Life Lessons from Movies

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

In Fantasy, Movies on November 26, 2022 at 9:55 AM

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) is a fantasy directed by Robert Zemeckis, based on the novel by Gary K. Wolf, about Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), a private detective who reluctantly helps a rabbit accused of murder (Charles Fleischer).

Life Lesson: 

“There’s a lot to be said for making people laugh.”

John L. Sullivan (Sullivan’s Travels (1941))

Movie Scene:

Eddie Valiant: You crazy rabbit. I’ve been out there risking my neck for you, and what are you doing? Singing and dancing!

Roger Rabbit: But I’m a toon. Toons are supposed to make people laugh.

Eddie: Sit down!

Roger: You don’t understand. Those people needed to laugh.

Eddie: Yeah, and when they’re done laughing, they’ll call the cops. That guy, Angelo, would rat on you for a nickel.

Roger: Not Angelo. He’d never turn me in.

Eddie: Why? Because you made him laugh?

Roger: That’s right. A laugh can be a very powerful thing. Why, sometimes in life, it’s the only weapon we have.

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Marjorie Prime

In Drama, Movies on November 19, 2022 at 11:20 AM

Marjorie Prime (2017) is a drama written and directed by Michael Almereyda, based on the play by Jordan Harrison, about a family that obtains artificial intelligence holograms to help them cope with the death of loved ones.

Life Lesson:

Memory is fragile, but love is felt in the present.

Movie Scene:

Tess (Geena Davis): Later, when you were living with us, you would sometimes forget that Walter (Jon Hamm) was dead. Sometimes everyday, “where’s Walter?” And we would have to kill him all over again. But once we reminded you, you would say, “how nice that I could love somebody.” And I always wondered if that was how you really felt, at peace. But it was a nice way to put it.

Marjorie (Lois Smith): How nice that I could love someone.

Inception

In Drama, Movies on November 6, 2022 at 8:35 PM

Inception (2010) is a drama written and directed by Christopher Nolan about a six-person team hired to convince the heir of a large company, Robert Michael Fischer (Cillian Murphy), to break it up by infiltrating his dreams.

Life Lesson:

Be careful; you can’t always know from where your ideas come.

Movie Scene:

Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio): An idea is like a virus. Resilient. Highly contagious. And the smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can grow to define, or destroy you.

Mal Cobb (Marion Cotillard): The smallest idea, such as, “your world is not real.” Simple little thought that changes everything.