Sunday, April 27, 2014

Seven Pounds

My wife and I just saw an amazing movie, very inspirational
with Will Smith, called Seven Pounds. (You can look it up on Google if you wish but it will spoil the story if you like surprise endings!)

It has somewhat of a surprise ending. So I cannot tell you much. Some of you may question the ethics of the character that Will Smith plays. I do not because movies are entertainment and entertainment in its highest form inspires and highlights values far above what the average person, including myself, will ever have.

All I can tell you is that Will Smith plays a very good  character, one who makes sacrifices to help others less fortunate than himself. If I say any more I will give it away.

Most heartily recommended. There is only one scene that is somewhat "adult" but it is played down and not too vivid but may not be suitable for young children unless they are old enough to discuss the scene and understand rights and wrongs.

This movie inspires people to aspire to greatness, which sometimes requires personal sacrifices. Rated 4 stars plus. 

Key Words: Seven Pounds, good people, sacrifice, Will Smith. 

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Inspiring Movies

Let's simplify things.

Two basic kinds of movies. Yes I know there are more but I am talking about adult, non-cartoon, dramatic movies. There are great fantasy movies too. Movies that entertain. Movies that make you laugh.

There are documentaries and "pretend documentaries" like Michael Moore's which are actually political statement movies. Documentaries reveal interesting facts. Let's pretend documentaries are movies which attempt to move you to the point of view of the author regardless of truth. It is the author's or director's perception of truth that is important. "Don't confuse us with the real facts! My mind is made up" movies.

But here we are talking about movies that EITHER INSPIRE or DESPIRE you! Never heard of 'despire'? Don't feel bad because I just made it up.

Inspiring movies move you toward greatness. Despiring movies move you toward desperation! They do the opposite of inspiring you. I am sure you can think of a whole host of movies which show the lowest of the human condition, that make you feel cynical and hopeless. It is not my purpose to even mention them because they have already received more credit than their due.

Here we intend to point out movies that raise the bar of human compassion and inspiration. Movies that raise the bar not lower it. Movies which may not have been thought of by the Hollywood elite as particularly good in some cases but nevertheless move you to positive action not negative desperation.

The Passion of the Christ is obviously one of these. I have a DVD which outlines some of the amazing acts that Mel Gibson's movie led individuals to do. Did you hear about the man who murdered his wife, but was let go with no proof that he did it.

Later, in prison for another act, he saw "Passion of the Christ and confessed to the warden that he had also murdered his wife. Asked to explain how he fooled the crime investigators, he told them that he watched CSI all the time!

It is not my purpose to cast aspersions toward CSI. I enjoy the show except for the bloody dramatizations of how someone was murdered!

I hope that you some of you who read this will catch the vision and email me at and ask to make a contribution or suggestion about movies that YOU found inspiring!