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Rigged 2016

In Documentary, Movies on October 15, 2016 at 7:05 PM

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Rigged 2016 (2016) is a documentary directed by Bobby Sheehan, Jeremy Warner and Chris Schmutz (Dead Abe Lincoln) about the 2016 United States presidential election that featured two of the most divisive and mistrusted figures in American politics – Democrat Hillary Clinton, a career politician known for selling government favors (Marc Rich) and lying to the public, and Republican Donald Trump, a vulgar crook and bigot with multiple failed businesses – whose parties conspired to keep Libertarian Gary Johnson, the only third party candidate to be listed in all 50 state ballots, and Washington, D.C., out of the debates and thus marginalized by the media, effectively preventing his proposals from reaching the American public.

Life Lesson:

In a country where 307,000 veterans died waiting for their government provided healthcare, and where during the height of the Veterans Affairs scandal the VA gave themselves $142 million in bonuses, where the residents of Flint Michigan were subjected to lead-poisoned water, where multiple health insurance companies that were funded by tax payers have failed, raising insurance premiums for people already being taxed for healthcare, where mass incarceration and the police state have devastated whole communities, where poor kids are trapped in failing schools and put in the school to prison pipeline, where political donors like Trump get special tax loopholes from bought politicians like Clinton, which hurts honest businesses, competition, consumers, the economy and the poor – the only candidate offering solutions to these problems, Gary Johnson, was ignored. The two party system is killing the U.S. Democracy and the ability to elect honest leaders. In a 3 person race, a third party candidate only needs 35% of the votes, a little over 1/3, to win the presidency.

Movie Scene:

Glenn Beck: “We’re fighting over the lesser of two evils because that’s what the parties have done to us.”

Ashley Green: “When you’re worried about poisoned water, couple that with all the terrorist attacks and homicides within each other in our own communities, it makes you wonder, are we really one of the most developed countries in the world? Do we really have a government that is fighting to move us forward?”

Bill Stifford: “What happened to our Democracy? What happened to my sacrifice as a veteran? […] For those guys to lay down their lives and to see what happened in Philadelphia [DNC convention], to our democratic process, it just really angers me. I thought we were going to have a better future, but here we are sending these kids over to Iraq and Afghanistan, and now Syria, and they’re not fighting for the freedom of the Iraqi democracy or Syrian people, they’re fighting for the oil companies.”

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Chicken Little

In Fantasy, Movies on September 18, 2016 at 9:50 PM

Chicken Little (2005) is an animated fantasy co-written and directed by Mark Dindal about the difficulties undersized Chicken Little (Zach Braff) experiences when it looks like the sky is falling, but his father, Buck Cluck (Garry Marshall), and most of the community do not believe him.

Life Lesson:

“When all other means of communication fail, try words.”

– Anonymous

Movie Scene:

Chicken Little: “You’re never there for me!”

Buck Cluck: “What?”

Chicken Little: “You’re never there for me. I mean you were when I won the big game, but not when I thought the sky fell, and not at the ball field, and certainly not now! You’ve been ashamed of me ever since the acorn thing happened and we have to talk about it because Modern Mallard says avoiding closure can lead to molting. And I’m already small, and on top of that I don’t think I could handle being bald!”

Buck Cluck: “I.. I.. I didn’t realize, son. I never meant to.. The acorn, the sky, I mean the whole.. You’re right. You’re right. Your mom, she was, you know, she was always good with stuff like this. Me, I’m gonna need a lot of work. But you need to know that I love you, no matter what. And I’m sorry. And I’m sorry if I ever made you feel like that was something you had to earn.”

Phineas and Ferb the Movie

In Fantasy, Movies on September 11, 2016 at 11:15 AM

Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011) is an animated fantasy co-written and co-directed by Dan Povenmire about a summer’s day adventure involving Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz (Dan Povenmire) and his other-dimensionator, which sends brothers Phineas (Vincent Martella) and Ferb (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), along with their pet Perry the Platypus (Dee Bradley Baker) and sister Candace (Ashley Tisdale), into another dimension.

Life Lesson:

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”

– Ernest Hemingway

Movie Scene:

Phineas: “Did it ever occur to you that we could help you? That we could have made a great team? But I guess you can’t have teamwork without trust.”

Chaplin

In Drama, Movies on September 10, 2016 at 8:40 PM

Chaplin (1992) is a drama directed by Richard Attenborough about actor, director and composer Charlie Chaplin (Robert Downey Jr.), the creator of The Little Tramp, an iconic character that gained world-wide acclaim during the silent movie era.

Life Lesson:

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”

– Jim Rohn

Movie Scene:

Charlie Chaplin: “It was the knowledge that if you did what I did for a living, if you were a clown, and you had a passion to tell a particular kind of story, something beyond, but you only had the one chance to get it right, and I never did. One never does, ah, but you know that. That’s not the problem. It’s when you feel you’re getting really close, but you can’t make it the rest of the way. You’re not good enough. You’re not complete enough. And despite all your fantasies, you’re second-rate. Human. That’s very hard. At the end of the day, you’re not judged by what you didn’t do, but what you did. I didn’t change things. I just, HE just cheered people up. Not bad, that.”

SlingShot

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.”

The Avengers

In Fantasy, Movies on November 5, 2015 at 5:45 PM

The Avengers (2012) is a fantasy written and directed by Joss Whedon about a group of superheroes: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Captain America (Chris Evans), who come together with the help of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., to defend the Earth.

Life Lesson:

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

– Aristotle

Movie Scene:

Fury: “There was an idea, Stark knows this, called the Avengers initiative. The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable people to see if they could become something more. To see if they could work together when we needed them to, to fight the battles that we never could. Phil Coulson died still believing in that idea. In heroes.”

Friday Night Lights

In Drama, Movies on October 12, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Friday Night Lights (2004) is a drama based on the book by H.G. Bissinger and directed by Peter Berg about the 1988 high school football season of The Permian High Panthers from Odessa, Texas.

Life Lesson:

If you want to improve your situation, give it all you’ve got and get the job done.

Movie Scene:

Coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton): “Now you all have known me for a while and for a long time now you’ve been hearing me talk about being perfect. Well, I want you to understand something. To me, being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there. It’s not about winning. It’s about you and your relationship to yourself and your family and your friends. Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didn’t let them down because you told them the truth. And that truth is, that you did everything that you could. There wasn’t one more thing that you could’ve done. Can you live in that moment as best you can with clear eyes and love in your heart? With joy in your heart? If you can do that, gentlemen, then you’re perfect.”

Penguins of Madagascar

In Fantasy, Movies on August 4, 2015 at 9:35 AM

Penguins of Madagascar (2014) is an animated fantasy co-written and co-directed by Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith about the heroic adventures of four penguins – Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (Conrad Vernon) and Private (Christopher Knights) – as they battle Dave (John Malkovich), an enraged octopus.

Life Lesson:

Be courageous when others need help.

Movie Scene:

Private: “Wait! Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, all those penguins – they’re this way!”

Classified [Benedict Cumberbatch]: “And so is a massive army of octopi. And as soon as we return to the North Wind headquarters, grab fresh equipment, and work up a smashing new plan, we’ll come speeding back and take down Dave.”

Private: “But the penguins are in danger! We have to go now!”

Classified: “Again, huge army of octopi.”

Private: “So, because you failed once, you’re just running away?”

Classified: “We did not fail. And we are not running away. We’re just very sensibly regrouping.”

Private: “Skipper wouldn’t care. Plan or no, fancy equipment or no – he’d never leave a man behind.”

Classified: “Well, I suppose we can’t all be penguins, can we?”

Private: “No. But maybe you should be.”

Salinger

In Documentary, Movies on August 3, 2015 at 7:35 PM

Salinger (2013) is a documentary directed by Shane Salerno about J.D. Salinger, the author of The Catcher in the Rye (1951), an influential novel that had a significant impact on American culture.

Life Lesson:

Be driven by making your work great, not by the reactions of others.

Movie Scene:

Eberhard Alsen [author]: “Salinger’s religion was the central concern in his writing. He’s championing the ideas of Vedanta Hinduism in his Glass stories, the so-called Karma yoga concept that comes from the Bhagavad Gita, that you should do your work as perfectly as you possibly can with no thought of rewards, and only that way can you be a really happy person.”

Fred Fogo [author]: “We have to remember, the things we produce – symbolically and in language, we have no control over what happens to them once we let them go.”

Betty Eppes [journalist]: “We shook hands and he said, ‘If you’re a writer, you need to quit that newspaper. Newspapers serve no purpose’. And he said publishing was the worst thing a person could do. He insisted that he was working; that every writer should write for their own reasons, but it should be for themselves alone. The only important thing was the writing – according to J.D. Salinger.”

The Incredibles

In Fantasy, Movies on August 2, 2015 at 11:55 AM

The Incredibles (2004) is an animated fantasy written and directed by Brad Bird about the Parr family – Bob (Craig T. Nelson), Helen (Holly Hunter), Dash (Spencer Fox), Violet (Sarah Vowell) and Jack Jack (Eli Fucile, Maeve Andrews) – superheroes who are struggling to find their place in society.

Life Lesson:

Find a healthy balance between work and life.

Movie Scene:

Mr. Incredible: “I’m sorry. This is my fault. I’ve been a lousy father. Blind to what I have. So obsessed with being undervalued – that I undervalued all of you.”

Dash: “Um, dad?”

Elastigirl: “Shh. Don’t interrupt.”

Mr. Incredible: “So caught up in the past that I, I.. You are my greatest adventure. And I almost missed it.”

Changeling

In Drama, Movies on July 31, 2015 at 2:55 PM

Changeling (2008) is a drama directed by Clint Eastwood about Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie), a woman whose nine-year-old son, Walter, disappeared in 1928 Los Angeles, and who, with the help of an activist preacher, Reverend Gustav Briegleb (John Malkovich), fought against the claims of the police that they had found him.

Life Lesson:

Never start a fight, but always finish it.

Movie Scene:

Christine: “You shouldn’t have done that.”

Carol Dexter (Amy Ryan): “Wanted to. Felt good. I lost two babies to back-alley doctors. No choice. Never had the chance to fight for them. You do. Don’t stop.”

Christine: “I won’t.”

Carol: “F*** them, and the horse they rode in on.”

Christine: “That’s not exactly language for a lady.”

Carol: “Hell, there are times that’s exactly the right language to use.”

Breaking the Maya Code

In Documentary, Movies on July 31, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Breaking the Maya Code (2008) is a documentary written and directed by David Lebrun, based on the book by Michael Coe, about the researchers – including Constantine Rafinesque, Ernst Förstemann, Eric ThompsonTatiana Proskouriakoff, Heinrich Berlin, Cyrus Thomas, Yuri Valentinovich Knorosov, Merle Greene Robertson, Linda Schele, Peter Mathews, Floyd Lounsbury, Alberto Ruz, Elizabeth Benson, David H. Kelley, David Stuart and Justin Kerr – who were involved in a 200 year struggle to decipher the writing system of the Ancient Maya, a 4,000 year-old Mesoamerican civilization.

Life Lesson:

It takes many different kinds of people to solve a complex problem.

Movie Scene:

Michael Coe: “Ernst Förstemann is a perfect example of how somebody does not have to put on a pith helmet and carry a machete to make great discoveries. Förstemann did this sitting in a dusty office in a dusty library. He traveled in his mind and managed to reach the mind of the Maya.”

Narrator: “The Maya had invented the concept of zero, and they arranged their numbers in columns to designate place notation. Our decimal system counts by tens and powers of ten. Förstemann realized that the Maya used a base 20 system, counting by 20s and powers of 20. With this system, they could express and manipulate extremely large numbers. Having grasped their mathematics, Förstemann discovered Maya astronomy. He proved that one section of the Dresden [codex] is an incredibly precise record and prediction table of eclipses, accurate to within 7 minutes over 32 years. Another section he identified as tables tracking the cycles of the planet Venus, with an error of only 2 hours over 400 years.”

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: “I was, uh, I was eight back then, just eight years old. And, like I said, winters are harsh. And old Elias, well, he didn’t believe in new shoes until the old ones were worn though. Honestly, Mrs. Travers, the snowdrifts, sometimes they were up over my head. And we’d push though that snow like it was molasses – the cold and wet seeping through our clothes and our shoes, skin peeling from our faces. Sometimes I’d find myself sunk down in that snow, just waking, because I must have passed out or something. I don’t know. And then it was time for school, and I was too cold or wet to figure out equations and things. And then it was right back out in the snow again to get home just before dark. Mother would feed us dinner, and then it was time to go right back out and do it again for the evening edition. ‘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’.”

Ghost Rider

In Fantasy, Movies on April 5, 2015 at 9:00 PM

Ghost Rider (2007) is a fantasy written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson about Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage), a man who makes a deal with Mephistopheles (Peter Fonda) so that he can be with his girlfriend Roxanne Simpson (Eva Mendes), but ends up cursed.

Life Lesson:

If you make amends, you may get a second chance.

Movie Scene:

Caretaker (Sam Elliott): “God knows I’ve made my share of mistakes. Been trying to make things right ever since. Guess all I can do now is hope He sees fit to give me a second chance.”

Johnny: “Thank you.”

Caretaker: “No. Thank you, kid.”

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.”

The Joy Luck Club

In Drama, Movies on January 11, 2015 at 3:15 PM

The Joy Luck Club (1993) is a drama based on the book by Amy Tan and directed by Wayne Wang about the lives of four women friends — Suyuan (Kieu Chinh), Lindo (Tsai Chin), Ying-Ying (France Nuyen), An-Mei (Lisa Lu) — and their mothers and daughters.

Life Lesson:

When someone loves you, they see the best in you.

Movie Scene:

Suyuan [Handing over a pendant necklace]: “June (Ming-Na Wen), since your baby time, I wear this next to my heart. Now you wear next to yours. It will help you know. I see you. I see you. That bad crab, only you tried to take it. Everybody else want best quality. You, your thinking different. Waverly took best quality crab. You took worst. Because you have best quality heart.”

Last Holiday

In Comedy, Movies on January 7, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Last Holiday (2006) is a comedy directed by Wayne Wang about Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah), a woman who is told that she has Lampington’s Disease, and with only three weeks left to live, decides to have the life she always wanted.

Life Lesson:

Don’t wait to make your dreams a reality.

Movie Scene:

Georgia: “Look, a guy like you has all the money and time in the world to turn things around for himself, you know? So, just stop whining and get with it.”

Mulan

In Fantasy, Movies on December 31, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Mulan (1998) is an animated fantasy co-directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook about Fa Mulan (Ming-Na Wen), a woman who enlists in the Chinese army, accompanied by a small dragon, Mushu (Eddie Murphy), and a cricket, to take the place of her injured father.

Life Lesson:

Don’t let social conventions limit your potential.

Movie Scene:

Mulan: “I should never have left home.”

Mushu: “Hey, come on. You went to save your father’s life. Who knew you’d end up shaming him and disgracing your ancestors, and losing all your friends? You know, you just gotta, gotta learn to let these things go.”

Mulan: “Maybe I didn’t go for my father. Maybe what I really wanted was to prove I could do things right, so when I looked in the mirror, I’d see someone worthwhile.”

  • Mulan (rogerebert.com)

Lilo & Stitch

In Fantasy, Movies on December 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Lilo & Stitch (2002) is an animated fantasy co-written and co-directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois about Lilo (Daveigh Chase) and Nani (Tia Carrere), a lonely pair of sisters who adopt an unusual dog, Stitch (Chris Sanders), that turns out to be a fugitive from another world.

Life Lesson:

“Family is what you make it.”

Marge Kennedy & Janet Spencer King

Movie Scene:

Stitch: “This is my family. I found it all on my own. It’s little and broken, but still good. Yeah, still good.”

With Great Power

In Documentary, Movies on December 24, 2014 at 1:45 PM

With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (2010) is a documentary co-written and co-directed by Nikki Frakes and Will Hess about Stan Lee, the co-creator, along with Jack Kirby, of a number of comic book heroes including the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, the X-Men and Iron Man, and with Steve DitkoSpider-Man.

Life Lesson:

“I faced it all, and I stood tall, and did it my way.”

Frank Sinatra

Movie Scene:

Stan Lee: “Doing comics was like, you were on the bottom rung of the creative totem pole, so to speak. Here I am, a grown man. I was in my 30s, and I’m doing juvenile things. Most of my neighbors: they were stockbrokers, they were bankers, they were businessmen, they were doctors, they were lawyers. They didn’t take me seriously. What kind of reference was the fact that you had been writing comics? So I kept staying there, because I had a wife and a baby, a child. I didn’t know where else to go. But finally, I was ready to quit by about 1960 or ’61. I had been doing it for 20 years. And I said to my wife, ‘look, I’m sure there’s something I can do. I’ll try to write a novel or something.’ And she said, ‘Stan, if you want to quit, why don’t you first do one comic book the way you’d like to do it for a slightly older audience? Write it the way you feel like writing it. Get it out of your system. The worst that can happen is you’ll be fired, but you want to quit anyway.’ When Joan finally said, ‘why don’t you do one book the way you’d like to do it?’ It was like a lightbulb exploded over my head.”

The Out of Towners

In Comedy, Movies on December 23, 2014 at 5:05 PM

The Out of Towners (1999) is a comedy directed by Sam Weisman about a married couple, Henry (Steve Martin) and Nancy (Goldie Hawn) Clark, who face a series of life changing events, some misfortunes, and some adventures as they travel to New York City.

Life Lesson:

It’s never too late to make a positive change.

Movie Scene:

Nancy: “Henry, Henry, you know what this is?”

Henry: “What is it?”

Nancy: “It’s a test. I mean, here we are in the middle of our lives, and we have a decision to make. Are we on a… a slow march toward death, or are we gonna embrace life?”

Henry: “Slow march toward death?”

Nancy: “No! Embrace life! I want to live! I want to feel useful! I want to explore and experience! I… I want to suck the marrow out of life, Henry! What do you want?”

The Emperor’s New Groove

In Fantasy, Movies on December 23, 2014 at 9:30 AM

The Emperor’s New Groove (2000) is a comedic animated fantasy co-written and directed by Mark Dindal about Emperor Kuzco (David Spade), a selfish despotic ruler who gets turned into a llama by an aggrieved advisor, Yzma (Eartha Kitt), and learns how to be kind with the help of a peasant, Pacha (John Goodman).

Life Lesson:

Everyone has kindness in them, but some need help showing it to others.

Movie Scene:

Pacha: “I think we got off on the wrong foot here.”

Kuzco: “Mm-hmm.”

Pacha: “I just think, if you really thought about it, you’d decide to build your home on a different hilltop.”

Kuzco: “And why would I do that?”

Pacha: “Because deep down, I think you realize that you’re forcing an entire village out of their homes just for you.”

Kuzco: “And that’s… bad?”

Pacha: “Well, yeah. Nobody’s that heartless.”

Rain Man

In Drama, Movies on December 22, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Rain Man (1988) is a drama directed by Barry Levinson about Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise), an embittered and arrogant man who feels cheated by life, and especially by his father, who left the bulk of his estate to an unknown person, Raymond (Dustin Hoffman), a man diagnosed with autism and Savant Syndrome.

Life Lesson:

It’s natural to love and care for someone, even if they can’t care for or love you back.

Movie Scene:

Charlie: “I understand that this sounds irrational to you. Yes, when it started out, it had that […] See, you have to understand that when we started out together, that he was only my brother in name. And as… And this morning we had pancakes.”

Raymond: “Maple syrup. Maple syrup on, maple syrup on the table. And Charlie Babbitt made a joke.”

Charlie: “You see, we… I made a connection.”

You Again

In Comedy, Movies on December 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM

You Again (2010) is a comedy directed by Andy Fickman about Marni (Kristen Bell), a woman who finds out that her older brother (James Wolk) is engaged to her high school bully (Odette Annable), and that their mother Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis) was best friends with her tormentor’s aunt Ramona (Sigourney Weaver), when they were in high school.

Life Lesson:

People can forgive when they are given a sincere and remorseful apology.

Movie Scene:

Gail: “I’m sorry Ramona, honestly. And I should have been a better friend, obviously. I knew what I was doing. I was so busy being Gail Byer and everything that meant. I just… I was insensitive. I wasn’t a good friend. And I’m sorry.”

Ramona: “…I feel like I can breathe again.”

Rush

In Documentary, Movies on December 19, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010) is a documentary co-written and co-directed by Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen about a Canadian rock band renowned for the expert musicianship of its three members: Geddy Lee (vocals, bass guitar, keyboard), Alex Lifeson (guitar, synthesizers) and Neil Peart (drums, lyrics).

Life Lesson:

Never stop learning.

Movie Scene:

Neil Peart: “I didn’t have the looseness that I wanted to hear out of my own playing.”

Jason McGerr: “After so many years of being an amazing player, Neil could have clearly just decided not to play drums until it was time to go play a Rush show. But instead, he cared enough about what he did to try and break down his current technique and work with Freddie Gruber, and sort of, reinvent his playing style. ”

Peart: ” […] I asked myself, can I really do this? Will I have the discipline? It’s a huge commitment. […] Freddie is all about the motion, and it was all about the motion of the hands and feet that contributed to a dance. And one of the first things he did was stand up and do a little soft-shoe dance for me and saying, ‘when you’re doing that, is that dance happening on the floor? No, it’s happening in the air’. So these were revelations to me, to start thinking about not just the hit, but the motions between.”

McGerr: “[…] It takes a lot of courage being a drummer of the stature that Neil Peart is to be able to say ‘I can improve’ and when he came back out and made his appearances after working with Freddie and he turned his grip around, his traditional grip, and had a different approach, he was so much more relaxed. That was the most refreshing thing you could have seen, is that your hero could also still learn, that they weren’t just done.”

The Great Dictator

In Comedy, Movies on December 1, 2014 at 9:20 PM

The Great Dictator (1940) is a comedy written and directed by Charlie Chaplin about a humble Jewish barber who is mistaken for Adenoid Hynkel (Charlie Chaplin), the cruel, anti-Semitic, and inept dictator of a small country.

Life Lesson:

“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

Nelson Mandela

Movie Scene:

Barber: “We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world, there’s room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful. […] You the people have the power – the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. […] Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance.”

Warren Buffett

In Documentary, Movies on June 27, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Warren Buffett: Bloomberg Game Changers (2013) is a documentary from Bloomberg Television about Warren Buffet, a billionaire investor who became the world’s wealthiest person by buying stocks from companies, and later companies, that were: easy to understand, well managed, competitive, enduring and profitable businesses, such as See’s CandiesGEIKO insurance, and Fruit of the Loom clothing – all of which became subsidiaries of Berkshire Hathaway, his investment company.

Life Lesson:

One path to obtaining wealth is investing long term in the stock market, which has an S&P 500’s historical average return of 10% per year: Buy stocks when the market goes down/stock prices drop, keep those stocks for multiple years/decades, and “know what you buy, and buy what you know.” — Motley Fool

Movie Scene:

Buffett: “Many people take their cues as to what to do from what the market itself is doing, but [Benjamin] Graham would tell you that the market is there to serve you, not to inform you. And basically he was saying the market will be wrong… sometimes the market is very, very wrong and if you look at the prices of stocks as buying pieces of businesses, you will be able to recognize when the market is very wrong.”

Narrator: “He was picking stocks that others were ignoring, and his stocks kept going up.”

Roger Lowenstein: “He’s devouring every annual report, and they stayed devoured. He remembers them and he’s got these balance sheets in his mind, so that if a stock gets cheap, you know, three years later, he remembers what the fundamentals of the company are. This is a ‘buy now’.”

Alice Schroeder: “Warren has always quoted Gus Levy, who said, ‘be greedy when others are fearful; be fearful when others are greedy’.”

March of the Penguins

In Documentary, Movies on May 8, 2014 at 7:20 PM

March of the Penguins (2005) is a documentary co-written and directed by Luc Jacquet about the annual back and forth 70-mile walk Emperor penguins take in order to find a mate and raise a baby chick in the harsh climate of Antarctica, where the average temperature is 58 degrees below 0.

Life Lesson:

Life is a beautiful struggle: splendor and sadness co-exist for us all.

Movie Scene:

Narrator (Morgan Freeman): “With the wind’s return, the temperature drops. This year, winter’s going out with a bang. This is the first storm for the new chicks, and many of them will not survive it. When the winds stop, the search for lost chicks begins. Some have kept warm by huddling together. Others have not been so lucky. The loss is unbearable. Every year, some bereft mother will respond to her agony in an unimaginable way. Having lost her own chick, she will attempt to steal another’s. But the group will not allow it. Back in it’s mother’s care, the chick is not eager to leave again. Despite having known each other only a few days, the bond between mother and child is surprisingly strong. In the next few weeks, it will only grow stronger. Winter’s grip slowly weakens, and the chicks begin to run free. Some need a little encouragement, but eventually, they all find their way.”

God Grew Tired of Us

In Documentary, Movies on April 29, 2014 at 2:05 PM

God Grew Tired of Us (2006) is a documentary written and directed by Christopher Dillon Quinn and narrated by Nicole Kidman about a group of about 25,000 boys who escaped the violent civil war in Sudan by walking 1,000 miles to Ethiopia and then Kenya, where they were housed in refugee camps, from which about 3,800 “Lost Boys” were then allowed to immigrate to the United States through the efforts of the International Rescue Committee.

Life Lesson:

“If you are going through hell, keep going.”

Winston Churchill

Movie Scene:

John Bul Dau: “When we run away from Sudan, despite of me being 13, I was taller than the others. So I had to be select out, that ‘please, you are big now, so please go and, and do this job.’ So I had to, to take care of them. I was in charge of one group, 1,200 and something person. That was the time I learned how to bury the dead bodies. That was my, part of, my job. I have to go and bury my fellow brothers. Imagine, at the age of 13, can bury. It was so difficult. It was so bad. But because of situation and our time, what do we do? We have to do that. It was as if maybe the day, the last day, as people say in the Bible, that there will be a last day, that Jesus Christ will come, and whatever on Earth will be judged. That was my imagination. I thought that God felt tired of people on Earth here, felt tired of the bad deed, the bad thing that we are doing, yet God is watching on us. I think God, I thought God got tired of us, and he want to finish us. When I think of it back, it was so bad anyway. You can even think of, can even regret why you were born. Why you were born. Now I wonder, I’m now again wearing clothes, and feeling very happy, and so anyway, everything has an end. Has an end. Even if there’s problem in Sudan still, maybe one time, one day, one minute — it will come to an end.”

Dr. Strangelove

In Comedy, Movies on April 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) is a comedy co-written and directed by Stanley Kubrick about the events in the “war room” where military and government officials have gathered to try to stop an air strike launched by a rogue U.S. general, Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden), against a country with nuclear weapons.

Life Lesson:

“The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”

Robert Burns

Movie Scene:

General “Buck” Turgidson (George C. Scott): “Mr. President, about, ah, 35 minutes ago, General Jack Ripper, the Commanding General of, uh, Burpelson Air Force Base, issued an order to the 34 B-52s of his wing, which were airborne at the time as part of a special exercise we were holding called, “Operation Dropkick.” Now, it appears that the order called for the planes to attack their targets inside Russia. The planes are fully armed with nuclear weapons […]”.

U.S. President Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers): “Gereral Turgidson, I find this very difficult to understand. I was under the impression that I was the only one in authority to order the use of nuclear weapons.”

General Turgidson: “Uh, that’s right, Sir. You are the only person authorized to do so. And although I hate to judge before all the facts are in, it’s beginning to look like General Ripper exceeded his authority.”

 

The Improv

In Documentary, Movies on April 22, 2014 at 10:10 PM

The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall (2013) is an EPIX documentary narrated by Adam Sandler about the stand-up comedy stage founded in 1963 by producer Budd Friedman and actress Silver Saunders in New York City, and later in Los Angeles in 1975, that launched the career of a number of successful comics, including Rodney Dangerfield, Richard Pryor, Jay Leno, Larry David, Lewis Black, Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Judd Apatow and Jimmy Fallon.

Life Lesson:

If you want to succeed in a field, you have to endure long hours of hard work for no or low pay while you hone the necessary skills.

Movie Scene:

Jay Leno: “I used to sleep in the alley around the corner. I remember waking up and I would see Dyke’s Lumber Yard across the street. I didn’t have any place to live. […] And I thought, ‘oh, really, is this my life now? Is this what show business is? Sleeping in an alley?’ But just to get on at The Improv, it was worth it.”

Judd Apatow: “The person that I, you know, inspired me in a lot of ways was Larry Miller because Larry Miller had this incredible polished act. He could do two and a half hours. […] He would say, ‘you know how I do that? I write. I write all day. Most comedians are at the mall. I write.'”

Jerry Seinfeld: “Why are there not more giant comedians breaking more than once every 13 god-damned years? ‘Cause they don’t put the work in. That’s why. They have a million others things they can do. And that’s a handicap.”

Jimmy Fallon: “I would work Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays, whatever I could do. And you would get a check for $8.25 per set.”

Ray Romano: “I remember Leno saying, it takes six years to really find out who you are on stage.”

Up

In Fantasy, Movies on March 27, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Trailer: Up

Up (2009) is an animated fantasy co-written and co-directed by Pete Docter and Bob Peterson about an elderly widower, Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner), who moves his house with the help of a young boy, Russell (Jordan Nagai), to South America, in order to fulfill a lifelong wish he shared with his wife Ellie.

Life Lesson:

Caring for living beings is more meaningful than caring for material possessions.

Movie Scene:

Russell: “Sorry about your house Mr. Fredricksen.”

Carl: “You know, it’s just a house.”

Evolution

In Documentary, Movies on February 26, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Evolution: Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (2001) is a documentary co-written and co-directed by David Espar and Susan K. Lewis about naturalist Charles Robert Darwin and his theory of evolution, published in 1859, that established that all forms of life on Earth are related because they descended from a common ancestor via natural selection, a process whereby individuals better suited to their environment survive and reproduce while those that aren’t well suited perish, thus creating genetic changes in populations which overtime can become so great that a split from the original population occurs, leading to the formation of new species.

Life Lesson:

Biological evolution (genetic change over time in populations via descent with modification through genetic inheritance) is caused by four mechanisms: natural selection (individuals better adapted to their environment tend to survive and reproduce, thus passing their genes to their offspring), mutation (a change in the structure of a gene), migration (gene flow from one population to another) and genetic drift (a change in the frequency of a gene in a population due to random chance).

Movie Scene:

David Page: “In the 19th century, in Darwin’s time, it was audacious to claim that humans and chimps were closely related. There wasn’t that much scientific evidence. But since that time, the evidence has become strong. First, we saw the fossil record appear. Evidence of human ancestors that had apelike features established the plausibility of the idea that humans and chimps had common ancestors. And then in the last twenty years, we’ve seen the emergence of a whole new type of data that’s established a close relationship between chimps and humans. And that comes from the analysis of DNA. This is DNA. We’ve got DNA. Chimps have got DNA. Bacteria have got DNA. Petunias have got DNA. Crabs have got DNA. Every living animal, plant, fish, frog has got DNA, and if we compare the DNAs of any two species, we can establish how closely related they are one to another. […] Here we’re looking at the DNA sequences of one particular gene that’s found in human and chimp and what’s immediately evident is that humans and chimps have DNAs that are 98% identical. They’re basically the same, there are just a couple of spelling changes. Why are there only a couple of spelling changes? Because we and chimps had a common ancestor only a few million years ago. And these few spelling differences have accumulated during the propagation of this DNA during those few million years. If more time had passed since we had our last common ancestor, more spelling changes would have accumulated.

Narrator: “If the same gene from a rat is compared, many more spelling differences are seen.”

David Page: “That’s because our common ancestor with the rat lived about 80 or 100 million years ago, and there’s been much more time for spelling differences to accumulate.”

Steve Jobs: One Last Thing

In Documentary, Movies on February 12, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Steve Jobs: One Last Thing (2011) is a documentary directed by Sarah Hunt and Mimi O’Connor about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs that covers his work with Steve Wozniak, another co-founder and the inventor of the Apple I and Apple II computers; his work with Dean Hovey on the design of the one button mouse; his influence on the design of computer fonts; his envisioning of the iPad; his founding of NeXT with funding from Ross Perot; his buying of Pixar; and his remaking of Apple with the iMac, the iPodiTunes and the iPhone.

Life Lesson:

You don’t have to be just a consumer, you can be a creator.

Movie Scene:

Steve Jobs: “When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is, and your —  your life is just to live your life inside the world: try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

While You Were Sleeping

In Comedy, Movies on February 2, 2014 at 5:50 AM

While You Were Sleeping (1995) is a comedy directed by Jon Turteltaub about Lucy Eleanor Moderatz (Sandra Bullock), a lonely subway tollbooth collector who rescues a man, Peter Callaghan (Peter Gallagher), that falls on the train tracks and then pretends to be his fiancé while he is in a coma.

Life Lesson:

Sometimes things don’t turn out as planned.

Movie Scene:

Lucy [talking to Peter]: “It’s just that, you know, when I was, when I was a kid I always imagined what I would be like, or where I would be, or what I would have when I got older. And, you know, it was the normal stuff. I’d have a house and family and things like that. Not, not that I’m complaining or anything, because, you know, I have, I have a cat. I have an apartment. Um, sole possession of the remote control. That’s very important. It’s just, I never met anybody that I could laugh with, you know? Do you believe in love at first sight? Nah, I bet you don’t. You’re probably too sensible for that. Or have you ever like seen somebody and you knew that if only that person really knew you, they would, well, of course, dump the perfect model that they were with and realize that you were the one that they wanted to just grow old with. Have you ever fallen in love with somebody you haven’t even talked to? You ever been so alone you spend the night confusing a man in a coma?”

The War of the Roses

In Drama, Movies on January 26, 2014 at 9:05 PM

The War of the Roses (1989) is a drama based on the book by Warren Adler and directed by Danny DeVito about a married couple, Barbara (Kathleen Turner) and Oliver (Michael Douglas) Rose, who going through a bitter divorce enabled by an unscrupulous lawyer, Gavin D’Amato (Danny DeVito), who later has a change of heart.

Life Lesson:

Don’t go down the path of pettiness and vindictiveness; it just escalates suffering. Instead, accept your losses and find another way — you’ll be better off.

Movie Scene:

Gavin [talking to a new client]: “What’s the moral? Other than dog people should marry dog people and cat people should marry cat people? I don’t know. Could be just this: a civilized divorce is a contradiction in terms. Maybe because of what happened, I’ve become too traditional. Maybe it’s not natural to stay married to one person for life. My parents did it — sixty three years, a few of them good. So look, here it is: We can begin. When it comes to your wife, I’m going to urge you to be generous to the point of night sweats. Because the all-important thing here is to get you through this as quickly and cleanly as possible, so that you can begin rebuilding your life. Ok? Or, you can get up and go home and try to find some shred of what you once loved about the sweetheart of your youth. It’s your life. Take a minute.”

Beauty and the Beast

In Fantasy, Movies on January 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Beauty and the Beast (1991) is an animated fantasy co-directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise about a scholarly young woman, Belle (Paige O’Hara), who rescues her father (Rex Everhart) from an enchanted castle’s prison by taking his place, and teaches their captor, an angry beast-prince (Robby Benson), how to love.

Life Lesson:

In order to love someone, you cannot be spoiled, selfish or unkind.

Movie Scene:

Beast: “This mirror will show you anything. Anything you wish to see.”

Belle: “I’d like to see my father, please. Papa! Oh, no. He’s sick. He may be dying, and he’s all alone.”

Beast: “Then, you– you must go to him.”

Belle: “What did you say?”

Beast: “I release you. You’re no longer my prisoner.”

Belle: “You mean, I’m free?”

Beast: “Yes.”

Belle: “Oh, thank you. Hold on Papa. I’m on my way.”

Beast: “Take it with you [the mirror] so you’ll always have a way to look back, and remember me.”

Belle: “Thank you for understanding how much he needs me.”

Cogsworth (David Ogden Stiers): “Well, your Highness, I must say everything is going just swimmingly. I knew you had it in you. Yes, yes, splen–”

Beast: “I let her go.”

Cogsworth: “You what? How could you do that?”

Beast: “I had to.”

Cogsworth: “Yes, but, but— But why?”

Beast: “Because I love her.”

Sydney White

In Comedy, Movies on January 15, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Sydney White (2007) is a comedy loosely based on Snow White and directed by Joe Nussbaum about Sydney White (Amanda Bynes), a freshman in college who tries to join the same sorority her mother belonged to, but instead finds herself targeted by the sorority president, Rachel Witchburn (Sara Paxton), for getting the attention of a charming fraternity president, Tyler Prince (Matt Long), and winds up with seven social outcasts as roommates.

Life Lesson:

If you feel you don’t fit in, get to know other people better — especially other misfits.

Movie Scene:

Sydney: “I have met so many great and interesting people here that I never would have met if I didn’t step out of my own little world. Before, all I wanted was to fit in. But I’ve learned that —that we’re all searching to fit in, and we, we all feel like outsiders, and we all do things and feel things that are bizarre and unconventional and dorky. We’re all dorks.”

The Family Man

In Drama, Movies on January 8, 2014 at 8:00 PM

The Family Man (2000) is a drama directed by Brett Ratner about Jack Campbell (Nicolas Cage), a very successful and wealthy investment broker who gets a glimpse into the life he might have had had he made the decision to stay with his girlfriend, Kate Reynolds (Téa Leoni), thirteen years before, instead of remaining a bachelor.

Life Lesson:

The choices you make have a lasting effect on the rest of your life.

Movie Scene:

Kate: “I think about it too. I do. I wonder about what kind of life I would have had if I hadn’t married you.”

Jack: “And?”

Kate: “And then I realize I’ve just erased all the things in my life that I’m sure about: you and the kids.”

Jack: “Good things.”

Kate: “Yeah. What are you sure about?”

Jack: “I’m sure that right now, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be than here with you.”

Say Anything…

In Comedy, Movies on December 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Say Anything (1989) is a comedy written and directed by Cameron Crowe about the summer romance between two recent high school graduates, Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack), who has no future plans, and Diane Court (Ione Skye), the valedictorian who wins a scholarship to study in England.

Life Lesson:

Go after what you want.

Movie Scene:

Lloyd Dobler: “I’m gonna take out Diane Court again.”

Corey Flood (Lili Taylor): “That’s unlikely.”

Lloyd: “Is the movies a good second date, you know, as– as a date?”

Corey: “But you never had a first date.”

Lloyd: “Yes, I did. I sat across from her at a mall. We ate together. We ate. That’s eating. Sharing an important physical event. […] I’m gonna call her.”

Corey: “Diane Court doesn’t go out with guys like you. She’s a brain. Diane Court does not realize how good looking she is.”

Lloyd: “This sounds great to me. I’m gonna call her. That’s what’s cool about her.”

Corey: “Brains stay with brains. The bomb could go off, and their mutant genes would form the same cliques. I’m sorry. It’s just you’re a really nice guy, and we don’t want to see you get hurt.”

Lloyd: “I want to get hurt!”

A Beautiful Mind

In Drama, Movies on December 19, 2013 at 9:10 AM

A Beautiful Mind (2001) is a drama based on the book by Sylvia Nasar and directed by Ron Howard about John Forbes Nash (Russell Crowe), a Nobel Prize-winning theoretical mathematician diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

Life Lesson:

Learn to tell the difference between what is real and what is only in your mind.

Movie Scene:

John Nash: “Would I embarrass you? Yes, it is possible. You see, I– I am crazy. I take the newer medications, but I still see things that are not here. I just choose not to acknowledge them. Like a diet of the mind, I choose not to indulge in certain appetites. Like my appetite for patterns. Perhaps my appetite to image and to dream.”

Yentl

In Drama, Movies on December 18, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Yentl (1983) is a drama based on the story by Isaac Bashevis Singer, co-written and directed by Barbra Streisand about Yentl (Barbra Streisand), a Polish woman who disguises herself as a man in order to continue her education at a yeshiva when her father, Rebbe Mendel (Nehemiah Persoff), who taught her in secrecy, dies – leaving her an orphan.

Life Lesson:

Don’t let others stop you from pursing knowledge.

Movie Scene:

Yentl: “Why is it that every book I buy, every bookseller who comes has the same old argument?”

Rebbe Mendel: “You know why.”

Yentl: “I envy them.”

Rebbe Mendel: “The booksellers?”

Yentl: “No, not the booksellers. The students, talking about life, the mysteries of the universe. And I’m learning how to tell a herring from a carp.”

Rebbe Mendel: “Yentl, for the thousandth time, men and women have different obligations.”

Yentl: “Have different obligations, I know, but –”

Rebbe Mendel: “And don’t ask why… Go on. Get the books. Get the books.”

Yentl: “Thank you, Papa.”

Rebbe Mendel: “Thank you, Papa. Thank you, Papa. The shutters darling.”

Yentl: “The shutters. If we don’t have to hide my studying from God, then why from the neighbors?”

Rebbe Mendel: “Why? Because I trust God will understand. I’m not so sure about the neighbors.”

The Secret Garden

In Drama, Movies on November 20, 2013 at 5:45 PM

The Secret Garden (1993) is a drama based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett and directed by Agnieszka Holland about Mary Lennox (Kate Maberly), an orphaned ten-year-old girl who goes to live at her uncle’s estate, where she meets her sickly cousin, Colin Craven (Heydon Prowse), and finds an overgrown hidden garden, both of which she restores to health.

Life Lesson:

Don’t let other people determine what you do with your life.

Movie Scene:

Mary: “At least we can open the windows.”

Colin: “No! Get away from there! Don’t touch them. They’re nailed shut. My lungs – they can’t take the spores.”

Mary: “Spores?”

Colin: “They’re carried in on the wind. And when you breathe the air, you swallow them. They get stuck in your lungs.”

Mary: “But before I got out into the wind, even my hair was scrawny.”

Colin: “You’re hair? Hair is dead.”

Mary: “If hair is dead, then how come it keeps on growing even after you die? Well, maybe not your hair. By then you might be bald.”

Colin: “Don’t be stupid. I’ll be dead before I’m old enough to be bald. I’ll get a lump on my back like my father. Then I’ll die.”

Mary: “I hate the way you talk about dying.”

Colin: “Everyone thinks I’ll die.”

Mary: “If everyone thought that about me, I wouldn’t do it.”

WALL-E

In Fantasy, Movies on November 5, 2013 at 1:25 PM

WALL-E (2008) is an animated fantasy co-written and directed by Andrew Stanton about a trash compactor robot, WALL-E (Ben Burtt), who falls in love with a highly advanced reconnoissance robot, EVE (Elissa Knight), and follows her onto the Axiom, a spaceship commanded by Captain B. McCrea (Jeff Garlin) that houses refugees sent to live in space by the BNL CEO (Fred Willard).

Life Lesson:

Start living your life: do, engage, take charge.

Movie Scene:

Captain: “Auto, things have changed! We’ve got to go back!”

Axiom’s Autopilot: “Sir, orders are “do not return to Earth. ”

Captain: “But life is sustainable now. Look at this plant. Green and growing. It’s living proof he was wrong.”

Axiom’s Autopilot: “Irrelevant, Captain.”

Captain: “What? It’s completely relevant! Out there is our home. Home, Auto. And it’s in trouble. I can’t just sit here and-and do nothing. That’s all I’ve ever done. That’s all anyone on this blasted ship has ever done. Nothing!”

Axiom’s Autopilot: “On the Axiom, you will survive.”

Captain: “I don’t want to survive. I want to live.”