Sunday, February 18, 2018

Tip#1081: Movies to Inspire Hope & Ignite Change, Part 2 - Black Panther

When I went to the first afternoon screening on opening day of the Black Panther film the line up for tickets was absolutely packed with kids and adults! These lineups usually never happen when I see opening day films at this time. This was when I began to realize Black Panther was going to be a cultural phenomenon.

After the screening I was riveted to social media posts on twitter about the film and what I saw unfold moved me deeply. Here are the posts and articles that were flooding twitter…

Last night we saw the #BlackPanther movie as a family & loved it. The best part for me, seeing my 9yr old son sit in awe as he saw people of color hold themselves in such high regard on screen. He knows Wakanda isn't real but now wants to know more about Africa. @MarvelStudios 
See: original tweet

Just saw #blackpanther in the middle of Montana in a theatre full of white people and I was a little worried until they all gave it a standing ovation at the end IT WAS SO WONDERFUL I CRIED
See: original tweet

Check out this video of people dancing in theatre lobby:
this is how we left the theater #BlackPanther

Check out this photo showing Black Panther being screened in every theatre at one cinema:
Every. Single. Theater. Is. #BlackPanther

Check out these celebrities doing massive acts of kindness:
• Octavia Spencer to Host Free ‘Black Panther’ Screening in Underserved Community
• 'Captain Marvel' Star Brie Larson Is Helping People Get 'Black Panther' Tickets
• How celebrities are helping thousands of children see ‘Black Panther’ for free

I was so thrilled seeing these stars actively using social media to get their followers to help pay for tickets for other people not able to afford their own tickets to see Black Panther. Actress Brie Larson was getting followers to help financially from places like Rio de Janeiro, Paraguay, Philippines, Brazil, Indonesia, USA, Canada and more!

And all this was happening during Random Acts of Kindness Week. This is the loving world and community I am happy to live in. And all thanks to a visionary superhero film!

Black Panther (2018)

The superhero film, Black Panther, is about the life and politics of new King, T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) of the Afrofuturistic world of Wakanda and what happens when he is challenged by unexpected rival, Erik "Killmonger" Stevens (Michael B. Jordan). This visually stunning movie is filled with exciting action scenes, super cool technology and empowering characters and performances by Boseman, Jordan and supporting cast that includes Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.

See: movie teaser
See: movie trailer

This film was so amazing and thrilling on so many levels! Every character of this predominantly African-American cast had an important part to the story and many represented a positive cinematic role model for anyone of any age, colour or culture. Co-written and directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) this movie felt different than other Marvel films because it not only entertained but I knew it was going to help change the world. These cinematic role models would help empower all kids and adults who get a chance to see this movie.

I found a video on CNN that I loved watching because it featured kids expressing their excitement of seeing Black Panther. Hundreds of them from the Harlem Boys and Girls Club got to see the film for free thanks to Community Activist Frederick Joseph. It warmed my heart knowing these kids were now inspired to be heroes and be the best they could be in life! Check it out…

CNN: Ryan Coogler's 'Black Panther' joins 'Wonder Woman' in blazing super trail

Inspiring Themes:
• Following a Vision
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Courage
• Confidence
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Supportive Relationships
• Values & Integrity
• Culture, Community & Traditions
• Racial Equality


There is a speech in the first of two post credit scenes that moved me the most. With the current state of politics happening in the US this speech filled me with uplifting hope that the positive, inclusive world I want to live in will happen and IS happening! And writing this blog post is my way of helping create this change.

If you are feeling hopeless or stuck in your life then find a film that will inspire hope and ignite positive change. Be empowered by cinematic role models that are overflowing with confidence, courage and indestructible optimism! They are there to show you that a better WORLD is possible and a better YOU can happen!

Related Tips:
Tip#427: Be The Change You Want to See In The World - Groundhog Day 
Tip#695: Be the Change You Want to See In The World, Part 2 – Miss Representation
Tip#121: You Can Change Your Future - Minority Report 
Tip#868: Movies to Inspire Hope & Ignite Change - Still Alice 
Tip#1081: Movies to Inspire Hope & Ignite Change, Part 2 - Black Panther

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE DEALING WITH
DEPRESSION, S.A.D. OR WINTER BLUES?
• READ: Top 10 Inspiring Movies for Managing Depression
• READ: Emmanuel & Depression featured in The Toronto Star
• LISTEN: Emmanuel's CBC Radio Interview on Movie Messages of Hope: The Fresh Air Show
• WATCH: Uplifting Movie Montage produced by Emmanuel Lopez!
• DISCOVER: 8 Creative Tools for Motivation & Depression

Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker
Discover How Movies Inspire, Motivate & Empower You!
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Tip#1080: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 5 - Phantom Thread

I am always so happy and grateful to receive or discover gifts that lift me up along the ups and downs of my life. This chilly winter continues to be an extra difficult time (winter blues, seasonal affective disorder) and yet the unexpected gift of supportive new friends being there for me this week had been a blessing.

Another gift was being invited to the amazing 5th High Notes Gala for Mental Health by Ingrid Taheri, Artistic & Executive Director. The night was filled with inspiring musical perfomances and inspiring speakers that included Luba Goy, Michael Landsberg, Jennifer Walls, Lloyd Robertson, Orlando Da Silva, Michael Bridge and more. Even thought I wasn’t well when I arrived I left feeling so re-vitalized and joyful!

With Ingrid Taheri, Artistic & Executive Director, 
5th Annual High Notes Gala for Mental Health

Later in the week a close friend surprised me with a random act of kindness by giving me a gift of a DYLN Alkaline Water Bottle. I was so moved! As I’ve been documenting on this blog I’ve been learning how to cook, eat and drink more alkaline forming foods over more acidity ones. This gift will be added to my methods of improving my physical and mental health. See more: Tip#1056

And as I continue to self-medicate with inspiring movies I discovered one that I immediately loved for so many reasons. From it’s opening scenes it wrapped itself around me like a warm blanket on a cold February day. It thoroughly reminded me about the magical, uplifting power of cinema.

Phantom Thread (2017)

The drama film, Phantom Thread, is about the relationships between renowned dressmaker, Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day Lewis), his sister and Cyril (Lesley Manville) and his muse and lover, Alma (Vicky Krieps) in 1950's London. This sumptuous, elegant and engaging film has fantastic performances by the whole cast. See: movie trailer

I immediately fell in love with this film much like Reynolds and Alma’s first romantic meeting, one of the most mesmerizing I’ve ever seen in a movie. The splendor of the costumes and music soundtrack immediately took me away and what unfolded was an unusual love story and psychological study of three strong willed people. This film is filled with light and dark moments.

I’ve already seen it twice and am still thinking about it because the film also explores what it’s like to be a successful artist and a business owner that deals with episodes of depression. It also explores business aspects of leadership, teamwork, customer service and product development for dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames. This is also secretly a wonderful foodie movie!

Check out these articles after you have seen the film:
If There Was an Oscar for Best Food Scene, 'Phantom Thread' Would Win
“Phantom Thread” Is the Best Food Movie in Ages

Inspiring Themes:
• Following a Vision
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Courage
• Confidence
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Supportive Relationships
• Expressing Thoughts & Feelings
• Artists
• Business
• Fashion Design

Cinema will always have the eternal, uplifting power of warming you up through dark times and inspire you with engaging sights and sounds on the big or small screen. Movies can also provide unexpected gifts of feel-good feelings, thought-provoking moments and visions of finding your own inner strengths. Find these gifts today and bring some cinematic sunshine into your life!

Related Tips:
Tip#1016: Remember the Magic of Cinema, Part 7 - La La Land
Tip#1044: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 4 – Galaxy Quest

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE DEALING WITH
DEPRESSION, S.A.D. OR WINTER BLUES?
• READ: Top 10 Inspiring Movies for Managing Depression
• READ: Emmanuel & Depression featured in The Toronto Star
• LISTEN: Emmanuel's CBC Radio Interview on Movie Messages of Hope: The Fresh Air Show
• WATCH: Uplifting Movie Montage produced by Emmanuel Lopez!
• DISCOVER: 8 Creative Tools for Motivation & Depression

Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker
Discover How Movies Inspire, Motivate & Empower You!
See website: www.motivatorman.com
 
© Emmanuel Lopez 2018

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Tip#1079: Unleash Your Inner Strength & Voice, Part 2 - The Post

Have you ever been faced with a situation where you knew you had to speak up but couldn’t? It’s happened to me many times over the years either in public or in the workplace or during family moments. It usually results in anxiety and ruminating about that paralyzing moment for days or even years later. Not a good feeling!

That’s why I feel grateful for, and recommend, workshops that empower your voice to help release trapped thoughts, emotions and whatever you want to say out loud. Special workshops like The Mastery of Self-Expression and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programs have helped free myself of hidden blocks preventing me to speak up and also to cut down the ruminating of negative thinking.

“There’s a lot of NO’s in the world and people may crumble under these NO’s. Finding your own YES is the hardest thing to do but the best thing to do.” 
Tammy Cunningham, Workshop Facilitator
The Mastery of Self-Expression 

So whenever I see a character on the movie screen struggle to speak up I FEEL for them. And then later when I see them overcome their inner fears to speak with courage and confidence I CHEER for them! Here is a movie example that demonstrates this transformation and how it became a metaphor for a greater voice of the press fighting to be heard.

The Post (2017)

The political thriller film, The Post, is based on the true story of Katherine Graham (Meryl Streep) the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, The Washington Post, working together with editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets in the early 70’s. This compelling story also stars Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Bradley Whitford and Bruce Greenwood. See: movie trailer



The cover-up, published as The Pentagon Papers, spanned four U.S. Presidents and the film shows the enormous risk Graham and Bradlee faced for possible imprisonment in standing firm for their freedom of the press. And yet the story also shows Graham’s own challenges of speaking up in an early boardroom scene that showed her voice paralyzed.

It is her slow transformation to a leader with new courage and confidence that highlights this film’s many inspirational themes. I felt for her in that boardroom scene and then cheered for her when she later delivers the final command to her newspaper team and board directors! Her newfound empowerment would lead to winning the unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

Inspiring Themes:
• Finding Your Voice
• Courage
• Confidence
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Empowering Women
• Freedom of the Press
• Maintaining Ethics & Values
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Supportive Relationships

Movie heroes who find and unleash their voice can be a highly inspirational and motivational moment for anyone wanting to do the same. If you find yourself unable to say what you want to say be inspired by cinematic role models to mirror your own inner strengths and potential. Believe that you deserve to be heard and one day it will happen with shining success!

Related Tips:
Tip#1078: Great Leadership in Movies, Part 5 - Darkest Hour
Tip#1076: Strong Women in the Movies, Part 6 - Molly’s Game
Tip#1025: Be Inspired by Amazing True Stories, Part 10 - Lion
Tip#538: Unleash Your Inner Strength & Voice – The Mastery of Self Expression – 4 Movie Tips 

READ: Emmanuel featured in The Toronto Star:
Battling the Dark Demon of Depression

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE DEALING WITH
DEPRESSION, S.A.D. OR WINTER BLUES?
• READ: Top 10 Inspiring Movies for Managing Depression
• LISTEN: Emmanuel's CBC Radio Interview on Movie Messages of Hope: The Fresh Air Show
• WATCH: Uplifting Movie Montage produced by Emmanuel Lopez!
• DISCOVER: 8 Creative Tools for Motivation & Depression

Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker
Discover How Movies Inspire, Motivate & Empower You!
See website: www.motivatorman.com
 
© Emmanuel Lopez 2018

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Tip#1078: Great Leadership in Movies, Part 5 - Darkest Hour

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or Winter Blues

Despite whatever the weather is like outside I can feel the darkness of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in my body and all around me. This is the first winter I've been able to identify a difference between SAD aka winter blues and clinical depression. The challenge all these years is that the symptoms are very similar: loss of focus, concentration, energy, drive and enthusiasm, feeling heaviness in body and most of all loss of any joy or hope. The difference, for me, is the quick, rejuvenating feeling of sunlight.

Thankfully my intuition was guiding me to resume research on SAD and it brought me back to a wonderful, simple slide show I found years ago (see slide show). It outlines evidence that SAD is caused by a disruption in a person's circadian rhythm or "body clock". More exposure to daylight through the eyes is an important step forward.


I've been soaking up lots of bright, warm sunshine at a newly renovated Coffee Time store near my home. This coffee shop was transformed while I was away on Christmas vacation and it now has brighter colours and a warm design with lots of high, glass walls keeping the cold out!

I really felt this drop of sunlight energy and vitamin D around five days of returning from three amazing weeks in sunny Las Vegas. The shift I felt was very acute and distinct. I was grateful for this epiphany to feel the differences in depression categories since SAD is another form of depression. Despite difficult days, I've been able to cope thanks to my daily walks, exposure to sunlight/light lamp therapy, CBT tools, prayers, meditations, extra rest, uplifting foods and, of course, the magical movies that synchronistically come my way. The Darkest Hour was one of them!

Darkest Hour (2017)

The war, drama film, Darkest Hour, is about Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) at the precipice of World War II with Nazi Germany and within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain. This highly engaging story also stars Ben Mendelsohn as King George VI, Kristin Scott Thomas as Clementine Churchill and Lily James as the Prime Minister's secretary Elizabeth Layton. See: movie trailer

Oldman gives a powerful performance for Churchill who demonstrated strong leadership qualities of having a vision, passion, resilience, perseverance and indestructible optimism. He also shows humility, vulnerability and willingness to keep an open mind. Churchill's legendary public speaking skills and speeches are also highlighted and celebrated in this film. In the end Churchill inspires by standing up for what is right and being of service to the needs of his people and land.

Winston Churchill & His Depression

One aspect about Churchill that was not featured was his well documented dealings with depression. He referred to battling depression as "the black dog" and also coped by using creative tools like painting and writing. This personally inspires me because these are two creative tools near and dear to my heart and how I've documented my own journey and solutions for clinical depression and SAD. See my new web page: 8 Creative Tools for Motivation & Depression

There is also a great article I highly recommend on Churchill and how depression "can give us new and quite radical insights – it can give us a way of responding effectively to challenges we have in life". Read: How Winston Churchill Beat Depression

Leadership isn't just about leading in the workplace, politics, schools, communities and in sports. It's also about personal leadership. It's about coping with and overcoming the darkness. It's about finding the bright light tha's always within you. Be inspired by real-life leaders and cinematic role-models to empower you to keep moving forward in your challenges in life or at work. Never give up no matter how hopeless it all appears.

And if you are dealing with any forms of depression just know that other people's stories and experiences can provide you with unlimited hope to persevere!

Related Tips:
Tip#604: Recognize Great Leaders - Lincoln
Tip#702: Great Leadership in Movies, Part 1 – Ender’s Game
Tip#766: Great Leadership in Movies, Part 2 - How to Train Your Dragon 2
Tip#882: Great Leadership in Movies, Part 3 - The Towering Inferno
Tip#926: Great Leadership in Movies, Part 4 - Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Tip#1078: Great Leadership in Movies, Part 5 - Darkest Hour

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE DEALING WITH
DEPRESSION, S.A.D. OR WINTER BLUES?
• READ: Top 10 Inspiring Movies for Managing Depression
• LISTEN: Emmanuel's CBC Radio Interview on Movie Messages of Hope: The Fresh Air Show
• WATCH: Uplifting Movie Montage produced by Emmanuel Lopez!
• DISCOVER: 8 Creative Tools for Motivation & Depression

Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker
Discover How Movies Inspire, Motivate & Empower You!
See website: www.motivatorman.com
 
© Emmanuel Lopez 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Tip#1077: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 5 – The Greatest Showman

On Monday January 15th I was told by The Toronto Star reporter who interviewed me for an article that it was Blue Monday, the name given to this specific date claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. She said the paper didn't plan this when they published a feature on my experience with depression. But as some of you know I really believe in synchronicity so this was divinely perfect!

The article was called “Lifting barriers to battling the dark demon of depression” and it revealed the damaging details of clinical depression and one of the key therapies that helped me called cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This prompted many friends to reach out to me who didn’t know the extent of my challenges and sent me their love, support, encouragement and gratitude for my bravery. Read full article: The Toronto Star

The sad irony is that two days later, my five fantastic weeks of feeling great while on holiday ended and I slipped back into a familiar dark place. But this time it felt more like winter blues symptoms aka seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or winter depression. It felt like slowly sinking into a dark hole while at the same time being drained of confidence, focus, purpose and joy.

On that same morning I got a high recommendation from a friend on Facebook to see the film The Greatest Showman. My intuition and inner voice was joyfully shouting that I needed to see this immediately! I knew this was the cinematic tonic I craved and got dressed and headed out the door. It was a bright and sunny day and despite the chill I could already feel the sun’s vitamin D re-energizing my eyes and skin. The movie would take me even higher!

The Greatest Showman (2017)

The drama musical film, The Greatest Showman, tells the story of American showman P.T Barnum (Hugh Jackman), who founded the famous circus, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. This visually colourful and exciting film is filled with original songs, lively dance scenes and engaging performances by Jackman, as well, as Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zac Efron and Zendaya. There are also the oddities played by Keala Settle as Lettie Lutz, a bearded lady and Sam Humphrey as Charles Stratton, a dwarf performer aka General Tom Thumb. See: movie trailer

While sitting in the theatre waiting for the movie to start I could feel depression symptoms increase and weigh me down. But when the film started the sights and sounds of Hugh Jackman and the rest of the singers and dancers quickly lifted me up! I was whisked away to another world! I would also shed tears at many key moments that reflected the ups and downs of my own life. The film was pure movie magic.

There were some issues I had with the film but the inspiration and motivation I felt was far stronger. The movie celebrated the birth of show business and featured a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Barnum demonstrated pure passion, perseverance, vision, resilience, leadership, humility, indestructible optimism, family and so much more. The oddities were also inspiring with their will to face and overcome prejudice and prove their belief in themselves and their uniqueness.

If you are feeling like you're slowly sinking into a dark hole do your best to remember what cognitive behavioural therapy calls your “pleasurable activities”. If movies are one of those activities remember the uplifting power of the sights and sounds you will experience on the big or small screen! The characters, situations and music can re-ignite hope and drive within you and motivate you to keep moving forward. This could be the cinematic tonic you needed most!

Related Tips:
Tip#1000: The Uplifting Power of Cinema – Celebrating 1,000 Movie Tips & In the Film song 
Tip#1038: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 2 - The Zookeeper’s Wife 
Tip#1040: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 3 - Their Finest 
Tip#1044: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 4 – Galaxy Quest
Tip#1077: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 5 – The Greatest Showman

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE DEALING WITH
DEPRESSION OR WINTER BLUES?
• LISTEN: Emmanuel's CBC Radio Interview on Movie Messages of Hope for the Holidays: The Fresh Air Show
• WATCH: Uplifting Movie Montage produced by Emmanuel Lopez!
• READ: Emmanuel's Ebook, Movie Messages of Hope for the Holidays on sale now

Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker
Discover How Movies Inspire, Motivate & Empower You!
See website: www.motivatorman.com
 
© Emmanuel Lopez 2018