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light workout.

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going to a movie theater counts as a light workout.

count me in.

If your New Year’s resolution is to exercise more, your goal just got a lot easier.

Sitting through a film at the cinema could be considered light exercise, according to researchers at the University College London (UCL), who found that movie-goers often experienced heart rate increases equal to about 40 minutes of low-impact cardio.

The trip to the movie theater makes all the difference, scientists believe. Whereas film fans are easily distracted while watching at home, the unbroken concentration involved in seeing a movie at the cinema is the key to their finding.

“Cultural experiences like going to the cinema provide opportunities to devote our undivided attention for sustained periods of time,” writes UCL neuroscientist Joseph Devlin in the report. “In the cinema, however, there is nothing else you can do except immerse yourself.”

This means a movie night could be good for our minds, too.

“Our ability to work through problems without distraction makes us better able to solve problems and be productive,” he says.

The study, paid for by UK-based Vue Cinemas, observed 51 participants as they watched the 2019 live-action remake of “Aladdin,” with sensors tracking their heart rates and skin reactions during the film. Their results were compared to a group of 26 others who spent that same amount of time reading.

A normal resting heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats per minute. The results showed that those who spent 40 minutes in a movie theater reached a “healthy heart zone,” with rates landing somewhere between 40% to 80% of its maximum rate — about 95 and 160 beats per minute for an average middle-aged adult. This level of heart activity could be compared to brisk walking or gardening, researchers say.

Study authors also noted that moviegoers’ heart beats began to synchronize during the film, which may contribute to “a positive effect on our overall social connectedness.”

“A shared social focus not only has a proven link to greater bonding and empathy with others,” they write, “but also has been proven to reduce symptoms of loneliness and depression.”

According to Devlin, this sort of prolonged concentration could be a boon to anyone, especially those who feel constantly distracted by smartphones, tablets and social media.

“In a world where it is increasingly difficult to step away from our devices, this level of sustained focus is good for us,” he writes.

 

‘cinema is a great binding force for a nation.’

-judith kumar

 

 

 

credits: hannah sparks, ny post

shared.

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on the day before thanksgiving

school was out

 kids had energy to burn

so I borrowed the big car

to round everyone up

and

enjoy an afternoon with

two grandies

 four neighborhood friends

and a lot of smuggled-in candy

while settling into

comfy seats

at the local theater.

one tried pre-filling his Santa hat

to the top with treats

before we left his house

but the group voted and decided

it was unsteady, looked suspicious,

and would quickly reveal our scheme.

it’s all about teaching life skills.

“the magic of film isn’t just because of the big screen,

or the acoustics,

but he ineffable shared experience of going to the movies.”

-fernando perez

the papermaker.

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i have always had a great love of paper

especially handmade

each piece unique

the feel, the smell, the beauty,

 the unlimited opportunities

to decorate it, to write and draw and paint upon it,

to fold it, to cut it, to wrap with it, to read from it, to create with it.

the short film below is a glimpse into the life of an artisan

who is also passionate about paper.

“The Papermaker“ is a short documentary about one of the last handcrafting papermakers in Europe and his great love for paper. Gangolf Ulbricht makes unique tree- free papers by hand. For international artists, conservators, photographers, printers and many more. He learned his uniqe craft in Germany, Japan, France and England. In this short film we see him producing his fine paper in his basement studio in the Arthouse Bethanien in Berlin-Kreuzberg. He talks about his love and dedication for this craft – and it ́s future. Gangolf has worked for a number of known artists like: Jenny Holzer, Louise Bourgeois, Guenther Uecker, Jonathan Meese, Damien Hirst, Christiane Baumgartner, Matthias Weischer and many more.

https://uncrate.com/video/the-papermaker/

“fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”

-william wordsworth

 

 

 

 

credits:

Directed by DANIEL EGENOLF
Director of Photography LINE KÜHL
Edited by BORIS SEEWALD
Music by RALF HILDENBEUTEL
Sounddesign by ALEXANDER HEINZE
Produced by kingsandkongs.de

flashdance.

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35 years ago ‘flashdance’ was released

and it emerged again recently

in honor of international dance day

 i loved this movie

 had the shoes, the ripped up sweatshirt, the perm

though my dancing style

was a bit different  

from this welder by day/dancer by night

and i didn’t live in a cool loft

or have an eccentric dog

or ride my bike to work

or look at all alike

but other than that

we were like sisters.

Take your passion and make it happen! #InternationalDanceDay

“let us read and let us dance –

two amusements that will never do any harm to the world. “

-voltaire

 

 

image credit: paramount pictures, jennifer beals

my life as a zucchini.

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there is so much strength and emotion 

packed into this 70 minute little film

i am left not knowing exactly what to say.

directed by claude bars

a joint swiss/french

stop-motion animation creation

later re-voiced in english

with unforgettable characters

so tiny

yet larger than life

 their huge eyes

mirror their huge troubles, emotions, lives

 their fight for survival

and their desperate search to find a way

to open their wounded hearts once again.

it is a testament to the resilience of the human heart

and the power of love and friendship in the face of adversity.

(French: Ma vie de Courgette; also titled My Life as a Zucchini), was screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. This is the second adaptation of Gilles Paris’ 2002 novel Autobiographie d’une Courgette, as there was a French live-action television film adaptation called C’est mieux la vie quand on est grand which aired in 2007. The film was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film at the 89th Academy Awards but lost to Zootopia. It was also selected as the Swiss entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards, making the December shortlist.

 “the empty swing set reminds us of this–


that bad won’t be bad forever,

and what is good can sometimes last 
a long, long time.
”

-jacqueline woodson

 

 

note: while this film is animated, it may be too emotional and scary for young children to experience, due to some of the characters and issues addressed within.

credits: universal studios, wikipedia, cannes film festival

the red turtle.

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saw this beautiful film yesterday

very moving and mesmerizing

drawn in mostly soft colors 

it captures the subtleties of

 nature, man, balance, human connections, family,

impermanence, the circles that life takes

very simple lines and images

bamboo, trees, water, sky, people, animals, land

created by three studios in three countries

japan, england, belgium

does not require any translation

as there is no dialogue

except for one word

only lovely music

to take you through this

fairy tale, fantasy, fable, legend

 when you get to the end

the quietly powerful and touching final scenes

will draw you in

it was 81 minutes of

pure perfection in every frame.

“this film was simple and and elemental.

like a picture book that needs no words.”

– a.o. scott – new york times

‘the red turtle’ premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 cannes film festival, where it won a grand jury award. the film was also nominated for the best animated feature film for the 89th academy awards.

credits: studio ghibli, wild bunch studio, toho studio, sony pictures classics

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we were an audience of six

(including the organ player)

at the beautiful michigan theatre

where we saw some amazing short films

thus proving once again that

sometimes less is more.

2017-oscar-nominated-short-films-live-action-54“if you have the audience, that is good, that gives you a good motivation!

if you don’t have the audience, that is good, that gives you a good motivation to try to have some!”
― mehmet murat ildan

trolls.

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i’ve now seen this movie 3 times

couldn’t get the grandies viewing schedules to mesh

so we went in groups

it was colorful, happy, and musical

all felt and sparkles and big hair and eccentric characters

and i have to say

it is a totally fun and trippy, dreamy movie

that asks and answers the question:

“what is the nature of happiness?”

and really, it is quite impossible

not to be happy when you watch this film.

“it is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”

-charles spurgeon


credits: dreamworks animation, 20th century fox

 

heal.

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i saw this incredibly moving canadian film the other day

‘monsieur lazhar’

released a few years back

nominated for a

foreign film academy award

it was

 about a teacher 

and

the

humanity 

of

love

joy

loss

grief

pain

guilt

anger

connection

forgiveness

strength

acceptance

and

finally,

hope.

amazing

how one person

can come into another’s  life

and

lead them

 on a road

towards healing

by

beginning to

heal themselves.

after i watched the final scene

sat in silence

for a long time after.

“what happens when people open their hearts?”
“they get better.”
― haruki murakami,

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