Please join us every Tuesday for Integral Movie Night:
Tuesday’s 6:00 PM UTC (10:00 AM PT, 1:00 PM ET, 19:00 Central European Time)
José Soutelinho from Portugal gave us wonderful suggestions for movies for stage referencing. I (Martin) added the movies with an *. You also find other movies that fit our modules.
Some Movies are multi-level, some show characters at different levels clashing with each other, some show how characters are transforming from one level to the next over a longer period of time (e.g. “Groundhog Day” and “7 Years in Tibet”).
You may also recognize if characters do better integration by becoming healthier at their level, e.g. Jack Nicholson in “As Good As It Gets”, or if they truly go through a transformation which usually takes many years.
If you have additional suggestions, please share them with me in the format below (and say why you suggest them).
If you only watch two Movies I suggest “Cloud Atlas” (also a great book) and “American Beauty”.
This is one of the most integral movies and highly recommended if you want to understand levels of consciousness development. On the surface, it is about the breakdown and disintegration of a middle-class American family. We will see how people with five different worldviews (magical, egocentric, conformist, rational, and pluralistic) get into irresolvable conflicts with each other, and how an Integral person critically embraces them all.
In a more subtle way, we will also notice that Robert Frobisher’s Cloud Atlas composition will be heard as an (1) initial piano performance, (2) a symphony, (3) a rendition by a jazz sextet, (4) nursing-home Muzak, (5) futuristic Korean street music, (6) a solemn hymn sung by a hoard of clones.
“Who are you? What can you be? Where are you going? What’s out there? What are the possibilities?”
They then introduce the first artificially intelligent operating system, an intuitive entity that listens to you, understands you, and knows you. It’s not just an operating system, it’s a consciousness. It’s OS1.
The Red Pill
For a detailed article see: https://www.mercurynews.com/2016/11/08/bay-area-filmmakers-new-film-the-red-pill-is-a-bitter-one-for-feminists-to-swallow/
Little Miss Sunshine
On one side, this is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. On the other side, it shows the struggle of the men, including their shame, to succeed professionally, and the fears of the two female characters in the movie around safety and beauty.
Same Time, Next Year
I Heart Huckabees
The Tree Of Life
This is one of these slow and at times confusing movies that I could not get out of my head after I saw it the first time, and I have watched it several times since then.
After some thought, I decided to offer it for movie night, because it fits our Anima-Animus and other Modules.
The Tree of Life is a 2011 American experimental epic drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and featuring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain. The film chronicles the origins and meaning of life by way of a middle-aged man’s childhood memories of his family living in 1950s Texas, interspersed with imagery of the origins of the known universe and the inception of life on Earth. The eldest son (Jack/Sean Penn) witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents’ conflicting teachings.
My biggest take-aways from the movie are how our childhood experiences, especially in relationship to our close family, forms who we are as adults and the existential questions that is raises.
It also shows conflicts between the Mythic Blue/Amber and Rational Orange stage, and a “patriarchal marriage”.
But it also painfully shows the misguided shallow notion that all it takes to enter into a happy relationship is to muster up the courage to say “I love you”. Similar to “He’s Just Not That Into You” and other similar movies, the protagonists have nothing visibly in common such as values, interests, or passions, beyond having a (hormonal) crush on each other and being in a rational stage of development. Other things that I more critically notice now are the objectification of women, sexist references to the people’s weight, suggestions and attempts to repress feelings, and the strange “relationship” between Peter and his best friend’s new wife. The movie is also subtly Anti-American.
Good Will Hunting
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Though she’s never given a mental health diagnosis in the movie, Clem is a good representation of a person with a borderline personality disorder. As the movie progresses, we see that some of the “free-spirited” behaviors she exhibits are indicative of some deeper issues.
The central conflict in the movie arises from the existence of a procedure that can erase memories — a procedure Clementine and Joel undergo to forget about each other.
As Good As It Gets
See how bonding with his neighbor’s dog and falling in love with Carol transforms the obsessive-compulsive, egocentric, cynic, manipulative wordsmith Melvin to become more compassionate, let down his guard, and confess to Carol “you make me want to be a better man”. In turn, we see how she struggles with setting healthier boundaries and communicating her needs.
Let’s discuss the states (from lust/desire to commitment), forms (intimacy, passion, dependence), and capacity to love that they experience, and if we think their romance has the potential for a healthy love relationship.
Join us for new insights during, and discussions after the movie.
Inside Bill’s Brain
Let’s watch and discuss a Netflix documentary about passion, purpose, and making the world a better place in partnerships with others/with a partner. No matter what we may personally think about Bill Gates, I find this series utterly inspiring. We will see how Bill lived his calling early on (to solve problems or absent absences), how he co-created with others, how he seemingly became more compassionate, how he met his wife Melinda, how they co-create in their foundation, and how he is now driven to make the world a better place. We will see his triumphs and even more so his failures and how he deals with both. Utterly fascinating and inspiring (to me).
Join us for new insights during, and discussions after the movie.
When Harry Met Sally
Join Martin to watch and discuss this classic, beautiful, brainy, touching, and revealing romantic comedy. We will see college graduates Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) discuss whether men and women can ever truly be strictly platonic friends, and 10 years later trying to form a friendship without sex becoming an issue between them.
In Idiocracy we see why co-creation and procreation in healthy Integral love relationships not only matter for our own well-being and development, but even more so for a peaceful and sustainable future for humanity. Unfortunately, we now increasingly see that this movie is not a joke, but becomes reality in front of our very eyes. Let’s discuss the political, social, and ecological implications of people at postconventional levels of consciousness procreating much less than people at earlier levels and how it impacts our future.
Stage 5 -> 1 – 127 Hours by Danny Boyle
Stage 2 – Quest For Fire by Jean Jacques Annaud
(Netflix) * Stage 2/5 Room by Lenny Abrahamson (Cognitive Prison)
Stage 3 – Natural Born Killers by Oliver Stone
Stage 4 – Rabbit Proof Fence by Phillip Noyce
(Netflix) * 3 -> 4 – Seven Years in Tibet by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Stage 5 – The Wolf of Wall Street by Martin Scorcese
(Netflix) Stage 6 – Into the Wild by Sean Penn
Stage 6 – La Belle Verte by Coline Serreau
Other suggestions from Participants
Stage 5 – The Beauty Inside by Jong-Yeol Baek