This is a list of the films that were special to us, and that has had an affect on me. This is a living page, so check back often. Like the music page, I've set this highlight a movie of the week first. Scroll down for a list of movies referenced on the blog and for past movies of the week.  

Movie of the Moment

Faraway, So Close

Wim Wenders (1993)

September 9, 2016

See my full write-up here.

How to watch: Sorry to do this to everyone again. It's not on Amazon/iTunes/Netflix. You may have to buy it, or you could follow this link to stream it online, follow at your own risk. Can't say for how long it will be available:

Past Movies of the Week

Spirited Away

Hayao Miyazaki (2001)

September 2, 2016

I think Melissa drew a lot of inspiration in her life from this movie. I can't be certain, but I suspect that this was the film that may have started her path down Feng Shui. She would always suggest that we watch one of two movies, Spirited Away or Amelie. I always resisted, and I don't know why. 

I went back and watched Spirited Away and can say that it is incredibly deep, beautiful, and engaging. Yes, it is a Disney animated movie, but don't think for a second that it's intended solely for kids. If anything, it may be a little too deep and at times scary for you kids.

Spoilers ahead: The premise is simple, a young girl is moving to a new town and feels lost. Her parents stumble on an abandoned theme park which turns out to be a gateway to the spirit world. The theme park has a bathhouse and spa intended for the spirits of the world to come replenish themselves. The girls parents steal food intended for the spirited and are turned in to pigs for being greedy. The girl must work in the bathhouse to earn her way home and to rescue her parents. It is a amazing work, and as close to a waking dream as I have seen. Ok, maybe the premise is not so simple. 

There is a lot of momentum in the film, but several moments of deep introspection, including this masterpiece of a scene. I could not find a English or subtitled clip. It doesn't matter in this case, it speaks for itself. The main character, Chihiro/Sen, has to take a train from the bathhouse to the swamp to find a witch that can break the curse put on her parents. In other movies this would either be a throw-away scene, or an artificial opportunity to create some 'action'. Here, Miyazaki instead uses it as an opportunity to reset the pace of the film ahead of the ending resolution. It also gives the audience time to absorb the deeper meanings of the story. Well done. 

How to watch: This one's a little tricky. It's not on Amazon/iTunes/Netflix. You may have to buy it, or you could follow this link to stream it online. Seems legit, but can't say for how long it will be available: