Thursday, May 04, 2006
Supa on Flics: What the (bleep) Do We Know?
Synopsis: What the (bleep) Do We Know is a radical departure from convention. It demands a freedom of view and greatness of thought so far unknown, indeed, not even dreamed of since Copernicus. It's a documentary. It's a story. It's mind-blowing special effects. This film plunges you into a world where quantum uncertainty is demonstrated - where neurological processes, and perceptual shifts are engaged and lived by its protagonist - where everything is alive, and reality is changed by every thought...
The positive aspect of Supa being on this forced hiatus (aka "the evil flu!") is that she's been getting a fair amount of reading, writing, and movie watching done! Always fun. At any rate - viewing this flic was actually given to me as an assignment a few years back; I was studying existentialism and other forms of progressive thought, and was instructed that I wouldn't fully grasp some of the concepts until I familiarized myself with the science of quantum physics.
Well, five minutes into this flic, my brain damn near had a spiritual/intellectual orgasm - I mean, how could it not, when it teased & aroused me with questions like this:
- How can you continue to see the world as real, if the self that is determining it to be real, is intangible?
- Have you ever seen yourself through the eyes of someone else that you have become..and looked at yourself though the eyes of the ultimate observer?
- Why do we keep recreating the same reality? Why do we keep having the same relationships? Why do we keep getting the same jobs, over and over again? Is it possible we're so conditioned to our daily lives...so conditioned to the way we create our lives, that we buy into the idea that we have no control at all?.... In this infinite sea of potential that exist around us, how come we keep recreating the same realities?
- Is there a possibility that all potentials exist side by side? Are all realities existing simultaneously?
- We've been conditioned to believe that the external world is more real than the internal one. This new model of science is just the opposite. It says: What's happening within us will create what's happening outside of us.
So, if this is the type of shit that gets you off in an intellectual sense, I highly recommend this movie. It's been categorized as "spiritual cinema," and most of the reviews I've read either claim it as genius, or condemn it as garbage. A few members of my writing crew watched it, and we still can't stop talking about it. (And the fact that some of the dopest concepts are being dropped on the viewer by a 10yr old black boy, made it especially endearing to me!) It has the potential to open you up and challenge yourself and your conditioned thought processes - and encourages you to realize that "the real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery."
Free yo' mind...and all that good shit.
PS - I Heart Huckabees is this movie's cousin, except it takes the more humorous approach to the examination of the human condition. (love. that. movie. too!)