The movie “Infinity” has a beautiful secondary theme of belief in some supernatural but most of such “beings” are simply cultural super personalities that hold concepts and ideas of being a part of a much bigger universe. Along with such concepts that allow universal thinking come mathematics. https://youtu.be/oXGm9Vlfx4w is the trailer.
Stigmata, the movie, was and remains a powerful symbolic film of a tortured humanity through the sheer political absurdity of “the church”. Here an atheist receives marks of christ as St. Francis of Assisi is imagined to have received. The poor hairdresser, Patricia Arcett, is caught in dealing the principalities and political powers that invade her life.
V for Vendetta, the movie, remains an authoritarian classic, powerful for its portrayal of inflicted pain, loss of life, and demagogary of the leader.
Davinci Code is great, especially knowing the Bible is as false as any other imagination. Yet, hope, and love are possible.
Finally, Contact, a Carl Sagan inspirted search for life beyond (SETI) is a worthy film. What is love? God? Science? On trial. Can you find some of the weak points in the script?
Name some of your favorites.
The only one I can think of—and it’s a stretch to call it religious or spiritially themed, at least not deliberately——but the Wizard of Oz is a great film that demonstrates the “Man behind the emerald curtain” who is a fraud who fools everyone.” I saw the analogy to the “god” even at a young age, when I was still an indocrtrinated believer. Maybe it even planted a seed.
Yes, I had the same experience with the Wizard of Oz. It seemed so blatant a commentary on belief in God I wondered how it got past the censors. Of course, believers would say it only applied to fake wizards, not the “real” god.
2001: A Space Odyssey. The novels have no spiritual impact, but seeing the movie without reading them (which was the case when I first saw it) did, for me, in that it emphasized how far we’ve come and how far we’ve yet to go; the vastness of the universe and the existence of other beings—or even a supreme being—greatly superior to us but completely unlike us and our gods, and the possibility of transformation. Poorly put but I hope you get the idea.
I suppose I’d have to count “Lord of the Rings” as spiritual in theme, though. It has these characters fighting against a seemingly unbeatable foe, and really all they have in their favor is their courage and determination not to lie down and die. That really inspires me when I’m tempted to take the easy way out.
Speaking of which… I’ve been seeing Elijah Wood lately on commercials for a new BBC series he appears in. You have to feel a little sorry for him, don’t you? Look at it this way—his lead role in “Lord of the Rings” was a once-in-a-lifetime role, and he’s already done it. For the rest of his life, he’ll be known as “the guy who played Frodo”.
I’ve been seeing Elijah Wood lately on commercials for a new BBC series he appears in. You have to feel a little sorry for him, don’t you? Look at it this way—his lead role in “Lord of the Rings” was a once-in-a-lifetime role, and he’s already done it. For the rest of his life, he’ll be known as “the guy who played Frodo”.
Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc, by virtue of it’s amazing technique, close-ups and powerful, haunting score (that was added a few years back).
It also reveals the utter brutality of a religious establishment that not’s too different now; though I can’t think of anyone who’s been burned at the stake recently.
I can’t honestly say any have had a “impact” on me, certainly not in the sense of changing how I feel about religion but yes, any movie well done can be both entertaining and enjoyable.
Hopefully one day someone will produce one about The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and no doubt, It will win an Oscar.