Thursday, March 14, 2013

'Life of Pi' on DVD & in Los Angeles

Watching Academy Award-winning Life of Pi on a mobile device was, I'm sure, nothing like watching the gorgeous film on the big screen. The visuals -- which earned the movie one of four Oscar last month -- were so dreamlike and colorful that a small screen could surely do only some justice to the original film.

But watching it on my iPad, I still found the movie incredibly stunning.

Life of Pi is the story of a young Indian boy (Suraj Sharma) who, while on a voyage across the Pacific with his family and the zoo animals they own, becomes lost at sea, tossed out on a life boat carrying limited supplies and a tiger named Richard Parker.

It's a beautiful story of survival and (guarded) friendship, of hope, doubt, spirituality and belief. Pi, the boy who was named after a public French swimming pool called Piscine Molitar, decides to explore all sorts of religions as a child -- Hinduism, Catholicism, and the Muslim faith. In fact, as a grown man, he calls himself a Catholic Hindu.

It's his struggle at sea with a vicious tiger that keeps him sane but also compels him to delve more deeply into his own beliefs and spirituality -- proving to him and those around him that God does, in fact, exist.

Ang Lee took home best director, and Claudio Miranda best cinematographer at the Oscars, and both were well deserved. (Now I want to read the novel on which the film is based by Yann Martel.)

The DVD hit shelves this week, and I encourage you to take a look if you haven't already.

And, if you're in LA, head down to L.A. Live and check out this fabulous 3D chalk drawing by artist Tracy Lee Stum. It will be on display until March 16.

Oh! And Happy Pi Day!

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