Life Lessons from Movies

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.”

The Dish

In Comedy, Movies on February 11, 2015 at 9:35 PM

The Dish (2000) is a comedy co-written and directed by Rob Sitch about the scientists and technicians at Parkes Observatory in Australia who used a massive 64 meter radio telescope to help NASA broadcast the 1969 Apolo 11 lunar landing.

Life Lesson:

Sometimes you have to take risks.

Movie Scene:

Cliff Buxton (Sam Neill): “Isn’t that odd?”

Glenn Latham (Tom Long): “What?”

Cliff: “Well, that I was more scared than excited.”

Glenn: “I don’t think that’s odd. I feel like that all the time…  How come you changed?”

Cliff: “My wife said something. She said, ‘failure is never quite so frightening as regret’.”

Glenn: “Oh, that’s good advice.”

Cliff: “Yeah, pretty good, huh?”

Glenn: “I wish someone would tell me that.”


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