An Encounter with Simone Weil tells the story of French philosopher, activist, and mystic, Simone Weil (1909-1943) — a woman Albert Camus described as “the only great spirit of our time.” On her quest to understand Simone Weil, filmmaker Julia Haslett confronts profound questions of moral responsibility both within her own family and the larger world. From the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War to anti-war protests in Washington DC, from intimate exchanges between the filmmaker and her older brother, who struggles with mental illness, to captivating interviews with people who knew Simone Weil, the film takes us on an unforgettable journey into the heart of what it means to be a compassionate human being.

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Editors’ Pick

– NEW YORK MAGAZINE

“…heartbreaking and inspiring.”

 –   MICHAEL MOORE

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Have you sat and watched a movie that is eye-catching to an extent you postpone everything just to watch it from start to finish? NZT movie is one such type of movie which has another limitless name. Neil Burger the Director and Leslie Dixon the producer took their time to make a thrilling film that shows the power of a nootropic drug that enhances the brain of the main actor who is an author.

The plot begins from a writer Eddie Morra who has a girlfriend Lindy. Lindy feels that Eddie is not hardworking enough. She thinks that the effort Eddie puts on the writing does not commensurate the rewards and decides to break up with him. At this point, he is vulnerable and falls into the trap of her ex-wife brother Vernon who introduces him to this powerful drug to help him progress in his book writing skills. He now feels he has more power to handle multiple works than when he was pout of drugs. They become fond of each other until after some months Vernon was murdered by his accomplice in the drug deal. Now that Eddie is addicted to this drug and it proves that it has changed his way of life for the better, he still resorts on how to get the daily pills of drugs from Vernon’s sources.

He now makes god money from his writing career and he now wants to be an investor. This helps him to meet financial millionaire to strike a deal. At this point, he has times skip as side effects to the drug. It is at this time when he was meeting with the financial tycoon Gennady, he watched the news and notices that there is a lady that was murdered in his hotel room and realizes she had slept with her during the time skips. This is the beginning of trouble for he is now followed. Gennady on noticing his usage of NZT; he now introduces himself to yet another millionaire who they are to do a bank merger by the name Carl Van Loon.

At the end of the meeting, Eddie goes into a time skip for 18 hours. This is a temporary memory lapse as a side effect of the drug. At this point, they are back together with the girlfriend Lindy but they later broke up as a result of the excess use of the drug and its side effect especially when it comes to a high sexual urge that Lindy could not cope with.

Eddy is noticing that this is a drug that either kills or sends people insane He is also addicted and now decides to set up his laboratory and dietary measures to cope up with the side effects. The Tycoon in which he has a merger is also on the drug but later was murdered. Gennady now uses Eddie as his drug supplier and there is a man in a trench cost whom he later recognizes as Gennady’s bodyguard who he uses to source the drug. Vernon goes into a coma and finally dies.

He is now on the run as the prime suspect and tries to lock himself in the house to avoid arrests. After a year, Eddie is doing well financially to a point that he can run for the Senate seat in the United States. He uses his laboratory to test his dosage and to manage its side effects.

Up to this point, you cannot just afford to switch off the TV or laptop. You just want to watch and see how the events unfold.

Introduction:

How does one differentiate between a healthy body and an unhealthy one? A body seems later if it is too chubby, too chunky or too FAT, right? Body Shaming is something which is experienced by the majority of people during their childhood and even when they are adult, whereas a healthy body is nonetheless praised and complimented on every possible occasion. When it is said that a person must have a proper discipline in their lifestyle, it includes showing discipline in their food, their routine and way of living. It might sound a little weird at the beginning but this lifestyle of yours will decide your own health condition.

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Bradley Cooper though had done a great job to convey this thought through one of your options as his most underrated movies, “Limitless”. Abuse of a drug called the NZT-48 PILL is introduced in the movie. The pill when ingested makes the character of Bradley Cooper (Eddie Morra) to experience it as a hallucinating drug at first. But as the drug kicks in, he starts seeing things which he was unable to focus on before! In other words, he would become Sherlock Holmes for as long as the effects of the drugs last. Eddie says, “I was blind but now I see.” Is that not how everyone wants to live their life by? Knowing what is going on around you, without missing an eye on anything important, being one step ahead than everyone else.

When he first ingests the pill, he notices many things while his landlady is still yelling at him. As the pill starts to kick in he experiences a superior power in within.

He notices the smallest possible details of the woman and supposedly the pill starts doing the job on his brain making him process those details and relate them with what he already knew even something as long as 12 years before in his unconscious brain and making the woman fall for him.

All these things he never remembered but with the pill he was able to get access, recall them and use them when needed. The problem with the NZT-48 PILL was that in the end, they were just a pill, a pill that might number out one day, a pill that might affect in his later life. Ever thought what would have Eddie done if, in the end, he would fail to arrange a proper source of those pills? No? So is it possible to have the effects of the pills without ingesting any foreign substance?

Is it possible to have a healthy lifestyle, to remember and recall someone or something you heard, saw or read somewhere before, a feeling of living an abstemious and tidy life, being clear on what to do and how to do? Having all the information you ever known, organized and available. Is anything not possible? Say for yourselves.

Conclusion:

In the end, NZT PILLS are nothing but a metaphor of an analogy of discipline, a discipline one should have in-built to live a healthy life in a heroic manner and remember; it has been and always will be, up to you!

We all need some little inspiration for us to start our day. Feel like binging again? How about watching sports films. Sports shows us the literal meaning of losing and winning. Have here the top five must-watch inspirational movies that will help you keep going:

Homerun — It’s a story of an alcoholic ballplayer who was suspended and required to attend rehab. His Story is not new to us, and you don’t even have to be a famous sports icon to be the later. It shows us that you are not alone in your battles.

Facing the Giants — It’s a story of an underdog who is challenged to meet the giants in the field of football. Most of them don’t have extraordinary backgrounds. The team consists of unconventional football players, and one remarkable teammate is even overweight. However, he was able to surpass the training with the help of their inspiring coach, faced with a lot of loses and frustrations. The film showed a happy ending since they were able to win the game after so many years of losses. The film tells us that nothing is impossible if you will work harder. The Life story of successful sports Icon

Michael Jordan — He experienced failing in his first attempt to enter high school varsity team. So if you could imagine if he gave in to his discouragement, he wouldn’t be as popular as he is up to now. Emerging newcomers in the sports industry are now being compared to this hall of Famer.

Lionel Messi — his size and height were not at par with his age. In spite of that, he became one of the most successful footballers in history, from being bullied in school to being one of the biggest in his industry. It only shows us that even if we were born with this condition, A situation that we didn’t choose to have, can only determine how we respond to it That is what makes a winner. It’s possible to achieve what you have been dreaming.

Tim Tebow — He was born in the Philippines since his parents were working as a missionary back then. Being born and raised in the mission field means not having the luxury that everybody would always dream of It even requires a lot of moving from place to place, but this didn’t stop him from achieving his dreams, football. He was an athletic scholar in his college days, and he was spotted since he plays excellently. They said you are only as good as your last play, but the list goes on with regards to his achievements.

Aside from that, he never forgot his roots. He organized in putting up this hospital in Mindanao which was named after him “Tebow Cure Hospital” He continues to inspire people not just in the playing field but also in giving practical help to the needy. It shows us that we should also help and encourage other people and we get inspired in return.

Life Lesson in Film
Yes, life can be very discouraging with all these setbacks. In our every dealings with work, love, family and not just in sports, remember that after we made a lot of mistakes, one can always get up, wear your Wisconsin motorcycle temps cub helmet rub and show up!

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“The screening at Carleton was a smashing success – a good crowd and fantastic discussion. Moreover, students and colleagues alike wrote to me afterwards telling me how much they took away from the film – from philosophy, women’s studies, human rights, history, french – the film fits many different departmental interests.” 
~ Melanie Adrian, Assistant Professor of Law, Carleton University

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★★★★ RECOMMENDED “A fruitful and thought-provoking introduction to this remarkable person.”~Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO)

“…the film invites serious reflection on some of the most important and intractable elements of the human condition. I recommend it highly.”
~Vance Morgan, Philosophy Prof, Providence College

“Excellent for the college classroom because of its layered complexity.” 
~Jennifer Rycenga, Professor of Comparative Religious Studies & Humanities, San Jose State