Most recent talks Film talks A-Z Before viewing talks Deep talks Sign up: email updates About the film talks Stay up on new talks Join the community
What's this site about? Inside out: Heart Inside out: Beauty Inside out: Love Thoughtful: a film's heart Thoughtful: film content Thoughtful: films to watch Who's behind this?
Register and login General PttH updates Film review sites Film site quick views Quotes The PttH seminar
"You can't measure the success of a [film] on how many tickets it sells. You can only measure it in how many hearts it changes." Hayao Miyazaki …more »»  
Log inRegister

What’s the deal here?

Have you ever had a blinding flash of clarity about a better life or a better world? A moment where you thought, “Hey, maybe there’s life before death”? It can change you, and it can start with a moment in a movie.

That’s what is about: finding life through film. Whether a film is old or new, we turn things around: We spend less time critiquing a film and more time asking if the film can critique us. With any film, we:

  • Focus first on how a film embodies the best in life — good, true, beautiful things — even if its filmcraft falls short.
  • Tone down (but don’t ignore) our critique of a film’s failings.
  • Allow a film to show ugly sides of life if, by doing so, it might help us see the best in life more clearly.

Why? Because life is better when the world’s a better place, and that starts with us. Whether on DVD or in a theater, we have a good time with film and we want movies to help us get better. Other bits you’ll find on the site:




A angle on film is about how we change from the inside out and how film can help us do that. It works like this:

Change from the inside out

  • Heart. On the inside, in our hearts, is who we really are. A film can show us the best things in life and move us toward loving them.
  • Beauty. Our hearts move with Beauty — good, true, pleasing things. A film can help us feel the joy of real Beauty or the pain of Beauty's absence.
  • Love. As a film moves us toward Beauty, we can find and live love and relationship with those around us.

Be thoughtful about film

  • Find a film's heart. Seeing a film, we want more than the fun of the moment. We also want the film's heart to move us toward the best in life.
  • Take care with content. We see films that dive deep into ugly issues of this life, and thus show ugly things, but we don't want to enjoy ugly content for its own sake.
  • Consider what to watch. We see a broad range of films, yet we aim to choose better films that enrich our lives with Beauty in the moment and that also help us get better.

I hope you'll join us.

Randy Heffner
organizer

Talk about great films: An Unfinished Life (2005)

Before viewing talk
An Unfinished Life is rich with diversity of relational contexts and emotional perspectives. In its exploration of forgiveness and responsibility, one central conflict is echoed ...more »»
After viewing talk
After watching An Unfinished life, and seeing played out before me its multi-faceted exploration of blaming and forgiveness, I hope I am more senstive … more »»
 
…more »»  

Reviews and stuff on other interesting film sites



To Inspire Love: Death on the Nile (John Guillermin, 1978)
This is the second  in a (long-delayed, alas!) series of posts chronicling the fortunes of Agatha Christie on film from 1974-1988.…

The Fantasy of American Innocence: Little Boy (Alejandro Monteverde, 2015)
Before I begin, an obvious warning: I will discuss spoilers here. Another obvious warning: this is a long piece and it goes into…

Gett: The The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Roni and Shlomi Elkabetz, 2014)
Gett is the end of a series of films about the failed marriage of the Amsalems. In To Take A Wife (2004) and 7 Days (2008), Viviane…

Hard To Be A God (German, 2014)
I have only had the opportunity to see a few of Aleksei German’s films. But watching either Khrustalyov, My Car! or Hard…

The Horrible Theology of Hannibal
There are a few basic differences between the novels by Thomas Harris and Hannibal, their NBC TV series adaptation. The most intriguing…

The Babadook (Kent, 2014)
Amelia is having a nightmare, and first time director Jennifer Kent begins her psychological horror film, The Babadook, by placing…

Selma (DuVernay, 2014)
    There is a series of shots in Selma that called to mind a passage from Perez’s The Material Ghost. In this…

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Takahata, 2014)
I watched this quiet miracle of a film recently with my daughter. We have been taking painting lessons together, learning how…

Filmwell Recommends – Streaming in January
Welcome to a new monthly post we will be putting together here at Filmwell. As streaming video and VOD releases have become an…

Favorite Films of 2014
It is that time of the year when with a heave and a sigh I launch my top ten list out among all the others, knowing that mere…

Updated: 5 Feb 2016, 23:00 UTC

 


‘The Innocents’ tells a story of trauma, grace
At last, the long night of World War II is over in Europe, but for a Benedictine monastery of nuns in northern Poland, the nightmare…

‘Thelma & Louise’ 25 years later still poses a challenge to male entitlement
I first saw “Thelma and Louise” while studying for a master’s in education in media studies in London in 1995.…

RISEN now available on DVD, Blu-Ray. digital
RISEN is now available on DVD, Blu-ray, digital, etc. Here’s a link to the cast talking about meeting the Pope as well as…

‘The Angry Birds Movie’ is a volatile pun fest
Flying off the gigantic success of its 2009 online video game “Angry Birds,” Rovio Entertainment of Finland commissioned…

Stories that invite us to be cultural mystics
After more than six decades of life, I am still startled by the profound empathy for humanity often revealed in stories told through…

Pope Francis invites us to reflect mercy in our speech and in Tweets for World Communications Day 2016
  One of the best-kept secrets of the Catholic Church is that we have a beautiful tradition of teaching about communication…

8 films and mini-series to see before you vote
My ears perked up back in March when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz defended his wife, Heidi, after Donald Trump threatened to “spill…

Cast of RISEN reacts to meeting Pope Francis ahead of May release of DVD
The DVD is now available! The film RISEN, that I reviewed in February as a “moving contribution to the canon of biblical…

TCM Classic Film Festival April 28-May 1, 2016 Hollywood
  If you are a film buff and like classic films from every era, don’t miss the upcoming TCM Film Festival April 28…

“Noble” is now on DVD
In the early 1950s, Christina Noble (Gloria Cramer Curtis), a young girl from a poor part of Dublin, Ireland, aspires to be a…

Updated: 2 Jul 2016, 06:00 UTC