Monday, March 26, 2012
What Happened Last Week at SpiritualityandPractice.com
• A huge winner all around! The Hunger Games took in $155 million at the box-office this weekend making it the third best debut of all time and the best for any film opening outside of summer. In our review we give three reasons why this movie is so important.
• Reflections of the excesses of contemporary society. Movies about dystopias like The Hunger Games have been around a long time. We've selected 30 of them for a special feature. Readers have told us they appreciate this chance to take a trip down memory lane to revisit those visions of the future that challenged them to soul-searching.
• How can a website have a capital campaign? We announced ours on Spirituality & Practice's 6th birthday. In 2012 we need to "rebuild" the website with the latest technology, enabling us to put on a whole "new wing." You can read our plans here and help us make this transition into our future here.
• Attention! New Yorkers. Our favorite film festival, New Directors/New Films, is on this week sponsored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art. The seven films we've reviewed will also have theatrical releases this year.
• Dancing through challenges. The dancers in Musical Chairs join the penguins in Happy Two Feet, the modern dancers in Pina, the flamenco-dancing cat in Puss in Boots, and the carefree youth in Footloose to show us the spiritual value of dancing.
• Celebrating courageous individuals. Naming the Days profiles salute Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero who was assassinated for speaking truth to power and Christian writer Flannery O'Connor who while living with a chronic illness wrote beautifully about grace.
Coming This Week
• Wise stewardship of pain. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is a poignant and emotionally literate film, now on DVD, about precocious teenager mourning the loss of his beloved father.
• The beginnings of the talking cure. A Dangerous Method, coming to DVD, is a cerebral trip with Jung and Freud, sex and cigars.
• A human rights crisis. Our God Is Undocumented: Biblical Faith and Immigrant Justice by Chad Myers and Matthew Calwell offers insights into this continuing social and political issue.
• A Tibetan Buddhist sage's wisdom. Open Heart, Open Mind is by Tsoknyi Rinpoche with Eric Swanson.
Recommended from our Wisdom Archive
• Watch The Curious Case of Benjamin Button on DVD. This unusual film depicts the wild and wonderful adventures of an oddball outsider with a strange physical condition who makes the most out of his journey through life.
• Go deeper with our Values & Visions Guide to The Color of Paradise. This Iranian film is a convincing spiritual parable about the bounties of grace and the emptiness of life not filled with gratitude to God.
• Watch Buck on DVD and Netflix Streaming. This extraordinary documentary is about a horse-whisperer whose spiritual messages and healing techniques are good medicine for all.
Resources for Your Spiritual Journey to Carry Through the Week
A Proverb to Ponder
A Vow of Kindness
A Breath Prayer to Try
A Quotation to Inspire
A Blessing From Us to You