Kundun directed by Martin Scorsese

The story of how the 14th Dalai Lama came to be found and his first years in Tibet before the Chinese invasion of the country, which resulted in the Dalai Lama's  exodus and residence in India. 

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Network directed by Sidney Lumet


Jet Li’s Fearless directed by Ronny Yu

For me, one of the best movies about kung fu as it illustrates the classical weapons and forms of this ancient martial art. The theme of redemption is also found in many martial arts films and this one is particularly powerful. The story of how arrogance and ego are transformed into humility and service. 

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The Hospital directed by Arthur Hiller


What the Bleep? - Down the Rabbit Hole. directed by Mark Vicente


Sita Sings the Blues directed by Nina Paley

I saw this on  PBS many years ago and loved it. It is a modern retelling of Ram and Sita and Hanuman, the story of the classical Hindu epic, the Ramayana. Using animation and blues recordings and some funny narration, this film is both creative and informative. Enjoy!

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A Good Year directed by Ridley Scott

Such a charming film! Sweet and moving and funny and great scenery! Every actor is excellent and you will want to book a flight to France after watching. And there is a great tennis match scene with a Harry Nilsson soundtrack. 

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Groundhog Day directed by Harold Ramis

In addition to being incredibly funny, this movie portrays the principles of karma and reincarnation. And you get to see Bill Murray put an entire cream-filled pastry in his mouth while claiming "I am a god."

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I Heart Huckabees directed by David O. Russell

This film, once referenced by Stewie in Family Guy and not in a positive way, is quirky and different. Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin (both superb) play existential detectives (if only there were such things!) looking into a coincidence that disturbs Jason Schwartzman, a client. These three actors are joined by Mark Wahlberg, who is hysterical, Jude Law and Naomi Watts, as well as a host of other very talented players.  While on the surface the movie is light, there are some deep philosophical concepts being presented. 

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Two stories are intertwined here -- the story of the origins of the Budhha and the possible reincarnation of a monk in the body of a 20th century American boy. Keanu Reeves stars as Siddhartha and Bridget Fonda and Chris Isaak as the parents of the young boy. A wonderful narrative about how Prince Siddhartha came to be the Awakened One. 

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