Film Category

A couple of years ago when the film Avatar came out, it was touted as carrying an environmental message about love and respect for Nature. Its lush visuals and special effects made it the highest grossing film ever. Is it a champion for living in harmony and interconnection? That’s not so clear. The movie, set on a distant planet called Pandora, is named for the genetically engineered bodies, avatars, into which a handful of human visitors direct their consciousness so that they can walk among the native humanoid species, theRead More
In Canada, the end of August and beginning of September is a time when the heat of the summer recedes into light jacket weather and young people everywhere get out new school supplies, perhaps dusting off the backpack not used since school let out for the summer. Each successive year of “back to school” is like the year that came before, yet different. New challenges arise, academically and personally. We may no longer stand on familiar ground, or in the same light. The four Pevensie children – Peter, Susan, EdmundRead More
In March, I experienced an unusual surge of energy and was extremely productive as I used to be in my first business as an illustrator. I hadn’t done anything out of the ordinary to increase my drive so I liked to believe it came from the full moon or the high solar flare activity in the news at that time. Whatever was fueling my drive I welcomed it! I actually loved stirring my imagination that the solar flare activity was sending solar storms to Earth to energize my body andRead More
I dream of going to Paris! I want to drink in the rich culture and experience all the delicious foods. I want to taste the fresh breads, pastries and creamy chocolates. There is a passion in this city that keeps calling me. So I continue to visualize myself in Paris loving everything the city has to offer. A part of me wants to share this experience with the love of my life and since I haven’t found her yet (as of this writing) I sometimes think that maybe she’s inRead More
Letting go of anything in your life can be a challenge. It is also an important step in making room for new, exciting adventures and desires to come into your life. I often write that in order to move forward you’ve got to let go of things in your life that have been with you a long time. Recently I wrote about how shredding old business paperwork had made room for more exciting opportunities to come into my career in the form of my new column for Zoomer Magazine. HereRead More
At some point we all reach crossroads in our lives and careers where we have to make difficult decisions of what to let go of and what to keep. Some are physical items and some are old ways of thinking. And sometimes the physical items represent what’s inside you that must be released. Ultimately we must let go of what we’ve become comfortable with in order to make room for the new to come into our lives. I’m at a crossroads in my life and career where I can seeRead More
When you’ve gone through as many unexpected life changes as I have, you eventually learn to surrender to the flow of a river you’ve just been dropped into. I’ve learned to be open to whatever direction life has in store for me. I’ve learned to have faith. Of course, sometimes I can still feel resistance in the silliest ways. For example, the movie The Artist had a positive buzz about it even before it hit theatres. And even though it won a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Movie Award forRead More

Posted On January 17, 2012By Parvati MagazineIn February 2012 - Love, Film

Film: “Going the Distance”, by Emmanuel Lopez

During the summer of 2010 when I was moving for the second time in just 3 months, I was seeing Drew Barrymore’s new movie poster all over Toronto. I loved this poster because of the affectionate, fun image of the couple. I later discovered that Drew was in a relationship with her co-star Justin Long when they filmed this movie. Their real affection showed on the poster. When I finally saw her movie Going the Distance, I was happy to see that their real-life chemistry was also captured in theRead More
“Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.” Eat Pray Love (2010) I found Eat Pray Love to be one of the most powerful movies I saw in 2010. In fact, at the end and throughout the entire credits I couldn’t stop crying. I was deeply affected because there were so many parallels in the story with my own life transitions at the time. The foundations of my home and my direction in life and career had been shaken up just like the heroine named Liz. In herRead More
“You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.” Inception (2010) I believe based on my experience that what I want already exists. I just have to focus on it. Proof of this came on the opening night screening of Inception. A friend and I chose to see the movie at a theatre outside of Toronto, so we left by car 90 minutes before the film start time. Unfortunately it was rush hour with multiple road repairs and a public event causing the traffic we were in. Every directionRead More