Life Lessons from Movies

The Jungle Book

In Fantasy, Movies on June 8, 2015 at 5:15 PM

The Jungle Book (1967) is an animated fantasy based on the stories by Rudyard Kipling and directed by Wolfgang Reitherman about Mowgli (Bruce Reitherman), a baby that grows up in a jungle until his wolf family and Bagheera (Sebastian Cabot), a panther, decide that he should return to the human village with the help of Baloo (Phil Harris), a bear.

Life Lesson:

Do what is best for the ones you love.

Movie Scene:

Baloo: “Well.. Well, what are we going to do?”

Bagheera: “We’ll do what’s best for the boy.”

Baloo: “You better believe it. You name it, and I’ll do it. […] I love that kid. I love him like he was my own cub.”

Bagheera: “Then think of what’s best for Mowgli and not yourself.”

Saving Mr. Banks

In Drama, Movies on May 27, 2015 at 2:50 PM

Saving Mr. Banks (2013) is a drama about Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) attempt to adapt P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompsonbook, Mary Poppins, into film.

Life Lesson:

Overcome your past.

Movie Scene:

Walt: “‘You’d best be quick there Walt. You’d better get those newspapers up on that porch and under that storm door. Poppa’s gonna lose his temper again and show you the buckle end of his belt, boy.’ I don’t… I don’t tell you this to make you sad, Mrs. Travers. I don’t. I love my life. I think it’s a miracle. And I love my dad. He was a… He was a wonderful man. But rare is the day when I don’t think about that eight-year-old boy delivering newspapers in the snow, and old Elias Disney with that strap in his fist. And I am just so tired, Mrs. Travers. I’m tired of remembering it that way. Aren’t you tired too, Mrs. Travers? Now we all have our sad tales, but don’t you want to finish the story? Let it all go and have a life that is not dictated by the past?”

Steel Magnolias

In Drama, Movies on May 26, 2015 at 10:25 PM

Steel Magnolias (1989) is a drama directed by Herbert Ross based on the play by Robert Harling about a group of women friends in Louisiana who gather regularly at Truvy’s (Dolly Parton) beauty parlor: M’Lynn (Sally Field) and her daughter Shelby (Julia Roberts), Ouiser (Shirley MacLaine), Clairee (Olympia Dukakis) and Truvy’s assistant Annelle (Daryl Hannah).

Life Lesson:

Life goes on – you can get through all disappointments.

Movie Scene:

Truvy: “Well, M’Lynn, I really wish I had some words of wisdom, but I don’t. So why don’t we just focus on the joy of the situation?”

Annelle: “It’ll be fine.”

Ouiser: “Absolutely.”

Clairee: “You know what they say, ‘that which does not kill us makes us stronger’.”

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