Indie Pendee La La Movie Friday: The Imitation Game

Although I saw The Imitation Game awhile ago, I wanted to write about it because of the secondary plot that involved the main character Alan Turing.

The Imitation Game is a period movie set during WWII.  It’s mostly about boring math stuff and cracking codes but the homosexual sub plot was by far the most interesting.  From the beginning, Alan Turing, the main character, goes back in forth in time all while remembering his days in boarding school.  Throughout his early years, he had one special friend that he loved to hang out with; both boys were inseparable.  Then one day, the evil headmaster starts to suspect there’s more going on than friendship.  As the movie progresses, we find the two friends trading notes written in secret code – a code that only the two of them can understand.

Passing notes and secret codes?! FUN!

When Alan grows into a man, he’s sensitive with a low self image of himself.  His body posture gives away his own personal view of self worth.  I always find it fascinating when there are influential men and women from the past who have gay tendencies which are never talked about.  Maybe if Alan were alive today, his self worth would have led to a man who stood up confidently with a proud gait.

The Imitation Game is worth the rent!

Oh BTW – Cumberbatch.  I love saying his last name.

Indie Pendee La La Movie Friday: Diary Of A Teen Age Girl

I have so much to say about this week’s choice for Indie Pendee La La Movie Friday but if I were to choose one word to describe the whole experience, I’d have to say it’s: uncomfortable.

Before I begin, I’d like to point out that I thought this would be a fitting movie for Spiritual Bahana since the voice is from a female perspective and about sexuality. What convinced me to go see it was the line at the end of the movie trailer: this is for all the girls when they have grown.  This lead me to believe it was going to be an innocent reflection on teenage sexuality from an older woman’s perspective.


There was nothing innocent about this movie.  With the small cast made up of well known actors such Kristin Wig and Alexander Skarsgard, I figured it would be emotionally dramatic and well presented.  Instead what I experienced was a movie that felt very much like barely legal kitty porn.  The movie’s main character, played by twenty – three year old actress Bel Powley, is a junior in high school who enjoys having sex.  But she enjoys having sex with her mother’s thirty something year old boyfriend.

I knew going into this movie that there’d be some controversial topics such as female sexuality and teen sex, but I didn’t expect to see it played out on screen. At one point, I wish I had bought a sign with the words: I’m gay I promise! because it felt really uncomfortable being a male in that theater.

The only scene I can stand by is when Minnie, the teen age girl, tries to find comfort from her mother only to find that she’s getting high with her friends and boyfriend.  It reminded me of when I realized that some parents – although adults – still act like teenagers themselves.

But that’s about it.

For this week’s La La movie…big thumbs down!




Indie Pendee La La Movie Friday: Two Days and One Night

I didn’t get a chance to view any new independent movies over the weekend so I’m going to recycle a past Hair In a Bun movie post which qualifies as an entry for this post.

Hair in a bun Friday has always been about tying our hair in a loosely fitted bun, after a long work week, with what ever energy you have left, in order to make it to Friday.  Over the weekend, I found out our sisters across the pond share the same belief.

Last Saturday, while on a kinda – date, I saw the movie Two Days and One Night starring Oscar nominated actress Marion Cotillard.  This is a small art house movie that didn’t get much theater attention until Marion was nominated for the role; unfortunately it’s still hard to find outside of major cities.

I. LOVED. THIS. MOVIE.  It had drama, French sub-titles and fashion all rolled into one. The plot is about a women who has been out of work for four weeks due to depression. In her absence, the company she works for realizes they can get the same amount of work done without her, and as a result, all fifteen employees get a raise.  In order to get her position back, she must visit each employee over the course of the weekend and ask them to give up their raise so she can work again

This movie is an emotional journey filled with vulnerability, breakdowns and tears. There are moments when the character has to excuse herself from a conversations so that she can burst out into tears.

I completely get it.

The best part of the movie was Marion’s simple fashion; although she was a women on the verge of multiple breakdowns, she tied her hair up in a bun and forged ahead to save her livelihood.  I related to the character in many ways:

There have been moments where I need to go into the bathroom in order to give myself a pep talk.

There have been moments when I’ve been in the restroom telling myself, “you mustn’t cry.”

...moments when I stare blankly outside an open window.

…moments when I stare blankly outside an open window.

...moments when work has been way too much.

…moments when work has been way too much.

...moments while driving and a good song comes on.

…moments when a good song helps me forget my problems.

Throughout most of the movie, Marion rocks a simple pink wife beater and over sized purse.  I’m not sure what the contents inside the bag are but I believe it had something to do with her problems.


This movie is not for everyone; if you’ve ever found yourself in the midst of a depression or a period in life where nothing makes sense it’s worth seeing.



Indie Pendee La La Movie Friday: Samsara

This Friday’s Indie Pendee La La movie embodies the whole reason why I decided to include the words La La in my weekly post.

Let me start off with the title first – Samsara – which means: the cycle of death and rebirth to which life in the material world is bound.


My interpretation of the movie is that it’s a visual representation of life from birth to death and everything in between.  It takes the viewer on a journey of over twenty – five countries around the world and gives us a glimpse of God’s human creation.

Spiritually, it reminds me of how small I am in the grand scheme of life.  It also helps me to visualize who God is – all of us.  His creation doing what it does best – being human.

Here’s a super fun clip of a thousand hand Guan Yin:

…and the trailer.

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.


Hair In A Bun Friday: The Oscars!

Many people worry so much about managing their careers, but rarely spend half that much energy managing their LIVES. I want to make my life, not just my job, the best it can be. The rest will work itself out.  Reese Witherspoon
As the upcoming weekend winds down, many of us will be sitting in front of our flat screens with our hair tied in a loosely fitted bun while eagerly anticipating which of our favorite actors gets to take home the golden prize.  The Oscar show is always fun to watch whether you’re sitting alone enjoying a glass of wine in your pjs, or making a small party of your own with a couple of friends.
Here are a couple of the movies I saw which I believe to have a spiritual twist to them.
The Imitation Game and Benedict Cumberbatch are both nominated for best picture and best actor.  Although this movie was no where near my radar, I’m glad a friend suggested we watch it.  It’s a historical movie about five men who are asked to decode Hitler’s secret language used to deploy soldiers during World War II.  Benedict Cumberbatch plays the role of a recluse mathematician who eventually breaks the secret while keeping a deep dark one of his own.
Angelina and I saw Wild with Oscar nominated Reese Witherspoon for best actress.  Read about our review here in our Field Trip Edition.
Selma is nominated for best movie and although Angelina and I didn’t see it together there is one thing we both agree on – Weeee Loooooooove Oooooopraaaaaah!!  The real life tale of Martin Luther King before he was assassinated was produced by the queen of talk herself.  This definitely is a must see!
Two Days and One Night has Oscar nominated Marion Cotillard playing a barely hanging on to reality female in this little known movie from across the pond.  Read about my review here in Hair In a Bun Friday Edition.
Hope all our sisters take time this weekend to see one of the best picture nominations before the big night.
Have you seen any of the above movies or one not mentioned above?  If so, we’d love to hear your review!