Truman Show and Close Encounters: Go Crazy and Believe in Aliens
Like Truman and Roy, we are flying toward an unknown destination. A light at the end of the tunnel we can see but not quite make out. But if we have even an inch of Pop Chassid in us, we know we need to reach that destination.
Groundhog Day: You are Phil Connors
At some point, some of us, just like Phil Connors, start to realize that every day is the same. At first we’re shocked, horrified. We hear that alarm playing the same music at it did the day before and we wonder at first if we’re in some horrible dream. But no, it’s real. That fat guy is waiting for you, just like he does every day.
Mary Poppins: The Real Heroes
It eats us up that we aren’t Mary Poppins. Able to change the world with a song. Without a hint of difficulty, being a good people, never getting upset but also never being pushed around. Being so perfect.
Mary Poppins: Mary Poppins the Feminist
There’s another warrior, another feminist in this movie, although we might not realize it at first. I’ll give you a hint: she’s a nanny. She likes to fly using an umbrella. Jump into chalk drawings.
Mary Poppins: Bert the Mensch
Want to know what it means to be a man? You need look no further than Bert (and all his chimney sweep pals).
Inception Part Last: Was It a Dream?
Who knew a spinning top could cause so much disturbance in the galaxy? Who knew the last shot of a movie could cause people to scream at the screen, to complain loudly, to light up the Internet with blog posts, infographics, so much more?
Inception Part 4: The Hope
Luckily, just as with Cobb, we have some help. Help that, if we will only be willing to be aware of it, listen to it, and use it, will allow us not only to fight off our Voice, but to go even further, to help create a world of absolute beauty and truth.
Inception Part 3: The Mal Within
The truth is that there is more than one Mal, as becomes apparent the more we make our way through Inception. There is the real Mal. The “lovely” Mal. The one who “grew old” with Cobb, sharing a beautiful life, a lovely world with her husband. Fully devoted, fully in love and always ready to go deeper in her affections. Then there is Mal #2. Evil, crazy, malicious Mal. The violent one.
Inception Part 2: On Totems and Tefillin
Our Hashem, he’s willing to buy airlines for us, willing to save us from dozens of anonymous Cobal Engineering cronies, even willing to reunite us with long lost family. All we need to do is just stick to the game plan. Stick to the mission.
Inception Part 1: Reality
What is the biggest lie in the world? The lie that has distracted people for the last few hundred years? What lie keeps us from reaching our, and the world’s, true potential?