Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tip#806: Top Feel-Good Movies, Pt 2 - St. Vincent

I had a great weekend at my friend’s cottage/home with other close friends! Helped chopped wood for the winter season and experienced a really magical snowfall. My friend also had a new hot tub which I was eager to try but it was semi-outdoors so the room was extremely chilly. I almost talked myself out it. And yet once I braved the cold air and slowly acclimated to the hot, whirling waters it was absolutely blissful! BLLLLLISSFUL!!!

That contrast was a perfect metaphor for adversities I’ve faced in life where things looked and felt really negative at first but later revealed something highly beneficial. I grew as a person or these challenges led me to meeting some great people. This latest film I saw mirrored this wonderful reminder that below a nasty surface could be a fantastic feel-good experience.

St. Vincent (2014)

The comedy-drama film, St. Vincent, is about a grouchy, mean, gambler named Vincent (Bill Murray) who gets recruited to babysit his neighbor’s 12-year-old son Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). Despite being a mismatched pair they help each other grow through hilarious and heartwarming antics. This is classic Bill Murray where his and every other performance is outstanding by actors Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd. See: movie trailer

This film demonstrates that characters like Vincent may be negative and nasty at first but still have a warm, compassionate side. He is ultimately celebrated as a modern day saint (hence the movie title!). This reminds me to always be as understanding as I can be when I encounter unpleasant people or situations in life. I highly recommend this excellent feel-good film to lift you up if you are feeling down. And it will remind you to never judge a book by its cover and to give the grouchiest of people a chance to show their humanity!

Related Tips:
Tip#756: Top Feel-Good Movies, Pt 1 - Fusia Magazine 5th Anniversary Party - Million Dollar Arm 
Tip#806: Top Feel-Good Movies, Pt 2 - St. Vincent

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Tip#805: Resilience Resources, Part 2 - It’s Kind of a Funny Story

As I mentioned in tip#803 I used my creativity to create illustrations, artworks and compose and record songs to lift myself up from my depressions and SAD (seasonal affective disorder). The thing is I didn’t even know I was depressed or had SAD back in the 90’s or earlier! I just figured out a powerful coping method for the feelings of hopelessness and isolation I’d slip into from time to time.

Watching movies and writing this blog twice a week also became coping methods because they helped stop the ruminating in my mind that occurs in depression (see tip#801). Recently during a difficult week with SAD I was listening to a song I recorded and released in 1999 called Rain of Angels. It immediately soothed my mind and I decided to produce a music video that would include colourful artworks I also created during times of depression.


Creating the music video was yet another coping method and the extra joy I felt came from my intention to post it online to help others going through difficult times, depression, winter blues or SAD. If you or someone you know could benefit from this video please send them this link: Rain of Angels Music Video



It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2014)

The comedy drama film, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, is about a stressed 16 year old named Craig (Keir Gilchrist) checking himself into a mental-health clinic. Since the youth wing is closed he must spend his five-day stay in the adult wing where he makes friends with Bobby (Zach Gaifianakis) and another teen Noel (Emma Roberts). The film is a humorous look at mental pain and depression some people experience. See: movie trailer

The film shows how Craig learns to cope with his mental stress through opening up to the social support being offered him. It also shows how creating his artwork helps him find peace in his mind. Seeing this felt like a mirror for me and a profound reminder that I can now share my creative results with others who may benefit from my art, music & creative writing!

I highly recommend you see this film to inspire you to discover coping methods for challenges you face in your life or work. Maybe you have a creative talent like drawing, singing, playing an instrument or writing poems or stories. Your Resilience Resources for soothing your mind may be your very own creativity unleashed!

Related Tips:
Tip#804: Resilience Resources, Part 1 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - The Theory of Everything
Tip#805: Resilience Resources, Part 2 - It’s Kind of a Funny Story
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tip#804: Resilience Resources, Part 1 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - The Theory of Everything

I will always remember 2014 as the year of my revelation that I experience symptoms best related to winter blues and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The lack of sunlight and shorter days of Fall and Winter (and random periods in Spring and Summer) have affected me for over 25 years and this is the first time I’ve entered this difficult and dark time knowing what I know. I have decided to share more details of my journey towards solving this form of depression on this movie blog with the vision that my findings can help others around the world.

I have been encouraged by a small handful of close friends and colleagues to share my SAD experiences because it still links directly with the Resilience Resources I’ve already been sharing for years in the form of movies. Many other synchronicities have also been coming up to support this as part of my mission and purpose in life. So the timing of seeing The Theory of Everything movie further inspired me to tell my story about SAD.


More about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):
1) 'Tis the Season (Again): How to Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder
2) Good overview with Winter Blues author, Norman E. Rosenthal, MD

The Theory of Everything (2014)

The romantic biographical film, The Theory of Everything, is based on the memoirs of Jane Wilde Hawking (Felicity Jones) and her life adventures with her ex-husband theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne). This deeply inspiring film shows their heartbreaking and heartwarming journey together as they face the challenges of Hawking’s motor neuron disease or ALS. See: movie trailer

I was deeply moved by the astonishing performance of Redmayne who imbued an incredible sense of joy into his Hawkings character. His physical acting is incredible and his soul-touching smile throughout the film is so uplifting to see! Jones is also powerful in her performance of an unconditionally loving wife and mother. Their resilience individually and together show them to be excellent cinematic role models for finding your inner strengths and indestructible optimism.

I highly recommend this life affirming film to inspire you in whatever challenges you are facing right now. You will be reminded that your resilience is empowered by your belief in yourself, an optimistic mindset AND the loving support you can surround yourself with! Make the magic of movies part of your Resilience Resources.

Related Tips:
Tip#804: Resilience Resources, Part 1 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - The Theory of Everything
Tip#805: Resilience Resources, Part 2 - It’s Kind of a Funny Story

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Tip#803: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 6 – Interstellar

Science fiction films have always excited me to expand my imagination and believe in the power of creative visualization (see Tip#568). For example during times of depression (seasonal affective disorder SAD) back in the 90’s I wrote and recorded many "melancholy ballads" that helped lift me up. I wrote lyrics that envisioned a future time when I would be feeling better. See: Rain of Angels music video

Years later when I’d experience other adversities and feelings of hopelessness I’d listen to my songs and they instantly made me feel better and not so alone. It’s as if my past self had created these songs knowing my future self would benefit from them. Similarly actor Matthew McConaughey referred to his future self in his inspiring acceptance speech for his 2014 Best Actor Oscar (See: tip759).

Now he is starring in a film that explores this theme even more that will expand your mind if you just hop onto this wild cinematic ride!

Interstellar (2014)

The science fiction adventure film, Interstellar, is about former NASA test pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughy) who must leave his family and travel beyond this galaxy to find a new home for mankind. This epic film explores the emotional pain of leaving loved ones behind on a dying Earth while presenting visually stunning wonders of interstellar travel. See: movie trailer 

For almost three hours I felt fully immersed in this film and highly recommend seeing on the big screen. Some of the music and many of the scenes invoke the magic of the classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. And despite having some flaws, this movie is about mind-bending ideas of quantum realities and how love is a powerful factor that can affect time and space. It is also an inspiring movie about resilience and creative problem solving.

I have a deep passion for Sci Fi films especially alternate reality and time travel stories. So I immediately embraced the mind-blowing concepts that are revealed at the end of the movie. These concepts inspired my art, music and my ability to creatively visualize my goals and dreams for the future.

I highly recommend seeing this film to help expand your mind and imagination. All you have to do is enjoy the ride and focus on the themes and messages you resonate with. It just could be your future self sending you a message!

“Love is the one thing that transcends time and space.”
Interstellar (2014)

Related Tips:
Tip#179: Important Messages From The Kid - Disney's The Kid
Tip#332: Your Thoughts Have So Much Power – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Tip#445: Everything is Going To Be Okay - Source Code 
Tip#499: Choose A Future - Mr. Nobody
Tip#506: Time Travel & Alternate Reality Movies – 4 Hidden Gems
Tip#549: Yes, You Can Alter Your Reality - Men in Black 3
Tip#587: If You Could Talk To Your Younger Self What Would You Say? – Looper
Tip#590: Expand Your Mind with Time Travel Movies, Pt.1 - The Time Traveler’s Wife
Tip#759: Expand Your Mind with Time Travel Movies, Pt 2 - X-Men: Days of Future Past
Tip#682: What if You Could Go Back in Time? - Back to the Future Trilogy
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
Tip#790: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 5 - Frequencies
Tip#803: Expand Your Mind with Science Fiction, Part 6 – Interstellar

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Tip#802: Be Open to Unexpected Movies that Entertain, Part 2 – The Judge – Labor Day

I am always excited when I discover an entertaining film coming from an enthusiastic recommendation from friends, family or even a Facebook connection! Part of it is about trusting my gut or intuition that the timing is right. It’s an exercise in trust and faith that an answer I’ve been seeking is being sent to me in the form of a movie!

Here are two recent examples where the films were not what I expected but had personal messages for me about dealing with family and other life challenges.

The Judge (2014)

The drama, The Judge, is about big city lawyer Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) who returns to his childhood home and faces unsolved issues and an unexpected challenge with his father Judge Joseph Palmer (Robert Duvall). This film has many powerful, emotional scenes that are funny, sad and inspiring. See: movie trailer

What inspired me was seeing Hank’s dazzling legal expertise and overflowing confidence at play either in public or in the courtroom. I loved how his gifts were able to bring him closer to his father and his two brothers.

Labor Day (2013)

The drama, Labor Day, presents the recollections of a 13 year old named Henry Wheeler (Gattlin Griffith) and the Labor Day weekend spent with his mother Adele (Kate Winslet) and an escaped convict Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin). Despite the grim premise of kidnapping this film unexpectedly becomes heartwarming and life affirming. See: movie trailer

What inspired me was seeing Frank demonstrate excellent skills as a compassionate father, husband, handyman and cook. There is a wonderful scene where Frank shows Henry and Adele how to make a peach pie and it becomes a beautiful moment of bonding and sharing the joys of baking. The film also has a hopeful message that dreams can eventually come true.

These two films entertained and inspired me to be a better man and improve my relationships with family. Hopefully you find a special cinematic message for yourself from these or other films you feel compelled to watch. Remember to trust your gut and intuition when a movie calls out to you. It just may be the universe sending you answers you’ve been seeking!

Related Tips:
Tip#623: Be Open to Unexpected Movies that Entertain, Part 1 – Django Unchained
Tip#802: Be Open to Unexpected Movies that Entertain, Part 2 – The Judge – Labor Day

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

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© Emmanuel Lopez 2014