The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

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Please Tell Me Your Favorite Movies/Movie Stars!!

Postby yawares » Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:44 am

:heart: Dear Members :heart:

I owned almost all DVD-movies of Harrison Ford/Richard Gere/Michael Douglas/Bruce Willis/Arnold 'Terminator'/Alec Baldwin/Paul Walker/Chris Evans/Ben Afleck.[/color]

Yesterday I watched a very good movie PAPARAZZI : Action film star Bo Laramie (Cole Hauser) seems to have it all: beautiful wife, adoring son and a Malibu beach house. But his newfound fame comes with a price? he's the target of paparazzi bent on making Bo and his loved ones fodder for the tabloids. Led by a photographer, Rex (Tom Sizemore), the paparazzi become increasingly relentless, until one night their ruthless actions turn Bo and his family into victims of a terrible accident. With the police unable to help, Bo seeks vengeance on his own? and the paparazzi start falling...one by one.[/color]

Old movies that I like very much: Roman Holiday/South Pacific/Ben Hur/Planet Of The Apes/Blue Hawaii/G.I.BLUES etc.

:heart: Please tell me your favorite movies/movie stars,
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Re: Please Tell Me Your Favorite Movies/Movie Stars!!

Postby Mr Man » Sat Aug 04, 2012 3:44 pm

My favorite movies are all oldies -
1: Some like it hot
2: High Noon
3: Casablanca

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Re: Please Tell Me Your Favorite Movies/Movie Stars!!

Postby Modus.Ponens » Sat Aug 04, 2012 4:49 pm

I like

1st- American Beauty
2nd- Fight Club
3rd- Inception

I also like Contact, Idioterne, Dead Poets Society, The Lord of the Rings, Cube, Spider, Solaris, The Devil's Advocate, 12 Monkeys, Inglorious Basterds, Amélie, Borat (the best comedy movie ever made), Bruno, V for Vendetta, Pulp Fiction, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Snatch, American History X and Big Fish.

Movie stars: I like Jack Nicholson, Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Samuel L. Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow, etc.
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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby Hanzze » Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:59 am



Anybody have seen this film? Looks somehow very tibetan.
Just that! *smile*
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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby beeblebrox » Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:17 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31WEBwFpULg

"The Fourth Dimension," it's a collection of three films. The second one (Chronoeye) is the best out of three, and I think worth watching... you can skip to it (29:33). The guy wasn't happy even while looking through the eye of Jesus.

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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby alan... » Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:54 am

so are we ever going to get a good quality "life of buddha" film that is a regular movie (ie: not a documentary)?

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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby lilawheel » Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:34 pm

The Big Lebowski is subject of a new book--it's more Mahayana. 'The Dude Abides'

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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby alan... » Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:55 pm

don't know if anyone knows but there's a great cartoon buddha movie called "legend of buddha" out right now that is really great.

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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby Benjamin » Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:40 am

I recently watched the new film by Ron Fricke, Samsara, and it has its fair share of Dhamma. It has no narration, no dialogue, but plenty to say through its footage.




Baraka, by the same creator, is also highly recommended.
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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby alan... » Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:54 am

Benjamin wrote:I recently watched the new film by Ron Fricke, Samsara, and it has its fair share of Dhamma. It has no narration, no dialogue, but plenty to say through its footage.




Baraka, by the same creator, is also highly recommended.


i've been interested in this movie but wary as from the trailer i don't see dhamma. can you specify what is dhamma in it?

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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby Śūnyatā » Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:18 am

alan... wrote:i've been interested in this movie but wary as from the trailer i don't see dhamma. can you specify what is dhamma in it?


"Whether a tree, a mountain or an animal (or the movie Samsara), it's all Dhamma, everything is Dhamma." — Ajahn Chah (with a slight remix by Sun). :)

A potent movie, in my humble opinion. Not as strong as Baraka... but powerful nonetheless. My personal favorite part was watching the Tibetan monks mindfully work on a sand mandala... and then wipe it all away.

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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby beeblebrox » Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:21 pm

Hi,

The Guan Yin dancers in the trailer are deaf themselves. They've been doing tours of that from China, for a long while (though I think the dancers change). Many people seem to really like it, but I've seen some people say that they think it's creepy. Why? Beats me... seems like it's the nature of Samsara. People view things in different ways.

To me, this dance seems to nearly transcend the samsara itself, becoming nirvana. For something like that to be possible, there has to be a freedom from greed (for the conditions that are desired), aversion (to the conditions which is undesired), and possibly delusion (trying to exist apart from the conditions). Of course, that is just my view... conditioned by a regular practice within the Triple Jewels.

Is that Dhammic enough for you, Alan? :tongue:

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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby alan... » Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:32 pm

Śūnyatā wrote:
alan... wrote:i've been interested in this movie but wary as from the trailer i don't see dhamma. can you specify what is dhamma in it?


"Whether a tree, a mountain or an animal (or the movie Samsara), it's all Dhamma, everything is Dhamma." — Ajahn Chah (with a slight remix by Sun). :)

A potent movie, in my humble opinion. Not as strong as Baraka... but powerful nonetheless. My personal favorite part was watching the Tibetan monks mindfully work on a sand mandala... and then wipe it all away.

Image

With warmth :
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ah. i see, the trailer i saw had a couple of dhamma related things but mainly showed random things from other traditions or just human experience. so it seemed to be just a movie about life without any specific focus on a particular spiritual tradition. is it leaning toward buddhism or is it just a broad movie about life?

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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby Benjamin » Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:43 am

alan... wrote: It seemed to be just a movie about life without any specific focus on a particular spiritual tradition. is it leaning toward buddhism or is it just a broad movie about life?


It is a broad movie about life, not just Buddhism, but life and the dhamma are of course inseparably linked. This movie by no means makes it hard to find either (lots of contrasts between cultures and ideals to be seen and analyzed).
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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby alan... » Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:06 am

Benjamin wrote:
alan... wrote: It seemed to be just a movie about life without any specific focus on a particular spiritual tradition. is it leaning toward buddhism or is it just a broad movie about life?


It is a broad movie about life, not just Buddhism, but life and the dhamma are of course inseparably linked. This movie by no means makes it hard to find either (lots of contrasts between cultures and ideals to be seen and analyzed).


oh okay cool that's enough for me. thanks.

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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby FatDaddy » Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:21 pm

lilawheel wrote:The Big Lebowski is subject of a new book--it's more Mahayana. 'The Dude Abides'


I have not read the book yet but after years of being obsessed with this movie, I finally see an authentic dhammic connection: in spite of his complete lack of classical discipline, The Dude does not create kamma. With violence, greed and nihilism surrounding him, he remains unaffected. It's something to aspire to, regardless of your path.
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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby alan... » Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:39 pm

FatDaddy wrote:
lilawheel wrote:The Big Lebowski is subject of a new book--it's more Mahayana. 'The Dude Abides'


I have not read the book yet but after years of being obsessed with this movie, I finally see an authentic dhammic connection: in spite of his complete lack of classical discipline, The Dude does not create kamma. With violence, greed and nihilism surrounding him, he remains unaffected. It's something to aspire to, regardless of your path.


the dude and the zen master

i'm intrigued. seems more interesting and somewhat serious as opposed to mostly silly dude de ching, which is still really cool and i like that as well but this book seems a little more for real.

EDIT: apparently jeff bridges is a buddhist of sorts, so even more reason to think this book may be a good read:

http://www.tricycle.com/feature/natural?page=0,0

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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby Doshin » Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:04 pm

Cloud Atlas:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1371111/

"An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. "

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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby makarasilapin » Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:39 pm

Hanzze wrote:

Anybody have seen this film? Looks somehow very tibetan.


i own it. it's OK. i can send it to you if you want to pay for shipping :P

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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby Mindstar » Sun May 12, 2013 9:50 am

A documentary well worth to watch:

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The nights and days does neither touch nor burn him. He sees nothing in this world
that is to be kept or lost.. Therefore his mind dwells in goodwill and gentle kindness
towards all beings until he falls asleep.
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