews of this film, so there is not much left to say about it.   This is my favorite review so far.  It's a very powerful, insightful and personal review called Extinguishing the Ecstasy of Anger

During the film, I saw how rampant vengeance killings are in Chicago inner city neighborhoods. The killings are not exclusive to gang drive-by shootings, but surprisingly between school child...
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KUMARE

October 30, 2011

"You are all great beings and you must stop pretending that you are not." - Kumare

I found Kumare to be a surprisingly sweet and gentle, albeit extremely controversial, documentary; which was conceived and directed by, Vikram Gandhi, a New Jersey-born American of East Indian decent.  It was beautifully filmed with excellent audio.  The documentary follows Gandhi as he playfully dresses up as an Indian Guru and watches the response he gets in India and in the U.S.  Then he decided to see if hi...
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THE ECONOMICS OF HAPPINESS

October 15, 2011

The Economics of Happiness is an eye-opening documentary which explores the impact of globalization on local self-sufficient communities and how people in general are effected negatively on all levels of life.  Globalization is tremendously wasteful and the film describes this in some detail.  People whose self-sufficient communities are suddenly overrun by globalization or westernization are finding themselves feeling poor from the new economic pressures.  Self-esteem erodes and leads to a d...
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LIVING WITHOUT MONEY

August 6, 2011

“Money distracts us from what’s important.”- Heidemarie Schwermer, Living Without Money

Living Without Money is a documentary by Line Halvorsen about Heidemarie Schwermer, a retired psychotherapist, who decided over 14 years ago to start living without using money.  And what I mean by money is any currency (electronic, coin or bills), any credit, and any alternative currency.  It first started out as an experiment and now it's a way of life for her.  She gave everything away, let g...


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HAPPY: THE MOVIE

June 25, 2011

"The professor said to me, you could never measure happiness. Now why they thought you could measure depression which they were all doing, but you couldn't measure happiness, I'm not sure." - A psychologist, Happy the Movie.

I loved Happy: the Movie.  Happy is directed by Roko Belic, the director of the documentary Ghengis Blues and the director of photography of I Am: The Documentary.  Originally, Happy started out by Belic making a documentary for Tom Shadyak on happiness.  Shadyak gave him ...
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I AM

June 25, 2011

"We started by asking what's wrong with the world and we ended up discovering what's right with it." - Tom Shadyak, director of I Am.

I AM is a documentary about Tom Shadyak's quest for the answers to his questions about life.  The film, which is totally narrated by Shadyak, starts out showing a generic mental hospital to introduce the subject of mental illness.  It immediately changes to the story of Shadyak's mountain bike accident where he suffered a broken wrist and concussion.  The concus...
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BETTER LIVING THROUGH CIRCUITRY

June 11, 2011

Better Living Through Circuitry is a documentary about the ecstatic qualities of raves. (Sensitive viewer alert: Some bad language and discussion of drug usage.)

Raves are huge parties, not night club events.  Raves transcend the whole rock-n-roll scene.  Thousands of people young, old, black, white, yellow, red, male, female all dance together and experience oneness and timelessness where all the confinements of the rat race fall away.  It's not about how cool you look or who you are; it's al...
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STRONGMAN

May 12, 2011

STRONGMAN, AN UNEXPECTED TALE OF SELF-EMPOWERMENT.


I had expectations of seeing the spiritual development of the subject of the documentary, Stan, who markets himself as "Stanless Steel" the strongest man in the world at bending steel and metal.  And at first those expectations were met.  Stan is very concerned with eating and living well.  He is extremely self-reflective and strive...


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ORGASM, INC.

May 1, 2011

Orgasm, Inc.,: Exploring the myth of female sexual dysfunction.

Warning
: Explicit scientific terms used to describe female sexuality.

This documentary explores the myth of female sexual dysfunction and follows pharmaceutical companies that are trying to cash in on it.  Since most women do not achieve vaginal orgasm during intercourse, and most men do, the medical and pharmaceutical industries have taken the opportunity to declare that the majority of women suffer from sexual dysfunction. 

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“Sirius” is a feature length documentary that follows Dr. Steven Greer – an Emergency Medicine doctor turned UFO/ New Energy researcher – as he struggles to disclose top secret information about classified energy & propulsion techniques. Along the way, Dr. Greer investigates new technology and sheds light on criminal suppression. He accumulates over 100 Government, Military, and Intelligence Community witnesses who testify on record about their first-hand experiences with UFOs and with the cover-up.

In the course of his research Dr. Greer is asked to look at an amazing find: a humanoid specimen, 6 inches long from the Atacama Desert. Not until 2012 was he given permission to take bone samples and DNA from the specimen. At that same time a pre-eminent geneticist, hearing of this find, offered to do DNA testing. He enlisted an MD from the same university,- world renowned for his work with skeletal anomalies, to view the x-rays and CT scans. Their expertise along with Dr. Greer’s expansive knowledge of the subject bring more questions than answers. Where did this “Atacama Humanoid” come from? Are there others like it? What does it say about the origin of the human species?

While on this odyssey, the audience gains a whole new perspective on technology, human evolution, and clandestine organizations who have manipulated and controlled the public for centuries.

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