Abstract ideas

I’ve recently watched a couple of slightly different (“unusual”) movies. The first is a recent release in New Zealand – “What the %^&$ do we know?”, and the other is couple of years old – “Waking Life”. They both focus on world view and philosophy, so there isn’t much of a story to either. They are more about provoking the viewer into thinking about interesting ideas. And it worked for me and The Golden Owl.

What the %^&$ do we know?

This movie is really more of a documentary allowing some people to express some
relatively far out views of existance. There is a subplot about a girl experiencing the world which they use to try and explain their ideas – which is quite poorly acted, although about par with the acting you get in most documentaries.

The people they talked to were quite wacky, but interesting – there were lots of moments the The Golden Owl and I have laughed about later. The general premise of the movie is that we have the power to influence the world as we know it through positive thinking, and even if you think they are talking bollocks it is still a nice message. In fact, so long as you go in with an open mind and don’t take it too seriously (i.e. turn down the critical scientific thinking) then it can really spark some interesting discussions. So I like it, if for no other reason than that.

Waking Life

This movie is the one that you may know as being filmed and then animated over the top of the film – making it pretty surreal. Full of interesting (for the most) ideas being discussed with the lead character… who for the most part says little to nothing.

Anyhow, the reason behind the movie eventually plays itself out, however the ending it self leaves alot to be desired. Actually just thinking about it has made me question the ending, and thinking about it now, it does make symbolic sense.


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