Monday, June 11, 2012

Tuesday Movie: Hereafter


I loved this movie and I wished I'd seen it in the theater, instead of on my pathetic excuse for a television.  Clint Eastwood directs and Matt Damon stars in this film that is all about death and as the name suggests, the hereafter.  Yeah, it's a little on the "woo woo" side, but I tend to go for that kind of stuff.  I've met many a psychic in my years and yeah, some of them are full of generalities (among other things), but I've met a select few who have been super spot on and specific.

My uncle is psychic and Matt Damon's character reminded me of his story.  Both my uncle and Matt Damon's character view their gift as a curse.  While there are many who are desperate to know their future and seek out psychics, there are those that are repelled by those who can "see" things.

So, have you seen it?  Do you believe in the ability to predict the future?  How about fate?  Have you ever met someone and felt like you knew them?

15 comments:

  1. Pam, I haven't seen it and am not even sure I knew of it, but I'm glad I read your words about it. Pretty curious, now. Thanks.

    I think we meet people and feel like we know them because we all spring from the same source field. A bit woo-woo. Sue me. ;)

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    1. It's really a good flick. Clint Eastwood has made some very entertaining films in his later years.

      That's not woo woo. In my opinion, none of us knows for sure how this all happened, so each explanation is valid.

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  2. I have this friend who's into the psychic. Beside reading cards and attending séances, he claims he once predicted a whole day of his life, including the minor car accident he and his friend eventually had. I asked him why didn't he prevent the accident if he had seen it. He didn't offer a real reason, he just avoided giving an answer. Was he lying or is there some force that makes you go through the path you have seen?

    You have a very interesting blog.
    Cheers!

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    1. Thank you, Gabriel. You're my 100th follower. I feel like I should throw you a party or something:)

      You're friend probably didn't know he'd predicted his day until after it happened. I would guess he didn't trust his instinct. He wouldn't be alone in that.
      But, if he predicts the winning lotto numbers, make sure to accompany him to the store.
      thanks for the follow!

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    2. I want cake! :)
      (just kidding)

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    3. Well, I'm sending you a cake with the power of my mind. It's molten chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. It's really good. Enjoy!

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  3. I haven't seen this movie, but this post reminds me that I want to! Thanks for sharing about it, it sounds like an interesting one.

    I don't know any psychics, but I have no trouble believing this gift could be seen as a curse. It could be wonderful on many levels, but also a double-edged sword.

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    1. I certainly wouldn't want to see stuff about people I encountered on a daily basis. I imagine it would be sort of maddening.

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  4. I haven't seen it either but if Clint Eastwood made it I'll have to rent it. It's odd. I believe in fate but not psychic occurrences as a whole. I think there is something to telepathy. I guess it is more that I am very skeptical of those who proclaim psychic powers. Kind of contradicting myself aren't I? :)

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    1. Well, there's a lot of charlatans in the world of psychics. I take it all with a grain of salt.

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  5. I haven't seen the movie, but I think I might want to. I don't consider myself a psychic, but I do "dream dreams" as the Bible puts it. And so do my children. These dreams sometimes warn us, and sometimes they simply confirm things that we have questions about. I've had questions about things, and one of my daughters will get up the next morning and say, "I had the strangest dream last night." And it's the answer to my question/problem, of which I have never discussed with anyone.

    I could tell you a ton of "dream" stories. But since this is only a comment, I won't. :)

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    1. I hear you about the dream thing. My grandmother said whenever she dreamed about a baby, she would get a letter from one of her children. Not really the most useful of psychic phenomena, but kind of interesting.
      I think we all have the power of intuition, some trust it, some dismiss it and some train themselves to become better at it.

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  6. " Yeah, it's a little on the "woo woo" side, but I tend to go for that kind of stuff."

    Really? I thought it wasn't remotely "woo woo". What we have here is a movie that explores the questions we all have about death and what, if anything, might come after. But it subtly deploys those ideas to highlight the importance of living the life we have now. This did not strike me as some Hollywood confection trying to reassure us that we'll all meet again in the hereafter. In fact I don't think the movie ever even takes a view on the issue. What it is, is s a very humanist film, beautifully played and directed with a tender, contemplative touch by Mr Eastwood. Personally I thought it was great.

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    1. I agree. It's the psychic aspect that is sort of on the "woo woo" side. Many people don't believe in that. I do.
      Thanks for commenting, Barry.

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  7. "It's the psychic aspect that is sort of on the "woo woo" side."

    Ah, I see. Well I must say my own feeling about this is that the film was determinedly ambiguous on that point. We never see a spirit materialize and talk to George and he doesn't deliver any premonitions that subsequently come true or any of that horror movie stuff. In fact if you think about what George actually does say in his readings the message is always the same; it's basically 'Stop obsessing about the dead and get on with living your life!' That of course is the film's main theme and that of its climax as embodied by George and Marie meeting up.

    Damon's character may sincerely belive that he's hearing voices but as with the hereafter aspect I never got the impression the film had a firm view on that one way or the other. It's left up to us to decide, I suppose. I don't know what George is doing but the more I think about this the more convinced I am that what he's doing is much less important than the effect it has on himself and on other people. I particularly loved the subplot with Melanie which turned into a heartbreaking example of 'Be careful what you wish for.'

    And I guess the one exception to my view is the reading Damon gives to the kid at the end. He reassures him that according to the boy's deceased brother the afterlife is cool and weightless! Which certainly appears unambiguous until one realises that the context of the scene is that of a deeply distressed child seeking reassurance - a distress pointedly noted and empathised with by Damon - and whose words can therefore be interpreted not as fact but as little white lies, a kindness, in other words. What's also notable is that a few moments later Damon disarmingly confesses to the kid that he has no idea what happens when you die!

    For me Hereafter's an ambitious and thoughtful film because it treats contact with the dead seriously but rather than push a feelgood fantasy about how we're all going to live happily in the afterlife it uses our obsession with death to emphasise the importance of making the most of the life we have. It's a very clever film that to judge by some very hostile critical reviews was not understood.

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