Into Great Silence (2005) — At two hours and forty-five minutes, Into Great Silence is a marathon of… quiet. It is a documentary about life in a Carthusian monastery. Continue reading “Into Great Silence: A glimpse of Carthusian monastic life”
The Fountain (2006)
Death is the road to awe.
How many movies would contain that line? Visually entrancing, peppered with thought-provoking moments, and hauntingly scored by Clint Mansell and the Kronos Quartet, The Fountain is nevertheless far from flawless. Continue reading “The Fountain: Asking what is life and what is love”
Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again (2008)
I saw Wes Nisker perform in Oakland, CA in 2012 and was struck by his combination of comedy and cutting philosophical observations about life. Continue reading “Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again: Wes Nisker”
Moon (2009) — A gut-wrenching identity crisis unfolds as a solitary moon miner (Sam Rockwell) suffers an accident that reveals the truth about his supposed life. Continue reading “Moon: Self doubt in outer space”
Billed as “the true story of a false prophet,” Kumare is more than a simple guru expose. New Jersey filmmaker Vikram Gandhi documents himself as he grows his hair and beard to wise-man length, polishes his yoga moves, adopts his Indian grandmother’s accent, and strikes out for Phoenix, AZ to become a guru. Continue reading “Kumare: The anti-guru film”