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    I ran the trailer. Gonna check it out, thanks for the suggestion!

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    Just finished watching it.

    It's a true classic IMO.

    Great script, cast, setting, cinematography, everything.

    Flower's monologue (towards the end) is beautiful and very Alchemical indeed, as are many of the themes in the movie.

    I very much recommend it.

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    I just finished watching the movie "Pi", I would suggest this movie to anyone following The Path. It deals a a lot with Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Mean. It's alchemical in the way that "The Matrix", "Alice In Wonderland", "The Labyrinth", and other films could be considered alchemical. It tries to get to the root of what is 'reality'...

    Here's a trailer:


    Here's the beginning of a decent review:
    This extraordinary b&w (as in "black" & "white") film is called Pi because it represents geometric value. The term "geometry" was first known in the ancient world as "geomancy." I noticed other reviewers felt "gypped" because the film was not in color. I can't imagine it any other way--it deals in numerals & figures--the b&w concept is totally appropriate and masterfully done.

    I have been interested in the metaphysical/alchemical concept of "The Great Work" for a long time. Recently I've re-focused on the subject after reviewing certain books & films (see links list below.) There are various interpretations of The Work, and there's no easy way to explain it, but I'll try: The Great Work is known as Jivanmukti in Hindu philosophy & refers to a complex system of Yoga ("yoke" or uniting) the devotee with Divinity; microcosm to Macrocosm; subject to the object; Cosmic Consciousness. In alchemical terms it is the search for the fabled Philosopher's Stone that can turn base metal into gold. Historically The Great Work has also played a role in magick ritual--both "white" & "black"--and has been described as a "dangerous path"--one that has reportedly driven Adepts mad.
    Taken from here: http://www.gnostics.com/pi.html

    It's funny, but in the movie the word alchemy is never mentioned, but if you read the screen-play/script alchemy is a major concept.

    Here's a quote from the very beginning of the screen-play:
    INT. BATHROOM - DAWN

    A pull-string light flips on. Max examines his bloody nose in
    the mirror.

    MAX (V.O.)
    The alchemist awakes.
    (Imitating)
    "Turn lead into gold, Max,
    lead into gold." Today, I find it.
    Taken from here: http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Pi.html
    Still Searching.............

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    Not really alchemical, but a portrait of the Occult Scene in 1985, it's a documentary:
    http://vimeo.com/21956578

    (or, maybe, a portrait of the Occult Scene that wanted to be very visible in 1985! So some people were maybe too eager to be filmed and provided a bit or a lot of "Occult Circus").
    The documentary is VERY dated and mostly shows which one was the hype then.

    It is also interesting to watch it as a reminder that the "Occult Scene" can very often get very pathetic (Michael Aquino dressed as some sort of weird mix of Bela Lugosi and Captain Spock... showing a "Nazi dagger" with the intention of giving the message that he's very satanic and perverse is a bit laguhable). Anyway, it is worth watching.


    I also recently saw "Enter the Void"... again, not exactly alchemical, but dealing a lot with Eastern Mysticism. the plot is mostly very easy: in the first minutes of the movie the main character dies... the rest of the movie is his soul traveling. The whole movie is filmed out of focus... so you may get bored of the persistence of the "out of focus" image maybe. I had the chance to watch it at a cinema, I am not sure if I would have enjoyed this one in a TV, probably not.

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    For those who haven't seen it, 'Kymatica' is a documentary film that's very Hermetic in nature. It deals with the concepts of astrology, nature, language, sound vibration alchemy, myths, archetypes, duality, consciousness, reality, politics, etc...


    Here's the full movie:
    Last edited by Nibiru; 04-11-2012 at 12:53 AM.
    Still Searching.............

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    Hollywood is doing Flamel in 2012

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0907706

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    The Game

    "Don't ask what the object of the game is.
    Figuring out the object of the game is the game."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Game_(film)


    How to describe this movie without giving it away?
    It's a great example of Castaneda's stalking and purging of the past - healing
    of the soul...
    Last edited by solomon levi; 05-05-2012 at 07:19 AM.
    http://serpentrioarquila.blogspot.com/

    "To conjure is nothing else than to observe anything rightly, to know and understand what it is." - Paracelsus

    "Why, then, don't you act when you see the danger of your conditioning? The answer is you don't see... seeing is acting." J. Krishnamurti

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    I don't know if this was already mentioned -
    Vanilla Sky

    "I want to live a real life. I don't want to dream anymore."
    http://serpentrioarquila.blogspot.com/

    "To conjure is nothing else than to observe anything rightly, to know and understand what it is." - Paracelsus

    "Why, then, don't you act when you see the danger of your conditioning? The answer is you don't see... seeing is acting." J. Krishnamurti

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    Meeting with Remarkable Men, an artistic film depicting Gurdjieff's story and journey of spiritual growth.
    Introitus apertus ad occlusum Regis palatium / Labore et coeli favore / Nosce te ipsum

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