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the man who sued God

In The Man Who Sued God (2001), an ex-lawyer  Steve Myers (played by Billy Connolly) sues God because his boat is struck by lightning, and worse his insurance company refuses to pay since the mishap is perceived as an act of God.

The Christian churches and Jewish synagogues are held liable and are asked to either pay large sums of money or prove that God does not exist.

The Man Who Sued God is a 2001 Australian movie in which Billy Connolly plays Steve Myers, an ex-lawyer who sues God because his boat is struck by lightning, and his insurance company refuses to pay, claiming it to be an act of God. By claiming to be God’s representatives on Earth, the Christian churches and Jewish synagogues are held to be the liable party, putting them in the difficult position of either having to pay large sums of money, or prove that God does not exist.

Arai En 305il Kadavul [ God in Room No 305]

Is hope a dangerous thing? Or is it a good thing?

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John Coffey’s death

The Green Mile (1999) is a fascinating movie that makes you cry (even if you are born tough eh?)

John Coffey heals. He bears the scars of pain and punishment that he has borne for others. He infects people with life. He is falsely accused and he is brutally executed…

JC dies… but Edgecombe finds healing and discovers life’s possiblities beyond guilt, lonliness and despair

Bourne Identity (2002) is about Jason Bourne (played by Matt Damon) who has no clue of his own identity.

Jason begins the journey of unlocking the secret of his own identity. To start with, Jason has got only a bank account number implanted into his hip.

The fascinating journey begins with the journey to Paris. Jason soon realizes he possesses extraordinary talents in fighting, self defense and linguistics.

More importantly, he realizes that he cannot trust any one. His tryst with lost identity becomes a journey of self-exploration – who he really is and why so many people are out there to end this search.

Who am I? The question of identity is so important. What if you’ve forgotten who you really are.

Worse, what happens if others know who you are while you stay confused about who you are. What happens if you know who you really are! And more importantly, you know who the others really are!

Ever wondered, “Who am I?”

An adventure awaits you… if you explore your true identity!

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Cinema can function as a ‘mirror’ or a ‘smokescreen’. It can (dis)engage us from some very important questions.

Rock On (2008) engages us in conversations about identity, meaning, morality, and destiny. I found the song ‘socha hai’ thought provoking. In fact, the song raises worldview questions (interesting).

What is a worldview? A worldview is the set of glasses we wear through which we interpret the whole of life. The basic worldview questions are

  • How did we come into existence? (Origins)
  • Who are we? (Identity) Why are we here? (Meaning)
  • How do we know what is right? (Morality)
  • Where are we going from here? (Destiny)

Socha Hai (in Rock on) raises worldview questions.

Why is the sky blue?/ Why is water wet? /Why is the earth round? / What makes silk soft?/ What makes fire hot? /Why doesn’t two and two make five? /Why are trees vanishing? / Why do we have three seasons? /Why don’t we have two moons? / Why is there war? / Why flows the red? / And borders everywhere? /Ever wondered…Have you? / Ever wondered what’s this all about? / Ever wondered…? / If you haven’t, then do it now /Why do all rivers flow? / What’s light, d’you know? What makes snow fall? / Why do friends keep falling out? / Why do stars fall? / Why is there lightning in clouds? /Ever wondered…have you? / Ever wondered…what’s this all about? / Ever wondered…? /If you haven’t, then do it now /Silence can’t be heard /And the wind can’t be seen / Ever wondered… have you ever? /Why skies are blue? /Why is water wet? / Why is the earth round? /What makes silk soft? / What makes fire hot?/ Why don’t two and two make five? /Why are trees vanishing? / Why are there only three seasons? /Why aren’t there two moons? / Why is there war? /Why flows the red? /Why are borders everywhere? /Ever wondered… / Have you? / Ever wondered… /What’s this all about? /Ever wondered…? /If you haven’t, then do it now

Worldview questions are important.  Ever wondered….!

  • Why… is there something rather than nothing? [ Are we merely products of Time + Matter + Chance]
  • Why…are we living? [ Life! what’s the point?]
  • Why…must we do the right thing? [ Are we merely dancing to our DNA?]
  • Who are we? [ Are we molecules in motion?]
  • Where…. do we go from here? [ Are we heading nowhere?]

The answers we bring to these (simple and yet profound) questions  help interpret life.  Ever wondered…Have you? Ever wondered what’s this all about? Ever wondered…? If you haven’t, then do it now…

Life is God’s greatest gift! Let’s Rock on!