WORTHWHILE MOVIES ~

 

We have found great personal awakening in movies in recent years.  We are mostly into documentaries.  So many of them have opened our eyes to very different ways of looking at the human condition and how we humans are affecting humanity by our individual and collective choices.  

 

We’ve also enjoyed getting to know some filmmakers personally and seen how this mode of communication can have such a powerful effect on people.  Some suggest documentaries are satisfying the “middle space” between disillusioned individuals who feel the World is “going down the tubes and there’s nothing we can do about it” - and the valueless mainstream “news” media that has no motivation for educating the public in matters that matter, so we can make more conscious choices.

 

Below is our recommended movie list – both documentaries and “Hollywood” movies with a message.  While we do not “agree with” everything in all these, we find them thought-provoking, and with discernment, an opportunity to see the world differently than we have in the past.

 

We will keep adding to the list.  Watch.  Be inspired.  Learn.  ACT.  Let us know your thoughts.

 

 

DOCUMENTARIES ~  

THE MOVIES IN YELLOW SHOULD, IN OUR HUMBLE OPINION, BE MANDATORY VIEWING FOR EVERYONE IN THE US.

 

The Most Dangerous Man in America  (2009):  WATCH THIS MOVIE IMMEDIATELY!    THEN SHOW IT TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW UNDER THE AGE OF 25.  Perhaps they will do what all political leaders since the 1970’s have NOT done…learned from our Nation’s past mistakes (aka Vietnam)!  

 

The Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power - 2017 documentary with Al Gore:  In the ten-years since An Inconvenient Truth, mankind has done much to further damage our one, common home.  ...and, the impacts are here TODAY. not sometime in the future.  In this time, many amazing advancements of success to bring us back from the abyss have also been put in motion.  Former Vice President Al Gore takes us around the world and behind the scenes of our current situation, the hope that is real and the need that is urgent.  It is time to get inconvenient and act as if your planet depended on you...because it does!  A MUST-SEE for EVERY U.S. citizen.  (BTW, $10 for the first one to spot us in the movie!)

Merchants of Doubt - 2014 documentary :  Begins by exploring the use of public relations and "grass-roots" front organizations by the tobacco industry to cast doubt and confusion onto the U.S. population questions of tobacco safety.  The focus is how these same tactics have been at play to create "debate" rather than science-led conclusions and actions on many human health issues and, most significantly, on the subject of climate change / chaos. A stunning expose. 

Where to Invade Next? (2015 documentary) :  Michael Moore travels the word in search on solutions to issues that plague the United States...intending to "steal" the good ideas and bring them "home" - where they are desperately needed.  Issues of work, education, health care, sex, equality...all have been dealt with very differently outside the US.  And, spoiler alert:  you will not believe where most of the good ideas originated!

The Corporation  (2004):  This is the class on a social studies, civics, business management that you did NOT get in high school or college.  We thought corporations being declared “citizens” was something new.  But it was made the law of the land just after the Civil War.  Did you know major corporations solicited a retired US General in 1934 to start his own army to take over the Presidency from Franklin Roosevelt, which would have created a Fascist America?  Don’t remember learning that in school!

 

Surviving Progress  (2011):  This wonderful film carries the understanding that current models and strategies of economic growth are not practical nor sustainable.  This creates significant “food-for-thought” for the viewer – provoking an urgency for us to work collaboratively on solutions that work.

 

Money & Life (2013):  This movie will put the basics of what is going on in our financial system in clear terms and offers a compelling opportunity for all to be involved in the future of "money" that will serve that which is important in "life."  Beautifully told with a gentle invitation to action.

The Little Soul and the Sun  (2008):  This $19.95 DVD of a children fable taught us more about life than many of the multi-thousand dollar seminars and workshops we’ve attended in recent years!  The animated story and the “insight” piece by creator Neale Donald Walsch is a powerful lesson for us all:  “there are no victims!”  Watch this movie!

 

Big Charity - The Death of America's Oldest Hospital (2014 documentary):  The story of New Orleans' Charity Hospital.  Why important?  A deep history of serving the urban poor of central New Orleans for nearly 300 years.  ...and ,a deeper story of ONE of the many examples of what Naomi Klein refers to in her latest book as, the chaos capitalists, using the opportunity of a "public shock" -in this case Hurricane Katrina - to bring in "private sector solutions" despite their impact on the most oppressed of our citizens.  It is also a story of great heroism by everyday health care professionals in amazingly hectic circumstances. 

The Impossible Flight (2015): This ambitious quest with two intrepid pilots and a team of brilliant engineers, meteorologists, and flight controllers as they design, construct, and fly around the world, the first zero-fuel, solar-powered airplane.  In March 2015, the launch of the Solar Impulse II was the culmination of a 13-year bold endeavor to push the boundaries of human flight and demonstrate the potential for renewable energy.

 

The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and The Collapse of the American Dream (2004):  WOW!  What an eye-opener.  This one will make you think.  How did we get to "peak oil" and what might be the future, as we continue to ignore the reality of our Western culture dependence on oil and our addition to our "American Dream" in the suburbs?  Another "talk-amongst-yourselves" movie. 

 

Happy  (2012):  This is a GREAT movie.  Exploring what it is that really makes people happy.  

 

Zeitgeist – The Movie (2007), Zeitgeist – Addendum (2008) and Zeitgeist – Moving Forward (2011):  An internet movie series and movement that expanded our awareness of much of what goes on in the world – and why.  The series is controversial and contains some conspiracy ideas, however, it shines light on critical issues of our times and opens awareness to questioning what we are “told” to believe.  Highly recommended.

 

Finding Joe  (2011):  We had not even heard of Joseph Campbell a couple months ago…now this great spirit of our time is everywhere we look!  This very contemporary and well-done documentary impacted us greatly… seeing the “Hero’s Journey” in our lives.

 

Thrive: What On Earth Will It Take?  (2011):  Foster Gamble has staked his life of the conviction that the world was meant to “thrive” and WE are the answer to a great future.  But first, we need to know how/why things are working (or, actually, NOT working) today.  This movie has spawned a movement which is looking at solutions for everything from world economics to the unveiling of free energy.

 

Genetic Roulette  (2012):  This was a pivotal movie in us making different food choices.  We had already made some shifts in our food, but this really woke us up to how we have been careless with our health.  Please don’t assume the food industry OR the government are assuring our food supply is safe!

 

The Shift  (2009):  This is a very well-done movie with a number of storylines portraying the opportunities available as we “shift” our way of thinking and expressing in the world.  Wayne Dyer beautifully threads them all together.

 

Discover The Gift  (2011):  Hollywood Director Demian Lichtenstein shares his journey of discovering his gift and invites you to do the same.  This is a beautifully-crafted movie.  We have been blessed to meet Demian and to really get to know his sister Shajen Joy Aziz, a key character in his discovery.

 

Dirt  (2009):  This is a wonderful education about the most basic and taken-for-granted thing on the Earth.  We had no idea that dirt was so key to everything in the “circle-of-life” – and how the delicate balance of this “circle” has been so disrupted.

 

Food, Inc.  (2008):  Yikes!  What a lesson in corporate farming and what and how (abusing the environment, animals and employees) the agribusiness is producing “food.”  This is a vital film in understanding our US food supply ills.

 

King Corn  (2007):  "You are what you eat."  And it's a genetically-engineered, government-subsidized substance which looks like what used to be corn.  This is an invitation to look at what we are eating and how we farm in the USA.

 

Vegucated  (2011):  If you are considering being a "vegetarian" - take a look.  We moved closer to vegetarian after this great movie.

 

Forks Over Knives  (2011):  Makes a very convincing argument for a diet of "planet-based, whole food" diet with collaborating evidence by two doctors from a clinical and research-supported work.  Further personal research suggests there are holes in the film's conclusions, however, it is thought-provoking.

 

Humanity Ascending:  Our Story  (2006?):  A beautifully produced film of Barbara Marx Hubbard’s telling of “OUR story equal to the significance of Jesus’ story.”  We screened the film in cities across the Nation over 90 times in 2012 as a element of out Conscious Evolution Tour.  Love it!

 

Humanity Ascending:  Visions of a Universal Humanity  (2010?):  The movie that introduced us to Barbara Marx Hubbard.  What IF we are in the dawning of a new humanity?  What might it look like?  What are the questions that lead us there?  Answers here.  Love it!

 

The Man That Saved The World  (Aired on PBS in 2102):  Wow!  If you want evidence that we are still here on This Blue Marble for a reason, watch this film.  September 26, 1983, one man saved the world from nuclear destruction .  Thank you, Stanislav Petrov.  Watch it free online at www.pbs.org

 

Windfall  (2010):  This cinematically gorgeous film gave us a whole new understanding and view of this so-called “green energy” panacea.  Better than fossil fuels, for sure, but we must implement with thoughtful action.  Watch, learn and “discuss among yourselves.”

 

Vectors of Autism: A Documentary About Laura Nagle  (2012):  Autism experienced and explained by a 57-year-old woman living her beautiful life in a world of neurodiversity.  We learned A LOT about autism and how the world views those with the range of autistic syndrome.

 

Blood Brother  (2013):  An American twenty-something finds meaning in his life in a HIV-hostel in India.  This film touched us deeply.

 

Vultures of Tibet  (2012):  A examination of Tibetan “sky burials” and the voyeurism of Chinese tourists.  What a world culture lesson!

 

Fuel  (2010):  A regular guy spent 11 years making this movie – a great awake-up call for addiction to oil.  I didn’t know I can run my Ford pickup on biodiesel and with some readily-available add-ons, on McDonald’s leftover French fry oil.  BTW, did Rudolf Diesel REALLY “fall over” the rail of that ship in 1913?

 

An Inconvenient Truth (2006):  Everyone has an opinion of this attempt by Al Gore to reveal the situation of climate change.  Some that have opinions have actually seen it!  Eight years later.  Are we listening yet?

 

Who Killed the Electric Car?  (2006):  Hmm!  What if? Just, what if?

 

Tapping the Source  (2010):  A wonderful of finding your Source of Truth and acting on it.  Interviews with many of today’s greatest thought-leaders.

 

Spiritual Liberation  (2009):  This is not only a day-in-the-life movie of Michael Bernard Beckwith (Spiritual Director of the AGAPE International Spiritual Center), who we have come to know, respect and love; it has been an inquiry to our souls as to how to live our lives.

 

For the Next Seven Generations  (2009):  If we would just listen to our grandmothers!  This is the conversations when the wise women of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers speak.  


“HOLLYWOODS” WITH A MESSAGE ~

 

What the Bleep Do We Know?  (2009):  Do you look at the World through scientific eyes or spiritual eyes?  If your answer is “yes” to either, this movie connects those worldviews.

 

Kung Fu Panda (2008) & Kung Fu Panda 2  (2011):  If you need to know what is important in this life and your spiritual teacher is on vacation; watch these movies.

 

The Circle - 2016 fiction thriller starring Tom Hanks:  challenges the questions of personal privacy vs. connection in a current day hyper-cyber world.  It also invites the question that futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard has been pursuing her entire life - "how will the technology man has created be used for good?"  Hold onto your hats. 

Conversations with God  (2006):  A bio-pic of the turning point in Neale Donald Walsch’s life…and the genesis of his award-winning book series of the same name.

 

Defending Your Life  (1991):  Could this be what it is really like on what some call “Judgment Day” – an opportunity to explain why you made the choices you made while in your “Earth-suit.”

 

Groundhog Day  (2008):  Is this a love story with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell? …or is it a lesson about our return to Earth in a different skin-suit as many times as it takes to learn our lesson – LOVE.

 

Astral City: A Spiritual Journey  (2011):  This is a powerful story of the after-life journey to reconciliation and peace.

 

Amazing Grace  (2006):  Ever wonder where the meaning behind the song we all sing at funerals came from.  This bio-based pic is a beautifully done representation of the songwriter’s journey.  

 

FUTURE ~

 

American Visionary:  Barbara Marx Hubbard by Karen Everett  ~  Coming in 2017 !