Film Category

Before I introduce the main event (Finding Dory), I must first honour the creative and artistic geniuses behind the Pixar animated short, “Piper”. This delightful vignette tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who must venture out of the nest for the first time to dig for her own food along the shoreline. Her timing is a bit off and she gets buffeted about by the water’s frothy edge before triumphantly enjoying her first catch. The animation is so incredibly realistic, I wasn’t even sure if I was watchingRead More
I’ll be honest, I didn’t got to the theatre last Saturday to watch the new Ghostbusters movie. My roommate was driving me crazy and my house was hot and I was escaping to the air conditioned movie theatre to see the hopefully lighthearted and heartwarming Finding Dory. Except when I got to the theatre, the show times at the box office didn’t match the ones I looked up on their website earlier. And so that’s how I ended up seeing the new, revamped, sex-reversed Ghostbusters. In case you’ve been campingRead More

Posted On June 17, 2016By Parvati MagazineIn Film, July 2016 - Be Present

Film: Sing Street

Flying under the radar this spring was Sing Street, a brilliant coming-of-age piece by John Carney (Once, Begin Again) set in 1980s recession-era Dublin. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo plays the teenaged Conor, pulled out of private school when his parents hit tough financial times. He quickly finds himself bullied in a rowdy, hostile school. His muse arrives in the form of the mysterious Raphina (Lucy Boynton), an older girl who looks like a hairsprayed vision straight out of a John Hughes film. Conor tells her he’s in a band and asks herRead More
At first glance, the 1993 movie “Little Buddha” seems too far-fetched to succeed. Razzie-nominated rock musician turned actor Chris Isaac as the father of a tulku (a child believed to be the reincarnation of a Tibetan lama), and Keanu Reeves (closer at that time to his “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” than his “Matrix” days) as Buddha? Whoa, dude. But by the time the closing credits roll to an orchestral setting of the Heart Sutra, something beautiful and inspiring has taken place in this movie. “Little Buddha” weaves together twoRead More
During a recent trip to Hollywood to meet with radio execs, I had some downtime with family and went to see “The Jungle Book”. I did not have great expectations of this movie because the trailer had made it seem aggressive and a bit like Jurassic Park. I was initially only attracted to it due to the effects. But I was pleasantly surprised by its spirit and how true it was compared to the original 1967 Disney movie. The pacing had changed to reflect our sped-up times, but the storyRead More
Joseph Campbell’s influence on the original Star Wars trilogy was palpable. George Lucas brought forward a cohesive and compelling narrative informed by Campbell’s archetypal hero’s journey. The wisdom exemplified in the Jedi teachings resonates at a soul level. As such, the original trilogy wasn’t just an amazing space adventure with daring chase scenes and hugely impressive puppetry for its era. It was soul food. It helped the reader believe in deeper meaning and power. Fans put off by the cheap dialogue, questionable plot, and excessive use of Jar-Jar Binks inRead More

Posted On January 2, 2016By Parvati MagazineIn Film, January 2016 - Wisdom

Film: Room, by Pranada Devi

  For a film to take as its starting point the years-long forced confinement and rape of a young woman and make it beautiful without disconnecting or becoming saccharine, is a tall order. By some accounts, the likely Oscar nominee Room manages. But not everyone agrees. The premise of the story is that five-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay), born to his mother as the result of ongoing rapes by her captor, has lived his entire life in a twelve-foot-by-twelve-foot room (a heavily reinforced and soundproofed garden shed) and has no ideaRead More

Posted On November 1, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn Film, November 2015 - Luminosity

Films that Illuminate

  This month in Parvati Magazine, we share two films that play with light and visuals. Pan is a prequel to the Peter Pan story. It opens with a young boy named Peter (Levi Miller) in an orphanage, pondering his ancestry and the miniature pan flute he wears as a pendant. But soon he, and we, are swept up and dropped into an immersive world where ships fly through the air between spheres of water where fish swim. This retelling of the Pan story by the same studio that didRead More

Posted On October 2, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn Film, October 2015 - Forgiveness

Films that Change Everything

This month, Parvati Magazine provides a roundup of current and relevant films for you to consider. A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story is a documentary about a young woman who became famous for very hurtful reasons, and chose to transcend it. Lizzie Velasquez has a very unusual appearance having been born with a rare medical condition that makes it all but impossible for her to gain weight. She experienced bullying and isolation from the time she entered kindergarten. One day in high school, she discovered that her image hadRead More
While we at Parvati Magazine are fans of arty and thought-provoking work, we also believe in accessibility of the message. To this end, we asked our 17-year-old friend Eva Ryder to review “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet”, released this summer. When I saw the trailer for “The Prophet”, it seemed like a film geared towards children. The animation was unique and eye-catching, and the girl Almitra was lively. When I actually watched the movie, I found that it was difficult to understand – even though I’m 17. The Prophet named MustaphaRead More