Sunday, May 21, 2017

Tip#1044: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 3 – Galaxy Quest

“Never give up, never surrender!” 
Galaxy Quest (1999)

My energy and spirit always lights up whenever I discuss my passion for films with other people! I recently was thrilled to be interviewed on the show This Movie’s About You with Thom Ernst, former host of TVO’s Saturday Night at the Movies, and Louis Marrone. Their show’s theme is about ideal movie double bills and I talked about Groundhog Day and Pleasantville and how they each inspired me with laughter and escapism. I was also happy to share their inspirational value while dealing with long periods of depression. Listen to interview: This Movie’s About You

It was a joy talking about movies with Thom and Louis and as the interview progressed I could feel myself getting more hyper and you can hear it in my voice when you listen to the recording! This was an example and an important reminder of what I teach in my motivational talks in that when you engage in a passion it can elevate positive moods and thoughts. In cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) this is also known as engaging in pleasurable activities.

This positive emotional energy also got triggered recently at the Vaughan International Film Festival Awards where I enjoyed a delicious four-course dinner, tasty libations and being with good friends! The evening was celebrating movies and I got to meet wonderful filmmakers such as Tom McCarthy, Oscar-winning sound editor of Francis Ford Coppola's BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA and his wife Roxanne Jones McCarthy, assistant sound editor on the original STAR WARS movie! They were both so nice and down to earth.

I was also very excited to meet Enrico Colantoni who played the hilarious Mathesar, leader of an alien race in the SCI FI comedy Galaxy Quest. I loved his character and told him he was one the best parts of the film! He was at this event to receive the Independent Leadership Award. And though he’s been in many movies and TV shows like Veronica Mars and Flashpoint his role in Galaxy Quest always helped re-energize me with laughter and joy. I still remember the first time seeing this film in New York City with close friends and laughing so hard at how silly and quirky Mathesar talked and laughed!

Galaxy Quest (1999)

The science fiction action comedy film, Galaxy Quest, is about actors of a popular TV series called Galaxy Quest who are recruited by real aliens to help them against an alien warlord. This hilarious movie is filled with many funny performances by Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell and Enrico Colantoni. See: movie trailer

Enrico Colantoni role as Mathesar is a brilliant combination of verbal and physical comedy while giving unexpected moments that will touch your heart. There is also some great action scenes and space battles that pay great homage to the original Star Trek show and its movies. In addition, this film is also an excellent inspirational tool for leadership, teamwork, believing in yourself and pushing forward from adversity.

Always remember the uplifting power of cinema when you are feeling down or stuck in your life, health or work. Whether you are laughing, receiving insights or epiphanies from the movie characters on screen you are getting re-energized in some meaningful way. Your negative mood and thoughts will be transformed. Watch an uplifting film today and let your positive emotional energy flow!

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#1044: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 3 – Galaxy Quest
Tip#843: Great Teamwork Movies, Part 5 - Galaxy Quest
Tip#210: Unleash Your Expertize – Galaxy Quest

NEW INTERVIEW WITH EMMANUEL:
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Motivational Speaker on Health & Wellness
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience & Indestructible Optimism
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Tip#1043: Is Your Mom A Superhero? Part 2 - Queen of Katwe

Happy Mother’s Day to my awesome Mom and all mothers around the world!

Today is Mother’s Day so I’m dedicating this post to my Mom. She is actually the strongest mother I know because of her resilience and perseverance with all the health and life challenges she has endured (see tip#454). She has stories of challenging times growing up during WWII in the Philippines and what she witnessed with the Japanese occupation. She is also an outstanding example of unconditional love and her thoughtful, caring actions continually teach me how to be a better son and man each and every day!

Despite my Mom living in a different city she is always somehow with me every day. For example she gave me an egg slicer that I use almost daily. It is nothing fancy but actually works better than other brand names I’ve used! So I always thank my Mom in my thoughts whenever I make my super delicious egg salad sandwiches!


There are also movies that make me think of my Mom’s strength, love and support. My Mom is a real superhero to me so I see her in the heroes of these films. Click on the titles to read my posts on these movies…

A Home of Our Own (1993) 
The Blind Side (2009) 
The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio (2005) 
The Sound of Music (1965)

Here is another movie that surprised me because it was not only about an inspiring little girl but equally about her mother’s strength and love too.

Queen of Katwe (2016)

The biographical, sports drama film, Queen of Katwe, is based on the true story of 10-year-old Phiona (Madina Nalwanga) following her passion for playing chess while living in a slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda. Robert Katende (David Oyelowo) is the missionary teaching children how to play chess and Nakku Harriet (Lupita Nyong'o) is Phiona’s mother intent on supporting and protecting her four children. See: movie trailer

There are so many inspirational messages in this movie! Phiona demonstrates great strength and inner courage for wanting a better life while Robert inspires with his persistent support of Phiona’s gifts and talents. The other kids are also fun characters and provide many humorous moments as they learn how to play chess. You see how they learn about strategy, team spirit and problem solving and how it all relates to life.

And then there’s Phiona’s mother who, at first, is overly protective but later shows great pride and joy for her daughter’s resilience and optimism. Her mother also shows how she would do anything to provide for her family especially when they lose their home and struggle to live in an abandoned, dilapidated building. She is a vision of a mother whose focus is all for the care of her children.

Inspiring Themes:
• Following a Dream
• Courage
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Supportive Relationships
• Family
• Problem Solving
• Creative Thinking & Solutions

Mothers in the movies can mirror the love and strength of your own mother. They can remind you of the gifts your Mom has given you growing up and even in your adult life. Your Mom may even be your hero! And whether she is still with you or passed on let her know you are thinking of her and give her your overflowing love and gratitude!

Related Tips:
Tip#454: Is Your Mom A Superhero? - The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio
Tip#1043: Is Your Mom A Superhero? Part 2 - Queen of Katwe

NEW RECORDED INTERVIEW: Click here
Listen to Emmanuel’s interview on the podcast show THIS MOVIE’S ABOUT YOU with Thom Ernst (former host of TVO’s Saturday Night at the Movies) and Louis Marrone. Emmanuel discusses his ideal double bill of GROUNDHOG DAY and PLEASANTVILLE and how they helped him cope with clinical depression.

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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
Motivational Speaker on Health & Wellness
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience & Indestructible Optimism
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2017

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Tip#1042: Learning through Movies, Part 4 - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Learning can be so much fun when it involves good, fun people and food! I recently attended a Lunch & Learn for Black Cow Vodka the world’s only vodka made from pure milk. I got to meet Paul Archard, Founder & Partner who traveled to Toronto from England's West Dorset coast where the vodka is made entirely from the milk of grass grazed cows.

We also enjoyed a gourmet lunch and cocktails made with Black Cow Vodka and cheese thanks to Master Chef and Mixologist Jeremy Parsons and Mixologist Shannon Ferguson. Yes it was all super delicious and tasted so much better surrounded by friends and colleagues!

Learnography also had their 2nd Brunchography event with three speaker panels sharing their expertise and wisdom on learning factors within the corporate and educational industries. Last year I was the opening speaker (see tip#951) and this year I got to enjoy the event as a participant and really enjoyed the networking opportunities!

I always attend events with an open mind and am always wonderfully surprised when I learn something for either personal or professional benefits. It’s like anytime I watch a movie just to escape for awhile, I am thrilled when I realized a life lesson was just communicated to me from a character in the film and touches my heart!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

The superhero action film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, continues the galactic adventures of Starlord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his team as they meet Peter’s father Ego (Kurt Russell). This is another exhilarating, thrilling, action packed, hilarious and super fun movie that also has some powerful, emotional moments! Other stars include Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki and Sylvester Stallone. See: movie trailer 

This is a true summer blockbuster, popcorn film and, like the first film, is filled with colourful creatures, aliens and popular songs from the 70’s and 80’s. What surprised me was the unexpected, heartfelt moments about family and the deeper meanings of what a dad and sister is about. So along with the stunning visual and audio delights are life lessons about recognizing the love of family beneath pain, anger and resentment. Highly recommend you see now on the biggest screen possible!

Learning through movies can be one of the most enjoyable methods of improving aspects of your life, relationships, career and work. Just be aware of those moments you receive an “aha” moment or feel an emotional charge from something that happens on the screen. That’s when you know you’ve received a golden nugget of wisdom!

Related Tips:
Tip#642: Life Lessons in Your Favourite Movies, Part 1 - The Croods
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
Tip#1042: Learning through Movies, Part 4 - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE THAT NEEDS CHEERING UP?
SEND THEM THIS: Uplifting Movie Montage produced by Emmanuel Lopez!

LISTEN TO EMMANUEL’S CBC RADIO INTERVIEW on
MOVIE MESSAGES OF HOPE: The Fresh Air Show 14 minutes

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 on Health & Wellness
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience & Indestructible Optimism
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2017