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General discussion about what's out for the couch.

I'm searching for something inspirational
Topic by: ChiyoDad
Posted: December 27, 2004 - 4:34 PM PST
Last Reply: January 15, 2005 - 5:24 AM PST

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author topic: I'm searching for something inspirational
post #21  on December 30, 2004 - 5:50 PM PST  
I personally think Gattaca would be the perfect choice in this instance. It's about a guy who overcomes his own genetic "weaknesses" (as seen by society) to make his dreams come true. Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman actually weren't annoying.

It didn't do very well at the box office, but that only proves that people in general are stupid.
post #22  on December 30, 2004 - 5:57 PM PST  
Ok I read them all this time. Verry Sloowly.
Two themes come to mind:
1. The doctor is in -- any Clint Eastwood film. Perhaps the Eiger Sanction.
2. Redemption: Leap of Faith (one of my all time favorites), A New Leaf, and (literally up from the ash-heap) My Man Godfrey.
post #23  on December 30, 2004 - 6:59 PM PST  
Judging from the situation he's seeking inspiration for, perhaps Life of Brian? :)

And what do people dislike so much about Empire of the Sun? And why does hearing that title make me think of Power of One, instead?
post #24  on December 31, 2004 - 2:53 AM PST  
Well, I'd have to say that Empire was one of Spielberg's most visually rich films... you can really see his "film artist" mojo working there, like in the costume party scene at the beginning with the image of the skeleton guy moving in the background. In that sense I liked it a lot, but still, it's just a Spielberg film.

I think the main thing about it I don't like is a complaint I have with a lot of films of his. I strongly disagree with what he seems to think of as "cute" children. I find most of his juvenile casting choices (and his directing of children and female adult actors in general) to be a bit "off"... it's hard to describe... Hmm... mostly mugging and screaming? In any case, I found it hard to sympathize with the boy in Empire of the Sun, and that seemed to be the key to liking the film, no? With Empire Spielberg just proved that he's not quite a Kurosawa, or even a Nagisa Oshima...

Speaking of Kurosawa, I say for non-denominational inspiration go directly to Ikiru. This is Japan's answer to It's a Wonderful Life.

For non-denominational but non-secular I recommend Ah, My Goddess Movie. Pure love between a boy and a girl saves the world.

For denominational and non-secular, Tokyo Godfathers. Full of divine intervention.
post #25  on January 1, 2005 - 10:08 AM PST  
vision quest
almost famous
post #26  on January 1, 2005 - 6:59 PM PST  
Try out "You've got mail." (I think that's what it's called) It's about how there's still magic in the world. That's the vibe I got.
post #27  on January 1, 2005 - 8:07 PM PST  
> On December 29, 2004 - 3:34 PM PST ChiyoDad wrote:
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> Thanks for the warning about Wolf's Rain. I've been curious about this series but I think I'll postpone watching it for a while.
> ---------------------------------

Am I the only one who thinks most anime are depressing? Stay away from Jin-Roh!!

How about something fun like "Love's Labour's Lost" or "Much Ado About Nothing", both with Kenneth Branagh?
post #28  on January 1, 2005 - 10:34 PM PST  
> On December 30, 2004 - 5:32 PM PST KPman1 wrote:
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> @Underdog:
> Dbooher likes to be smacked around a lot. (It's a chick thing.)
So many bleeps yet so little of KPman1 to degrade...

post #29  on January 9, 2005 - 11:25 PM PST  
I watched Whale Rider recently and was thinking how similar it was to Mulan. Hm....
post #30  on January 10, 2005 - 6:06 PM PST  
Inspirational (for you), ChiyoDad?

If you find that you like Office Space try this.

Sweet markhl's suggestion is a good one, but I am surprised that no one has mentioned the first three Rocky movies or Lucas.
post #31  on January 15, 2005 - 5:24 AM PST  
When the world proves once again how unfair it is, I find nothing more cathartic than a good Godzilla stomping.

I suggest Destroy All Monsters and Godzilla 2000.

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