On Saturday we were busy watching movies.
One of the most talked about films this year is Alexandra Pelosi's "Fall To Grace." This is a documentary on the life of former New Jersey governor, Jim McGreevey, who resigned his position as governor after declaring himself gay. McGreevey now works as a spiritual advisor to women in prison. McGreevey discovered that he was addicted to political fame and now ministers to women who suffer from addiction as well. He sees his journey as an odyssey from politics to religion to redemption. After the film we had the opportunity to interview both Pelosi and McGreevey.
"Fill the Void" is a film that explores the dynamics of an orthodox Jewish community. Shira's life takes a dramatic turn when her sister dies, leaving behind her husband and an infant child. The family wants Shira to become the wife of her sister's husband and mother to the infant child. Shira does not want this. The movie is about conforming to group demands, as opposed to making one's own choices.
"Virtual Heroes" follows the existential crisis of a video game character. Questions he asks include, "Why am I here in this video game?" "Why do I do the things I do?" "What choices do I have, or not have?" These are pretty much the questions we all ask ourselves and the answers to which are often provided.
"Google and the World Brain" examines the tension between very positive outcome of making all books available to all people everywhere and the profits that Google realizes as a corporate entity in the process. In the end, will the profits determine what books we read and what books we don't read? Is Google the World Brain that we want to have?
"The Bitter Buddha" is the story of comedian, Eddie Pepitone. Audiences love Eddie and his fellow comedians have nothing but praise for this long time comedian whose insecurities have prevented him from being a greater success. Eddie's efforts to meditate, eat better, live his life without fear all fail, but the effort gives Eddie the stability he needs to do his comedy and it is his comedy that offers him redemption, even though he is not a great success.
Sightings on Main Street included Mariel Hemingway (Running From Crazy), Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now), and Michael Urie of the television show, Partners.
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Bill Blizek is a professor of philosophy and religion at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the founding editor of the “Journal of Religion & Film.” He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.