The Cappuccino Club is back
(bring your own)
REVOLVER: a 2005 film by Guy Ritchie
Saturday 24th December 1pm-3:30pm
This movie was panned by critics and audiences, but only because they simply did not understand it. When you know what the characters mean, everything slots perfectly into place, to create a near-perfect modern day gangster fairy tale.
There is no charge for this event, and no need to book in advance.
- 12:30 ish meet at Ekkamai meditation center
- 1:00 Notes on characters and themes (without which you likely won’t get the movie either)
- 1:30-2:30 film and discussion
Good coffee is available at 35 baht for (smallish) cup from the coffee shop opposite – we’ll take orders and send over for it. Teas of various descriptions are available at the center.
So what is the film about?
On the surface it is a gangster movie. In style it’s very much an art film. But deeper than that we have an iconic modern day gangster fairy tale.
Every character and every event is a precise motif. It is about meditation, about the psyche, and about marshaling the faculties of the self in over coming the self.
This of course, was missed by critics and film goers, who loved Ritchie for his gang buster movie Snatch.
But Ritchie, and then wife Madonna, was heavily into kabbalah the mystic and meditation side of Judaism that has much in common with Buddhism (and every mystic path). The insights from which he expressed in unforgettable style and vigour.
It covered themes of
- universal greed
- learning to confine the mind in meditation
- the insights from looking inward
- overcoming the power of the ego
- and putting to use the two aspects of the mind in Judeo-Christian mysticism (and also many fairy tales)
This is the only way to enjoy this movie – with the notes given beforehand you will see clearly how the pieces work together and comprehend what all the critics and movie-goers missed!
Our ‘Cappuccino Club’ is an informal gathering for meditation yogis and people interested in Buddhism etc… We pick a topic, set required reading that everyone must do beforehand (no one ever does it though!) and meet up for discussion.
This is an alternative format to our usual Dharma talks, and a chance to get to know some of the other faces and what they think.
In the past we had some great discussions on topics like The Bodhisattva Vow, The Little Prince, Interfaith, even Relations with Family! And we did movies like Holy Smoke, The Life of Brian, and documentaries on creativity and consciousness.
You don’t need to be smart, a meditator, or a Buddhist – just come with an open mind.
‘APARTMENTS’ Bangkok Meditation Centre
The center is a 4 minute walk from Ekkamai BTS Station.
We are 9/37 Thana Aket, Ekkamai Sukhumvit 63.
Enter Ekkamai (Sukhumvit Soi 63). Turn left into the second soi (lane). Bourbon street restaurant is on the corner. We’re the third building on the right, in the ‘APARTMENTS‘ building. Go up to the top floor. See the excellent map – it is very precise!