Sunday, March 19, 2017

Tip#1035: How Movies Inspire Creativity, Part 2, Sing Street

Since recovering from the “spiritual flu” (see tip#1033), I have started decluttering my home which uncovered some very old, unresolved fears. These fears involve the letting go of my original artworks from multiple art exhibits and all the way back to art college and high school. I believe this could be a psychological focal point that I now have the opportunity to resolve so other areas in my life, mental health and career can finally movie forward!

I am excited about this opportunity and feel more confident then ever to face this fear of letting go! I also believe this awareness is the result of my recent two week, cleansing, spiritual flu which in turn was the result of the powerful 2nd session I had with Rhythmical Massage Therapy (see tip#1029). I highly recommend this alternative healing method for releasing old, trapped emotions in the body. See: Rhythmical Massage Therapy by Elias Abdel Ahad.


My attention to my artworks also made me see a pattern of not letting go of other creative works such as my music and song recordings. I actually faced this fear back in October 2016 when I finally released one of my favourite and personal songs called “In the Film” (see tip#1000). I wrote and recorded it 25 years ago and edited a music video for the song so I could finally let go and share it with the world. It felt great to finally release the song and can feel my other unreleased songs will eventually touch the hearts of people everywhere! See: In the Film music video

"In the Film" song written & performed by Emmanuel Lopez

Sing Street (2016)

The musical coming-of-age comedy-drama film, Sing Street, is about a Dublin teenager Conor "Cosmo" (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) in the 80’s who forms a rock 'n' roll band to win the heart of aspiring model Raphina (Lucy Boynton). This is such a feel-good film filled with catchy original songs and classic 80’s music and fun, quirky characters and performances by the leads as well as Jack Reynor as Conor’s brother Brendan and Mark McKenna as Conor’s writing partner Eamon. See: movie trailer

There is so much to love about this film! If you love 80’s music you will automatically love this movie. And if you have a dream to express yourself through music then this will inspire you to follow your desire. The film really explores Conor’s creative drive to express his love for Raphina through song. Plus his transformation, both visually and musically, is very inspirational to witness!

Inspiring Themes:
• Having a Vision
• Courage
• Following a Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Supportive Relationships
• Developing Creative Talents

I don’t know why I waited so long to see this fantastic film and yet the timing was once again highly synchronistic with my current re-evaluation of my life and career and the decluttering of my home and inner fears. It’s movies like this that make learning about myself more fun than it being painful and I hope this film does the same for you!

Movies about art, music or writing can inspire you to unleash your own creative drive, talents and gifts. They can also inspire you to let go of thoughts or feelings trapped inside or holding you back. And remember it takes courage and perseverance to either express yourself creatively or to let go of your creations into the world. Find your courage today!

Related Tips:
Tip#168: Just Express Yourself - Be Kind Rewind
Tip#950: How Movies Inspire Creativity – Prince - Purple Rain
Tip#1034: How Movies Inspire Creativity, Part 2, Sing Street

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A) Entertain & Escape 
B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Inspiration & Motivation 

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The Movies-For-Motivation Speaker
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience & Indestructible Optimism
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Tip#1034: Your Power to Heal, Part 2 – Logan

It’s been over two weeks with the flu and am finally feeling my strength returning. I really had to take the time to rest. During this time I believe I’ve been going through what’s called “spiritual flu” where my body has been clearing and purging itself of toxins, old fears and other stuck emotions. Here’s a link to more info I discovered after meditation for guidance: The Spiritual Flu by Mellissa Seaman

During the past two weeks I also felt a disconnection to my purpose, drive and writing this blog. That feeling is like my body and mind being offline while my internal operating system is getting an upgrade just like a computer. I currently feel like an empty cup again (see Tip#152)!

And once again I synchronistically saw a movie that seemed to mirror and speak to me deeply about the healing I am going through. And to my surprise it actually connects directly to part 1 of this blog title, “Your Power to Heal”!

Logan (2017)

The superhero, action, drama film, Logan, continues the story of X-Men’s Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) now older in a bleak future on one final mission with an ailing Professor X/Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and an 11 year old mutant named Laura/X23 (Dafne Keen). This brutal and emotional chapter is filled with exciting action scenes and touching moments especially for fans of these X-Men characters. See: movie trailer 

The dark vision of this film was actually painful to watch at first because I was seeing powerful characters I’ve loved for years now suffering from old age and a breakdown of their superpowers. A frail Xavier now has an uncontrollable, destructive mental condition while Logan’s cellular rejuvenation powers are slowly dying. All this seemed to mirror what I was feeling during the delirious condition of my flu.

Despite these personal challenges of these heroes they persevere and stay resilient to help Laura escape the villains trying to capture her. Laura not only stands out as a new, ferocious young superhero but also paves the way for a positive future of X-Men movies. In the end this film inspired me to trust in my own healing powers and that no matter what changes I need to make in my life and work that all will be brightly optimistic despite being in my 50’s. As Xavier says in the film to Logan...  

“You still have time.” 

If you are dealing with an illness whether it’s mental, physical or emotional then trust in your power to heal. Trust your inner voice, in professional healthcare services as well as alternative healing practices you feel drawn to. Your body is an amazing gift as long as you remember to love yourself and trust in the time needed to feel empowered again!

Related Tips:
Tip#677: Your Power to Heal – The Wolverine 
Tip#1034: Your Power to Heal, Part 2 – Logan
Tip#152: Be An Empty Cup - Peaceful Warrior - The Forbidden Kingdom

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

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
The Movies-For-Motivation Speaker
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience & Indestructible Optimism
See website: www.motivatorman.com

© Emmanuel Lopez 2017

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Tip#1033: Grace Under Pressure - 89th Academy Awards - Jordan Horowitz, La La Land Producer

This has been a rough week as I’d been sick in bed with the flu. It hit me out of the blue and unfortunately I didn’t have the strength to write this blog. Thankfully I am feeling better after a lot of rest and dedicated remedies for recovery.

The day prior to getting the flu I had a very enjoyable interview by Positive Practitioner Sandra Centorino on her Sandra Centorino Live Show. WINTER BLUES, DEPRESSION, MOVIES & INDESTRUCTIBLE OPTIMISM were the themes discussed and here are highlights with time codes if you want to jump to these parts: See interview

• Introduction 3:00
• How movies saved my life 6:00
• Growing up 10:00
• Being diagnosed with clinical depression 16:00
• Creative Coping Strategies (exercise, nutrition, cooking) 20:00
• How the mind can fool you 34:00
• What depression looks like, Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban 36:00
• Groundhog Day movie inspires 39:00
• Creative coping strategy: Emmanuel created a movie montage & original song to cope with depression 45:00
• La La Land movie inspires 54:00

Oscars 2017

On February 26th, the night of the Oscars, I just wanted to curl up in bed but felt compelled to watch the entire show right until the very end. I am so glad I found the strength because it was the most shocking, surreal moment in Oscar history! I, along with the rest of the world, watched as La La Land was awarded Best Picture but then suddenly having to hand it over to Moonlight. See: entire scene

It was a fiasco with host Jimmy Kimmel, award presenter Warren Beatty and the cast and producers of La La Land inter-mixing with the stunned cast and producers of Moonlight on stage. And yet what emerged was the extraordinary grace under pressure and leadership that La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz demonstrated as he immediately took charge on stage. See video: Jordan Horowitz talks

I wasn’t sure who he was at the time but I just knew Horowitz was a shining light amongst the chaos during live TV. He exuded a commanding presence and was clearly the silver lining of this confusing situation. Horowitz had said he was friends with the producers of Moonlight and just wanted to give them their moment.

His strength and luminous integrity showed that Hollywood was a loving, supportive community of one another. This attitude was also reflected throughout the Oscars show and it would leave me inspired for days after the show.

And on that positive thought I am returning to bed and continue to rest up. I hope that this story of grace under pressure inspires you in some way today!

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

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The Movies-For-Motivation Speaker
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience & Indestructible Optimism
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tip#1032: What Makes You Laugh? - Part 5 - Crazy People

When I first started following the news for the latest tweets from Trump I was usually stunned, shocked or surprised. But now I mostly laugh out loud. And when I do I can feel any anxiety or stress fall off of me. Sometimes when the news or life gets too much to handle laughter can be a fantastic antidote for your health and wellness!

I’ve started to research Dopamine and the positive and negative effects it has when its levels are low in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter directly responsible for motivation and focus. There are many ways to increase it and laughter is one creative coping strategy I use when dealing with depression or winter blues. And a good comedy can be the perfect movie prescription!

Read more:
10 Ways to Increase the Dopamine In Your Brain
The Chemistry of Laughter

Crazy People (1990)

The comedy, Crazy People, is about Ad executive Emory Leeson (Dudley Moore) who follows the truth-in-advertising philosophy and the public reactions that unfold after he is institutionalized. This hilarious film features many engaging performances by a diverse, supporting cast that include Mercedes Ruehl, Daryl Hannah, Danton Stone, Paul Bates, Doug Yasuda, Paul Reiser and J.T. Walsh. David Paymer is a real stand out too! See: R rated movie trailer

Despite some questionable attitudes and treatments with the subject of mental illness, this film had me laughing so hard at the obscene, rude yet hilarious advertisements that were created with real brand names. This was an R rated film so nothing is held back!

This film was also a surprise with the theme of teamwork as Emory’s fellow patients in the institution each help him brainstorm more ad. Despite their individual challenges they each demonstrate a creative talent that helps them focus. This film was a real hidden gem that I highly recommend to make you laugh. I was also in the advertising field with my first business as an illustrator so I highly recommend this as a must-see film for any ad professional!

Sometimes the shocking, disturbing things you read in the news just makes you laugh out loud. And if you do just know that laughter is a powerful antidote for relieving stress and anxiety. Laughter also releases brain chemicals like dopamine and endorphins that help you feel good. So whatever makes you laugh remember to engage in it today!

Related Tips:
Tip#46: What Makes You Laugh? - Part 1 
Tip#678: What Makes You Laugh? – Part 2 - Grown-Ups 2 
Tip#697: What Makes You Laugh? – Part 3 - Russell Peters’ Notorious 
Tip#769: What Makes You Laugh? - Part 4 - They Came Together
Tip#1032: What Makes You Laugh? - Part 5 - Crazy People 

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

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
The Movies-For-Motivation Speaker
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience & Indestructible Optimism
See website: www.motivatorman.com

 Emmanuel Lopez 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Tip#1031: Trust Your Inner Voice, Pt.3 – 3 Movie Tips

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even if it leads you off the well worn path.” 
Steve Jobs, Co-Founder, CEO, Apple

I recently received an inspirational message from myself in the past! It’s like what happens in Sci Fi movies and TV shows where past selves send answers to problems to their future selves. If you are on Facebook, you will know it randomly shares “Facebook Memories” of your previous posts. A few days ago it showed me one I posted last year during Random Acts of Kindness Week of a video clip for a brief Steve Jobs speech.

It’s a video clip that has been shared online over the years called “Connecting the Dots” and it’s about how we may feel we are not on the right track with our lives and careers but if we follow our heart and interests, even if it doesn’t seem to fit our plans or goals, we will one day look back and connect the dots from our future success. See video clip: “Connecting the Dots”


So today I thank Facebook and my past self for this reminder because, synchronistically, I’ve been in the process of connecting my own dots for following my heart for decades with my art/illustrations, blog writing, photography, music and motivational speaking. Something wonderful is emerging from this journey of these areas as “creative coping strategies” and will share details on this blog as it becomes clearer.

Right now I will trust in my inner voice which sometimes feels like my own voice from either the past or from the future! This makes me think of many related films and a favourite Star Trek: The Next Generation episode to inspire you with.

Disney’s The Kid (2000)

In this wonderful family film, a man named Russ (Bruce Willis), who has lost his way in life and work, meets his 8 year old self (Spencer Breslin) who gives his future self reminders of what made him truly happy as a kid as well as answers to why we was stuck in the present. See other posts: Tip#179: Important Messages From The Kid - Disney's The Kid

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

This has been called the science fiction version of Groundhog Day where a Major (Tom Cruise) is caught in a time loop living the same day over and over. In order to break free he remembers lessons he learned for his future self’s next life. See other posts: Tip#762: Learning from Mistakes - Edge of Tomorrow

Groundhog Day (1993)

This film is one of the greatest films to inspire trust in connecting the dots in life. And, like Edge of Tomorrow, is a fantastic metaphor for a past self sending positive messages and answers to a future self. See other posts: Tip#727: The Power in Repetition, Part 2 - Groundhog Day

Star Trek: The Next Generation, All Good Things (1994)

This was the finale of the TV series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and was absolutely fantastic as science fiction, closure of a beloved TV show and for telling an inspiring story of past, present and future selves communicating with one another to solve a major problem. Highly recommend you see especially if you are a Star Trek fan!

Trusting in the unknown can be scary and stressful. And yet if you can find the courage to trust in your gut or inner voice you may be able to see the silver lining of your current adversities or challenges. That inner voice may be coming from a higher power or it could be coming from your future self or even past self. Either way let this voice guide you out of the darkness and into a brighter now!

Related Tips:
Tip#174: Trust Your Inner Voice Pt.1 – The Happening - Hancock
Tip#394: Trust Your Inner Voice Pt.2 - The Town
Tip#1031: Trust Your Inner Voice, Pt.3 – 3 Movie Tips 
Tip#616: Trust Your Gut, Part 1 - Jack Reacher 
Tip#888: Trust Your Gut, Part 2 - The Big Picture
Tip#946: Trust Your Gut, Part 3 - The Finest Hours

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The Best Uplifting Movie Montage with a song written & performed by Emmanuel Lopez!

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MOVIE MESSAGES OF HOPE: The Fresh Air Show 

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

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
The Movies-For-Motivation Speaker
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience & Indestructible Optimism
See website: www.motivatorman.com

© Emmanuel Lopez 2017