Indie Pendee – La La Movie Friday: Paulo Coelho’s Best Movie

I decided to retire Hair In A Bun Friday and start a new blog topic celebrating Independent movies.  Every Friday, I’m going to share a limited release movie I’ve recently seen. Instead of giving it a thumbs up or thumbs down, I’d like to tie in what I believe to be a spiritual aspect of the movie.  I’ve named the weekly blog post Indie Pendee -La La Movie Friday because it’s la la, meaning, silly but fun!  I love going into L.A and treating myself to a good restaurant and then catching an artsy fartsy movie afterward.  It’s a great escape from the everyday bump and grind and makes me feel good – which – I’ve allowed myself not to feel guilty about anymore.

I believe one of the major repercussions of religion that I’m currently trying to unlearn is how not to be judgmental.  I’ve often heard parents say, kids don’t come with an instruction manual, but neither does life; and in my parents effort to try and survive this world – which does’t come with instructions – I guess religion gave them the sense of security they needed to survive.

In the past I would’ve never watched or believed in Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist if I were still within the circle of religion.  How could a man who smokes, drinks and fucks so freely and loosely write a best selling spiritual novel? While watching the movie, I would catch my old thought patterns emerging and consciously redirect them to what I know about life and not what religion has taught me.

What I believe to be the downside of the movie is the way it’s presented.  It jumps back and forth between time lines and doesn’t really show why or how the book was written. I was left to make that decision on my own.

So if you happen to find yourself in a big city this weekend, with nothing to do, look for a local theater that showcases independent movies because Best Movie is not showing at the Gargantuan 30.


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