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Paul Joseph
Posted 7/17/2008 8:14 AM (#7311)
Subject: Great Metaphysical Films



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Have we done this one yet ? Cannot remember doing it .. sorry if so ... on a roll: this Board will be legendary ... here's my top one ..

A Touch of Zen:

Director, King Hu (1967, I think)

Starts off as a mystery story, then a ghost story, then a romance, then a straight martial arts film (though of original provenance - much imitated by subsequent of the genre), before emerging, like a butterfly, as a paeon to Zen Buddhism, grace, transcendence and resurrection ... (well that's what I remember anyhow; long time since I've been able to view it)

Very long though, and early on one wonders what it is all about ...

Don't get much time for cinema these days ...
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Paul Joseph
Posted 7/17/2008 8:24 AM (#7312 - in reply to #7311)
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Others might be,

The Man Who Would be King (Sean Connery & Michael Cain) - about the nature of belief, power, love and friendship

The Wind and the Lion (also Sean C) - about love, sacrifice and dreams : "Have you never had anything in your life worth losing everything for?"

On the Watefront (Brando) - endurance and herosim : "I couldda been a contender - coullda been somebody"

Lord of the Rings - such powerful symbolism & imagination transference of the work of the imagination

Celinne & Julie Go Boating - ?Jacques Prevette - another 70s - two women rescue a little girl from the dimension of ghosts

The Ninth Gate - Johnny Depp ('nuff said ?!)

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Supernatural3
Posted 7/18/2008 12:52 AM (#7333 - in reply to #7311)
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What Dreams May Come
Always
Chances Are
What the Bleep do we know

hmmmm, will think of more later.
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Paul Joseph
Posted 7/18/2008 3:55 AM (#7340 - in reply to #7333)
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Aah DocJ - the world of celluloid dreams !! Cheers for response .
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Supernatural3
Posted 7/18/2008 8:44 AM (#7357 - in reply to #7311)
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Cannot forget "City of Angels". My gosh that one touched me.

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Paul Joseph
Posted 7/18/2008 10:43 AM (#7368 - in reply to #7357)
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With a title like that DocJ, quite so ...

also, The Fisher King, director Terry Gilliam, with Robin Williams ... ostensibly abnout a homeless man in Manhatten, searching for the Holy Grail ...
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Paul Joseph
Posted 7/18/2008 10:49 AM (#7369 - in reply to #7368)
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Schindler's List - Speilberg; about someone, who, despite their character (or perhaps because of it), becomes an angel for thousands of Jews and saves their lives (from the book/real character in Schindler's Ark: I know people who were there too).

Also, re: Man Who Would be King (above), that is based on a Rudyard Kipling short story; Kipling, he who wrote the poem, If, posted twice on the Poetry for the Soul Thread ....
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mruppert
Posted 7/19/2008 2:25 AM (#7383 - in reply to #7311)
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Indeed....
Go ahead and laugh if you want....but I offer:

"My Dinner with Andre"...though I have viewed it over the years in various states of mental acuity...teaser line.....
""A baby holds your hands, and then suddenly, there's this huge manlifting you off the ground, and then he's gone. Where's that son?""

"Seconds" based on the novel by David Ely, if we could have a second chance at life?

"The Haunting" not the remake, but the '63 original.....Eleanor Lance...."God God, whose hand was I holding?"        Computer is acting funny and so away I go....Marty and a bunch of kitties......                                                                                             
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Paul Joseph
Posted 7/19/2008 5:04 AM (#7387 - in reply to #7383)
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No-one laughing Marty; whatever stimulates the imagination towards the positive and the Divine is to be welcomed, though I am not familiar with those films; if they moved you, great !

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Paul Joseph
Posted 7/19/2008 5:05 AM (#7388 - in reply to #7387)
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And great quote from the Andre film x
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Paul Joseph
Posted 7/19/2008 10:12 AM (#7393 - in reply to #7383)
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.. started watching 'The Sand Pebbles' last night with Steve McQueen - though he is - or was - 'to die for' as it is said, wasn't sure if it was metaphysical ... I was pleasantly surprised at its powerful anti-war portrayal for an 'action film' [1966] .. then met today an ex-stunt man who knew & had acted with McQueen - said what a great guy he had been (he had also been one of my dad's favourites) .. and reflecting on the film wonder if it did contain m-p elements - heroism, stoicism, sacrifice, undying & unrequitable love .. doh ! Sounds rather metaphysical doesn't it !
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MollyB
Posted 7/22/2008 11:03 AM (#7590 - in reply to #7311)
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"Orpheus" - Jean Cocteau (director)
"Faust" - Murnau (director)
"The Da Vinci Code"
"The Passion of the Christ"
"Waking Life" - Linklater (director)
"The Ghost and Mrs Muir"
"Somewhere in Time"
"The Crow"
"Dead Again"

Many more swirling around in my head, but these are good for now.
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Paul Joseph
Posted 7/22/2008 4:23 PM (#7605 - in reply to #7311)
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oh yes, 'The Shipping News', based on a book, I haven't read; but lovely film; sombre, set in Newfoundland, mainly, with, I recall, Kevin Spacey, about a 'loser', who is not so, and how nature intervenes in our lives ... and how how the dead come to life to assist us... and, yes, remembered as I type, the lovely Jullianna Moore .. so much great life, everywhere ...
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Paul Joseph
Posted 7/24/2008 8:15 AM (#7667 - in reply to #7605)
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How could I have forgotten, The Seventh Seal, by Ingmar Bergman -

a knight, returning from the crusades, is approached by Death who comes to claim him ... knowing that Death likes to play chess, the knight challenges him to a game.. as long as he can continue to win, he stays alive, if he loses ..

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Kiddo Green
Posted 8/2/2008 3:55 AM (#8246 - in reply to #7311)
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Mind Walk
A.I.
Seven Years in Tibet
Kundun
Little Buddha
Emerald Forest
House of Cards
Pan's Labyrinth
Minority Report

Is this what you are looking for? Have a repeated any?
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Kiddo Green
Posted 8/2/2008 3:58 AM (#8247 - in reply to #7311)
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Oh, and WIngs of Desire, A German Film which inspired City of Angels
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Kiddo Green
Posted 8/2/2008 4:38 AM (#8248 - in reply to #7311)
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Ninth Gate
Beloved
Serpent and the Rainbow
Wicker Man, original and new version
Eve's Bayou
The Sorceress (A French film about a encounter between a monk and a midwife/'wisewoman ' in the middle ages)

I can keep going...

*smile*

Cara
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Kiddo Green
Posted 8/2/2008 4:44 AM (#8249 - in reply to #7311)
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And, some really great artsy films re: reincarnation/immortality:

Being Human
Orlando

not so great films, but note-worthy:
Highlander series
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Paul Joseph
Posted 8/2/2008 11:31 AM (#8254 - in reply to #8249)
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Some good films x
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Kiddo Green
Posted 8/3/2008 3:22 AM (#8316 - in reply to #7311)
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I just thought of one. "Vibes" with Cindy Lauper and Jeff Goldblum. Sure, it's campy, but I love it all the same.
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Chotuni
Posted 8/3/2008 7:34 AM (#8323 - in reply to #7311)
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"Michael".......John Travolta..picked up lousy reviews but I love it.

"Toy Story".....just 'cos I love that too.

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Dusty
Posted 8/3/2008 4:45 PM (#8375 - in reply to #7311)
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Conversations with God - The Movie
The Peaceful Warrior - The Movie
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Kiddo Green
Posted 8/3/2008 7:26 PM (#8377 - in reply to #7311)
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I like "Michael" too. I like the idea of an imperfect angel, yet still powerful and compassionate. Full of hubris, he is a good hero.

C
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Paul Joseph
Posted 8/4/2008 8:48 AM (#8415 - in reply to #8377)
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Cara, I also enjoyed The Ninth Gate a lot.

The Deer Hunter is rather quite good about redemption and forgiveness; especially the final frame with the stag shoot reprised ...

Apocalypse Now: is that metaphysical ? Not sure ..
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Paul Joseph
Posted 8/4/2008 9:13 AM (#8424 - in reply to #7311)
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Don't Look Now is scary, as is Haunted. Could be metaphysical. Not sure. Anyone else?
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