Now that Oscars are nearing let me finish my views on a couple of movies, which I did see but never found time to write about them.

  • The H8ful Eight:  I am a fan of Quentin Tarantino and his choice of music for his films. So I was quite excited to watch this movie. First off, loved the music of this movie. Truly amazing. No doubt about it at all. With respect to the movie, it has three parts (as most of you all know already). I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it until it came to the second half of the 2nd part. Just because I was sure that there would be a definite twist later I did manage to put up with it. Could have been a bit shorter? But then when the twist happened, I was totally surprised. I try to not reveal any spoilers if I can help it, so I am not going into the story as such. But it was a pleasant surprise 😉 even though it didn’t last for long. Damn! In his movies, it is very important to concentrate on the dialogues to find any  giveaways from the characters which might help you unravel the mystery earlier. And this is no different. I liked the movie, not his best I should say, but that’s OK. I wasn’t expecting his best anyway. Music – top class. 
  • The Revenant: After hearing very good reviews about this movie, finally got around to watching it. It has Leonardo DiCaprio after all. The story is good, its about survival, revenge, grit, pain, loss etc…But for some reason, it did not kindle any emotion for me. I kept wondering why and I haven’t found the answer still. The art direction, the cinematography are all very good. And was glad about the ending too. But for such a movie, I thought it would make me feel the protagonist’s pain. Hell, I felt a sort of sympathy for Leo’s character in The Wolf of Wall Street and nothing in this. That’s a shame isn’t.
  • Joy: I watched this only for the sake of J-Law. And it was worth it. She was a dynamite. Loved her performance. But couldn’t actually accept her as an old woman at the end (oops, I guess that is a spoiler) Be it pain, happiness, frustration, confusion…she got to show a whole set of emotions in this movie and emerges as a strong person too. I guess most people will watch it just for her and she does stand out among the whole cast, which also includes Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez etc.

Levels of happiness

I recently heard it in a philosophical speech (which my dad was listening to and I just got enough patience to listen to one line of it while I was walking that way) that there are three levels of happiness.

  1. Pleasure
  2. Joy
  3. Bliss

The person gave a single line comment for all three which caught my ears.

  1. Pleasure is physiological in nature. It is associated with our senses and is dependent on something or someone.
  2. Joy is philosophical in nature. It is more of a state of being and is more related to oneself
  3. Bliss is the out of the world feeling that one gets when they attain that sort of nirvana.

Only these three lines stayed with me and the rest did not even enter my ears :). So I did a little digging and seems like these are Osho’s teachings on Joy. I am not one for reading philosophical books , at least not now. Except that in the excerpt it says that he indicates another item after Pleasure and before Joy as Happiness. So in his version it is

  1. Pleasure
  2. Happiness
  3. Joy
  4. Bliss

I am not sure how much to go with it or if I really want to have a Happiness as an level apart from Joy. Because they seem to be more of less the same, except for some small difference. But doesn’t hurt to have them now do they.

Seems like except for Bliss, other three have their opposites

  1. Pleasure – Pain
  2. Happiness – Sad
  3. Joy – Misery

That got me thinking of instances when I felt each of them, except for Bliss, of course. If I had attained that, I don’t think I will be here. I might be in a very secluded area/state enjoying my bliss wouldn’t I ?

  1. Pleasure – When I get my hair massage done. Might seem very frivolous but have you got that done once in a while. Try it, especially if you are really stressed out, nothing like it. I really enjoy my hair massages which I get done once in every 4 months or so.
  2. Happiness – When I get a picture of some thing or some place the way I like it To be portrayed. That doesn’t happen very often but when it does , to see that I am able to capture the beauty of the nature the way I see it, it gives me happiness
  3. Joy – Hmmmm…this is the difficult one. Because this kind of philosophical state is not my cup of Tea. But if I have to say one incident which gives me joy is when my nieces and nephew see me after a long interval and come running to me and give me a big hug. To be loved by those kind hearts gives me joy like nothing else.

Do you remember the instances where you felt the three or the four of these levels of happiness ? Care to share?