Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tip#789: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 4 – Coherence

Once in awhile a movie comes along that excites me so much that I want to immediately host movie screenings and have vibrant discussions of this new cinematic experience! These movies entertain and then have me thinking long afterwards to look at the world in a new way. I believe these movies can help shake up your mindset with thought-provoking concepts. This latest film reminded me of the low budget brilliance of the movie Primer and how I was compelled to watch it again and again!

Coherence (2013)

The science fiction drama film, Coherence, is about eight friends at a dinner party experiencing bizarre, reality twisting events on the night of a visiting comet. That’s all you need to know if you want to experience a fantastic “Twilight Zone” like story that will make you want to immediately watch over and over again. This is a riveting mystery story where you must pay attention to everything happening in every scene. I highly recommend you don’t see any movie trailers except this short clip: movie teaser

Coherence is one of the most creative & riveting micro budget Sci Fi films I’ve ever seen. The making of the film is equally incredible and innovative. It was shot over five nights in the director’s home with just existing lighting. And there’s much more to this story. It’s best you see the film first and then read these fascinating interviews with writer director James Ward Byrkit…

• How James Ward Byrkit constructed Coherence 
• Interview: James Ward Byrkit of “Coherence”
• A Super-Spoilery Interview With the Director of 'Coherence,' the Twistiest Movie of the Year

There are so many surprises in this film and best that you see without knowing anymore. This film offers a unique, entertaining way of expanding your mind and look at life in a new perspective. This is when solutions can be discovered for adversities and challenges you keep facing in life or at work. I highly recommend you treat your mind to a stimulating cinematic experience!

Related Tips:
Tip#506: Time Travel & Alternate Reality Movies – 4 Hidden Gems 
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
Tip#778: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 3 – I Origins
Tip#789: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 4 – Coherence

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tip#788: Important Reminders from Movies – The Giver

I recently had the honour to be invited to a business meeting with Chairman & CEO of the Dubai International Film Festival, Abdulhamid Juma during TIFF 2014. He loved my new community building social media project on Facebook & Pinterest called "Inspiring Film Recommendations from Movie Lovers Around the World".

I showed him samples of the graphics and explained how each personal story gets people on Facebook interactive and connecting with other film fans around the world. He paid me a fantastic compliment saying “This could be the next twitter.”!

I believe all good ideas inspire someone because of some emotional connection being made. And movies can be filled with many thought-provoking concepts about life that they contain answers to questions you may be needing right now. Films like Pleasantville and The Matrix are fantastic films about awakening to your true potential and uniqueness and now there is a movie that embodies qualities of both these stories.

The Giver (2014)

The science fiction film, The Giver, is set in an emotionally sterile society in the year 2048 after a big war where a young man named Jonas (Brenon Thwaites) has memories transferred to him by his mentor the Giver (Jeff Bridges) of how people use to be. Ideas of living passionate lives and of self-expression are shown through these vivid transfers and through Jonas you see our current world through new eyes. See: movie trailer


Inspiring Themes:
• Passion
• Resilience
• Perseverance
• Courage
• Leadership
• Mentorship
• Self-awareness
• Self-expression

At first I felt I was watching a carbon copy of The Hunger Games and Divergence but once I saw how Jonas received memories from the Giver I was fully intrigued. These transfers would later escalate into wondrous, uplifting moments I wished would have been much longer! This film has already been called a Sci Fi Pleasantville and though its ideas have been seen before they can still remind you of key important factors about living a joyful, satisfying life and career.

“Memories are not just about the past - they determine our future. They can change things. You can make things better.” 

“Have faith the Giver told me. He said faith - that was seeing beyond. He compared it to the wind, something felt but not seen.” 

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B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Insights, Epiphanies & AHA moments 

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tip#787: Find Confidence in Who You Are – IMAX Preview Screening at TIFF’14 - The Equalizer

I was very excited to receive tickets to the IMAX preview screening of Denzel Washington’s film The Equalizer at The Toronto International Film Festival recently! We lined up 90 minutes in the hot sun prior to the start time and it just added to the buzz and electric energy of being at the film festival. This was a special screening so IMAX treated each and every one of us to free popcorn, drinks and a promotional T-Shirt! See: photos

This year I’ve been doing more and more photographing of events like this one because it is a passion to share my experiences with others. Also it is who I am. I loved photography so much in high school that I became editor-in-chief of the yearbook for 2 years! What I loved was taking photos of all the different groups at school, designing the pages and writing the text to tell a story of this time in our lives. Ultimately it was about bringing a sense of community through the year book that would hold warm memories for a lifetime.

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These interests of mine have evolved into my latest social media project called “Inspiring Film Recommendations from Movie Lovers Around the World”. See more in tip#785. I just know I was born to inspire others and help build community, team spirit and teamwork. Synchronistically, there was a quote at the beginning of The Equalizer that mirrored my confidence in my passion projects…

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

The Equalizer (2014)

The action thriller film, The Equalizer, is based on the television series about a solitary, quiet man named Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) who slowly reveals he is so much more than he appears. Without telling anymore of the plot I can say that I saw this film not knowing anything except it was the same director as Training Day and expected intense violence. And though there are graphic scenes the movie blew me away with how exciting and inspiring McCall was as a new movie hero. And as a cinematic role model for resilience, perseverance, confidence, wisdom, resourcefulness, leadership and altruism.


Inspiring Themes:
• Resilience
• Perseverance
• Indestructible Optimism
• Confidence
• Wisdom
• Resourcefulness
• Strategic Thinking
• Leadership
• Self-awareness
• Altruism

McCall is all about doing the right thing and helping others being bullied and victimized. And his confidence in who he is, his skill sets and expertise is so strong it oozes out in every scene he is in. He radiates confidence and just knows why he was born. If you can handle some graphic violence you will discover many inspirational and motivational insights from The Equalizer. There may be a movie message you’ll receive to help you find your own confidence in who you are!

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B) Re-energize & Release 
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Motivational Speaker & Resilience Expert
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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Tip#786: Rescue, Rehab, Release – Dolphin Tale 2

I just had the best summer in the four years since my financial crisis of 2010! My personal health and career as a motivational speaker was shining bright as it felt great to be contacted by an Ontario Ministry, a major bank and a major investment firm to do presentations for them. I believe this all happened because I maintained my indestructible optimism and vision of my goals.

And this first week of September started with a bang by accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and posting the video. And then right after the Labour Day weekend gave a new presentation called The Inspirational Power of Celebrities and their Movies with Dr. Samita Nandy of the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies. Then the day after the 39th Toronto International Film Festival started and I was then invited to my first film festival party in years. I feel like I am getting back into the world!


The whirlwind continued as I got home from this party and received sneak preview tickets for Dolphin Tale 2 for early the next morning. The theatre was full of kids which I should have known! Unexpectedly, I had a very emotional reaction to the film’s themes on the rescue, rehab and release of dolphins and other water creatures in trouble. I saw myself.

Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)

The family drama film, Dolphin Tale 2, is a sequel with more true stories from Clearwater Marine Aquarium with Dr. Clay Haskett (Harry Connick, Jr.) his young daughter Hazel (Cozi Zuehisdorff) and Sawyer (Nathan Gamble) who originally discovered Winter the dolphin and her prosthetic tale. This story deals with letting go of the water animals the kids become attached to as well as letting go of one’s current life in order to experience a bigger world. See: movie trailer

Inspiring Themes:
• Letting go
• Passion & perseverance
• Leadership
• Teamwork

I felt there was powerful synchronicity in being invited to this advanced screening as it was a big mirror for my own healing over the years and exciting transitions that have happened this year. Dr. Haskett in the film experiences a difficult challenge and yet is reminded of three words that were the core of his mission: Rescue, Rehab, Release. That original vision is what guides him to solve his challenge. So for me this film reminded me on a deep level that I am at the tail end of that vision and that a whole new world of experiences awaits me!

At the end of the film they show real footage of Winter and the new dolphin Hope with other children and adults with prosthetic limbs. It's very moving to watch. And then the final credits say the words Rescue, Rehab, Release and... Inspire. If you want to be inspired on many levels to stay positive during the storms of your own life I highly recommend Dolphin Tale 2!

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tip#785: Recommendations from Movie Lovers Around the World – Social Media Project - After the Wedding

I recently launched an exciting social media project on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter called “Recommendations from Movie Lovers Around the World”. It’s about movie lovers around the globe sharing their favourite movies that inspired them and details of why. Some of the stories are very personal and so very inspiring for anyone to read! This project was designed to help someone going through difficult times who may discover a film that will lift them up and give them hope to keep going.

One of the submissions from recording artist and songwriter, Melissa Rebronja from Los Angeles, USA was a film called After the Wedding. I ended up seeing it the day I found out Robin Williams had died and the movie’s theme of cherishing relationships comforted me after the shock of one of my favourite actors passing. This was exactly what I hope the project will do for someone needing a movie to re-energize their spirit in the same way movies had saved my life over and over during the adversities I've faced.

See the project: Recommendations from Movie Lovers Around the World


After the Wedding (2014)

The Danish drama film, After the Wedding, is about a manager (Mads Mikkelsen) of an orphanage in India sent to Copenhagen, Denmark where he discovers a life-changing family secret. It’s best that you don’t know anymore to discover the twists of the story for yourself. This film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film and features many heartfelt, emotional performances. See: movie trailer


“Every acquaintance, every friend, every person who has a place in your heart, it is the time with them that really means something. Nothing else matters.” 

The quote above from the movie summarizes the cinematic comfort I received when seeing this movie. And this movie only came to my attention from another movie lover who wanted to share this meaningful film with me and my social media project. It excites me deeply knowing that someone somewhere may see Melissa’s film recommendation (and others in the project) and help them through a challenge they are facing. The inspirational power of movies is unlimited!

If you are interested in making a submission of a favourite movie that inspires you and why please contact me. Your film recommendation could make a massive difference in someone’s life!

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A) Entertain & Escape 
B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Insights, Epiphanies & AHA moments 

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“Movies for Motivation: How To Stay Strong in Your Life & Career”
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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker & Resilience Expert
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tip#784: Toronto in the Movies - The F Word (What If)

I love living in Toronto! It’s a great movie and food town and those are my greatest passions. Plus most of my friends and family are here to share these passions with! The summer is alive with food festivals like Taste of the Danforth in Greek town and Festival of South Asia in Little India. And we have so many delicious multicultural restaurants to choose from! I also recently checked out the Scotiabank Buskerfest along Yonge St. with exciting street performers.

Many movies have been filmed in Toronto doubling in for other city locations such as A Christmas Story, The Black Stallion, Good Will Hunting, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Kick Ass, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk and Cinderella Man. Then there’s films that take place in Toronto like Scott Pilgrim vs the World. And now we have a romantic comedy starring a famous boy wizard celebrating the great city of Toronto!

See fantastic website with images of movies and TV shows filmed in Toronto: Reel Toronto

The F Word (What If?) (2014)

The romantic comedy film, The F Word (What If), is about Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) who meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) who has a long-term boyfriend but decides to have a friendship with her. The chemistry is electric between the two and the film is filled with witty, fast-paced dialogue and quirky characters. One of the characters just happens to be the city Toronto which is celebrated in almost every location scene! See: movie trailer

A specific food is also an important factor between Wallace and Chandry so this adds to the fun and magic of their special relationship. The only issue I have about this movie is the decision to release the movie in Canada as “The F Word” and it being called “What If” in the US and UK! Whatever this entertaining romcom is called where you live I highly recommend you check it out. You’ll also see how beautiful my city is!

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Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Insights, Epiphanies & AHA moments

EMMANUEL’S FIRST BOOK AVAILABLE ON AMAZON KINDLE:
“Movies for Motivation: How To Stay Strong in Your Life & Career”
Read the Introduction and 1st Chapter now: Click here 

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker & Resilience Expert
Discover How Movies Inspire Resilience in Your Work & Life!
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2014