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    Citizen Kane; The Godfather trilogy; Casablanca
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    Charles Dickens; Jane Austen; C.S. Lewis
  1. Pressure Point is streaming on AmazonPrime. It hasn't received a second yet, and I think the reason is probably the same as what NBooth thinks about I Don't Want to Sleep Alone. Pressure Point gives a unique, very dark type of awakening as it shows the process of a Neo-Nazi's indoctrination and the fear that consumes his psychologist, the psychologist being afraid of his own anger and hurt, afraid that he may be capable of waking up in the same way as his client.
  2. I've hesitated and held out on nominating what is probably the most popular movie of all time, because in most regards it just doesn't need to be on another list. But when we're talking about waking up, and specifically about spiritual awakenings, I don't think there's ever been a moment in any movie that reflects this theme in quite the same profound way as when Han Solo says to Luke, "May the force be with you," showing that Han has awakened to the story's spiritual realm through the influence of his friend demonstrating its reality for him throughout the course of the movie. So after a long inner battle over the decision, I nominated Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
  3. Title: Star Wars Episode IV: A New HopeDirector: George LucasYear: 1977Language: EnglishIMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076759/?ref_=nv_sr_2 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film):
  4. I nominated 127 Hours primarily because of the scene immediately after Aaron escapes. He simply looks up, but this upward look is filmed in such a way to show us that he knows he has awakened, not just to physical freedom from the rock he was stuck under, but a spiritual awakening. The gaze shows us that in his helpless state, he experienced something of a spiritual reality that he is now awakened to and acknowledging.
  5. Title: 127 HoursDirector: Danny BoyleYear: 2010Language: English IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1542344/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one):
  6. I nominated Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Li Mu Bai is struggles in his deep search for a spiritual enlightenment which he views as always contrary to his feelings. This leads him to constantly restrain himself from the woman he loves. When he opens himself up to honesty with his feelings and with her, he experiences a type of spiritual awakening much different from the one he seeks and it becomes the catalyst for all three of the film's main characters to wake up in their own ways.
  7. Title: Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonDirector: Ang LeeYear: 2000Language: Mandarin IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0190332/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one):
  8. I nominated Captains Courageous. The child, left to himself with too much money in a school for rich kids but no idea how to actually make it in the real world. When he accidentally goes overboard his father's ship, he is rescued by a man who becomes a real father figure to him. His near drowning is the first step in waking up to the real world, to relationships, to the value of work, and how to live interdependently in community.
  9. Title: Captains CourageousDirector: Victor FlemingYear: 1937Language: EnglishIMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0028691/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one):
  10. I nominated A Bronx Tale. C (the character based on Chaz Palminteri's own childhood experience) is told by his father to work to be loved by others. He respects his father, but he's drawn into the spell of a gangster who also acts as a father figure to him and tells him that it's better to be feared by others than to be loved. The movie shows the process of C weighing through the advice given to him by his real father and the gangster he admires, learning to accept what is true and beneficial for him from both of them (as both of them do have a lot to offer him) and what just won't work (also plenty from both of them). This learning process culminates in a grand awakening when he's in a position of extreme peer pressure, and in narration he tells us that in that situation he made his decision by listening to the voice of his father and the voice of Sonny (the gangster). Through listening to these very different and seemingly contradictory voices, he wakes up to a new sense of reality, a new sense of identity, and a new sense of life.
  11. Title: A Bronx Tale Director: Robert DeNiroYear: 1993Language: EnglishIMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106489/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): Couldn't find one.
  12. Title: The ArtistDirector: Michel HazanavicusYear: 2011Language: English title cardsIMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1655442/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one):
  13. I nominated The Artist. Much more than a sweet love letter to Hollywood, this study in hubris shows both sides of it (arrogance and self-defeat). George Valentine's crisis in the movie is whether he will continue living in his no-longer-existant silent world or cross over into the world of sound movies. This crossing over is a beautiful picture of a spiritual awakening. Whether he makes it or not depends on how he deals with the pride plaguing him.
  14. I named A Man Called Ove. Ove repeatedly does three things in life: talk at the grave of his wife, unsuccessfully try to kill himself, and call other people idiots. At one point in the movie, we see him at his wife's grave saying, "Idiot! That's what I've been." When he calls himself an idiot, he faces his own problems instead of blaming them on everybody else. Learning that he's the only idiot in his story means he wakes up to the acceptance of love and help from other people. He wakes up to his own needs, and he wakes up to a reason to keep living.