Life Lessons from Movies

Ghost Rider

In Fantasy, Movies on April 5, 2015 at 9:00 PM

Ghost Rider (2007) is a fantasy written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson about Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage), a man who makes a deal with Mephistopheles (Peter Fonda) so that he can be with his girlfriend Roxanne Simpson (Eva Mendes), but ends up cursed.

Life Lesson:

If you make amends, you may get a second chance.

Movie Scene:

Caretaker (Sam Elliott): “God knows I’ve made my share of mistakes. Been trying to make things right ever since. Guess all I can do now is hope he sees fit to give me a second chance.”

Johnny: “Thank you.”

Caretaker: “No. Thank you, kid.”

Mary Poppins

In Fantasy, Movies on February 26, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Mary Poppins (1964) is a fantasy directed by Robert Stevenson, based on the book by P.L. Travers, about a magical nanny, Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews), and a chimney sweep, Bert (Dick Van Dyke), who help out the Banks family in London.

Life Lesson:

Don’t be so absorbed in routine that you miss the wonders around you.

Movie Scene:

Mary Poppins: “Goats butt, birds fly, and children who are going on an outing with their father must get some sleep. Come along, please.”

Jane Banks (Karen Dotrice): “An outing with father?”

Mary Poppins: “Yes.”

Michael Banks (Matthew Garber): “I don’t believe it.”

Jane: “He’s never taken us on an outing before.”

Michael: “He’s never taken us anywhere.”

Jane: “However did you manage it?”

Mary Poppins: “Manage what?”

Jane: “You must’ve put the idea in his head somehow.”

Mary Poppins: “What an impertinent thing to say! Me putting ideas into people’s heads? Really!”

Jane: “Where’s he taking us?”

Mary Poppins: “To the bank.”

Jane: “Oh, Michael, the city! And we’ll see all the sights, and father can point them out to us.”

Mary Poppins: “Well, most things he can. But sometimes a person we love, through no fault of his own, can’t see past the end of his nose.”

Jane: “Past the end of his nose?”

Mary Poppins: “Yes. Sometimes a little thing can be quite important.”

Charlotte’s Web

In Fantasy, Movies on February 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Charlotte’s Web (1973) is an animated fantasy directed by Charles A. Nichols and Iwao Takamoto about the friendships that a small pig named Wilbur (Henry Gibson) makes while living on a farm, most notably with a girl, Fern Arable (Pamelyn Ferdin), a gosling, Jeffrey (Don Messick), and a spider, Charlotte A. Cavatica (Debbie Reynolds).

Life Lesson:

You can be friends with anybody.

Movie Scene:

Wilbur: “Oh, we’ve got lots in common where it really counts. Where it really counts, we’ve got large amounts. What we look like doesn’t count an ounce. We’ve got lots in common where it really counts. [..]”

Charlotte: “You’re born to swim and me to spin, but we both love this world we’re in. We share the sun, the Earth, the sky — and that’s the reason why.”


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