Life Lessons from Movies


In Documentary, Movies on December 7, 2015 at 6:40 PM

SlingShot (2014) is a documentary directed by Paul Lazarus about the life and work of Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway Personal Transporter, the founder of FIRST engineering competitions, the developer of Slingshot, a portable water purification system, and the founder of DEKA, a research and development corporation.

Life Lesson:

“Bureaucracy is the art of making the possible impossible.”

– Javier Pascual Salcedo

Movie Scene:

Dean Kamen: “I made a machine that I thought would help people with healthcare. That’s my day job. So I went to my medical company clients. They can help. [But] They pretty much said, ‘We can’t help you. We’d love to support it. We’ll help you with money. But, Dean, we can’t get this stuff to these places, either. We’ll see what we can do.’ I went to governments. Maybe that’s what they’re for. When capitalism doesn’t work, aid organizations, NGOs. Well, they like to deal with big-scale stuff. They also might help with funding, they told me, but these big organizations don’t have people that go out to these little villages. They don’t have an efficient distribution channel. I went to the United Nations, said ‘I’ve got this box. Let’s figure out how to help get it out there.’ Their basic answer was, ‘good for you, we’re rooting for you. But we don’t do that. We don’t distribute products. We don’t build sustainable micro-economic systems. We don’t lend people money, we don’t make entrepreneurs. That’s not what we do.’ I was somewhat disappointed.  […] I’ve been given the opportunity to talk to the entire board of directors of the Coca-Cola Company about using our vapor compression distiller to solve the major global health problem: bad water. […] The Coca-Cola Company has bottling operations in 206 countries, which is more than the number of countries that are admitted into the United Nations.”

All About Eve

In Drama, Movies on November 29, 2015 at 7:20 PM

All About Eve (1950) is a drama written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz about the maneuverings of a young aspiring actress, Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter), to get close to an established stage actress, Margo Channing (Bette Davis), and her circle of powerful friends that includes director Bill Simpson (Gary Merrill), playwright Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlowe) and his wife Karen (Celeste Holm).

Life Lesson:

Sometimes showing a flash of anger can protect you from further harm.

Movie Scene:

Margo: “As it happens, there are particular aspects of my life to which I would like to maintain sole and exclusive rights and privileges!”

Bill: “For instance what?”

Margo: “For instance – you.”

Bill: “This is my cue to take you in my arms and reassure you, but I’m not going to. I’m too mad.”

Margo: “Guilty!”

Bill: “Mad! Darling, there are certain characteristics for which you are famous, on stage and off. I love you for some of them and in spite of others; I haven’t let those become too important to me. They’re part of your equipment for getting along in what is laughably called our environment. You have to keep your teeth sharp, all right. But you will not sharpen them on me or on Eve.”

Margo: “What about her teeth? What about her fangs?”

Bill: “She hasn’t cut them yet, and you know it.”

The Wedding Singer

In Comedy, Movies on November 6, 2015 at 5:05 PM

The Wedding Singer (1998) is a comedy directed by Frank Coraci about Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler), a struggling musician who finds out what true love is when he meets Julia Sullivan (Drew Barrymore), a waitress.

Life Lesson:

Find someone to love who wants to grow old with you.

Movie Scene:

Robbie: “From now on, I’m just, I’m gonna be like you man. I’m just gonna be with a different chick every night and then I’ll send them packin’.”

Sammy (Allen Covert): “Sounds like you got it all figured out.”

Robbie: “[…] That’s it man, starting right now. Me and you are gonna be free and happy the rest of our lives.”

Sammy: “I’m not happy. I’m miserable.”

Robbie: “What?”

Sammy: “See, I grew up idolizing guys like Fonzie and Vinnie Barbarino ’cause they got a lot of chicks. You know what happened to Fonzie and Vinnie Barbarino? […] Their shows got canceled ’cause no one wants to see a 50-year-old guy hitting on chicks.”

Robbie: “What are you saying?”

Sammy: “What I’m saying is, all I really want is someone to hold me and tell me that everything is gonna be all right. […] If you found someone you can love, you can’t let it get away.”


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