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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.”


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.”

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.”


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.”

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’.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”


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.”

The Bridges of Madison County

In Drama, Movies on October 17, 2013 at 7:15 PM

The Bridges of Madison County (1995) is a drama directed by Clint Eastwood, based on the book by Robert James Waller, about a four day love affair between a National Geographic photographer, Robert Kincaid (Clint Eastwood), and an Iowa housewife, Francesca Johnson (Meryl Streep).

Life Lesson: Sometimes you have to accept things as they are, not as you wish them to be. Movie Scene: Francesca: “It is quiet. And the people are nice. In certain ways. You know, we all help each other out. If someone gets sick or hurt, all the neighbors come in. They pick the corn or harvest the oats, or whatever needs to be done. If you go into town, you can leave your car unlocked and let the kids run around. Don’t worry about them. There are a lot of nice things about the people here. And I respect them for those qualities. But…” Robert: “But?” Francesca: “Well, it’s not what I dreamed of, as a girl.” Robert: “You know I scribbled something down the other day. I often do that when I’m out on the road. Kind of goes like this: ‘The old dreams were good dreams. They didn’t work out, but I’m glad I had them.’ […] Anyway, I think I know how you feel.”

Up in the Air

In Drama, Movies on October 8, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Up in the Air (2009) is a drama co-written and directed by Jason Reitman based on the book by Walter Kirn, about Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), a man whose lifestyle, which includes constant travel, keeps him isolated from others.

Life Lesson:

Live a life that makes it possible for you to find companionship.

Movie Scene:

Ryan: “If you think about it, your favorite memories, the most important moments in your life, were you alone?”

Jim (Ryan’s sister’s fiancé, who has cold feet): “No, I guess not.”

Ryan: “Hey, come to think of it, last night, the night before your wedding, when all this shit is swirling around in your head, weren’t you guys sleeping in separate bedrooms?”

Jim: “Yeah, Julie went back to the apartment and I was just by myself in the honeymoon suite.”

Ryan: “Kind of lonely, huh?”

Jim: “Yeah, it’s pretty lonely.”

Ryan: “Life’s better with company.”

Jim: “Yeah.”

Ryan: “Everybody needs a co-pilot.”


In Drama, Movies on July 20, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Invincible (2006) is a biographical drama directed by Ericson Core based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old school teacher/bartender who earns a spot on the 1976 Philadelphia Eagles NFL team when the new head coach, Dick Vermeil, holds open tryouts.

Life Lesson:

Ignore those who judge you based on your age and not your ability. You can, you should, and you must pursue your goals no matter your stage of life.

Movie Scene:

Dick Vermeil: “How long you been having trouble with this [car engine]?”

Vince Papale: “Since I bought it.”

Dick Vermeil: “I’m Dick Vermeil.”

Vince Papale: “Vince Papale.”

Dick Vermeil: “Vince. Pretty good workout you just turned in. Any idea how fast you were running?”

Vince Papale: “No, not really.”

Dick Vermeil: “That was a 4.5. This means you’re a heck of a lot faster than this car of yours. Where’d you play your college ball?”

Vince Papale: “I didn’t play college ball.”

Dick Vermeil: “Vince, you mind me asking you how old you are?”

Vince Papale: “No, I don’t mind. You mind me asking how old you are, coach?”

8 Mile

In Drama, Movies on June 27, 2013 at 10:45 PM

8 Mile (2002) is a dark drama directed by Curtis Hanson about Jimmy ‘B-Rabbit’ Smith (Eminem), a Detroit factory worker struggling to become a professional rapper while living in a trailer with his alcoholic mother Stephanie (Kim Basinger) and baby sister Lily (Chloe Greenfield).

Life Lesson:

Own the moment; seize the opportunity. Don’t wait for someone to rescue you.

Movie Scene:

Jimmy: “What’s gotten into you?”

Stephanie: “We’re not gettin’ evicted.”

Jimmy: “Why not?”

Stephanie: “I went to bingo. And I won! Thirty-two hundred!”

Jimmy: “You’re kidding me!”

Stephanie: “Nope. Our luck’s finally changing around here… Did you mean what you said about doin’ that demo with Wink?”

Jimmy: “No. I’m gonna do it on my own.”

Stephanie: “You know, Rabbit? I think that’s the best way.”

Almost Famous

In Drama, Movies on June 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Almost Famous (2000) is a semi-autobiographical drama written and directed by Cameron Crowe about William Miller, a fifteen-year-old writer for Rolling Stone magazine whose first assignment is to tour with a tumultuous rock band, Stillwater, while needing to call home to check-in with his mother, Elaine Miller (Frances McDormand), and getting advice from a cantankerous music critic, Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman).

Life Lesson:

Be yourself, always.

Movie Scene:

Lester Bangs: “Oh, man. So you made friends with them? See, friendship is the booze they feed you. They want you to get drunk on feeling like you belong.”

William: “Well, it was fun.”

Lester Bangs: “Because they make you feel cool. And hey, I met you. You are not cool.”

William: “I know. Even when I thought I was, I knew I wasn’t.  […] I’m glad you were home.”

Lester Bangs: “I’m always home. I’m uncool.”

William: “Me too.”

Lester Bangs: “You’re doing great, man. The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool. Listen, my advice to you, and I know you think these guys are your friends, if you want to be a true friend to them, be honest and unmerciful.”

La Bamba

In Drama, Movies on April 27, 2013 at 9:55 PM

La Bamba (1987) is a drama written and directed by Luis Valdez about Ritchie Valens (Lou Diamond Phillips), a Mexican-American teenager who was signed by Bob Keane (Joe Pantoliano) to Del-Fi Records and had three major rock hits: “C’mon Let’s Go,” “Donna,” and “La Bamba” before dying in a plane crash at age 17 with J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Buddy Holly on February 3, 1959, “The Day the Music Died.”

Life Lesson:

Don’t let your friends hold you back.

Movie Scene:

Bob Keane: “… and then when you’re ready we’ll record a little, ok?”

Ritchie: “What, you mean today? What about my band?”

Bob Keane: “Frankly Richie, I can’t use any of them. Is that a problem?”

Ritchie: “Yeah. They’re my buddies. Thank you. Excuse me.”

Bob Keane: “Wait, wait, Richie. Wait a minute man. Look, I understand about friendship, but I’m being honest here. Not everybody in this world gets a shot at the brass ring. You’re going to have to ask yourself what’s more important: your friends, or your music.”

Ritchie: “My family.”

Dirty Dancing

In Drama, Movies on April 18, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Dirty Dancing (1987) is a drama directed by Emile Ardolino about a privileged young woman, Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey), vacationing with her family in a resort, where she falls in love with Johnny (Patrick Swayze), a dance instructor, and learns a ballroom routine to help out his dance partner, Penny (Cynthia Rhodes), who needs a medical procedure.

Life Lesson:

Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

Movie Scene:

Baby [talking to her father]: “I’m sorry I lied to you. But you lied too. You told me everyone was alike and deserved a fair break, but you meant everyone who was like you. You told me you wanted me to change the world, make it better. But you meant by becoming a lawyer or an economist, and marrying someone from Harvard. I’m not proud of myself, but I’m in this family too and you can’t keep giving me the silent treatment. There are a lot of things about me that  aren’t what you thought, but if you love me, you have to love all the things about me. And I love you. And I’m sorry I let you down. I’m so sorry daddy. But you let me down too.”

Stand By Me

In Drama, Movies on March 29, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Stand By Me (1986) is a drama based on the novella by Stephen King and directed by Rob Reiner about a group of four boys: Gordie (Wil Wheaton), Chris (River Phoenix), Teddy (Corey Feldman) and Vern (Jerry O’Connell), who set out on a two day journey to find the body of a missing boy.

Life Lesson:

Everyone needs someone to believe in them.

Movie Scene:

Gordie: “I’m no good. My dad said it; I’m no good.”

Chris: “He doesn’t know you.”

Gordie: “He hates me.”

Chris: “He doesn’t hate you.”

Gordie: “He hates me … My dad hates me. I’m no good.”

Chris: “No! He just doesn’t know you … You’re gonna be a great writer someday Gordie. You might even write about us guys, if you ever get hard up for material.”


In Drama, Movies on March 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Contact (1997) is a drama based on the book by Carl Sagan, and directed by Robert Zemeckis, about Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster), a SETI astronomer who discovers a coded message in a radio signal that has instructions for building a transporter.

Life Lesson:

Keep searching— you are not alone.

Movie Scene:

Alien [talking to Ellie]: “You’re an interesting species. An interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone. Only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we found that makes the emptiness bearable is each other.”

The Karate Kid

In Drama, Movies on March 14, 2013 at 6:30 PM

The Karate Kid (1984) is a drama directed by John G. Avildsen about Daniel (Ralph Macchio), a newcomer to a high school where he is bullied, which prompts him to seek the teachings of Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), an elderly Japanese martial arts master.

Life Lesson:

Learn to defend yourself in a way that should gain the respect of your opponents.

Movie Scene:

Daniel: “Do you think I had a chance of winning?”

Mr. Miyagi: “Win, lose, no matter.”

Daniel: “No, that’s not what I mean.”

Mr. Miyagi: “Hai. Had good chance.”

Daniel: “Well, can you fix my leg? I mean, with that thing you do?”

Mr. Miyagi: “No need fight anymore. You prove a point.”

Daniel: “What point? That I can take a beating? I mean every time I see those guys they’re gonna know they got the best of me. I’ll never have balance that way, not with them, not with Ali, not with me.”

Mr. Miyagi: “Hai.”

Mr. Miyagi claps his hands together to massage Daniel’s leg, which allows Daniel to fight in the Karate championship against his biggest tormentor.

Punch-Drunk Love

In Drama, Movies on March 7, 2013 at 5:55 AM

Punch-Drunk Love (2002) is a romantic drama written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson about Barry Egan (Adam Sandler), a man who grew-up being bullied by his sisters and is still tormented by them as an adult until a series of events, that includes falling in love, leads him to stand up for himself like never before.

Life Lesson:

Everyone needs someone to love who will love them back.

Movie Scene:

Barry: “I have so much strength in me. You have no idea. I have a love in my life. It makes me stronger than anything you can imagine.”

The Ghost Ship

In Drama, Movies on February 28, 2013 at 5:55 AM

The Ghost Ship (1943) is a psychological drama directed by Mark Robson about Tom Merriam (Russell Wade), the 3rd Officer on a ship, the Altair, captained by Will Stone (Richard Dix), a man slowly going insane.

Life Lesson:

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Lord Acton

Movie Scene:

Captain Stone (holding a gun): “Authority cannot be questioned.”

Officer Merriam: “That’s crazy talk.”

Captain Stone: “ …Who’s crazy? You, who defied me and are helpless? Or I, who control your destiny and the destiny of the Altair and all the lives on board? … I’m Captain. As long as I wear these stripes, there isn’t a man in the crew that will believe you or help you. You’ll find them too lazy, too cowardly, too disinterested. That’s what I want you to learn Merriam. Men are worthless cattle, and a few men are given authority to drive them.”

The Docks of New York

In Drama, Movies on February 22, 2013 at 5:50 PM

The Docks of New York (1928) is a silent drama directed by Josef Von Sternberg about Bill Roberts (George Bancroft), a combative brutish sailor who saves Mae (Betty Compson) from drowning and falls in love with her.

Life Lesson:

Don’t let your friends keep you from being with the one you love.

Movie Scene:

Title Card (Bill’s Pal): “Lucky for you I happened along! If I hadn’t pried you loose, she’d of stuck like a barnacle!”

After Bill thinks about this, he jumps overboard and swims back to shore to reunite with Mae.

Street Angel

In Drama, Movies on February 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Street Angel (1928) is a silent drama directed by Frank Borzage about an impoverished woman (Janet Gaynor) who gets into trouble with the law and is on the run from the police when she meets a painter (Charles Farrell) with whom she falls in love.

Life Lesson:

Do not look down on others. You do not know what misfortune led them to where they are, and you do not know their strength of character.

Movie Scene:

Title Card: “Everywhere… in every town, in every street… we pass, unknowing, human souls made great by love and adversity.”

Dead Poets Society

In Drama, Movies on February 10, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Dead Poets Society (1989) is a drama directed by Peter Weir about a group of students at a private preparatory school, Welton Academy, where their unconventional English teacher, Mr. Keating (Robin Williams), encourages them to seek passion, be freethinkers, and fully express their identity and individuality.

Life Lesson:

Carpe Diem — Seize the Day.

Movie Scene:

Mr. Keating: “Peruse some of the faces from the past … Their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because you see, gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you … Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”


In Drama, Movies on January 29, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Mermaids (1990) is a comedic drama based on a novel by Patty Dann and directed by Richard Benjamin about the family struggles of Charlotte (Winona Ryder), a 15-year-old whose single mother, Mrs. Rachel Flax (Cher), creates a lot of instability by moving the family frequently, 18 times in 15 years, after multiple failed romances.

Life Lesson:

Children model what they see. They often learn and copy the behavior, good or bad, of their parents.

Movie Scene:

Mrs. Flax: “You know, you’re just one year younger than I was when I had you. If you hate my life so much, why are you doing your damnedest to make the same mistakes?”


In Drama, Movies on January 23, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Lucas (1986) is a coming of age drama written and directed by David Seltzer about Lucas, a bookish, small-framed teen from the poor side of town who wants to win the affections of a classmate, Maggie (Kerri Green), by joining the school’s football team, while being oblivious to the affections of his friend, Rina (Winona Ryder).

Life Lesson:

Just because you like someone does not mean they will like you back.

Movie Scene:

Maggie: “Lucas, you and I were just friends.”

Lucas: “Why?”

Maggie: “What do you mean ‘why’?”

Lucas: “I mean why just friends?”

Maggie: “Because that’s all we were … Well, you’re fourteen … I don’t know Lucas. There are certain people you like in a certain way, and others you like as a friend. I don’t know why. You know about science, do you know why?”

Lucas: “Yeah. Actually I do. It’s called the process of natural selection. You ever heard of Darwin. Well, the males who demonstrate physical prowess are the most attractive to the females, and by breeding with the strongest males the females ensure survival of the species.”

Maggie: “You know how wonderful you are?”

Lucas: “Yeah, but it doesn’t turn you on, does it?”

Maggie: “Lucas, I want you to be my friend.”


Sleepwalk With Me

In Drama, Movies on January 21, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Sleepwalk With Me (2012) is a humorous drama co-written and directed by Mike Birbiglia about Matt, an aspiring stand-up comedian with a sleep disorder who wants to be single but has a girlfriend.

Life Lesson:

Face reality. If you are not sure about a relationship, do not continue to be in it.

Movie Scene:

Matt: “‘Why did you stay with me all those years when you, you knew that, that we were doomed?’ And she said, ‘I didn’t want to hurt you.’ Can you believe that? We almost spent the entire rest of our lives together because we didn’t want to make the other person mad.”

Pretty in Pink

In Drama, Movies on January 6, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Pretty in Pink (1986) is a drama directed by Howard Deutch and written/produced by John Hughes about Andie Walsh, an independent, essentially parent-less teen from the poor side of town, who is caught in a love triangle that forces her to rise above social pressure and prejudice.

Life Lesson:

“Feel the fear and do it anyway.”

Susan Jeffers

Movie Scene:

Andie: “It’s okay. I’m gonna go [to the prom].”

Dad: “Alone?”

Andie: “Yeah, I’m not sad about it. I’m not hurt. I mean, you know, I am hurt a little bit. But I know if I don’t do it, I’ll just feel a lot worse. I’m just gonna go in, walk in, walk out and come home.”

Dad: “You sure?”

Andie: “I just want to let them know that they didn’t break me.”