Sunday, February 11, 2018

Tip#1080: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 5 - Phantom Thread

I am always so happy and grateful to receive or discover gifts that lift me up along the ups and downs of my life. This chilly winter continues to be an extra difficult time (winter blues, seasonal affective disorder) and yet the unexpected gift of supportive new friends being there for me this week had been a blessing.

Another gift was being invited to the amazing 5th High Notes Gala for Mental Health by Ingrid Taheri, Artistic & Executive Director. The night was filled with inspiring musical perfomances and inspiring speakers that included Luba Goy, Michael Landsberg, Jennifer Walls, Lloyd Robertson, Orlando Da Silva, Michael Bridge and more. Even thought I wasn’t well when I arrived I left feeling so re-vitalized and joyful!

With Ingrid Taheri, Artistic & Executive Director, 
5th Annual High Notes Gala for Mental Health

Later in the week a close friend surprised me with a random act of kindness by giving me a gift of a DYLN Alkaline Water Bottle. I was so moved! As I’ve been documenting on this blog I’ve been learning how to cook, eat and drink more alkaline forming foods over more acidity ones. This gift will be added to my methods of improving my physical and mental health. See more: Tip#1056

And as I continue to self-medicate with inspiring movies I discovered one that I immediately loved for so many reasons. From it’s opening scenes it wrapped itself around me like a warm blanket on a cold February day. It thoroughly reminded me about the magical, uplifting power of cinema.

Phantom Thread (2017)

The drama film, Phantom Thread, is about the relationships between renowned dressmaker, Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day Lewis), his sister and Cyril (Lesley Manville) and his muse and lover, Alma (Vicky Krieps) in 1950's London. This sumptuous, elegant and engaging film has fantastic performances by the whole cast. See: movie trailer

I immediately fell in love with this film much like Reynolds and Alma’s first romantic meeting, one of the most mesmerizing I’ve ever seen in a movie. The splendor of the costumes and music soundtrack immediately took me away and what unfolded was an unusual love story and psychological study of three strong willed people. This film is filled with light and dark moments.

I’ve already seen it twice and am still thinking about it because the film also explores what it’s like to be a successful artist and a business owner that deals with episodes of depression. It also explores business aspects of leadership, teamwork, customer service and product development for dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames. This is also secretly a wonderful foodie movie!

Check out these articles after you have seen the film:
If There Was an Oscar for Best Food Scene, 'Phantom Thread' Would Win
“Phantom Thread” Is the Best Food Movie in Ages

Inspiring Themes:
• Following a Vision
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Courage
• Confidence
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Supportive Relationships
• Expressing Thoughts & Feelings
• Artists
• Business
• Fashion Design

Cinema will always have the eternal, uplifting power of warming you up through dark times and inspire you with engaging sights and sounds on the big or small screen. Movies can also provide unexpected gifts of feel-good feelings, thought-provoking moments and visions of finding your own inner strengths. Find these gifts today and bring some cinematic sunshine into your life!

Related Tips:
Tip#1016: Remember the Magic of Cinema, Part 7 - La La Land
Tip#1000: The Uplifting Power of Cinema – Celebrating 1,000 Movie Tips & In the Film song 
Tip#1038: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 2 - The Zookeeper’s Wife 
Tip#1040: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 3 - Their Finest 
Tip#1044: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 4 – Galaxy Quest 
Tip#1080: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 5 - Phantom Thread 
Tip#1113: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 6 – 4 Movies from the 90’s
Tip#1115: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 7 – A Simple Favor 

• READ: Top 10 Inspiring Movies for Managing Depression
• READ: Emmanuel & Depression featured in The Toronto Star
• LISTEN: Emmanuel's CBC Radio Interview on Movie Messages of Hope: The Fresh Air Show
• WATCH: Uplifting Movie Montage produced by Emmanuel Lopez!
• DISCOVER: 8 Creative Tools for Motivation & Depression

Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker
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