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Conscious Creation Goes to the Movies

Look for Brent's regular reviews of movies from a conscious creation perspective here in the days, weeks and months ahead. He will profile new theatrical pictures and DVD releases from a wide variety of movie genres. So, go get some popcorn and enjoy the show!

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‘Shadow Dancer’ exposes the perils of deceit

Clive Owen & Andrea Riseborough in Shadow DancerBRENT MARCHANT: When we seek to deceive others the consequences of such actions can be devastating for us and for those affected by our schemes, results that become all too painfully apparent in the gripping new thriller, ‘Shadow Dancer.’ Read more >>>

‘Man of Steel’ shows us how to soar

Henry Cavill in Man of SteelBRENT MARCHANT: Those of us undeterred from becoming who we aspire to be, won’t allow potential obstacles to hold us back, especially when we avail ourselves of guidance and inspiration on how to proceed - concepts that are superbly showcased in the new summertime action adventure, ‘Man of Steel'. Read more >>>

‘Now You See Me’ works magic on screen

Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher & Woody Harrelson in Now You See MeBRENT MARCHANT: We’re all familiar with magic tricks that have entertained us for ages, prompting enthralled onlookers to wonder how such supernatural feats are accomplished. But simple stunts are nothing in comparison to the grand creative exploits successfully executed in the new release, ‘Now You See Me.’ Read more >>>

‘Frances Ha’ applauds the virtues of responsibility

Greta Gerwig in the quirky new indie comedy, Frances Ha.BRENT MARCHANT: Time can pass us by and day can get behind us faster than we thought possible. So, when are we going to start making the effort to realize a nebulous goal? At some point we must take responsibility to concertedly move toward achieving that aim, an idea explored in the quirky new indie comedy, ‘Frances Ha'. Read more >>>

‘Star Trek’ boldly goes ‘Into Darkness’

Chris Pine & Zachary Quinto in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness'BRENT MARCHANT: Those seeking an enlightened path for themselves often gravitate exclusively to ‘the light,’ casually ignoring or even actively eschewing ‘the shadow’ side of things. But is this a wise course? Are there things that ‘the dark side’ can teach us? Read more >>>

‘Reluctant Fundamentalist’ implores us to see ‘the whole picture’

Riz Ahmed in The Reluctant FundamentalistBRENT MARCHANT: It’s easy to grow accustomed to seeing our existence in compartmentalized snippets. Such conditions cause us to lose sight of the bigger picture. But, if we’re to truly understand the world around us, we need to take a broader view of things, an argument eloquently put forth in the gripping new drama, ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist.’ Read more >>>

‘No’ showcases the power of ideas

Gael García Bernal in ‘No’ BRENT MARCHANT: When an idea takes root, it can spread like a weed. Such was the case in one Latin American country 25 years ago, when an innovative notion took off and drastically changed the nation’s character, an endeavour compellingly depicted in the unusual, fact-based comedy-drama, ‘No.’ Read more >>>

‘Kon-Tiki’ successfully navigates the depths of creation

Kon-Tiki -IconBRENT MARCHANT: There are those courageous souls who don’t shy away from their challenges, revelling in the adventures that await, unexpected escapades and all. Such is the example provided by the fact-based historical drama, ‘Kon-Tiki.’ Read more >>>

‘42’ celebrates the glory of a hero’s journey

Chadwick Boseman & Harrison Ford in 42, The True Story of an American Legend.BRENT MARCHANT: Our life is often fraught with setbacks. These events may seem so overwhelming that we might be tempted to throw in the towel. Carrying forth with determination can be quite difficult without a little inspiration, but, fortunately, that’s something to be found in ample quantities in the moving new sports drama, ‘42... Read more >>>

‘Disconnect’ shows what’s missing in life

Hope Davis, Jason Bateman, Haley Ramm in DisconnectBRENT MARCHANT: Feelings of detachment are all too prevalent these days. Many people believe themselves to be so removed from one another that they wonder whether they’ll ever be able to get those feelings back. Correcting such failings may require drastic measures, too, as becomes apparent in the compelling new drama, ‘Disconnect.’ Read more >>>

‘Jurassic Park 3D’ instils respect for the power of creation

From Steven Spielberg’s - Jurassic Park 3DBRENT MARCHANT: The power behind acts of creation is tremendous. The process of bringing forth an idea into manifestation is truly miraculous. But, when we treat this notion casually, we run the risk of paying a high price. Such is the message of a recently re-released screen classic presented in a new format, ‘Jurassic Park 3D.’ Read more >>>

Sparkling ‘Sapphires’ reveals how to shine

Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Miranda Tapsell and Shari Sebbens in The SapphiresBRENT MARCHANT: Stepping into the spotlight is something many of us have likely fantasized about, but how many of us actually follow through on that dream? There are steps we can take to achieve success, many of which are outlined in the delightful new comedy-drama, ‘The Sapphires,’ a story inspired by actual events. Read more >>>

‘Dream Team’ scores big on inspiration

Team photoBRENT MARCHANT: Movies with sports themes are often some of the corniest and yet also most inspiring films. Their outcomes seldom come as any surprise, but we watch them if for no other reason than the ample good feelings they fill us with. Such is the case with the Olympic basketball documentary, ‘The Other Dream Team,’ now available on DVD. Read more >>>

‘Oz’ depicts how to become great and powerful

A hot air balloon swept up in a Kansas tornado in ‘Oz the Great and Powerful'BRENT MARCHANT: We may be capable of the things we contend, but it won’t matter a bit if we don’t believe in that possibility. That principle lies at the core of the conscious creation process and, in turn, of the realities we each manifest. It’s also at the centre of Oscar’s odyssey. Read more >>>

'Sound of My Voice' asks "What do we believe?"

Christopher Denham and Brit Marling in Sound of My VoiceBRENT MARCHANT: Every so often we undergo profound experiences that prompt us to examine our beliefs and how they form the basis of our reality, a notion explored in the intense independent production, ‘Sound of My Voice,’ now available on DVD.

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‘Surviving Progress’ seeks solutions for a new human paradigm

Louisiana, A chimp at the Cognitive Evolution Group research centre in New IberiaBRENT MARCHANT: ‘Progress', in all its forms, is something meant to be revered, cherished and worshipped, is it not? Could we survive without it? But, then again, given the state of things today, might it be possible that we’ve got things backwards... Read more >>>

'Side Effects’ underscores the perils of unintended consequences

Rooney Mara in 'Side Effects'BRENT MARCHANT: “The best laid schemes of mice and men oft go awry, and leave us nothing but grief and pain, for promised joy!” Such disappointments can indeed be devastating, but they can be that much worse for those who rely on insincere intentions and artificial means of assistance in seeking to achieve their goals... Read more >>>

‘Compliance’ reveals the danger of deference

Dreama Walker in the gripping independent film, ‘Compliance’BRENT MARCHANT: Think you know how you’ll react when the reputations and well-being of others are threatened by the unproven accusations of those in positions of power? Will fairness and justice prevail? Or will self-serving interests and cowardice take precedence? Read more >>>

‘Quartet’ celebrates living in the moment

Maggie Smith in 'Quartet'BRENT MARCHANT: Many of us regrettably spend large parts of our lives chasing ever-elusive impressions of what was or what we hope might be. But, in doing so, we tend to neglect who and where we are in our lives, missing out on the joys of what they have to offer... Read more >>>

‘Amour’ illuminates the power of love

Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva in ‘Amour’ BRENT MARCHANT: Love encompasses such a vast array of embodiments that it’s difficult to grasp, all that it makes possible. Nevertheless, the daunting nature of that task has not deterred those who would pay proper homage to the subject in the latest offering from director Michael Haneke, ‘Amour’. Read more >>>

‘Les Misérables’ envisions hope for a world of our dreams

Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway in Les MisérablesBRENT MARCHANT: Daring to dream a world better than the one that we have takes foresight and vision. But, above all, it also takes courage, the fortitude to picture an existence that breaks the chains of limitation and embodies the notion that things don’t have to be as they are. Read more >>>

‘State of Illusion’ reveals the reality of reality

J.B. Tuttle in People v. The State of IllusionBRENT MARCHANT: We all know how reality works, right? Or do we? Many of us like to think of our existence as an easily definable, quantifiable experience governed by readily identified laws that apply across the board. But is it really that simple, or is there something more subjective at work... Read more >>>

‘The Impossible’ reveals how beliefs beat the odds

Naomi Watts and Tom Holland in The ImpossibleBRENT MARCHANT: Under trying conditions, reconciling oneself to seemingly obvious inevitabilities might look like the only option available. But is it really? What if another choice were possible? And what would it take to materialize it?
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‘Rust and Bone’ examines reinventing oneself

Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts in Rust and BoneBRENT MARCHANT: No matter how seemingly cruel circumstances might appear, beginning anew is essential to our continued exploration of physical existence, as two lost souls discover for themselves in the edgy new French romance, ‘Rust and Bone.’ Read more >>>

Truth and deceit take centre stage in ‘Argo’

Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in Argo BRENT MARCHANT: Navigating the minefield of truth and deception is one of the tasks put to the characters in – and the audiences of – one of this year’s most anticipated releases, director Ben Affleck’s historical thriller, ‘Argo.’ Read more >>>

‘Hitchcock’ portrays a master creator at work

Anthony Hopkins as Legendary filmmaker Alfred HitchcockBRENT MARCHANT: It’s always a joy to watch a master creator at work, no matter what endeavour is being pursued. The passion for producing one’s heartfelt desires is indeed something to behold, not only for the one ensconced in the creative process but also for anyone fortunate enough just to watch...
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Noble intents, practical thinking join forces in ‘Lincoln’

Daniel Day-Lewis as LincolnBRENT MARCHANT: Bold moves often pay off in big rewards. Thinking through one’s aspirations, and then following them up with practical, inspired action, yield tremendous benefits, not only for the initiator, but also for all who are touched by their realization. It’s a concept made plain in the sweeping new historical drama, ‘Lincoln.’ Read more >>>

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ seeks a game plan for living

Bradley Cooper as Pat Solatano Jr.  in the new romantic comedy ‘Silver Linings Playbook’BRENT MARCHANT: As any sports enthusiast can attest, it helps to have a game plan to achieve victory. The same is true in life, a challenge made all the more onerous when hampered by extenuating circumstances... Read more >>>

‘Life of Pi’ looks for meaning in the unlikeliest of places

Suraj Sharma as Pi Patel in ‘Life of Pi’BRENT MARCHANT: The search for the meaning of life is as old as mankind, and countless thinkers have devoted innumerable hours pondering it. But not all of those seekers have been scholarly intellects residing in ivory towers; some have been average, everyday folks thrust into the unlikeliest of places or circumstances... Read more >>>

‘The Sessions’ probes the beliefs underlying sexuality

Helen Hunt and John Hawkes in The Sessions

BRENT MARCHANT: It’s been said “We are what we eat,” an observation that frequently proves right on the money. But, in my experience, I’ve found that we often are everything we do in our lives, especially the acts that comprise a part of our existence that many of us are averse to talk about, sex. Read more >>>

Plotline turbulence bogs down incomplete ‘Flight’

Denzel Washington in FlightBRENT MARCHANT: Frequent flyers have no doubt experienced their share of bumpy flights. Even under the best of conditions, there are times when turbulence can make these journeys a little difficult to get through. Such is also the case, metaphorically speaking, with the latest offering from director Robert Zemeckis, ‘Flight'. Read more >>>

'Cloud Atlas' showcases the connectedness of all things

Halle Berry & Tom Hanks in Cloud AtlasBRENT MARCHANT: 'Cloud Atlas' is an incredibly ambitious project, well executed in virtually every respect. The performances are terrific across the board, an amazing feat considering the demanding multiple characterizations involved... Read more >>>

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Movie Reel BRENT MARCHANT: I believe it really is possible for life to become what you make of it and I’ve come to discover that movies can be organized into a sort of roadmap or outline for explaining the key concepts of conscious creation. Read more >>>