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A friend turned me on to Jacob's Ladder, written by Bruce Joel Rubin, who also wrote Ghost. Jacob's Ladder is a bit surreal, but I liked it (I was going to post the trailer but I can't see anybody watching the movie based on that!)

 

Watched the trailer for "Time Traveler", that looked pretty amazing too, but I haven't seen it.

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Elysium has a cool story.

The Fountain is insane.

Man of Steel 'laugh if you want' has any awesome story. He's much more human in this one.

Phenomenon

 

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A couple more to add:

 

1. Kung Fu Panda

2. Pocahontas

 

 

 

My 2 cents, Peace

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One of my all time favorite enlightenment films:

A General betrayed flees to a monastery and finds the power of peace, only to be tested by those who won't let him go. Return to violence or remain in peace?

Temptation of a Monk

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108630/

 

Followed by another great one: A ruthless warlord about to kill a girl, has a flash of enlightenment and finds his perception of reality shattered.

The Warrior

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0295682/

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I just thought I'd add to this. I think I watch too much stuff, but due to illness I've been stuck inside. Obviously, it's better to practice than to watch things, but, if you're having a break, hanging out with friends/family, or just want to watch something to inspire you, then it's good to have inspirational, enlightening viewings (i think).

 

I'm going to put an @ in line with all of the things that I think are best, indicating that: 'this is where it's at/@.' Obviously, more @'s mean it's even better, but, at least one means I think it's definitely worth a watch and is amazing; more than one means that I think it's amazing AND relevant and a 'MUST' watch.

 

Spiritually Inclined/Enlightening/Mystical Films:


I heart Huckabees. Never seen anything else like it. Non Dual, philosophical, existential comedy with dustin hoffman. What more could you want? It's brilliant. @@@

 

Fight Club (Let that which does not matter, truly slide; know you are going to die; you are not your khakis) @@@

 

Waking Life (brilliant docu/film about lucid dreaming and enlightenment/philosophy) @

 

American Beauty (giving up material life/surrender) @@@

 

Avatar (tribal/nature importance/beauty)

 

Big Fish (nice and mystical, a bit of yama and niyama)

 

Green Mile (beautiful, mystical, super natural) @@

 

K-Pax (alien visitor? )

 

Kung Fu Hustle (for those into the martial side; funny and beautiful) @

 

Magnolia (about the human condition; life, death, forgiveness) @

 

Me and You and Everyone We Know (it's weird, I don't know why I've recommended it, good though)

 

Mr Nobody (about life, death, destiny)

 

One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest (breaking out of maya's prison)

 

Moby Dick (killing the white whale/illusion)

 

Pleasantville (new paradigms)

 

Synechdoche New York (can't recommend this highly enough; it's weird, wonderful; not an easy watch, but covers many topics) @ @ @

 

The Fall (whilst most all films involve the importance of relationship love, this one doesn't so much, which I really like; it focuses on the innocent relationship between a guy and a little girl both in hospital; beautiful and funny and nice) @@@

 

The Men Who Stare At Goats (for those interested in modern OBE research, special powers, etc, this is a must watch; based on real events; you can even get a scanned copy of the 'New Earth Army' training manual online: http://arcturus.org/field_manual.pdf !!! ) @@@

 

Shawshank Redemption (beautiful; get busy living or get busy dying) @@@

 

The Truman Show (breaking out of the illusory world) @@

 

The Game (mid life crisis/transcending what's not important)

 

The Lovely Bones (nice and mystical story)

 

The Secret of Kells (beautiful mystical animation) @@@

 

The Diving Bell and The Butterfly (importance of perseverance)

 

Total Recall (what is real, what isn't; old version)

 

V for Vendetta (overcoming the odds; vanquishing lies, etc)

 

Vanilla Sky (waking up from illusion)

 

Wristcutters a Love Story (funny quirky film about afterlife for suicides)

 

 

 

I second:

 

The Fountain. (The importance of surrender). @@@

 

Milarepa (still waiting for the follow up though)

 

The Matrix (breaking out of illusion) @@@

 

Blade Runner (what is life/soul/true)


What Dreams May Come (heaven and hell) @

 

Jacobs Ladder (heaven, hell, surrender) (not an easy watch) @@@

 

Gattaca (overcoming the odds) @

 

 

 

Spiritual Documentaries wise:

 

Who's driving the dream bus (I don't agree with the guy's conclusions at the end, but the film is good). @@

 

The Yogis Of Tibet (Contains stuff on Trul Khor not shown before + interesting in general) @

The Tibetan Book of the Dead (narrated by Leonard Cohen)

 

DON'T watch Enlighten Up (in my opinion, I found it irritating; the person doing the documentary and the person in it didn't seem to know what they were going on about; she just focused on asana really; the guy struggles to see where bhakti, jnana and asana all fit together; no one explains this to him, it feels like the creator of the film could easily have done this; I'm sure anyone who has spent a month reading into Yoga (Jnana, Bhakti, Raja, Karma - Yoga) could quite easily explain how they all connect.)

 

The Louis Theroux India and Enlightenment episode (all louis theroux stuff is amazing too) @@@

 

 

 

Aliens (actually good, not like a lot of rubbish out there):

 

I know what I saw (best alien documentary I've seen so far) @@@

 

Sirius (mixed feelings about this, but it's another interesting doc on aliens with a spiritual edge; I definitely agree with the sentiment)

 

 

 

With regards to society stuff, corruption, indoctrination:

 

The Trap - Series - Adam Curtis (a good sociological look at society) @@@

The Corporation @@@

 

The Yes Men 1 and 2 @

 

The House I Live in (amazing look at the ridiculousness of prohibition and how it disenfranchises the poor [and, of course, the people at the top get all the money; including HSBC [look in the news] who have NOT been punished for knowingly receiving and laundering drug money, whilst the poor get locked up for the petty crimes of selling to their friends to support their habits]) @@@

 

Jonestown, the life and death of the people's temple (incredibly sad story on a cult and the importance of not being brainwashed ; it's a shame; headed by a non sociopath, it could have been a beautiful non american, socialist utopia [makes me wonder about conspiracy]) @

 

Leaving the cult (interesting doc about leaving 'The Prophet' cult)

 

The most dangerous man in america (about a guy who went from war supporter to whistle blower, the first whistle blower, brilliant) @@

 

 

 

With regards to anthropology:

 

Tribe (by bruce parry; I think it's called something else in the US; he goes around staying with different tribes, taking part in ceremonies, properly immersing himself in the tribe) @@@

 

BBC Human Planet @@

 

 

 

Science, Biology, Physics:

 

BBC Inside The Human Body

 

BBC Time - Series - Michio Kaku @@

 

Into The Wormhole (hosted by morgan freeman; brilliant; asks questions we all wonder, especially those who are mystical/spiritually inclined) @@@

 

Haven't Watched Yet, but Carl Sagan's Cosmos looks amazing.

 

BBC: The Life series; Planet Earth series; Blue Planet series (all for the beauty of nature) @@@

 

 

 

'Other', documentaries:

 

Murderball (inspirational; about living a full life with disability, among other things) @@

 

How hackers changed the world (self explanatory) @@

 

 

 

Fiction series:

Adventure Time (it's amazing; funny without being derogatory or negative; truly positive AND comical; mystical; some episodes mention third eye, dmt, other dimensions, many mentions of meditation; in one episode B-mo and Finn are meditating and B-Mo says that he/she felt like she was floating up and down when she was meditating (Kriya / Spontaneous Movements!!! / Levitation); a brilliant Non-dual episode is B-Mo lost [the ending]; it's on cartoon network, and CAN be watched by kids (if you've got them, no swearing) but has a massive cult following, and seems to be primarily geared towards mystically inclined adults; SO positive, lovely, funny, mystical) @@@

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It is amazing!

 

:) It's on my list :)

 

I've seen clips etc.

 

If you like that, then I think you'd LOVE 'Into The Wormhole' (mentioned in my list). Modern scientific take on ESP, Soul, God, Reality, Life, Death. So interesting. :)

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I have seen many movies from your list. I think I saw some fragments from Into the wormhole, I'll search for it on youtube.

Here is Carl Sagan's Cosmos on youtube:

 

 

I would recommend:

Samsara ( India-nepal coproduction)

http://youtu.be/x5aCDOt0hGI

 

 

Spring-summer-fall-winter- and spring (korean movie)

http://youtu.be/WAUpMrR1VoY

 

 

Baraka 1992

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I would recommend:

Samsara ( India-nepal coproduction)

 

 

Spring-summer-fall-winter- and spring (korean movie)

 

These are the two I would of submitted...

 

 

Add

Himalaya (1999)

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I just saw an amazing Australian production called Tracks. This has just made it into my list of top movies.

 

It tells of a young woman making her way across the Australian outback. She spends a few years learning how to train camels before she embarks on an amazing journey.

 

I won't spoil it with details but this is a must watch for any Taoist.

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just thought I'd add to this. I think I watch too much stuff, but due to illness I've been stuck inside. Obviously, it's better to practice than to watch things, but, if you're having a break, hanging out with friends/family, or just want to watch something to inspire you, then it's good to have inspirational, enlightening viewings (i think).

 

I'm going to put an @ in line with all of the things that I think are best, indicating that: 'this is where it's at/@.' Obviously, more @'s mean it's even better, but, at least one means I think it's definitely worth a watch and is amazing; more than one means that I think it's amazing AND relevant and a 'MUST' watch.

 

Spiritually Inclined/Enlightening/Mystical Films:

 

 

 

Moby Dick (killing the white whale/illusion)

 

I love to see a re-make of Moby Dick based on Jed McKenna's Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment... where McKenna interweaves the inherent spirituality of "Moby-Dick".

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I have seen many movies from your list. I think I saw some fragments from Into the wormhole, I'll search for it on youtube.

Here is Carl Sagan's Cosmos on youtube:

 

 

I would recommend:

Samsara ( India-nepal coproduction)

http://youtu.be/x5aCDOt0hGI

 

 

Spring-summer-fall-winter- and spring (korean movie)

http://youtu.be/WAUpMrR1VoY

 

 

Baraka 1992

 

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.... I saw that when I was about 15...forgot all about that one! Great movie too.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon probably deserves a mention. Lots of good movies listed here. Going to have to add some of them to my list.

 

Also, these two scenes from Enter the Dragon are classic.

 

 

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