Life Lessons from Movies

The Band Wagon

In Comedy, Movies on October 19, 2021 at 3:30 PM

The Band Wagon (1953) is a comedy directed by Vincente Minnelli about Tony Hunter (Fred Astaire), a Hollywood actor who agrees to star in a play written by his friends Lester (Oscar Levant) and Lily Marton (Nanette Fabray) and co-starring director/producer Jeffrey Cordova (Jack Buchanan), who changes the original script into a modern retelling of Faust and adds a prima ballerina, Gabrielle Gerard (Cyd Charisse), to the cast.

Life Lesson:

Art does not have to be serious.

Movie Scene:

Jeffrey Cordova: Show me the greatest tragic actor or the lowest red-nose comic in burlesque and I’ll show you an entertainer. We’re all entertainers.

Apollo 13

In Drama, Movies on October 10, 2021 at 5:30 PM

Apollo 13 (1995) is a drama directed by Ron Howard, based on the book by Jim Lovell, about the historically significant Apollo 13 NASA flight to the moon by American astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton), and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon).

Life Lesson:

It takes a lot of hard work to make a miracle happen.

Movie Scene:

Lowell: Christopher Columbus, Charles Lindbergh, and Neil Armstrong. Neil Armstrong! From now on, we live in a world where man has walked on the moon. It’s not a miracle. We just decided to go.

High Anxiety

In Comedy, Movies on October 2, 2021 at 12:15 PM

High Anxiety (1977) is a comedy co-written and directed by Mel Brooks about Dr. Richard H. Throndyke (Mel Brooks), a successful psychiatrist who also suffers from a debilitating fear of heights, which is made worse when he starts to work at the Psycho-Neurotic Institute for the Very VERY Nervous alongside Dr. Charles Montague (Harvey Korman) and Nurse Diesel (Cloris Leachman).

Life Lesson:

Figure out what you really are afraid of.

Movie Scene:

Dr. Thorndyke: I understand now. I understand now! It’s not heights I’m afraid of… it’s parents!