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"My father says that almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know, everybody you see, everybody you talk to. He says that only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant total amazement."
—  Patricia Graynamore. Joe vs The Volcano

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    1. Joe vs The Volcano.
    And finally my number one _NF_ movie of all time; if you didn’t already figure it out? This one is a corker. Written and directed by John Patrick Shanley, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. It has everything you could want in a movie. Humour, romance, adventure and absurdity neatly packaged together with a profound narrative that reaches to the core.

    Joe, an ex fireman lives a soul sucking existence working at a faceless corporation that is a blight on humanity. He works here because after being discharged from the fire service due to illness he now suffers from constant headaches and depression. He has lost the will to care anymore and so drifts without purpose. After many tests with various doctors to locate the cause of his suffering he finally gets a conclusive result. He has a ‘Brain Cloud?!’ and it’s terminal, he only has six months left to live.

    Whilst Joe is pondering his last days on earth he is visited at his home by a mysterious wealthy industrialist, who is here to make Joe an outlandish proposition that promises the ultimate adventure. A voyage to a mysterious island in the middle of the south pacific. So together the industrialist and Joe strike a deal whereby Joe’s last days will be spent in luxury as he shops with unlimited credit, gets to sail the high seas on a personal yacht and finally arrive at the paradise island of Waponi Woo. In-turn this deal will secure the rights to a rare mineral for the industrialist called Bubaru, only found at this one tropical location. This idyllic isle is inhabited by the Waponi people and they will only trade the Bubaru for one thing and one thing only.  And that thing is for Joe to sacrifice himself by jumping into a very active volcano in order to appease the volcano god of the Waponi people and thus cementing the deal to secure the Bubaru.

    (So how’s that for a plot..?) As you might well wonder, how on earth does this farcical tale play out? Well, there are numerous lessons to be learned here and Joe has to ace them all as he traverses this crooked path to his ultimate destiny.

    I think Joe is most likely an _NFJ type, but I’m not entirely sure if he is introverted or extroverted.

2 thoughts on “Top Ten ‘_NF_’ Movies; The Ultimate Quest Of The Heart

  1. Beautifully written! You are very talented with reviews. I needed a nudge to see Joe V the volcano – it got my attention at the weekend and now I really must see the new Blade runner all the way through .

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