Life Lessons from Movies

Rigged 2016

In Documentary, Movies on October 15, 2016 at 7:05 PM


Rigged 2016 (2016) is a documentary directed by Bobby Sheehan, Jeremy Warner and Chris Schmutz (Dead Abe Lincoln) about the 2016 United States presidential election that featured two of the most divisive and mistrusted figures in American politics – Democrat Hillary Clinton, a career politician known for selling government favors (Marc Rich) and lying to the public, and Republican Donald Trump, a vulgar crook and bigot with multiple failed businesses – whose parties conspired to keep Libertarian Gary Johnson, the only third party candidate to be listed in all 50 state ballots, and Washington, D.C., out of the debates and thus marginalized by the media, effectively preventing his proposals from reaching the American public.

Life Lesson:

In a country where 307,000 veterans died waiting for their government provided healthcare, and where during the height of the Veterans Affairs scandal the VA gave themselves $142 million in bonuses, where the residents of Flint Michigan were subjected to lead-poisoned water, where multiple health insurance companies that were funded by tax payers have failed, raising insurance premiums for people already being taxed for healthcare, where mass incarceration and the police state have devastated whole communities, where poor kids are trapped in failing schools and put in the school to prison pipeline, where political donors like Trump get special tax loopholes from bought politicians like Clinton, which hurts honest businesses, competition, consumers, the economy and the poor – the only candidate offering solutions to these problems, Gary Johnson, was ignored. The two party system is killing the U.S. Democracy and the ability to elect honest leaders. In a 3 person race, a third party candidate only needs 35% of the votes, a little over 1/3, to win the presidency.

Movie Scene:

Glenn Beck: “We’re fighting over the lesser of two evils because that’s what the parties have done to us.”

Ashley Green: “When you’re worried about poisoned water, couple that with all the terrorist attacks and homicides within each other in our own communities, it makes you wonder, are we really one of the most developed countries in the world? Do we really have a government that is fighting to move us forward?”

Bill Stifford: “What happened to our Democracy? What happened to my sacrifice as a veteran? […] For those guys to lay down their lives and to see what happened in Philadelphia [DNC convention], to our democratic process, it just really angers me. I thought we were going to have a better future, but here we are sending these kids over to Iraq and Afghanistan, and now Syria, and they’re not fighting for the freedom of the Iraqi democracy or Syrian people, they’re fighting for the oil companies.”


Chicken Little

In Fantasy, Movies on September 18, 2016 at 9:50 PM

Chicken Little (2005) is an animated fantasy co-written and directed by Mark Dindal about the difficulties undersized Chicken Little (Zach Braff) experiences when it looks like the sky is falling, but his father, Buck Cluck (Garry Marshall), and most of the community do not believe him.

Life Lesson:

“When all other means of communication fail, try words.”

– Anonymous

Movie Scene:

Chicken Little: “You’re never there for me!”

Buck Cluck: “What?”

Chicken Little: “You’re never there for me. I mean you were when I won the big game, but not when I thought the sky fell, and not at the ball field, and certainly not now! You’ve been ashamed of me ever since the acorn thing happened and we have to talk about it because Modern Mallard says avoiding closure can lead to molting. And I’m already small, and on top of that I don’t think I could handle being bald!”

Buck Cluck: “I.. I.. I didn’t realize, son. I never meant to.. The acorn, the sky, I mean the whole.. You’re right. You’re right. Your mom, she was, you know, she was always good with stuff like this. Me, I’m gonna need a lot of work. But you need to know that I love you, no matter what. And I’m sorry. And I’m sorry if I ever made you feel like that was something you had to earn.”

Phineas and Ferb the Movie

In Fantasy, Movies on September 11, 2016 at 11:15 AM

Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011) is an animated fantasy co-written and co-directed by Dan Povenmire about a summer’s day adventure involving Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz (Dan Povenmire) and his other-dimensionator, which sends brothers Phineas (Vincent Martella) and Ferb (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), along with their pet Perry the Platypus (Dee Bradley Baker) and sister Candace (Ashley Tisdale), into another dimension.

Life Lesson:

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”

– Ernest Hemingway

Movie Scene:

Phineas: “Did it ever occur to you that we could help you? That we could have made a great team? But I guess you can’t have teamwork without trust.”