Disney’s forgotten adaptation of “Treasure Island” was ahead of its time for its depiction of male-female platonic friendship, single motherhood, and positive masculinity
Octopus Buddhas and Aliens: The Story of Tako Yakushi
One of my favorite films about aliens is Arrival (2016), based on Ted Chiang’s Story of Your Life (1998). It portrays otherworldly visitors as enlightened extraterrestrials with a literally timeless grasp of language and causality. Aside from being spacefaring travellers and inhabiting spacecraft that leave no residue, traces, or pollution, the advanced creatures of Arrival perceive time […]
May the Force Be Unnecessary With You
One needs wisdom, strength, and ethics to pursue a Buddhist life. It’s a discipline and a challenge. It’s a journey through the internal world. The Star Wars film series depicts worldly struggle: lightsaber duels, space battles, galactic journeys, and political intrigue. How can a close examination of the movies deepen our appreciation of the Dhamma? […]
The Moon Has Disappeared. Now What?
Pixie It’s the Mid-Autumn Festival, and the whole family has gathered to play with lanterns and gaze at the beautiful full moon. Suddenly, the Moon disappears. What happens to our family and the Earth? The Moon is a 3,475 kilometer-wide ball of rock. How could it disappear? Let’s take a look at a few different […]