Life Lessons from Movies

Penguins of Madagascar

In Fantasy, Movies on August 4, 2015 at 9:35 AM

Penguins of Madagascar (2014) is an animated fantasy co-written and co-directed by Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith about the heroic adventures of four penguins – Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (Conrad Vernon) and Private (Christopher Knights) – as they battle Dave (John Malkovich), an enraged octopus.

Life Lesson:

Be courageous when others need help.

Movie Scene:

Private: “Wait! Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, all those penguins,  they’re this way!”

Classified [Benedict Cumberbatch]: “And so is a massive army of octopi. And as soon as we return to the North Wind headquarters, grab fresh equipment, and work up a smashing new plan, we’ll come speeding back and take down Dave.”

Private: “But the penguins are in danger! We have to go now!”

Classified: “Again, huge army of octopi.”

Private: “So, because you failed once, you’re just running away?”

Classified: “We did not fail. And we are not running away. We’re just very sensibly regrouping.”

Private: “Skipper wouldn’t care. Plan or no, fancy equipment or no – he’d never leave a man behind.”

Classified: “Well, I suppose we can’t all be penguins, can we?”

Private: “No. But maybe you should be.”


In Documentary, Movies on August 3, 2015 at 7:35 PM

Salinger (2013) is a documentary directed by Shane Salerno about J.D. Salinger, the author of The Catcher in the Rye (1951), an influential novel that had a significant impact on American culture.

Life Lesson:

Be driven by making your work great, not by the reactions of others.

Movie Scene:

Eberhard Alsen [author]: “Salinger’s religion was the central concern in his writing. He’s championing the ideas of Vedanta Hinduism in his Glass stories, the so-called Karma yoga concept that comes from the Bhagavad Gita, that you should do your work as perfectly as you possibly can with no thought of rewards, and only that way can you be a really happy person.”

Fred Fogo [author]: “We have to remember, the things we produce – symbolically and in language, we have no control over what happens to them once we let them go.”

Betty Eppes [journalist]: “We shook hands and he said, ‘If you’re a writer, you need to quit that newspaper. Newspapers serve no purpose’. And he said publishing was the worst thing a person could do. He insisted that he was working; that every writer should write for their own reasons, but it should be for themselves alone. The only important thing was the writing – according to J.D. Salinger.”

The Incredibles

In Fantasy, Movies on August 2, 2015 at 11:55 AM

The Incredibles (2004) is an animated fantasy written and directed by Brad Bird about the Parr family – Bob (Craig T. Nelson), Helen (Holly Hunter), Dash (Spencer Fox), Violet (Sarah Vowell) and Jack Jack (Eli Fucile, Maeve Andrews) – superheroes who are struggling to find their place in society.

Life Lesson:

Find a healthy balance between work and life.

Movie Scene:

Mr. Incredible: “I’m sorry. This is my fault. I’ve been a lousy father. Blind to what I have. So obsessed with being undervalued – that I undervalued all of you.”

Dash: “Um, dad?”

Elastigirl: “Shh. Don’t interrupt.”

Mr. Incredible: “So caught up in the past that I, I.. You are my greatest adventure. And I almost missed it.”


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