Sunday, January 22, 2017

Tip#1024: Strong Women in the Movies, Part 6 - Women’s March – Made in Dagenham


I am still in a state of profound awe and wonder over the global events of the Women’s March yesterday, January 21, 2017. My heart has been overflowing with emotion from being at the Toronto march and then later seeing all the online photos and footage from around the world in at least 60 countries! Estimates are from 3.6 to 4.5 million people that marched across America making it the biggest protest in U.S. history.

What touched me the most was the deep sense of unity I saw in photos of women, men and, especially kids and youths from different diversities and different cities from beyond the U.S.. There were stunning images from Bangkok, Dublin, Helsinki, Istanbul, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Nairobi, New Delhi, Paris, Progue, Rome, Tel Aviv and so many more! It’s like I was watching scenes from disaster films where a common threat has united everyone to show breathtaking strengths in numbers.

It was also thrilling to see movie stars and other famous people in marches as ordinary folks. The men included Joseph Gordon Levitt, Sir Ian McKellan, Rep. John Lewis and Jake Gyllenhaal. The women included Whoopie Goldberg, Madonna, Cher, Jane Fonda, America Ferrera, Emma Watson, Scarlett Johansson, Katy Perry, Yoko Ono, Charlize Theron, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Gillian Anderson and so many more. One of my favourite photos was of Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist who had a super clever sign and message for the newly inaugurated President!

There were also countless other signage that was creative, clever, hilarious and witty! For example, Princess Leia’s image became a new representative for the new Resistance. Even children looked adorable and profoundly impactful with their personal messages. One of my favourite photos is one with someone dressed as Abraham Lincoln just standing amongst the crowd!

As I savored all these images I realized this Women’s March was about all our equal rights as fellow human beings who are choosing to live in harmony with one another. We were all witnessing events that we hope will create a better world. A world that is more loving and respectful for the children who are our future custodians of our planet.

For me, the word protest use to mean a negative term growing up. But these world events have changed that forever! Protest is really the soulful spark for positive, lasting change. This positive change can also be witnessed in inspiring, uplifting movies.

See global photos: The Guardian
See global photos: The New York Times

Made in Dagenham (2010)

The comedy drama film, Made in Dagenham, is about Rita O’Grady (Sally Hawkins) who be steps into a leadership role to fight for equal pay for women at the Ford Motor Co. plant in Dagenham, England. This entertaining and inspiring film also has great performances by Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Daniel Mays and Rosamund Pike. See: movie trailer

There are so many empowering, motivational moments and funny ones as well. Once Rita demonstrates her inner strengths and leadership abilities she became a new movie hero for me! She deals with important themes like equality and bullying that, through her perseverance, helped change her workplace in England. And with the support of her work mates Rita’s actions lead to positive change for female workers around the world. There is this inspiring message that appears in the closing credits:

"Two years later in May 1970 the Equal Pay Act became law. Similar legislation quickly followed in most industrial countries across the world. Ford Motor Company Limited went on to effect changes in its employment practices and is now used as an example of a good practice employer." 

Inspiring Themes:
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Courage
• Bullying
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Supportive Relationships
• Strength of Community
• Women’s Rights, Civil Rights

It takes courage to stand up for your rights you know in your heart and gut is the right thing to do. Find that inner strength within yourself when you realize you cannot and will not stand for something or someone standing in your way of living. Be inspired by real life women of all backgrounds both young and old. Be motivated by strong women in the movies you resonate with. They are all mirroring your inner lion that could ignite positive change the world!

Related Tips:
Tip#754: Strong Women in the Movies, Part 1 - Belle 
Tip#860: Strong Women in the Movies, Part 2 - Spy 
Tip#929: Strong Women in the Movies, Part 3 - Aliens 
Tip#930: Strong Women in the Movies, Part 4 – Mary Kom 
Tip#968: Strong Women in the Movies, Part 5 - Erin Brockovich
Tip#1024: Strong Women in the Movies, Part 6 - Women’s March – Made in Dagenham
Tip#937: Top 15 Inspiring Women in the Movies – International Women’s Day 2016 
Tip#894: Cultivate Community, Part 11 - Learnography - The Rainmaker

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tip#1023: The Uplifting Power of Nostalgia, Part 6 – Rocky Balboa & Creed - Double Feature

I recently did a double feature watching Rocky Balboa (2006) and Creed (2015). Or you could call them Rocky 6 and Rocky 7 because they flow seamlessly together! It was an amazing and emotional experience I highly recommend. Seeing Rocky again in both movies go up those legendary steps to the museum really touched me.

What I loved about each film is the memorable music that’s been used since the first Rocky film in 1976. A wave of nostalgic feelings moved through my heart when I heard the iconic training music “Gonna Fly Now” and the quiet piano that, to me, is the love theme for Rocky and Adrian. So even though 30 to 40 years had passed since this music was first heard it elevates the experience of the latest stories and characters being shown.

Rocky Balboa (2006)

The sports drama, Rocky Balboa, is the sixth chapter in the story of boxer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) now in his mid-fifties and returning to the ring one last time. This highly entertaining film has many life lessons about keeping your heart and passion alive no matter what age you are and to stay resilient despite losing the people you love. See: movie trailer

This amazing movie has several motivational speeches that have become viral online. I highly recommend you see these clips and see the full film itself. Powerful stuff you need to see!
See: Rocky speech to his son

Creed (2015)

The sports drama, Creed, is about Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), son of legendary boxer Apollo Creed, who finds Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) to help train him to fight professionally. This engaging story brings back the Rocky legend while at the same time introduces us to a new character with his own strengths and challenges to deal with. See: movie trailer

One of the amazing factors about this film is the long takes that follow the characters and action in one continuous shot. One example is Creed’s first professional boxing match that lasts an entire two-rounds. There was no post-production stitching used to connect a series of takes together. Also Stallone gives a stellar performance that won him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

Music can invoke powerful nostalgic memories of growing up. It becomes even more emotional when connected with the sight of movie characters, locations and themes we know and loved over the years. It’s a feel-good energy that can lift us up and feel more positive about our lives and work. Find that feel-good feeling today in a film you love!

Related Tips:
Tip#356: Feel Good from Nostalgia - Big Trouble In Little China 
Tip#631: The Uplifting Power of Nostalgia, Part 1 - Paul Williams Still Alive 
Tip#862: The Uplifting Power of Nostalgia, Part 2 – Jurassic World 
Tip#891: The Uplifting Power of Nostalgia, Part 3 - The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension 
Tip#935: The Uplifting Power of Nostalgia, Part 4 – Logan’s Run
Tip#1019: The Uplifting Power of Nostalgia, Part 5 – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Tip#1023: The Uplifting Power of Nostalgia, Part 6 – Rocky Balboa & Creed - Double Feature

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C) Inspiration & Motivation 

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Tip#1022: Be Inspired by Amazing True Stories, Part 8 – Hidden Figures

Today is January 15th and it is Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. It is also an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday of January each year. Synchronistically I just watched the film Hidden Figures and in time to write about it today! I was so inspired by this amazing true story and thrilled to know it is already being used as an important teaching tool for kids and families.

I recent saw on Twitter and Instagram that one of the actresses, Octavia Spencer, bought out a Hidden Figures screening for low-income families in Los Angeles. And then there was news that teens, teachers and community leaders in the U.S. were raising money for young girls to see the film. It excites and moves me deeply to hear about these wonderful people wanting to share the inspirational, teaching power of movies! I believe this passion for a film is what helps make our world a better place to live!

See Entertainment Weekly article:
Octavia Spencer buys out Hidden Figures screening for low-income families

See Huffington Post article:
People Across The U.S. Are Raising Money For Girls To See ‘Hidden Figures’

Hidden Figures (2016)

The biographical drama film, Hidden Figures, is about three brilliant African-American women working at NASA in the early 60’s and making positive changes in the workplace and for civil rights. Mathematician, Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Mathematician, Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Engineer, Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) each have inspiring stories in this highly entertaining and moving film. See: movie trailer

There is so much I loved about this film and I’m eager to see it again! Each of the three heroes have compelling stories and I could imagine anyone of any colour, young and old, being inspired and motivated in some empowering way.

The prejudice and racism the women face in the workplace is terrible and yet they each stay strong and prove their value and unique talents and skill sets. And since this is based on a true story this film will be an amazing teaching tool for future generations in making viewers better people which could lead to creating a better world to live in.

Inspiring Themes:
• Having a Vision
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Courage
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Supportive Relationships
• Social Change

Movies based on true stories can be extremely inspirational and motivational. They can also be powerful teaching tools. Find a biographical film that moves your spirit and helps ignite your passion to follow the life and career you want! Celebrate these heroes who have helped make a positive, lasting difference. And let these films show you the kind of happy, positive, harmonious world you want to live in!

Related Tips:
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Tip#750: Be Inspired by Amazing True Stories, Part 2 - Heaven is for Real
Tip#791: Be Inspired by Amazing True Stories, Part 3 - Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
Tip#815: Be Inspired by Amazing True Stories, Part 4 – Star in the Night
Tip#816: Be Inspired by Amazing True Stories, Part 5 – Unbroken
Tip#817: Be Inspired by Amazing True Stories, Part 6 – The Imitation Game
Tip#818: Be Inspired by Amazing True Stories, Part 7 – Big Eyes
Tip#1022: Be Inspired by Amazing True Stories, Part 8 – Hidden Figures
Tip#919: Learning through Movies, Part 1 - The Big Short 
Tip#920: Learning through Movies, Part 2 - Concussion 
Tip#989: Learning through Movies, Part 3 - Snowden

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Tip#1021: Top Feel-Good Movies, Pt 5 – Singin’ in the Rain

I just saw La La Land for the second time and it was just as magical as I remembered it at TIFF 2016! Even more was the unexpected parts I got emotional about that really moved my heart to tears. It really is a powerful film with many life lessons I found thought provoking. It also just won all 7 Golden Globe nominations including Best Picture which was a record for any movie at these awards!

La La Land actor Ryan Gosling said something that attracted my attention after the unexpected passing of actress Debbie Reynolds recently…

 “I wish I could have said this in person, but I’d like to thank Debbie Reynolds for her wonderful career of work. She was an inspiration to us every day — we watched Singin’ in the Rain every day for inspiration, [she was] a truly unparalleled talent. So, thank you to her for all of that inspiration.” 

See: Entertainment Weekly article

I remember when I was a kid watching movie tributes on TV with my Dad and how excited he was about the clip of Gene Kelly singing and dancing in the rain. That scene became iconic in my memories and for memories of my loving Dad. And yet I had never seen Singin’ in the Rain until Debbie Reynold’s passing and how it inspired the making of La La Land. So I finally watched it and witnessed it’s amazing feel good wonders!

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

The musical comedy film, Singing in the Rain, is about the advent of “talkies” in Hollywood and the transition of silent stars Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly), Kathy Seldon (Debbie Reynolds) and Cosmo Brown (Donald O’Connor). This legendary film is filled with memorable musical song and dance numbers and performances by the entire cast. See: movie trailer

I was blown away by the feel good energy I felt from this wonderful, captivating film! I was amazed at the dancing by Kelly, Reynolds and O’Connor in the songs, “Make ‘Em Laugh”, “You Were Meant for Me”, “Moses Supposes”, "Good Morning” and, of course, “Singin’ in the Rain”. Plus there is so much more to love about this film. I can see why my Dad and the filmmakers of La La Land loved this movie. It truly had an alluring fantasy world you could escape in and bath lovingly in all its Technicolor glory!

If you are looking for a feel good movie take a look beyond your favourites and discover classic Hollywood films. There is a reason they endure and inspire new films to become new classics that uplift your spirits and fill you with hope. Find a movie today that puts a huge smile on you and your day!

Related Tips:
Tip#828: Motivatorman’s Top 10 Feel Good Movies 
Tip#756: Top Feel-Good Movies, Pt 1 - Fusia Magazine 5th Anniversary Party - Million Dollar Arm 
Tip#806: Top Feel-Good Movies, Pt 2 - St. Vincent
Tip#807: Top Feel-Good Movies, Pt 3 – The Artist
Tip#979: Top Feel-Good Movies, Pt 4 - Pelé: Birth of a Legend 
Tip#1020: Top Feel-Good Movies, Pt 5 – Singin’ in the Rain

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The Movies-For-Motivation Speaker
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2017