What is Movie Magic to you? #Blogg100

Why is movies important? And why are they just not mindless entertainment? For me they are maybe the most important storytelling tool we have here on planet Earth to communicate a better vision for our common future. We are just using them wrong ūüôā

Find out more in my posts:
The Elysium Future [What we can Imagine –> We can Build]
and
Pacific Grim [A Rim Vision of the Future]
and
Cloud Atlas [Is your life a Drop in the Bucket?]
and

Jupiter Is Descending [Make Better Art]

#068 [LXVIII]
Movie Magic [Super Teams FTW]

For me Movies is Magic. The best movies I have seen has made me come out from the movie theater High as a Kite jumping over benches and walls in the best parkour style. I can remember ever detail of coming out from an early screening of The Matrix in spring 1999. One of the best movies ever. Later that fall after seeing it 3 more times me and my brother hosted a Matrix party in honor. Giving birth to my Residual Self Image and the haircut I still have today.

As I write this I’m sitting and watching the Oscars. Although not unexpected. I notice that The best movie of 2012 does only have 1 nomination. I am a guilty Geek and a long time Marvel fan of course. So it’s no¬†surprise that the movie I’m talking about is¬†the masterpiece by Joss Whedon,¬†The Avengers.¬†It’s an outrage as it’s the top 3 grossing movie of all time following¬†Avatar¬†and¬†Titanic.¬†

For me The Avengers is about coming together as a Super Team. A Team of divers members with different view points. Who can take on an impossible task and come through.

The Avengers

Geek love

Some of my favorite movies are really odd ones like Spy Game. But in The Avenges I’m not alone. Judging by all the geek love it has gotten and all the millions of people who have gone and seen it more than once, including me.

Other favorite movies of 2012 is Cloud Atlas, A Royal Affair and The Intouchables.

Here you can see all my favorite movies on the Swedish site Filmtipset.

What is Movie Magic to you?

@LordSillion

Cloud Atlas [Is your life a Drop in the Bucket?] #Blogg100

I have now seen Cloud Atlas several times and it is the best movie to come out in many years IMHO. The  Wachowskis did such great job not selling out to the false assumption that storytelling is just dumb entertainment. Read this Interview with them about it: The Wachowskis explain how Cloud Atlas unplugs people from the Matrix. Storytelling always has been and always will be at the heart of what it is to be human. And Cloud Atlas is a masterpiece in telling a fine story about what is important in life as I will discuss below.

Also check out why I think Storytelling is so important in my posts about Elysium and Pacific Rim

#070 [LXX]
Do our choices define us? [Agency and Kindness]

So the big question this movie asks me is:

Do our choices define us?
Or are they just a rationalization of the mind who can do nothing but apply agency to everything?

Composing is a crusade. Sometimes you slay the dragon. Sometime it slays you

Composing is a crusade. Sometimes you slay the dragon. Sometime it slays you

Life Deeds

Batou

Batou

I’ll start with a quote from my favorite character in the movie Ghost in the Shell.

“That’s all it is: information. Even a simulated experience or a dream; simultaneous reality and fantasy. Any way you look at it, all the information that a person accumulates in a lifetime is just a drop in the bucket.” — Batou, Ghost in The Shell

This is the movie that inspired the Wachowski brothers the most when making The Matrix. So here we are moving our focus right back at the latest Wachowski movie: Cloud Atlas and one of the best quotes:

“Haskell Moore: There is a natural order to this world, and those who try to upend it do not fare well. This movement will never survive, if you join them you and your entire family will be shunned. At best you will exist at pariah to be spat at and beaten, at worse to be lynched or crucified. And for what, for what, no matter what you do it will never amount to anything more than a single drop in a limitless ocean.
Adam Ewing: What is an ocean but a multitude of drops?”

All the drops in this world

A far bigger pond of Drops. And yet we get the feeling that when moving together we can create the greatest of waves. As we can see in the next 2 quotes

“Dr. Henry Goose: Our lives and our choices, each encounter, suggest a new potential direction. Yesterday my life was headed in one direction. Today, it is headed in another. Fear, belief, love, phenomena that determined the course of our lives. These forces begin long before we are born and continue long after we perish. Yesterday, I believe I would have never have done what I did today. I feel like something important has happened to me. Is this possible?

“The nature of our immortal lives is in the consequences of our words and deeds, that go on and are pushing themselves throughout all time. Our lives are not our own, from womb to tomb, we’re bound to others. Past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” — Sonmi-451

Your whole life is just a Story [From Womb to Tomb]

Weeeee. I just love this kind of Stories and what they carry with them to me ūüôā
And why is it that so many movie critics and reviewers often seem to forget that it’s all about the¬†Storytelling.
I blog more about the importance of storytelling in: Engage in Storytelling and This is Your Story. And that all your brain experiences of the world from “from womb to tomb” is just stories.

“Some say to believe in destiny is to dismiss the role of free will.
That Self-determination cannot prevail in the presence of fate.
When the Truth is, the only part of destiny we can control,
is the fate we choose for another.” — Emily Thorn, Revenge

Emily Thorne

Emily Thorne

I think that we must be kind to each others in our choices and in our actions. Kindness will ripple through the Networked society and just maybe, just maybe, it will conquer Greed and Corruption. At least it is a Crusade worth going on. An Epic Quest to be proud of.

Now you must continue to make your choices and tell your story. And remember that you do not make your choices nor tell your story alone. You do this together with others.

@LordSillion
Holistic Thinking Ninja

Be mindful about your own future #Blogg100

#087 [LXXXVII]
Are you on the right path towards your future? [√Ąr du p√• r√§tt sp√•r mot din egen framtid?]

If you like History and Movies go see Lincon.

Today I saw¬†Lincon¬†the movie in the cinema. This is the third movie about Lincon that I have seen in a short while. The other 2 are¬†The Conspirator¬†and¬†Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. None of these 3 movies are true. You can never retell the Truth. Just a mere truthy tale. Guess which one is most fictionalized? ūüėČ

Never the less.¬†They all had interesting things to tell me about history and what it means to be a “human” (Not a vampire) both then and now.¬†They all made me think!

Other historical movies I have seen lately and recommend is A Royal Affair and The Raven.
[Andra historiska filmer som jag sett på sistone och kan rekommenderar är A Royal Affair och The Raven.]

I love this kind of storytelling that brings me back in time. It makes me think about the Future.

Past and Future

Today was also the RSA event The World Until Yesterday: What we can learn from traditional societies. For now you find info on Twitter until the event podcast is published. What I personally take away from it today is:

When building tomorrows¬†society¬†we must preserve our cultural past in a way that… ¬†Fuses the best lessons from the Past with the values of Today. And then combines it with¬†the best ideas from tomorrows Science Fiction thinking.

We must then tell the story about this tomorrows society. Using the best Storytellers today. So that all may believe it to be a possible. A goal for all humankind on Planet Earth.

The Sea today

The Sea today

Pecha Kucha night

Tonight also was Pecha Kucha Night in Gothenburg. I went there to be inspired for my own speech on thursday and meet one of my best new friends @MikuMaria.

[SWE]
Innan dess var jag p√• en re-release av boken “Hur blir man rik p√• riktigt“. Hur f√•r man ihop ett h√•llbart livspussel. Efter en fr√•gestund hade vi en liten workshop d√§r vi fick sitta tysrta i 5 minuter och fundera p√• 2 fr√•gor:
1. Vad innebär det för mig att vara rik på riktigt?
2. Vad längtar jag efter för närvarande? [What do I long for at the moment?]

Be mindful about what is important for you

Take a moment  for yourself and sit quiet for 5 minutes and think about these 2 questions below. When you are done select all the text on this page to see my answers and compare them to yours. On a mobile device click this link.

[What does it mean for me to be rich for real?]
1. I want to feel close to my family and friends. I want to spend time with them and feel joy with them doing the things I love like dancing, exercise and playing games.

[What do I long for at the moment?]
2. I want to feel loved for who I am and for the tings I do for others. I want to spread my message about fellowship and community that I talk about in my blogs.

My other 2 blogs:
28 ways to get a better Life!
A Sustainable Future with Co-Op. My Handbook for new skills that we need

@LordSillion