Tadhg’s movie awards 2016

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A slightly different Tadhg’s Journal today. A few weeks ago in the UK we had the BAFTAs – a lavishly-produced movies award ceremony and tv program for British movies/films.

I thought it would be good to share a few ‘deep’ and awe-inspiring movies with you that I’ve seen – a sort of ‘Tadhg’s Movie Awards.

Below are a some great movies, some quite old, that made it, and received the Tadhg’s Movie Awards, and which could double up as highly recommended movies/videos if you’re at a lose end and want to watch something different one evening. In each case, I believe the movie has something to ‘tell us’, to take us further, maybe challenge us, but certainly change us if we’re willing.

Ofcourse, this is just my view, and I’d sincerely  like to ask you yours.

So,  here are my movie choices for the Tadhg Movie Awards. The winners are:

Departures [Okuribito]. 2009 movie. Japanese with subtitles. Available on  Netflix UK.

An out-of-work cellist, Daigo Kobayashi played by Masahiro Motoki, replies to a job advert about ‘Departures’, thinking that he will work in a travel agency. But, he finds himself employed as a ‘Nokanashi’ or ‘encoffineer’ (the Japanese equivalent of an undertaker/mortician).

OfCourse, Daigo’s wife isn’t too happy, until she witnesses her husband at work. He is the one who leads a public-for-the-family ‘encoffiner’ ceremony, which was widely practised in Japan and still is, so I’m told in remote rural areas. The ceremony, as you’ll see,  is remarkably practical, extremely dignifying for all, and full of compassion for the observing, grieving family. It’s actually a very beautiful and practical ritual.

The movie is paradoxically life-affirming, and has some gripping twists and turns, and will certainly make you think. Awesome.

A Gift Of Miracles. 2015 movie. Available on Netflix UK.

A young Science PhD candidate, Darcy played by Rachel Boston, is completing her thesis, but it’s not all plain sailing. She has no belief in anything beyond her five senses, until she comes across a list of bequests from her late mother, and things start happening.

Always a sceptic, she is assisted in her thesis and more importantly receives encouragement from a handsome English professor to believe that there may things in this world that can’t be explained by science and logic. It may not be the most fast-moving movie, but it’s a ‘magical’ journey of synchronicity, with lessons for us all. Brilliant.

Stranger Than Fiction. 2005 Movie.

Harold Crick played by Will Ferrell, is an tax auditor in this it-will-make-you-think comedy. It all starts one morning as we see him brushing his teeth, and the narrator explains a few facts about him to us. No problem there, except for two things: Firstly, he actually hears the narrator in his head, and she turns out to be an author, Karen Eiffel played by Emma Thompson, and so he realises that his life is a story, and so far the facts about him have been spot on; secondly, he learns from the voice in his head that in the story he is going to die. And so it all starts. It’s life, but not as we know it. Outstanding.

But, let’s hear from you! 

So, those are my three ‘winners’, and recommendations to you if you’re at a lose end. But, I’d really like to know what movie has ‘moved’ you, that you found ‘deep’ or profound,  and which one you would recommend and why?. There are no wrong answers, just a case of sharing good movies with each other. So, get writing, please.



2 thoughts on “Tadhg’s movie awards 2016

  1. I have watched “Departures” and at first was stumped. Then I settled in, started it over & was delighted by the most heart-warming story of a young man ‘finding his calling’. He found what he was sent to this lifetime to do. How many people can say that!!? I loved it. Your movie saavy is spot on with this one. Now I’ve got to find and watch the other two!!!


    • Yes, ‘Departures’ is a movie you have to ‘immerse’ yourself in. It’s a great movie and very moving. The other two movies are totally different but profound in other ways.


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