Sunday, January 14, 2018

Tip#1076: Strong Women in the Movies, Part 6 - Molly’s Game

Oprah Winfrey recently gave a stirring and electric speech as she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes. It was a powerful message that echoed the growing movement for empowerment of women to achieve equal wages, equal rights and standing up to abusive men in the workplace. I highly recommend you see her inspiring speech. See: Oprah Golden Globes 2018

This inspired me to review some of the memorable movies I enjoyed and wrote about from 2017 that featured strong women leads. Click on any of these nine titles for my write-ups…

Colossal 
Hidden Figures 
Maudie 
Mary Shelley (TIFF 2017) 
The Shape of Water 
Their Finest 
Three Billboards
Unicorn Store (TIFF 2017) 
Wonder Woman 

All these films featured highly empowering female role models with some that were based on true stories. I believe cinema can help shape our world into a better place brimming with mutual respect and equality so please check out these movies! And to round this list off into a Top 10 list is a new title I am thrilled to share as another cinematic tool for motivation!

Molly’s Game (2017)

The biographical drama film, Molly’s Game, is based on the memoir “Molly's Game: From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker”. This highly entertaining film features amazing dialogue written by first time director Aaron Sorkin delivered by a fantastic cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Chris O'Dowd and more. See: movie trailer

There was so much to love about this movie! I was inspired by Molly’s perseverance, resilience and smarts in the face of her adversities as well as her strength in maintaining her integrity and values. I was riveted by Jessica Chastain’s performance as Molly and there were many standout scenes with Molly’s lawyer played by Idris Elba and with her father played by Kevin Costner.

There are also lots of tips for building a small business in areas like marketing, niching and customer service. Plus you get to peek into this underground poker world that included Hollywood celebrities, athletes, business tycoons, and the Russian mob. In the end this film was so rich with inspiration and motivation that I was eager to see again even as I was watching it! For me that’s a great sign of a movie I’ll be recommending as a creative tool to empower anyone going through depression, anxiety and difficult times.

Inspiring Themes:
• Following a Vision
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Strategic Thinking
• Resourcefulness
• Maintaining Ethics & Values
• Courage
• Confidence
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Family
• Supportive Relationships

Strong women characters in the movies can be a valuable resource to receive life lessons for dealing with challenging situations or people. Whether you are male or female these cinematic role models can help steer you through obstacles that you encounter in your life, relationships or workplace. Find a movie hero today to inspire your own inner strengths and success!

Related Tips:
Tip#1025: Be Inspired by Amazing True Stories, Part 10 - Lion 
Tip#1039: Real-Life Heroes in Movies Inspire, Part 5 - Maudie 
Tip#1024: Strong Women in the Movies, Part 6 - Women’s March – Made in Dagenham

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Motivational Speaker
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2018

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Tip#1075: How To Keep Memories of Loved Ones Alive - Coco

I have an absolute passion for photography! Taking photos has been a huge love of mine since I was a kid and also became a major creative tool for managing my mental health and depression in recent years (see my Instagram). I shared this passion with my dad who loved taking photos of our family growing up. Since his passing 18 years ago he left a massive archive of photos that needed organizing.

On my recent annual holiday vacation at my mom’s home I finally had the courage, energy and focus to go through my dad’s photos. They had been stored in dusty boxes in very poor conditions of extreme hot and cold temperatures. So I felt like I was rescuing these photos! As I opened each box I would find precious prints that were yellowing and cracking from when my dad and mom lived in the Philippines. I was in awe seeing them for the first time when they were kids, teens and when they met in the Philippines in beautiful vintage clothing and settings!

For over many days of going through photo envelopes I had several emotional moments seeing my family at different stages growing up in Canada. I was flooded with happy memories of places, old friends, old schools, relatives, and even favourite toys that were long gone. That’s when I felt so grateful for my dad’s passion for taking, collecting and keeping these photos all these years. I realized the ultimate importance of how family photos keep our personal memories and loved ones alive for our selves and for future generations.

This is why I found it highly synchronistic and very mystical that the first movie I saw in the New Year was so much about the importance of family photos as a way to remember and share the legacies of loved ones. It was a movie my mom really wanted to see and when we did we cried over the heartwarming magic of its story.

Coco (2017)

The animated musical fantasy film, Coco, is about 12-year-old Miguel Rivera (Anthony Gonzalez) who dreams of being a musician challenging his family's ancestral ban on music and enters the mystical Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, legendary singer Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). This visually stunning, colorfully rich movie is another brilliant Pixar production overflowing with amazing settings, characters and emotional scenes to tug on your heartstrings! See: movie teaser 

This film is a wonderful exploration of the Mexican celebration, Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead), on October 31st to November 2nd to remember ancestry through beautiful costumes and face paint. There are also so many inspirational and motivational themes in this epic film that it will require multiple viewings to absorb them all. This film has many life lessons and specifically teaches the importance of family legacies. And when the story focused on the use of family photos to remember loved ones that have passed it really touched my heart. It mirrored all the recent work I’d been doing in organizing my dad’s photo archives!

Inspiring Themes:
• Following a Vision
• Following a Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Courage
• Confidence
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Power of Belief
• Life after Death
• Family
• Supportive Relationships
• Love & Forgiveness
• Family Legacy & History
• Grieving the Loss of a Loved One
• Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive

My mom and I really felt the presence of my dad with us in the theatre where we saw Coco on New Years Day at the Regal Sunset Station Cinemas in Las Vegas. One of the film’s songs “Remember Me” brought us to tears by the end of the movie so get your tissues ready! This is the greatest movie I’ve ever seen about honoring family history and keeping the memory of loved ones alive. I highly recommend you see with your family on the big screen asap!

Photos of loved ones are an important way of keeping happy, loving memories of them alive. Their spirit lives on in these precious images whether they are digital or in print form. Take time today to organize your photos of your current family and family history for yourself and for future generations. Your loved ones in heaven will thank you and send you a loving kiss of gratitude!

Related Tips:
Tip#115: Gifts from Heaven - Field of Dreams - Frequency
Tip#116: Gifts from Heaven Part 2 - What Dreams May Come
Tip#436: Healing Movies For Grieving The Loss of a Loved One

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE THAT NEEDS
CHEERING UP DURING THE HOLIDAYS?
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Remember How Movies Can Help You:
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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, December 31, 2017

Tip#1074: Random Acts of Kindness, Part 5 - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The Christmas vacation I'm on in sunny Las Vegas has been extra memorable because of several amazing random acts of kindness I experienced. I’ve either witnessed, had given or received these acts of kindness. What stood out were two amazing moments that sent huge waves of love and joy through me!

Pizza Slice at Costco

I was sitting with my mom enjoying delicious polish sausages at Costco. We shared a table with a couple that just got a large pizza. I asked if it tasted good because I'd never tried it. The man said yes and offered me a slice. I said no thank you but he said they had more than enough and insisted I take a slice. So I did and it was one of the best melt-in-your-mouth pizzas I've ever had! Plus I was so in awe and grateful for this man's unexpected kindness, warmth and generosity of spirit. Truly felt the love of the holiday season from a stranger here in Las Vegas. See post and join me on: My Instagram


Little Girl & Peppermint Candies

On Christmas Eve in Las Vegas, I was at midnight mass in my mom's church where she sings in the choir when I saw this cute little girl randomly go up to strangers giving them a little candy. One by one I'd see these people give a big smile and sometimes a hug for the little girl. She later walked up to me where I was sitting and gleefully looked me in the eye and gave me a Bob's Sweet Stripes Soft Peppermint Candy! Her random act of kindness touched my heart and I thanked her enthusiastically. She truly demonstrated the true meaning of Christmas and made my Christmas extra special! See post and join me on: My Instagram

As I wrote in tip#1067 on what Dr. Wayne Dyer said, “The positive effect of kindness on the immune system and on the increased production of serotonin in the brain has been proven in research studies.”. I definitely felt a shot of serotonin and love throughout my whole being with these two uplifting experiences. I also happened to finally watch a film that won the People’s Choice Award at TIFF 2017 that surprised me with three wonderful examples for random acts of kindness!

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

The comedy, drama film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, is about a divorced mother, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand), challenging local authorities to solve her daughter's murder through three bold billboard messages she purchases. This powerful, engaging and humorous film features many outstanding performances that include McDormand as well as Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Caleb Landry Jones, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage, Samara Weaving and more. See: Red band movie trailer (warning profanity)

So many of the performances were note perfect such as the absolutely riveting Frances McDormand. Her character Mildred demonstrated many strengths such as leadership, courage, confidence, passion, perseverance, resilience, strategic thinking and indestructible optimism. The tone of the film also had an amazing balance of humour and gritty drama as well as inspiring themes on redemption and personal transformation.

The three random acts of kindness were also surprising and moving when they occurred. It’s best that I don’t mention specifics so that you can enjoy these great moments. You’ll know it when you see them because you’ll feel that shot of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin! These are those inspiring moments of why cinema can be extremely uplifting and fill you with hope and positivity!

When you witness cinematic examples for acts of kindness as well as those that you experience in real-life they can inspire and lift your spirits up from whatever challenges you face. They can empower you to see a brighter future for yourself and for your loved ones and others close to you. Whether you are witnessing, giving or receiving, be part of a feel-good random act of kindness experience today!

Happy New Year to all my wonderful readers around the world!

Related Tips:
Tip#602: You Are Awesome! Part 1 – Validation (short film) 
Tip#1061: Be of Service to Others - Victoria & Abdul
Tip#889: Random Acts of Kindness – Depression - Seven Pounds
Tip#934: Random Acts of Kindness, Part 2 – Dancing Barista – The Ellen DeGeneres Show – It Could Happen to You
Tip#1005: Random Acts of Kindness, Part 3 - Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
Tip#1067: Random Acts of Kindness, Part 4 – Top 10 Movies for Kindness
Tip#1074: Random Acts of Kindness, Part 5 - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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C) Inspiration & Motivation

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Motivational Speaker
Discover How Movies Inspire, Motivate & Empower You!
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2017

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Tip#1073: What Does Family Mean to You? Part 6 - Office Christmas Party

This holiday season I finally had the focus and drive to organize my dad’s vast archives of print photos that were stored in dust-covered boxes. Somehow I had to create order from all this chaos! My dad had a passion for photography and documenting happy memories that I enthusiastically inherited (see my photos on Instagram)! It’s been an emotional week at my mom’s Las Vegas home as I sifted through countless photos of my life growing up as well as finding precious images of my mom and dad growing up as kids in the Philippines.

Seeing so many smiles of myself, my brother, sister and my parents throughout 5 decades sent waves of love through my heart. A flood of memories of the warmth and support I got from each of them re-ignited how important the love of family really is. Of course there were many times that were difficult but we somehow persevered and helped each other get through it all.

And we may have had disagreements and fights growing up but amazingly only the happiest of memories prevailed after all these years. Thanks to my dad’s foresight these magnificent photos will live on! And as I write this on Christmas Eve I feel so happy and grateful that I still feel the love and support of my siblings, my mom and even my dad in heaven (read my shiny dimes stories)! I am also thinking about a wild Christmas comedy I recently saw that had a powerful theme of family and teamwork percolating beneath the raunchy antics.

Office Christmas Party (2016)

The comedy film, Office Christmas Party, is about Josh Parker (Jason Bateman) and his friend, co-worker and branch manager, Clay Vanstone (T.J. Miller) saving their company from being shut down by his sister and CEO, Carol Vanstone (Jennifer Aniston). This rude, crude, audacious and hilarious movie also features fun performances by Kate McKinnon, Vanessa Bayer, Olivia Munn, Rob Corddry, Randall Park, Courtney B. Vance and Karan Soni. See: movie trailer

This over-the-top R rated film really pushes the limits in showing the craziest office Christmas party ever! And yet somewhere along the way I got emotionally invested in the characters and their goal to save their company. Each co-worker began to demonstrate specific skills and talents that eventually contribute to the solution. A sense of family began to shine through and I was so conscious that I was receiving some inspirational messages that shined by the end of the film!

All of these characters had flaws but they really came together when it counted most. That was a wonderful message to receive especially at Christmas time. Family can mean your immediate family, extended family of your closest friends or your loving, supportive co-workers.

This holiday season be aware of the sense of family you have. Or be inspired by movies that have shining examples of family and teamwork. Let these films fill you with love and hope in all the ups and downs of your life!

Wishing you and your loved ones the happiest of holidays!

Related Tips:
Tip#660: What Does Family Mean to You? Part 1 – Fast & Furious 6
Tip#477: Great Teamwork Movies Part 1 – X-Men: First Class – Kung Fu Panda 2
Tip#626: Perseverance & Teamwork, Part 1 – The Fugitive

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CHEERING UP DURING THE HOLIDAYS?
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Remember How Movies Can Help You:
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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 2017

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Tip#1072: The Benefits of Failure, Part 2 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I am currently on vacation with family living in Las Vegas and I am hyper aware of how healthy and well I feel! Compared to past Christmas visits, I am feeling no depression symptoms and attribute it to my improved diet, exercise and daily tools I learned from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I never know when symptoms hit so I am feeling very grateful under the hot, bright sunshine of Vegas!

In these "up" periods when I feel like my old, energized self I think about the silver lining of my mental illness journey. I think about how others can learn from failures in my life and work and how they taught me to develop indestructible optimism. I think about how the media like CBC Radio saw value from my personal experiences with depression and interviewed me to share movie messages of hope for the holidays back at Christmas time 2015. Listen to interview: CBC Radio’s Fresh Air Show

I also think about one of my heroes, J.K. Rowling, who gave one of the best speeches on the benefits of failure that I highly recommend everyone to hear for inspiration (listen here). And on the eve of the opening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi my mom insisted I see a video posted on Facebook on how visionary filmmaker George Lucas persevered to make the first Star Wars movie (see here). To my amazement and wonder the new film would deliver a message about the benefits of failure straight into my heart!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

The space opera film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, continues the story of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), his sister Leia (Carrie Fisher) and a new generation of heroes that include Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega). This epic chapter is filled with more stunning visuals, dazzling space battles, imaginative alien characters, exotic worlds and memorable moments of action and relationships. See: movie trailer

There was something deeply nostalgic and also uniquely different about this chapter that makes me want to see it again as soon as possible! If you are a long time Star Wars fan then I highly recommend you see it on the big screen and get transported back to happy childhood memories! As of this writing I am still processing the many ways this film affected me.

One important aspect was an unexpected moment when a life lesson about failure is presented in the movie. It almost brought me to tears as I felt, once again, the magic of cinema was speaking directly to me…

“Pass on what you have learned, strength, mastery. But weakness, folly, failure also. Yes, failure most of all. The greatest teacher, failure is.” 

Failure and rising above failure is a key theme in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It reaffirmed my mission in life and given me another cinematic tool for empowerment to share in my motivational talks. This is a must see film for inspiration and motivation that will also entertain the socks off you!

At different times in our lives we can make bad decisions, take rash actions and have poor judgments. Or maybe mental or physical challenges make us feel like failures. Just remember that how we rise above our adversities is the ultimate lesson we can take away. Tap into your indestructible optimism today and see the shining benefits of failure right now!

Related Tips:
Tip#475: The Benefits of Failure – J.K. Rowling – 4 Movie Tips
Tip#1072: The Benefits of Failure, Part 2 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Tip#235: Failure is Okay - Tucker - The Man and His Dream

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE THAT NEEDS
CHEERING UP DURING THE HOLIDAYS?
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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
Discover How Movies Inspire, Motivate & Empower You!
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2017