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Movies With A Spiritual Twist

The Spiritual Power of Movies

Movies are an extraordinary delivery mechanism for spiritual ideas. Further, movies with spiritual themes entertain, amaze, inspire, illuminate and empower us to examine our true selves.

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The Green Mile
 
Death Row guards at a penitentiary, in the 1930's, have a moral dilemma with their job when they discover one of their prisoners, a convicted murderer, has a special gift.
 
Paul Edgecomb is a slightly cynical veteran prison guard on Death row in the 1930's. His faith, and sanity, deteriorated by watching men live and die, Edgecomb is about to have a complete turn around in attitude. Enter John Coffey, He's eight feet tall. He has hands the size of waffle irons. He's been accused of the murder of two children... and he's afraid to sleep in a cell without a night-light. And Edgecomb, as well as the other prison guards - Brutus, a sympathetic guard, and Percy, a stuck up, perverse, and violent person, are in for a strange experience that involves intelligent mice, brutal executions, and the revelation about Coffey's innocence and his true identity.

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The Nativity Story
 
Of all the Hollywood romance movies out today, few have attempted to portray individuals who are truly in love according to Biblical standards
 
Really, when is the last time you've seen a movie about a young man with honorable intentions in his pursuit of a wife, or a lady who responds with dignity and respect?
 
We all know the story. Jesus came into this world through a couple, of whom in our modern terms might seem an unlikely pair.
 
These characters evolved for me. All we know of Joseph is that he was righteous. I deducted that he'd always make the right decision, no matter how difficult," Through her husband's constancy, Mary is made mature. "He loved her to death. His pure love for her was transforming for Mary
 

The Nativity Story is not just about the couple's 100-mile arduous trek from Nazareth to Bethlehem. There is another journey taking place.

By the time Joseph and Mary are cradling the baby Jesus, it seems unquestionable why this couple would be chosen by God for this role. They resemble a couple who have been married for 50 years

That is what dodging the onslaughts of the accusing tongues of the Nazareth villagers and deadly plots from Herod will do for you. That is what remaining sexually pure will do for you. That is what the preparing for the birth of Christ did for this couple. They grew up in their love very quickly. Truly, A righteous romance.

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Cast
 
Tom Hanks--Forrest Gump
 Gary Sinise....Lt. Dan Taylor
  Sally Field...........Mrs. Gump
Mykelti Williamson---Bubba
 Robin Wright-Penn----Jenny
 
Forrest Gump
 
 
The movie begins with a feather falling to the feet of  Forrest Gump.
 
Forrest tells the story of his life to a woman seated next to him (the listeners at the bus stop change regularly throughout his narration). Forrest is shown to have been taught much about life by his mother. Other people who play key roles in Forrest's life include Jenny Curran, a childhood friend who is physically and sexually abused by her father, Bubba Blue, a young black fisherman who serves with Forrest in the Vietnam war, and  Lieutenant Dan Taylor, under whose command Forrest and Bubba serve. (One of my favourite scences in this movie is when Lt. Dan has a "show down with God" and makes his peace.
 
The film ends with Forrest escorting his son to a schoolbus, where the father and son tell each other that they love each other. A feather in Forrest's book is blown away by the wind, and floats into the sky in the same fashion as the film's beginning

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Out Of The Woods
 
Edward Asner.......Jack Green
Jason London.....Matt Fleming
Missy Crider........Gwen Blitzer
 
Edward Asner is outstanding as the crusty curmudgeon who provides a life lesson to his grandson, a hotshot attorney played by Jason London. When the old man buys a cabin in the forest and appears on verge of squandering his fortune on the neighboring land and deeding it to Native Americans, Asner's character Jack Green is visited by his grandson who is ready to serve him legal papers that declare Jack to be legally incompetent. But the young attorney is unprepared for the wisdom to be imparted to him from his stay in the woods with his grandfather. The relationship unfolded with both humor and tenderness. Both actors should be applauded for performances that hit all the right notes. Stephen Bridgewater also needs to be credited for a deft directorial touch in a number of effective montages and the beautiful photography.

The writer Henry David Thoreau described his living experiment on Walden Pond with the words "Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity." For the young yuppie attorney who paid a visit to his grandfather's cabin, the lesson that he learned was that of simplicity and a lot more as well. There was great feeling in this film and a profound message—one that we all may learn by taking a walk in the woods.

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Just Like Heaven
 
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo
 
When David sublet his quaint San Francisco apartment, the last thing he expected was a roommate. He had only begun to make a complete mess of the place when a pretty young woman named Elizabeth suddenly shows up, adamantly insisting the apartment is hers. David assumes there's been a giant misunderstanding...until Elizabeth disappears as mysteriously as she appeared. Changing the locks does nothing to deter Elizabeth, who begins to appear and disappear at will. Convinced that she is a ghost, David tries to help Elizabeth cross over to the "other side." But while Elizabeth has discovered she can walk through walls, she is convinced that she is still alive and isn't crossing over anywhere. As Elizabeth and David search for the truth about who Elizabeth is and how she came to be in her present state, their relationship deepens into love. Unfortunately, they have very little time before their prospects for a future together permanently fade away.
Genres: Comedy and Romance
Release Date:  September 16th, 2005 (wide).
MPAA Rating:   PG-13 for some sexual content.
Distributor:   DreamWorks SKG

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Michael
 
Frank Quinlan and Huey Driscoll, two reporters from a Chicago-based tabloid, along with Dorothy Winters, an 'angel expert', are asked to travel to rural Iowa to investigate a claim from an old woman that she shares her house with a real, live archangel named Michael. Upon arrival, they see that her claims are true - but Michael is not what they expected: he smokes, drinks beer, has a very active libido and has a rather colourful vocabulary. In fact, they would never believe it were it not for the two feathery wings protruding from his back. Michael agrees to travel to Chicago with the threesome, but what they don't realise is that the journey they are about to undertake will change their lives forever.
 
Michael (1996)
John Travolta, William Hurt, Andie MacDowell, Robert Pastorelli Rating: TV-PG-D
 
QUOTABLES

Michael: Remember what John and Paul said.
Frank Quinlan: The apostles?
Michael: No, the Beatles. All you need is love.

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City of Angels
 
Directed by
Brad Silberling

Writing credits 
Wim Wenders(screenplay) &
Peter Handke(screenplay) 
 
Nicolas Cage.... Seth
Meg Ryan....... Maggie Rice

 

What if angels walked amoung us, and one of them fell in love with us?

 
Seth, an angel watching over Los Angeles, begins finding his job difficult as he falls in love with Maggie, a beautiful heart surgeon. She becomes interested in Seth, and soon his not-quite-mortal state seems a barrier rather than a gift. A choice must be made between celestial duty and earthly love.

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Purgatory

Directed by: Uli Edel

 

Purgatory is a down-and-dirty Western with a twist The Twilight Zone's Rod Serling would have loved. A band of 19th-century desperadoes, led by the monstrous Blackjack Britton (Eric Roberts), takes a wrong turn while fleeing a posse and rides into an otherworldly, off-the-map town called Refuge. Sedate, almost repressed, and guarded by an unarmed sheriff (Sam Shepard), Refuge is a weird haven of hospitality with no jail, a literate shopkeeper (J.D. Souther), an erudite dandy of a doctor (Randy Quaid), a restless deputy (Donnie Wahlberg), and a beautiful young woman (Amelia Heinle) with no apparent family. In short order, Blackjack figures Refuge is his for the plundering. But the youngest of his gang, the innocent Sonny (Brad Rowe), slowly realizes the town's residents are, in fact, dead legends of the American West--Wild Bill Hickok (Shepard), Doc Holliday (Quaid), Jesse James (Souther), among others--spending a violence-free interim before being taken to Heaven (or Hell if they fail). A purely fun  piece of fanciful adventure, Purgatory's colorful cast plays the whole thing straight and gives this made-for-cable film (directed by Uli Edel of Last Exit to Brooklyn) some exciting, six-gun grit and emotional authenticity

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Cast Away
 
 A Riveting Adventure of Body and Spirit
Director : Robert Zemeckis

Starring : Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy, Chris Noth, Lari White, Geoffrey Blake, Jenifer Lewis

 
At the edge of the world, his journey begins.
CAST AWAY celebrates the idea that no matter how many obstacles are thrown in our paths, we will find ways to accept them. The story is not so much about the survival of a human being, but rather the survival of the human spirit.

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Sleepless In Seattle

What if someone you never met, someone you never saw, someone you never knew was the only someone for you?

In this old-fashioned romantic comedy by Nora Ephron ('You've Got Mail'), a reporter crosses America and relies on destiny to find a man she's never met or seen after hearing his young son on a radio show trying to match him up with a new wife.

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Return To Me

Rated PG for language and thematic elements
Writers: Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake
Director: Bonnie Hunt
Starring: David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Carroll O’Connor and Bonnie Hunt

 

Bob Rueland, a Chicago building contractor, cherishes life with his veterinarian wife until she is tragically killed in an automobile accident. Meanwhile the family and friends of Grace Briggs, a waitress at a local Italian restaurant, are overjoyed when they learn that Grace will finally get a replacement heart (the heart of Bob's wife). Both Bob and Grace struggle to maintain normal lives after these traumatic events, until fate intervenes and brings them together.

This movie also raises spiritual questions such as when one donates an organ does their essence travel with it? Do the organs retain at least an inkling of your soul’s electric signature and leave a part of you with the recipient? Also can animals recognize that essence?

 



"Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God"

1 Corinthians 27-28