Fully Charged, Physics of the Soul, Time is Art

CinemaFully Charged by Tom Rath

Making small changes in our lives can pay big dividends, and that’s the message at the heart of the new documentary, “Fully Charged,” created by best-selling author Tom Rath and award-winning director David Martin. The film illustrates how engaging in certain kinds of actions can lead to a more fulfilling, more creative life. It also demonstrates how certain mindset changes – like focusing on generating more personal energy (through better diets, proper sleep and exercise), pursuing more personal interactions and seeking meaning – can lead to a better quality of life, one in which we feel more content and get more done.

fully-chaargedThese contentions are backed by the research and observations of experts like Brian Wansinkon on behavioral health, Ryan Howell on the psychology of spending, Nicholas Christakis on social networks, Thomas Gilovich on decision-making and behavioral economics, Roy Baumeister on willpower, and Amy Wrzesniewsky on the role of meaning in our work, as well as numerous personal examples of individuals who have made use of these principles. However, despite the inclusion of this information and these tangible examples, the movie comes up short in terms of tying everything together, especially when connecting the dots between recommendations and results; we see how others have been successful (by way of example), but the film doesn’t effectively show how we can replicate that for ourselves. This seems to imply that we need to change our outlooks, not just pursue certain kinds of actions, but the film doesn’t really show how to do that. In essence, this amounts to little more than saying “just do this.” That shortcoming represents a significant missing link, one that should have been clarified to strengthen the film’s main assertions. In all, “Fully Charged” serves up some fine inspiration, but it’s unfortunate that it lacks what it needs to make the information more useful for viewers.

–Reviewed by Brent Marchant


Physics-SoulThe Physics of the Soul by Frank Huguenard

The search for cures to today’s ills has slowly been turning in new directions. The traditional materialistic view that science has relied on implicitly for ages has begun to be challenged by new thinking involving the role of consciousness and the mind-body connection. But bringing such new ideas to the fore has been met with resistance from those married to the existing paradigm, primarily because these revolutionary concepts require a fundamental shift in how we view reality, not just science or medicine.

In “The Physics of the Soul,” the first in a five-part series examining healing and consciousness, filmmaker Frank Huguenard presents an insightful examination of this subject, providing viewers with an introduction to the basic ideas underlying it. Through a series of monologues featuring new thought leaders in the scientific and philosophical communities, Huguenard offers an insightful, well-organized summary of the key points necessary for understanding how and why outlooks must change if true progress is to be made. Among the on-camera experts are Gary Zukav, Marilyn Schlitz, Bruce Lipton, William Tiller, Norm Shealy, Larry Dossey, Bill Bengston, Stuart Hameroff and Lynne McTaggart.

Admittedly, the documentary’s single-camera, virtually motionless filming technique is a bit bland and tedious (some might even say “clinical”), and the inclusion of a music video featuring a collection of wildlife shots at the end – though entertaining – is rather incongruent with the rest of the presentation. However, these shortcomings aside, the film makes worthwhile viewing for anyone interested in this groundbreaking topic.

–Reviewed by Brent Marchant


TimeisArt-inTheatres9001Time is Art by Jennifer Palmer

When writer Jennifer Palmer underwent a profound experience with the passing of a loved one, the once-spiritually skeptical scribe set off on a path of self-discovery. In the new documentary “Time is Art,” viewers witness her journey through a series of dialogues with an array of enlightened teachers, practitioners, artists and activists, including Rupert Sheldrake, Daniel Pinchbeck, Graham Hancock, Amy Lansky and Jocelyn James. These conversations cover a range of topics and the benefits they potentially afford, including dream work, ancient mysteries, cosmology, sacred substances, intuition and, above all, synchronicity. Through these discussions, audiences are made more aware of our inherent connectedness, our evolving mindset and our vastly underrated capabilities, all helping us to frame a new world – and a new future – for ourselves. In moving away from a materialistic way of living to one that’s inherently more focused on expressing our innate creativity, we’re witnessing a significant paradigm shift in which the prevailing thinking is changing from the notion that “time is money” to, as the film’s title suggests, “Time is Art.”

–Reviewed by Brent Marchant







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