Two great films - what do they have in common?

“The goal of life is living in agreement with nature." Zeno

If you know me at all, you know I love movies. A lot. As in, I became a professional actor so I can be in them. And a big dream of mine is to one day produce my own films so I can put high-quality, high-vibe entertainment out into the world.

So when I see a really well-made film - one that is real and beautiful and uplifting - I shout about it from the rooftops. Because in my opinion, it doesn't happen nearly often enough.

This weekend, I saw not one, but two, such films. Yes, my Awesome Movie cup absolutely overfloweth, so I had to tell you about them...

The first is called "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" - a film from New Zealand that is now a member of my all-time Top 10 list. It's that good.

The movie is about a boy (played by breakout star Julian Dennison) and his foster father (Sam Neill, excellent as always). The two become the subjects of a manhunt after they get stranded in the New Zealand wilderness.

Please take the time to click on the link and watch the trailer, it's really worth your time. It's super funny, gorgeous to look at, and acted flawlessly. Since it's a foreign indie film, it won't be showing everywhere. But trust me, this one's worth a drive to see!
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The second film is called "Captain Fantastic", which, thankfully, should be in more theaters.

The film centers around Ben Cash (played by the incredible Viggo Mortensen), and his six children, who live deep in the wilderness of Washington state. Isolated from society, Ben and his wife Leslie train their kids to think critically, have tremendous physical strength and endurance, live in the wild without technology, and co-exist with nature. But when Leslie dies suddenly, Ben must take his children into the outside world.

This one's definitely more on the dramatic side than "Wilderpeople", but you'll definitely laugh at times. And like "Wilderpeople", the scenery alone is worth the price of admission.
What I realized after watching both films was how they both looked at people who purposely choose to live in nature. No houses, no running water, no cell phones. Man and the wild.

Now I love getting back to nature as much as the next gal, but could I actually live in the wilderness? I'd like to think I could with some guidance, but I also know that I wouldn't want to. I like my AC and Wi-Fi too much!

But these movies did inspire me to look at my life and see how I can live more in harmony with my Mother with a Capital "M". How I can read more and surf less, how I can go barefoot more and really connect with the Earth, how I can watch less TV and more stars? CLICK TO TWEET
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If the measure of great art is the ability to inspire us for the better, these two films knocked it out of the park. National park, that is :-)

What was the last great movie you watched? Please, oh please, let me know on our Facebook page. I'm always on the lookout for inspiration...

Get outside,
Emily