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The "news" does not interest me much these days. It is too disheartening.

I am more interested in the principles and concepts that can be considered "timeless." Given the freedom of this particular forum, I have been able to explore other areas of interests – specifically the field of energy that sustains all life. Unfortunately, many are unable to grasp the complexities and ultimate simplicity of this concept.

In an effort to increase understanding and engage in a meaningful discussion on this topic, I would like to present some of my favorite movies that deal with the manipulation and control of energy in space-time. I could reference a bunch of books that I have read, but that would be less fun and take way too long. In an odd way, this is where I cite my sources:

12 Monkeys

Brad Pitt Understands Consumerism – Bruce Willis is sent back in time from an apocalyptic future and put in an insane asylum. There he is introduced to the evils of the world through an oddly-attractive lunatic who later goes on to be a terrorist leader.

A Beautiful Mind

Breaking Boundaries – A true genius attempts to find a unifying theory. The government puts him to work, he discovers too much, and is sentenced to a terrifying future of electro-shock and insanity. There are patterns everywhere.

Dark City

Intro/Beginning – In this movie, there are pale/grey men who control the reality of every person alive. That sounds familiar. Also, let us not read too far into the “KH” seen on the briefcase.
The End – Mind over matter to the full extent. Jennifer Connelly has been in my thoughts since Labyrinth!

Donnie Darko

Trailer – Watch for “they made me do it” – or is it “The y made me do i x” This is touched on in X * Y. Time Travel is discussed in Continuing the Spiral.
Mad World – Great lyrics and spectacular production design for the film by Alec Hammond.
Head Over Heels – An amazing sequence showing life in school. Reality is only a matter of perspective.

Good Will Hunting

A Genius Interviews with the NSA – Although I don’t like or respect many shrinks, Robin sure seems like an exception. He hits the nail right on the head. It is not uncommon that a genius lacks direction in such a society and is unable to commit in relationships. There is also a comparison drawn between Will and the Unabomber in the movie. One must be crazy to not want all of the “great things” our civilization has to offer.

Lord of the Rings

Opening Scene – Chilling. “And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History Became Legend. Legend Became Myth.”
Two Towers Trailer – There is an obvious Twin Towers link. The multi-cultural coalition against the powers of evil is of note. So is the ability of the pale-skinned elves to see the future possibilities.
ROTK Trailer – Neither the Stewards of Gondor nor Sauron want Aragorn to take the throne, as he would usurp their powers.

Matilda

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It is 3/14, so I should mention another relevant f... by Ferdinand on Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 11:52:46 AM
In Requiem for a Dream, we find where the music fo... by Ferdinand on Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 1:00:08 PM
I too believe that the energies portrayed exist. ... by Sharon Roach on Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 2:17:44 PM
Everything is energy. We just need to regain our a... by arlen custer on Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 3:51:35 PM
I just thought of another movie to go on your list... by arlen custer on Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 6:11:01 PM
The trailer alone gave me quite a few laughs. I ha... by Ferdinand on Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 7:14:57 PM
So many connections between seemingly dismiliar th... by Kathlyn Stone on Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 10:26:10 PM
I think when dealing with principles considered ti... by Ferdinand on Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 7:44:35 PM