Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tip#844: Emotional Cinematic Moments, Part 2 – Netflix’s Daredevil

I was recently blown away at how fantastic and unique Netflix’s Daredevil web series was! I’m not a big fan of the comic book character so I originally wanted to watch it to see what Daredevil’s costume looked like. I was unexpectedly drawn into a compelling, visceral drama that was told over 13 one-hour episodes. It felt like the grandest, most realistic superhero movie ever made!

I believe every person has a life story just as grand once you look back introspectively and review the ups and downs. Each person would have many emotional cinematic-like moments they’ll always remember. This month is the 5th year anniversary of my financial collapse and when I lost my home and most of my possessions. It’s amazing to look back now at the pain I endured and overcame. So I am brimming with emotional cinematic-like moments!

So much has happened since then and this blog has been documenting snippets of my long journey and rise back up. This blog has also evolved to start including web series that feel like one big movie like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt which I featured in Tip#833. So I am continuing this evolution with Netflix’s Daredevil series and the story of a hero's rise above his own pain and challenges.

Daredevil (2015)

The web television series, Daredevil, is about a blind lawyer named Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) who fights crime by night. Centred in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City, Matt’s main adversary is crime lord Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio). This highly engaging, gritty series includes excellent characters and performances such as Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) and Vanessa Marianna (Ayelet Zurer). See: trailer

What surprised me about this series is how grounded it is in its realism so it doesn’t feel like a superhero movie. Much of the stories are focused on the psychology of each character’s personalities, beliefs and behavior. So when the action scenes happen I felt so invested in the moment. For example one scene in the 2nd episode is a 5 minute one-take of one of the greatest fight scenes I’ve ever seen. It was so riveting and beautiful in its choreography that I was practically holding my breath!

I highly recommend not to binge-watch this series as each episode has many thought-provoking moments worth absorbing. The first scene that introduces Fisk is so quietly powerful that it says so much about this sad and violent character. And when I finally saw Daredevil’s costume it was another emotional cinematic moment that was exhilarating! Check out this series and let me know what you thought!

Related Tips:
Tip#842: Emotional Cinematic Moments, Part 1 - Paul Walker - Fast & Furious 7 
Tip#844: Emotional Cinematic Moments, Part 2 – Netflix’s Daredevil

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tip#843: Great Teamwork Movies, Part 5 - Galaxy Quest

I saw an amazing video of a colony of ants transforming themselves into a chain to pull a dead millipede. It was a fantastic demonstration of teamwork on a mass level! This is the type of video I would have everyone in the workplace watch to inspire them that any goal is achievable when every person does their part. Even if the goal seems overwhelming it can be done!

See video: ant chain

Galaxy Quest (1999)

The science fiction action comedy film, Galaxy Quest, is about what happens when actors of a popular TV series called Galaxy Quest are recruited by real aliens to help them against an alien warlord. This film parodies the 60’s TV show Star Trek as well as real-life experiences of the actors from that show. This hilarious and highly entertaining film features Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell and Daryl Mitchell playing the actors of the crew of the starship Protector. See: movie trailer

The challenges seem overwhelming for each of the actors when they are faced with individual tasks their TV show roles were experts in. Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen) slips into a leadership role easily as Cmdr. Taggart while also learning to be less egotistical and acknowledge and respect those around him. Others like Fred Kwan (Tony Shalhoub) who plays Tech Sgt. Chen is immersed in fear when called upon in a crisis situation. But through the encouragement of the Cmdr. and the rest of the crew (plus a love interest!) Kwan finds the confidence to do his job and succeed.

Inspirational Themes:
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Power of acknowledgement
• Finding inner strengths, courage & confidence
• Develop your expertise and skill sets
• Inspiration & learning from TV shows & movies

Some projects, goals and dreams may seem impossible at first. Just remember the power of teamwork and the impossible becomes possible! Remember the video of tiny ants that, together, can move and transport massive objects! And be inspired by cinematic role models that show how affective team spirit can be when each person does their part!

Related Tips:
Tip#477: Great Teamwork Movies Part 1 – X-Men: First Class – Kung Fu Panda 2
Tip#478: Great Teamwork Movies Part 2 – Red Cliff
Tip#540: Great Teamwork Movies Part 3 – The Avengers
Tip#780: Great Teamwork Movies Part 4 - Hercules
Tip#843: Great Teamwork Movies, Part 5 - Galaxy Quest

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Tip#842: Emotional Cinematic Moments, Part 1 - Paul Walker - Fast & Furious 7

The first time I saw Paul Walker in a film was for Pleasantville in 1998 at its Toronto International Film Festival premiere. In the scene he drove up in a car, looked over towards the camera and smiled. It would be eerie and sad that this would mirror his final screen moments at the end of Fast & Furious 7 in 2015. Walker unexpectedly passed away after a car crash on November 30, 2013.

I’ve been reading reviews and discussed the ending with friends who saw Furious 7 and it looks like we all were affected shedding a tear or two. It was heartwarming to know that fans and non-fans could be moved by a cinematic tribute to a film character and an actor no longer with us. It made me think of how emotional I felt seeing Robin Williams’s last scene in his last movie, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. It was sad and yet I knew this was an emotional cinematic moment that was extra special just like Walker’s last scene.


Fast & Furious 7 (2015)

The action film, Fast & Furious 7 (also known as Furious 7) is the seventh installment of the series involving muscle cars, indestructible characters and physics-defying action. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and crew team up with covert ops team leader Frank Petty (Kurt Russell) to defeat new adversary Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). What unfolds is another thrill ride with even more over-the-top action sequences such as parachuting cars from a plane and jumping a car from one Abu Dhabi tower to another. See: movie trailer

The theme of family is again important and more so throughout Walker’s last film. Part of my extra fascination with this movie is that Walker did not complete filming his scenes so they were finished with a combination of using old footage from other chapters, Paul’s brothers Caleb and Cody standing in and the re-creating Walker’s face and body through CGI. I really need to see the film again to identify all the new footage so overall the filmmakers did a really good job.

In the end the emotional impact of Walker's final scene touched audiences all over the world. And it demonstrates the power of heartfelt cinematic moments to remember.

Related Tips:
Tip#842: Emotional Cinematic Moments, Part 1 - Paul Walker - Fast & Furious 7 
Tip#844: Emotional Cinematic Moments, Part 2 – Netflix’s Daredevil

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Sunday, April 05, 2015

Tip#841: God in Movies, Part 2 – The Ten Commandments

“If this god is God, he would live on every mountain, in every valley. He would not be only the god of Ishmael or Israel alone, but of all men. It is said he created all men in his image. He would dwell in every heart, in every mind, in every soul.” 
The Ten Commandments (1956)

On Good Friday I wasn’t feeling well and felt guided to view a gorgeous Blu-ray of The Ten Commandments starring Charlton Heston. It was amazing to see such crisp colours and details in the costumes and settings despite having seen the film countless times at Easter. The powerful music, soulful messages and nostalgic memories of watching this growing up with family lifted my spirits back up.

The Ten Commandments (1956)

The religious epic film, The Ten Commandments, is the biblical story of the life of Moses (Charlton Heston) and his mission to free the slaves of Israel. His life as a Prince of Egypt, Hebrew slave, shepherd in Midian and messenger of God takes you on a fantastic journey filled with spectacle, stirring music, compelling characters, beautiful costumes and scenery. See: Blu-ray movie trailer 

Movie Trivia from IMDB:
• Charlton Heston personally requested to Cecil B. DeMille to let him be the voice of God, at the scene of the Burning Bush, and DeMille agreed
• Charlton Heston's newborn son Fraser Clarke Heston appeared as the infant Moses


Like all favourite movies that I see at different times of my life I always get a different life lesson that speaks deeply to me. This time I noticed the excellent leadership skills Moses had in every aspect of his life especially as a Prince of Egypt and a prophet. I could also identify with his surrendering of his life to a higher power and his higher purpose. And once God spoke to Moses I was inspired by how he maintained unwavering focus on the mission and goal assigned to him.

Though I am not a religious man I am very spiritual and have made God a partner on my journey. I also thank him every single day for what I have in my life. And I am maintaining my own focus, indestructible optimism, resilience and faith that the adversities I face in life, my health and work all have a higher purpose. Seeing Moses again as another cinematic role model has empowered me to keep moving forward no matter what.

I wish you the same richness for inner strength and spirit on this Easter weekend! Identify and recognize your own cinematic role models that will empower you during dark times and lead you back into the light! Happy Easter!

Related Tips:
Tip#608: God in Movies, Part 1 - Life of Pi
Tip#841: God in Movies, Part 2 – The Ten Commandments

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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Tip#840: Activate The Power of Your Mind, Part 4 – Top 20 Movies for Quantum Physics & Quantum Realities


For me, quantum physics and quantum realities are about mind-blowing concepts once considered science fiction now transforming into amazing real-life applications. These ideas excite my imagination and activate areas of my mind and heart that allowed me to alter my reality to overcome seemingly impossible challenges. Certain stories or specific scenes in movies related to quantum realities (e.g. alternate or parallel universes) also became highly effective tools for my creative visualization of the future goals I want to achieve.


These 20 films are favourite examples that continually inspire and expand my vision to unlimited, human potential! You can click on each title which will take you to blog posts I have written about personal challenges I overcame thanks to the inspirational lessons of each film.

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Coherence (2013)
Contact (1997)
E-Motion (2014)
Edge of Tomorrow (Live Die Repeat) (2014)
Frequencies (OXV: The Manual) (2013)
Groundhog Day (1993)
I Origins (2014)
Inception (2010)
Interstellar (2014)
Limitless (2011)
Lucy (2014)
The Matrix (1999)
Mr. Nobody (2010)
Peaceful Warrior (2006)
Pleasantville (1998)
Source Code (2011)
Star Wars (1977)
What the Bleep Do We Know? (2004)

Additional Recommendations:
Café (2010)
Men in Black 3 (2012)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)


Let these movies inspire your own creative visualization of an alternate reality where an alternate version of you has already achieved your dreams and goals! Be inspired to know that if some parallel version of yourself has success right now then you can too! You mind is powerful. Start exercising the quantum muscles of your imagination now!

P.S. Got this photo below from a parallel universe where my alternate self starred in Disney's movie THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY and won an Oscar for Best Actor. Oh and he married his beautiful French co-star Charlotte Le Bon!!! (Look carefully in the poster!)


Related Tips:
Tip#57: Activate The Power of Your Mind, Part 1 - 11 Movie Tips 
Tip#836: Activate The Power of Your Mind, Part 2 - E-Motion 
Tip#839: Activate The Power of Your Mind, Part 3 - Trapped Emotions - Pleasantville
Tip#840: Activate The Power of Your Mind, Part 4 – Top 20 Movies for Quantum Physics & Quantum Realities

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