• Wild Wild Country on Netflix now. Docu series about Bhagawan Shree Rajneesh (Osho)

    Worth a look

  • Hunt For The Wilderpeople (on Netflix). Surprisingly funny, lovely scenery, and heart warming story. Sam Neill is really good, and so is the little chubby fella.

  • Also the new Star Trek series on Netflix, once past the exposition in the first episode, is good. Got a darker edge than the older series. I'm liking it so far. I like the girl out of Walking Dead...won't give spoilers...
  • Watched Blade Runner 2049, I thought it was good. Dark, dystopian, bleak and very cruel in parts but also moving, thought provoking, brilliant cinematography - what does it mean to have a soul.
  • Lovely trailer for Awaken, due out 2018. Seems to be in the same vein as Baraka, Samsara, and Koyaanisqatsi, all of which I really liked, so will be keeping an eye out for this one.

  • This looks good. Doctor Strange

    Plus article linked below...

    In order to participate in the dynamics of the higher world, Dr. Strange has to go through a lengthy and demanding training, not unlike, his master explains, the formation he went through to become a neurosurgeon. But now he has to leave his ego aside and surrender to something he can’t entirely understand. This disciplining of the grasping self, of course, is at the heart of monastic and spiritual traditions the world over. Therefore, in the measure that it reminds young people that there is more to reality than meets the eye and in the measure that it encourages them to embark upon a properly spiritual path, Doctor Strange performs, I would argue, an important service. 

  • The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson

    Excellent Julien Temple  documentary about Wilko. Poetic, surreal.

    Second part loads automatically after first part watched at ....

  • Really lovely, inspiring documentary ~ Tashi and the Monk

    TASHI AND THE MONK from Pilgrim Films on Vimeo.

    In a remote region of the Indian Himalayas, Lobsang Phuntsok, formerly a Buddhist monk, has dedicated his life to rescuing unwanted, orphaned and needy children. He cares for and educates them at a unique, donor-supported community called Jhamtse Gatsal (Tibetan for ‘garden of love and compassion’), which houses around 90 children and their caretakers. Abandoned as a child and taken in at a Buddhist monastery, Lobsang now strives to give vulnerable youngsters the loving father figure and the experience of childhood that he feels he missed. Tashi and the Monk follows Lobsang as he balances pleas for help from nearby families with the Jhamtse Gatsal’s limited resources. Meanwhile, he’s faced with a difficult recent arrival, five-year-old Tashi who is a restless cyclone of a girl, prone to spitting, hitting, pushing and crying.

    Winner of the 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Documentary, Tashi and the Monk is at once uplifting and heartbreaking as it contemplates the many challenges – and remarkable rewards – of making compassion truly the centre of one’s life.

    From an interview with Phuntsok...

     Our older kids that have been here for nine years — we started in 2006 — and these kids become one of the most amazing agent of change. So I know that these kids will go out someday, and they will do much better than what I am doing right now.

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  • Really good feature length animation ~ Kubo and the Two Strings.

    Even though it's rated for children, it might not suit younger ones as the imagery can be quite dark. 

  • ''Snowden'' by Oliver Stone. This movie will be out in September and I think it will be well worth a watch. Here is trailer....

    And this is an article about Stone making the movie...which is very interesting.

    "We moved to Germany, because we did not feel comfortable in the U.S.," the director says about his upcoming movie about government whistle-blower Edward Snowden, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. 

    Fears of interference by the National Security Agency led Oliver Stone to shoot Snowden, his upcoming movie about government whistle-blower Edward Snowden, outside the United States. 

    "We moved to Germany, because we did not feel comfortable in the U.S.," Stone said on March 6, speaking before an audience at the Sun Valley Film Festival in Idaho, in a Q&A moderated byThe Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Galloway. "We felt like we were at risk here. We didn't know what the NSA might do, so we ended up in Munich, which was a beautiful experience." 

    Even there, problems arose with companies that had connections to the U.S., he said: "The American subsidiary says, 'You can't get involved with this; we don't want our name on it.' So BMW couldn't even help us in any way in Germany." 

    While in Sun Valley, the three-time Oscar winner held a private screening of Snowden for an invited audience of around two dozen. Those who attended the screening, at the former home of Ernest Hemingway, included actress Melissa Leo, who plays documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras. 

    Guests were required to sign non-disclosure agreements, but that did not prevent three of them from speaking to this reporter. All praised the work-in-progress. "What he did that's so brilliant is, he gave this kid's whole back story, so you really like him," said one audience member. 

    When Stone (whose films include PlatoonBorn on the Fourth of July and Wall Street) was first approached to make the movie, he hesitated. He had been working on another controversial subject, about the last few years in the life of Martin Luther King Jr., and did not immediately wish to tackle something that incendiary again.

    "Glenn Greenwald [the journalist who worked with Poitras to break the Snowden story] asked me some advice and I just wanted to stay away from controversy," he said. "I didn't want this. Be that as it may, a couple of months later, the Russian lawyer for Snowden contacts me via my producer. The Russian lawyer told me to come to Russia and wanted me to meet him. One thing led to another, and basically I got hooked."

    In Moscow, Stone met multiple times with Snowden, who has been living in exile in Russia since evading the U.S. government's attempts to arrest him for espionage. "He's articulate, smart, very much the same," he said. "I've been seeing him off and on for a year — actually, more than that. I saw him last week or two weeks ago to show him the final film." 

    He added: "He is consistent: he believes so thoroughly in reform of the Internet that he has devoted himself to this cause ... Because of the Russian hours, he stays up all night. He's a night owl, and he's always in touch [with the outside world], and he's working on some kind of constitution for the Internet with other people. So he's very busy. And he stays in that 70-percent-computer world. He's on another planet that way. His sense of humor has gotten bigger, his tolerance. He's not really in Russia in his mind — he's in some planetary position up there. And Lindsay Mills, the woman he's loved for 10 years — really, it's a serious affair — has moved there to be with him." 

    Spending time with Snowden, and researching what happened to him, Stone said, "It's an amazing story. Here's a young man, 30 years old at that time, and he does something that's so powerful. Who at 30 years old would do that, sacrificing his life in that way? We met with him many times in Moscow, and we did a lot more research, and we went ahead." He added, "I think he's a historical figure of great consequence." 

    Despite the director's involvement in the movie, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden and Shailene Woodley as Mills, "No studio would support it," he said. "It was extremely difficult to finance, extremely difficult to cast. We were doing another one of these numbers I had done before, where preproduction is paid for by essentially the producer and myself, where you're living on a credit card." 

    Eventually, financing came through from France and Germany. "The contracts were signed, like eight days before we started," he noted. "It's a very strange thing to do [a story about] an American man, and not be able to finance this movie in America. And that's very disturbing, if you think about its implications on any subject that is not overtly pro-American. They say we have freedom of expression; but thought is financed, and thought is controlled, and the media is controlled. This country is very tight on that, and there's no criticism allowed at a certain level. You can make movies about civil rights leaders who are dead, but it's not easy to make one about a current man." 

    Snowden opens in the U.S. on September 16.

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