Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tip#777: Activate Your Imagination Through Movies, Part 2 - Lucy

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” 
Albert Einstein

Ever since I saw the trailer for Lucy I was so excited to see the film! Like other movies The Matrix, Limitless or other superhero films I am always thrilled about seeing characters develop super human abilities. They inspire me to think big and unleash the best I can be at work and in life. These “cinematic role models” help activate my imagination so I can envision a better me!

I just posted 3 short video clips of one of my speaker presentations where I share examples of “cinematic role models” that helped me overcome depression and burnout.

RESILIENCE AT WORK & IN LIFE:
(3 to 4 min. each)
Part 1 - Overcoming Burnout & Depression
Part 2 - Break Negative Patterns
Part 3 - Have a Vision to Focus On

Lucy (2014)

The science fiction action film, Lucy, is about a woman named Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) who is accidentally exposed to an experimental synthetic hormone drug that activates her brain far beyond its normal usage. The results are shown in stunning visual effects as Lucy develops telekinesis, manipulates matter and accesses TV, internet and cell phone frequencies. See: movie trailer 

The creative visuals also extend to astounding scenes of time travel and a lecture on brain potential by Professor Norman (Morgan Freeman) who, according to writer and director Luc Besson, is 90% true (see interview). And despite the 10% use of the brain myth discussed in the film I still found many thought-provoking ideas that activated my imagination. There is also a life lesson at the core of this movie. And it is whatever you've learned in life, it is meant to be passed on to others.

This movie is getting negative reviews as well as raves (read Time Magazine review) so it is up to you to decide what you want to believe. I suggest following your indestructible optimism and focus on the insights and aha moments you can get from any film you are drawn to seeing. You just may discover a new cinematic role model to help unleash your amazing potential!

Related Tips:
Tip#551: Activate Your Imagination Through Movies, Part 1 – Prometheus
Tip#777: Activate Your Imagination Through Movies, Part 2 - Lucy
Tip#748: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 1 - After the Dark 
Tip#772: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 2 – The Congress - Under the Skin


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tip#776: Getting through Dark Times & into the Light - Snowpiercer

I may have to create a new category of the films I have mixed feelings about that are still a must-see for important life lessons, thought-provoking concepts or just to shake up your mindset! Suckerpunch, The Congress and Under the Skin are other films I’ve recommended but were a challenge to watch.

The latest movie I am featuring shows people in extremely difficult living conditions who do what they can to survive and then take action to have a better life. The movie Snowpiercer is an epic metaphor for overcoming long-term adversities with hardships and unexpected wonders along the way to finding freedom.

Snowpiercer (2014)

The science fiction action film, Snowpiercer, is based on a French graphic novel about the only survivors of a future ice age aboard a massive train called Snowpiercer perpetually traveling around the world. From the back of the train a group of “lower class” passengers are led by Curtis (Chris Evans) to fight their way to the front of the train to find freedom. It’s best that you don’t know anymore to enjoy the quirky characters (Tilda Swinton) and surprises along the way. See: movie trailer 

My mixed feelings about the film come from the graphically violent aspects. Though, as I mentioned, these scenes can be a metaphor for life’s painful adversities. If you can get half way through the movie there will be unexpected wonders, a lighter tone and highly intriguing visuals. You will discover the train itself is also a metaphor for our current world. So if you are looking for a unique cinematic experience filled with dark and light imagery I highly recommend Snowpiercer.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tip#775: Family & Nostalgic Memories, Part 2 - Boyhood

On my way to see the opening day screening of Boyhood the news of the Malaysian airline being shot down in eastern Ukraine was the major headlines. All 298 people aboard were killed. I was shocked.

This tragedy made me think of my loved ones which was part of the themes of the movie. The film was a reminder of how precious time is and the importance of family. The story and characters were so engaging that even after 3 hours I could have stayed longer.

Boyhood (2014)

The drama film, Boyhood, is about a 12 year story of a divorced couple, Mason (Ethan Hawke) and Olivia (Patricia Arquette) raising their young son Mason Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) from age 6 to 18. Along with their daughter Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) you get to see everyone age and grow since the movie was filmed over a 12 year old period. And though focused on Mason Jr. you still witness fascinating changes with all the characters over the years. See: movie trailer


Boyhood is a masterpiece and an epic cinematic experience about family and growing up. I was utterly speechless after seeing this stunning film. It triggered my own fond memories growing up and how emotionally powerful the little things in life can be.

This movie inspires on two major levels. First are the multiple life lessons throughout the story and second is the making of this 12 year story. Director and writer Richard Linklater had a fantastic vision he maintained for bringing all these actors together year after year. His pereverance led to an astonishing cinematic achievement that will touch your heart.

Some movies can help you escape from the adversities of life for a few hours. And some can help you reconnect with nostalgic memories of happy times growing up with friends and family. I highly recommend Boyhood because it achieves both! You will also be reminded at how precious time is with the ones you love.

Related Tips:
Tip#715: Family & Nostalgic Memories - A Christmas Story
Tip#775: Family & Nostalgic Memories, Part 2 - Boyhood

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tip#774: Passion & Perseverance, Part 8 - Roger Ebert - Life Itself

I loved watching the Siskel & Ebert Show growing up. I enjoyed hearing the latest reviews of films and seeing these two critics passionately argue with each other. For many years to come I always looked for the “Thumbs Up” statement on newspaper ads for new films. Then in my adult years Roger Ebert's resilience with cancer would inspire me. His perseverance to continue writing reviews without his vocal cords would astound me.

I remember seeing Ebert in the early 90’s at the Toronto International Film Festival prior to his cancer years. It was an exciting moment as he walked right by me to enter a theatre. Little did I know then that he would inspire me to follow my own passion for movies both personally and professionally.

“For me the movies are like a machine that generates empathy. It lets you understand a little bit more about different hopes, aspirations, dreams and fears. It helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us.” 
Roger Ebert, Life Itself (2014)

Life Itself (2014)

The biographical documentary film, Life Itself, is about the life of film critic Roger Ebert and his legacy he left us of his knowledge of movies and his resilience facing the loss of his voice. The story shows Ebert’s journey as a Chicago Sun Times film critic to his Siskel & Ebert TV show that launched him into a celebrity. You also see the health challenges he had to endure in his final months while also seeing the deep love and support of his wife Chaz Ebert. See: movie trailer

Ebert inspires on so many levels. He is the only film critic to have won a Pulitzer prize. He had seen over 10,000 movies and his “Thumbs Up” approval of films had enormous influence on their box office success. For me, it was Ebert’s passion and perseverance to continue writing about movies after he lost his voice that inspired me the most. Ebert demonstrated the power of passion for film lovers and for the whole world to see.

I highly recommend you see this film to inspire more passion and perseverance in your life and work!

Related Tips:
Tip#534: Passion & Perseverance – 100th Year Anniversary - Titanic 
Tip#543: Passion & Perseverance, Part 2 – The Natural, Director's Cut 
Tip#652: Passion & Perseverance, Part 3 - The Company You Keep 
Tip#691: Passion & Perseverance, Part 4 - Rocky
Tip#731: Passion & Perseverance, Part 5 – The Right Kind of Wrong
Tip#752: Passion & Perseverance, Part 6 - Dolphin Tale
Tip#760: Passion & Perseverance, Part 7 - Today’s Special
Tip#774: Passion & Perseverance, Part 8 - Roger Ebert - Life Itself

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tip#773: What Does Family Mean to You? Part 2 - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

My recent birthday celebrations were heartfelt and meaningful because I was able to share it with family and with some of my closest friends I consider extended family. I was also flooded with feel good feelings from the 100’s of Facebook and Linkedin birthday greetings I received from around the world. I responded to each and every one because it meant a lot to me that they took the time to write me even if it was just a few words.

There was at least one old friend I did not hear from and it made me sad. It’s an amazing contrast to the positive feelings of being remembered on my birthday. My goal and vision is to do what I can to heal any pain I might have caused or make changes to myself to be a better person all my relationships. Synchronistically I was drawn to see a movie that inspired new thoughts and perspectives!

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

The science fiction film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The story is about a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis). They must cope with human survivors of a devastating worldwide virus who discover where they live. The ape culture reveals a fascinating society where the values of family, community and home are taught and maintained. Those values then become threatened from outside and from within the ape community. See: movie trailer 

This incredible film is epic on so many levels. The CGI effects and the motion capture technology have been taken to a whole new level of realism resulting in stunning characters that demonstrate heartfelt emotions. The action scenes are also highly suspenseful and exciting to watch. Overall the movie is a fantastic resource of life lessons that can also be applied to the workplace and business.

Inspiring Movie Messages:
• Family and community
• Trust and loyalty
• Leadership and teamwork
• Tolerance and respect of racial differences
• Forgiveness
• Consequences of past programming and attitudes

Thankfully I received epiphanies from this amazing film for looking at my personal challenges with family and friends from new perspectives. This is why I love movies so much. They can speak to me in many meaningful ways! I highly recommend this film to entertain you AND to receive your own epiphanies and answers you’ve been seeking for your life and work relationships.

Related Tips:
Tip#660: What Does Family Mean to You? Part 1 – Fast & Furious 6 
Tip#773: What Does Family Mean to You? Part 2 - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Tip#772: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 2 – The Congress - Under the Skin

There are some movies that just feel good as a cinematic experience. And then there are others that feel like they’re pushing the insides of my brain trying to just figure out what is going on! And just like adversities I’ve faced in life I trust that the discomfort I feel was about a lesson I was learning. The challenges offered me a chance to expand my mind to new ideas and new visions. I recently watched to films that were perfect examples of this concept.

The Congress (2014)

The science fiction film, The Congress, is about actress Robin Wright playing herself in the near future. She agrees to sell the movie rights to her digital image to be used in any cinematic form. Twenty years later technology takes another quantum leap forward where Wright is asked again to sell her image so people can experience her as a drink. This part of the film is told through Wright’s animated avatar where people can now be transformed into any animated character. Are you still with me? Feel your brain fidgeting?! See: movie trailer

If you feel adventurous I highly suggest you see this mind-bending film without knowing anymore. The animated storytelling is challenging and yet the sequences are visually stunning and very hallucinogenic. The concepts also bring up issues of ownership and personal rights as well as digital rights applicable today.


Under the Skin (2013)

The science fiction film, Under the Skin, is about an alien disguised as a mysterious, beautiful woman (Scarlett Johansson) luring in isolated or forsaken men into her van while traveling in Scotland. This is considered an art film and feels very experimental in its imagery, pacing, storytelling and minimal dialogue. It has already been compared to filmmakers like David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick. See: movie trailer

The making of the film is fascinating because most of the men the alien character approaches were real people caught on a hidden camera. In other words they didn’t recognize it was Scarlett Johansson asking them for directions! There is also a real person with neurofibromatosis (Elephant Man film) and his face just adds to the unforgettable, surreal and haunting visuals of the movie.

These two films can be challenging to your senses and yet the benefits include the expanding of your perception of storytelling. And if the mind-bending images and characters still linger in your mind days later then something more about the film is resonating with you. Why not ask yourself “Why?”

Related Tips:
Tip#748: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 1 - After the Dark 
Tip#772: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 2 – The Congress - Under the Skin
Tip#551: Activate Your Imagination Through Movies, Part 1 – Prometheus
Tip#777: Activate Your Imagination Through Movies, Part 2 - Lucy Tip#549: Yes, You Can Alter Your Reality - Men in Black 3 
Tip#445: Everything is Going To Be Okay - Source Code 

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Sunday, July 06, 2014

Tip#771: Celebrate Big News! – Cineplex Pre-Show Trailer - Big Night

A lot of big things this summer I need to celebrate! First I am so excited for the son of good friends who is appearing in the CINEPLEX PRE-SHOW trailer all of July! So theatres in every city across Canada will be featuring his smiling face and energy. He's a special reporter doing an interview for upcoming "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" Imax movie. See the live Lemurs around him in photos below!

He is extremely talented and an absolute natural in front of the camera! I truly believe he could have a super career in show business.

Secondly I made a dream come true and helped organize the first FILM FOOD FRIENDS event where we screened the popular foodie movie Big Night at a friend’s beautiful lakeshore condo. And when the glorious dish called Timpano is served in the film we paused it and served the homemade dish right out of the oven for our small group of friends! The dream that came true was making this gathering concept come true AND finally tasting Timpano for first time since I saw Big Night in 1996! And it was deeeeeelicious!

Big Night (1996)

The comedy drama film, Big Night, is about two Italian immigrant brothers trying to keep their restaurant from going under on the New Jersey Shore in the 1950’s. Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and younger brother Secondo (Stanley Tucci) are both hilarious and heartwarming in a film filled with loving scenes of food being prepared, served and enjoyed! See: movie trailer

The highlight dish is called Timpano which chef Primo describes as, “Timpano is a pasta with a special crust and is shaped like a drum, like a timpani drum. And inside is the most important things in the world.” It is a highly memorable moment when you see it unveiled and the guests enjoy a slice of heaven! See: recipe and photos 

Big news about anything needs to be celebrated and shared! Food can always be part of the celebration. I hope you get to celebrate something big today!

“Bite your teeth into the ass of life!” 
Big Night (1996)

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Tip#770: Friendships in Films, Part 2 - The Kings of Summer

I am extremely glad that I was able to get to my friend’s cottage a few weekends ago to soak in the great outdoors with good friends. The reason is this recent July 1st long weekend (and week before) was spent mostly sick in bed with a cold. I missed out on so many Toronto events and yet I knew my body needed rest. I also had the chance to edit 100’s of photos I took from the cottage weekend. See: Facebook photo album 

There is something so rejuvenating about the forest air and lake water! And I always love the nature walks my friend Jamie takes us on through his land. And though we only had one hot day some of us jumped into the chilly water. I lasted a few seconds and scrambled out and then jumped in again! I could feel my whole mind, body and spirit jolt wide awake each time. The water reminded me how good it was to be alive and how timeless the great outdoors feels with good friends!

The Kings of Summer (2013)

The comedy film, The Kings of Summer, is about Joe (Nick Robinson) a teen who is so frustrated with his single father that he decides to leave home and build a house in the woods with his best friend Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and a strange kid named Baggio (Mois├ęs Arias). This coming-of-age story had characters that were hilarious and offered heartwarming lessons of friendship and loyalty.
See: fun short teaser
See: movie trailer

Inspiring Themes:
• Friendship
• Loyalty
• Leadership & Teamwork
• Fun & Adventure
• Energy of being in nature

If you like movies like Stand By Me you will enjoy this film! There are many movies about friendship. Which ones do you resonate with?

Related Tips:
Tip#544: Re-Energize in Nature - The Fox and the Child 
Tip#684: Friendships in Films - Kick-Ass 2 
Tip#770: Friendships in Films, Part 2 - The Kings of Summer

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Tip#769: What Makes You Laugh? - Part 4 - They Came Together

I saw a friend I hadn’t seen in over a year who has been dealing with multiple health issues and chronic pain. What surprised me was she still maintained her lively tone of voice and spirit. I asked her what was keeping her so positive and she said it was laughter!

Afterwards I watched a new comedy called They Came Together because the trailer looked funny and it got a great review by Norm Wilner at Now Magazine (see review). And even though I was exhausted and getting over a cold the film made me laugh so much that it re-energized me immediately!

They Came Together (2014)

The romantic comedy film, They Came Together, is a parody of romantic comedies with Molly (Amy Poehler) and Joel (Paul Rudd) telling their story of how they met and fell in love. The movie is so packed full of stars and hilarious references and takes on countless romcoms that I knew 15 minutes into the story that I had to see it again! The humor was so loopy, kooky and smart though at the same time wonderfully stupid and weird! See: movie trailer

The film just has this underlying happy and fun vibe about it that I’m sure this will be one movie I’ll want to see when I’m feeling down. If this film isn’t your taste I highly recommend making a list of your favourite comedies. This will become your own personal “movie prescriptions” list for lifting your spirits up. Laughter is an amazing tonic to re-energize you when you need it most!

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

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tip#768: Have a Vision, Part 2 - The Grand Budapest Hotel

It was a fantastic and surreal moment standing in front of the two audiences at the 2014 COSTI Conference and telling my story about the financial crisis and bankruptcy I experienced. COSTI is one of Canada’s largest multicultural organizations and my topic was called “Increase Your Resilience Now”. I did a keynote for the morning audience and then a second for the afternoon.

It was surreal because was sharing the vision I had during my adversities four years ago that kept me resilient. While my world was crumbling around me I pictured myself one day on stage sharing how I got through such a painful, debilitating time. This vision would be the destination I would focus on. This was the story I focused on.

And this conference marked the first time my vision came true! I could now help others with how having a vision is one of my three key factors for resilience. Imagination, vision and storytelling are powerful tools we can all access to empower our lives and work during difficult times.

Three Key Factors for Resilience:
1) Re-energize Yourself
2) Activate Indestructible Optimism
3) Grow Social Support & Team Spirit

“You have revolutionized how I now view movies, as there could be valuable lessons to be captured. You have made a positive impression that changed my life. Thank you Emmanuel.” 
Felix Amato, COSTI Conference 2014

“Thank you for sharing such an inspiring and motivational speech at our Costi event. I was touched by your journey and the challenges you faced. Wow!” 
Chris Bent, COSTI Conference 2014 

Thank you Emmanuel for inspiring and motivating me, in that moment of time you were a lighthouse in the fog.
Nigel Campbell, COSTI Conference 2014 

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The comedy drama, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is a story told in several different time periods about an author’s memorable experiences of this hotel in a European alpine state. This is another of director Wes Anderson’s extremely playful, imaginative and visually stunning films that celebrates creative storytelling. He always has a strong vision of how his movies are told. And you will notice each time period has a different aspect ratio in the film e.g. widescreen, full screen. See: movie trailer

Every scene and setting was like a living cartoon filled with colorful characters played by a star-studded cast that include: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abrahams, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and others!

Let this film inspire your own imagination, your vision and the stories you tell yourself in your mind. Believe that you are writing your life story and that it can be bright and full of accomplishment! Just remember you need a vision to begin!

Related Tips:
Tip#744: Have a Vision, Part 1 – Noah 
Tip#768: Have a Vision, Part 2 - The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Tip#767: You Can Rewrite Your Life, Part 5 – I’ll Follow You Down

One of the most vivid dreams I ever had was about realizing my life was an experiment that was like a living comic book and that I get to create the story. The dream was more of an out-of-body experience and I felt so hyper aware I was given some higher truth to my existence that I started to sob deeply. When I awoke I was actually crying.

Recent time travel movies continued to remind me that I had the power to write or rewrite my life situations. X-Men Days of Future Past and Edge of Tomorrow both excited and moved me with how the movie heroes persevered through intense challenges in order to rewrite their present adversities into positive futures. Time travel movies always encourage me to see life from multiple perspectives!

I’ll Follow You Down (2014)

The science fiction drama film, I’ll Follow You Down, is about the emotional repercussions experienced by a scientist’s wife, son and grandfather when he mysteriously disappears. Years later a shocking discovery reveals that the scientist (Rufus Sewell) traveled back in time and unexpectedly created a time line his family was not suppose to experience. More drama than science fiction thrills this engaging film features a great cast including Haley Joel Osment, Gillian Anderson and Victor Garber. See: movie trailer

I do wish the film continued longer than where it ended and yet the story was still a very unique take on time travel movies. This film was thought provoking on how the decisions we make in life can have lasting effects on people around us either positive or negative. The story can remind you that each choice you make is a focal point in your life that will cause a ripple effect. Ultimately time travel movies like this one can remind you to be more mindful of others when you make a decision in your work and life.

The ability to rewrite your present challenges towards a positive future is one thing. Being able to rewrite it so that it also benefits others you love and who love you in return would be a fantastic goal to achieve!

Related Tips:
Tip#535: You Can Rewrite Your Life, Part 1 – The Cabin in the Woods
Tip#573: You Can Rewrite Your Life, Part 2 – Frequency
Tip#738: You Can Rewrite Your Life, Part 3 - Stuck in Love
Tip#761: You Can Rewrite Your Life, Part 4 - Maleficent
Tip#767: You Can Rewrite Your Life, Part 5 – I’ll Follow You Down

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