A few films I think everyone should see.
- Excalibur (1981) — John Boorman — A retelling of the Arthurian legend through the filter of the Monomyth. The feedback provided by the story that generated the pattern being fitted perfectly into its derivative template allowed Boorman to convey more of the tale through stunning visuals and an enchanting score. Criticized for its lack of authenticity, the film wins tremendous acclaim for its understanding of patterns and archetypes.
- Wreck-It Ralph (2012) — Rich Moore — If you’re studying the Hero’s Journey, and you need something beyond Star Wars as an example of the Monomyth in action, look into this Disney Animated Classic. Following the three-act structure made popular by Syd Field, the quest for the external super-objective rests atop the restoration of a mystical realm with its true queen.
- Pulp Fiction (1994) — Quentin Tarantino — Why does God come down from heaven to stop these mother fucking bullets? The briefcase houses the Grail. (Did I forget to say “Spoilers?” Oh, dear.)
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) — Stanley Kubrick — Stunning visuals steal the show, but the astute observer will notice a cosmology amidst the cosmology.
- Lucifer Rising (1974) — Kenneth Anger — Test your symbolic and mythological prowess against a latter-day disciple of the late Aleister Crowley and see what you can make of this gem. Awash in fantastic imagery, ritual acts, and a Bohemian cast of artists, musicians, and post-pop theologians, Anger communicates a ray of the Gnosis directly into the ajna chakra. Scored by Bobby Beausoleil, Anger’s one-time lover and member of the Manson Family (currently serving a life sentence.)
- The Holy Mountain (1973) — Alejandro Jodorowsky — Much like Anger, Jodorowsky turns to occult symbols and ancient archetypes to communicate a spiritual truth to his audience. If your eyes glaze over, stop the film and go read a book on Tarot cards or astrology or Cabala, then come back and make your ascent.
These are only a few of the films I find inspiring.