Sunday, July 29, 2018

Tip#1104: Passion & Perseverance, Part 12 – The Untouchables

PASSION: A very powerful feeling about something such as love, hate, anger, or other emotion; A strong belief in something; Boundless enthusiasm

PERSEVERANCE: Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement

No matter what mood I’m in, especially when dealing with clinical depression symptoms, I am still passionate about creating content for motivational movie tips and foodie photos to inspire others on my social media channels. It’s like a joyful built in inner drive method for enjoying life whenever I feel lost, stuck or alone!

I’ve been wanting to reach more people around the world who could benefit from my content and personal experiences but haven’t reached my goals yet. No matter what I still persevere despite whatever blocks a keep hitting. On a beautiful sunny Saturday recently I was feeling stuck on the next step in my motivational work and sat in silence in a coffee shop with my iPhone in hand.

I then felt the urge to review my photos to post on my Film Food Friends Project page on Instagram. I started writing the motivational text for the posts with related hashtag words so others could find the post and was fully aware how much I loved doing all this. I could feel my passion for what I was doing and realized I just have to keep persevering with what I love doing! See: My Instagram

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The Untouchables (1987)

The drama film, The Untouchables, is about Eliot Ness (Costner) forming the Untouchables team to bring crime kingpin Al Capone (De Niro) to justice during Prohibition in 1930. With an outstanding music soundtrack, this highly stylish and beautifully photographed movie has many memorable, iconic scenes and engaging performances by De Niro, Costner, Sean Connery, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia and Billy Drago. See: movie trailer

I remember seeing this film when it first came out in 1987 and immediately loved it. I was already a big fan of director Brian De Palma and loved every carefully choreographed scene especially the famous stairway shootout in Union Station. The music by Ennio Morricone was also so memorable for every scene kicking off with the cool opening titles!

When I recently watched the movie for the first time in decades I was struck by the passion of Eliot Ness and his team. I could recognize they each had a strong belief and boundless enthusiasm for their work. This was their passion that helped form strong leadership and teamwork and drove them to persevere whenever they got stuck or hit roadblocks. And though some don’t make it to the end they still accomplished their goal and helped make history.

Inspiring Themes:
• Courage
• Confidence
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Strategic Thinking

Memorable movies are the ones that affect us emotionally and can provide inspirational messages to persevere when facing problems in life and in our work. They can mirror the inner strengths we have inside when we feel lost, stuck or alone. Let these films remind us of our passion which is the fuel to fire up our perseverance and resilience when we need it most. Be inspired today to ignite that inner fire!



Related Tips:
Tip#534: Passion & Perseverance, Part 1 – 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
Tip#864: Passion & Perseverance, Part 9 - Danny Collins
Tip#885: Passion & Perseverance, Part 10 - Outbreak
Tip#953: Passion & Perseverance, Part 11 - Eddie the Eagle 
Tip#1104: Passion & Perseverance, Part 12 – The Untouchables


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Motivational Speaker
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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Tip#1103: Re-Energize in Nature, Part 3 - Open Range

Enjoying the Thornhill Woodlots!

I’ve recently enjoyed several mental health days walking in forests that were so incredibly rejuvenating and soothing! I could really sense the oxygen and life force the trees and plants were giving out. I could also feel my spirit soaking it up along with the lush greenery all around me. This is why getting into nature and sunlight is highly recommended for uplifting moods and mental health.

Soaking up the lush green of the Ellesmere Ravine!

Other fun benefits to these forest walks were sharing it with a friend and their pets. When I explored Ellesmere Ravine in Scarborough with my friend Michael his cat Scamp joined us! Going to the Thornhill Woodlots in the City of Vaughan with my pal Tammy and two Russian dogs named Lucy and Uma she was caring for. And my friend Jeff introduced me to his dog Luke’s favourite trails in High Park. It was simply blissful!

Loving the trails of High Park!

Here is a great article on why being in nature is one of the best medicines for mental health improvement: The Nurture of Nature: Natural Settings and Their Mental Health Benefits

The article also talks about the positive effects of just viewing nature. Studies support the idea that both physical healing and stress recovery are facilitated by viewing a natural scene which is what I always feel when I’m walking amongst trees or even seeing colourful flowers in neighborhood gardens. I’ll even feel good seeing lush green settings in a movie especially when they show that majestic beautiful of country scenes!

Open Range (2003)

The western drama film, Open Range, is about two open range cattlemen in 1882 Montana standing up for their rights against corrupt and violent lawmakers and an evil landowner. This movie features so many stunning lush landscapes, a riveting story and excellent performances by Robert Duvall as Boss Spearman, Annette Benning as Sue Harlow and Kevin Costner as Charley who also directed this film. See: movie trailer

The movie opens with wondrous shots of the pure beauty of timeless country (filmed in Stoney Indian Reserve in Alberta, Canada) which immediately took my breath away! Even though it was a cinematic representation of nature I still felt my spirit and moods lift with positive emotional energy.

I actually knew nothing about this film before watching it so I was pleasantly surprised at the romantic aspect weaved within the drama and gunfights. Plus it features one of Robert Duvall’s best performances. This really is a hidden gem of a film that I highly recommend seeing! The bonus was finding many motivational themes demonstrated by the movie heroes…

Inspiring Themes:
• Courage
• Confidence
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Leadership
• Supportive Relationships
• Honor & Integrity

Sometimes we can lose ourselves in our work or problems in life. And yet it is so important to remember to have a work/life balance that includes time in nature. Remember the feel-good feelings of breathing in the fresh air of a forest, a flower or stream. Remember the soothing sensations of gazing at the lush green of trees and blowing grass. And if you’re not able to get out in nature you can still feel energized by beautiful scenery seen in a movie. Get yourself re-energized today!



Related Tips:
Tip#367: Feel The Bliss of Nature – The Black Stallion
Tip#544: Re-Energize in Nature - The Fox and the Child
Tip#985: Re-Energize in Nature, Part 2 - The Legend of Tarzan
Tip#1103: Re-Energize in Nature, Part 3 - Open Range

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• READ: Top 10 Inspiring Movies for Managing Depression
• READ: Emmanuel & Depression featured in The Toronto Star
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• DISCOVER: 8 Creative Tools for Motivation & Depression

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

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Motivational Speaker
Discover How Movies Inspire, Motivate & Empower You!
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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Tip#1102: Top 12 Movies About Food!

Two of my biggest passions in life have been the joy of movies and of food! These passions always excite my senses and lifts me up on the darkest of days. Just the sight of a beautiful and colourful meal thrills my eyes even before my mouth has tasted the delicious textures. The same happens whenever I see a scene in a film that features a lovingly photographed shot of tantalizing food or cooking.

I recently had a birthday gathering and gave a little gift of gratitude to friends for their love and support over the years. So I made my own improved recipe of extra delicious Rice Krispy squares with a graphic I designed for my top movie tips from different genres and motivational themes. Each person got a different graphic but the joy on each of their faces mirrored the joy we all shared whenever we eat meals or see movies together. Blissful!

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Putting together a list of my top 12 favourite films about food and cooking has taken years but has been extra fun compared to assembling other movie lists. And though there are many movies about food this list is based on the number of times I’ve seen it and how much my mouth waters when I see foods on the screen! For example I’ve seen Big Night about 8 times and love the story, food scenes and life lessons it offers.

The list also includes links in the film titles to posts I’ve written previously on my movie blog. 100's of film recommendations are now re-organized in alphabetical order and under motivational themes on my website: www.MoviesForMotivation.com.

I've loved documenting how films have helped me overcome burnout, depression and other difficult times. The sight, smell and taste of delicious foods also help me cope by elevating my positive emotional energy. So I hope you also view this list as an inspirational resource for re-energizing your spirit and drive when faced with adversities. These films are definitely a must-see for all movie lovers and foodies everywhere!

Top 12 Movies:
• Big Night (1996)
• Burnt (2015)
• Chef (2014)
• Chocolat (2000)
• Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
• Haute Cuisine (2012) French title, Les Saveurs du Palais
• The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
• Julie & Julia (2009)
• The Ramen Girl (2008)
• Tampopo (1985)
• Today’s Special (2009)
• Tortilla Soup (2001)

Big Night (1996)

This comedy drama celebrates Italian food, family and friends. It stars Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub as brothers and partners in their dream restaurant in New Jersey. The film is famous for showing the making of a glorious dish called Il Timpano that once unveiled onscreen had the whole audience express a foodgasmic “ohhh” at its premiere I attended in the Toronto International Film Festival back in 1996. It was a truly breathtaking and almost a religious experience! There are other wonderful moments showcasing food and how they bring love to friends and family. See: movie trailer

Recommended articles:
How to Make a Timpano, Big Night-Style
From Scene to Table: Campagnolo’s Big Night Feast

Burnt (2015)

This drama film highlights fine-dining and what it's like to assemble an efficient kitchen staff and create a winning restaurant. It stars Bradley Cooper as a highly talented chef overflowing with egoistical arrogance who later learns to transform his poor leadership skills to match his skills in original cuisine. Lots of delicious food moments that includes a special, exquisite cake he makes for the daughter of one of his chefs. See: movie trailer

Recommended articles:
Recipes from the Official Burnt Movie Website
BURNT Movie Recipes- Download Official Cookbook

Chef (2014)

This comedy drama celebrates everything from innovative restaurant dishes to epic home-made grilled cheese sandwiches and to Cuban sandwiches made in a food truck! This became an instant classic foodie film which was the intention of writer, director and star Jon Favreau. He put in so much love and cuisine training into every food shot that you can practically smell the aromas of deliciousness oozing from the screen! And the movie trailer is truly foodgasmic! See: movie trailer

Recommended articles:
Cuban sandwiches Chef Star Jon Favreau Shared His Very Special Cuban Sandwich Recipe
Cuban Pork Sandwich (Cubanos) from Chef Movie
‘Chef’ Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe
'CHEF' the Film Cookbook: Recipes from El Jefe
Cooking Up The Delicious Food In Jon Favreau's "Chef"

Chocolat (2000)

This romantic-comedy drama celebrates the joys, tastes and seduction of chocolate! It stars Juliette Binoche who opens a chocolate shop in a tranquil French town and helps its citizens to open up their hearts and passions to their families and neighbours. This film is brimming with chocolate scenes of delight and the fun of seeing characters enjoy a taste of a chocolate bon bon or a special glass of hot chocolate with chili peppers! Warning: This film may cause involuntary chocolate-gasms! See: movie trailer

Recommended articles:
Mayan Hot Chocolate Recipe - Chocolat (2000)

Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

This Taiwanese drama celebrates traditional Chinese food and how lovingly integrated it is with family. It stars Sihung Lung as a semi-retired Master Chef trying to adapt to getting older and seeing his three daughters leaving home. The film is famous for its opening scene of six minutes that every food lover must see! It shows the Master Chef at home preparing a family lunch that is filled with so much love and care for each dish he creates. See: movie trailer

See: Epic opening scene

Recommended articles:
Food in Film Blogathon: Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
What Chinese dishes were prepared in the opening scenes of the 1994 movie 飲食男女 (Eat Drink Man Woman)?
Chef David Chang on Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman: 'I watch it more than any other film’

Haute Cuisine (2012)

This French comedy highlights the fusion of traditional French home cooking and royal fine-dining. Based on a true story, it stars Catherine Frot as renowned chef asked to cook for the President of France. There are so many wonderful scenes of her creating special dishes for the President as well as showing how much care and passion she has for all her ingredients. See: movie trailer

Recommended articles:
The President’s Chef vs. the Food Snobs ‘Haute Cuisine,’ About Mitterrand’s Private Cook
Haute Cuisine Movie Review



The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

This comedy drama celebrates both French cuisine and Indian cuisine as well as the neighbourly acceptance and fusion of both cultures. It stars Om Puri and Helen Mirren as feuding restaurant owners and their chefs played by Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon. This film was directed by Lasse Hallström who also directed Chocolat so it’s no surprise that whenever delicious meals are on screen that they are shot with lots of love and pleasure for the eyes! See: movie trailer

Recommended articles:
29 Recipes from The Hundred-Foot Journey
Cook with The Hundred-Foot Journey

Julie & Julia (2009)

This comedy drama celebrates French cuisine as well as two true-life stories about following your passion into a successful career! It stars Meryl Streep as chef Julia Child and her journey to writing her first book along with food blogger Julie Powell, played by Amy Adams, whose goal is to cook all 524 recipes in Child's cookbook in 365 days. Of course this film is overflowing with food scenes that look absolutely delicious! See: movie trailer

Recommended articles:
Behind-the-Scenes: The Food in 'Julie and Julia’
The Chef who Cooked for Julie & Julia

The Ramen Girl (2008)

This romantic comedy celebrates the art of ramen soup as well as what it takes to follow a dream and deal with a major life changes. It stars Brittany Murphy as an American in Tokyo finding solace in a bowl of ramen and makes it her mission to master Ramen soup with the reluctant help of ramen chef played by Toshiyuki Nishida. The cooking process and philosophy is fascinating as much as the movie hero’s passion, perseverance and resilience. See: movie trailer

Recommended articles:
Ramen - Japan's super slurpy noodles
Broth in translation

Tampopo (1985)

This Japanese comedy is an epic celebration of food, eating, sex and the art of ramen soup! It stars Tsutomu Yamazaki and Gorō Nobuko Miyamoto in a collection of different situations and characters exploring an aspect of food. It also introduces you to another culture's way of expressing a love for preparing meals. This was the first foodie film I'd ever seen and it somehow transformed my life because it demonstrated the combination of my two biggest passions in life which are food and movies! See: movie trailer

Recommended articles:
‘Tampopo’ Is One of the Best Food Movies of All Time
The Scene That Underscores the Brilliance of Ramen Western ‘Tampopo'

Today’s Special (2009)

This comedy celebrates both gourmet dining and Indian cuisine as well as the love and forgiveness of family. It stars Aasif Mandvi as a sous chef at an upscale New York restaurant forced to take over his family’s Indian restaurant in Queens. This is a hidden gem with so many delightful, hilarious characters especially a taxi driver, played by Naseeruddin Shah, who shares his passionate wisdom of the art of Indian cooking. See: movie trailer

Recommended articles:
Gourmet cooking, Indian food

Tortilla Soup (2001)

This comedy drama highlights the love and passion of Mexican cuisine and how it keeps family together. This American remake of Eat Drink Man Woman stars Héctor Elizondo as a veteran chef slowly loosing his sense of taste and just wanting his three daughters to be home for Sunday dinner. The opening scene is an extravaganza of Mexican dishes being prepared at home! See: movie trailer

Recommended articles:
Chefs do the cooking for `Tortilla Soup’ film

I hope you enjoyed this list and see this films as soon as possible! My passion for food, film and photography is also what fuels my Instagram channel as a resource for other people needing some inspiration in their lives with my personal stories. Both my Instagram and movie blog are all about how food and films have been fantastic tools and methods for improving my mental health especially when dealing with clinical depression for many years.

This is why food and films are so meaningful to be because they rejuventate and re-energize my indestructible optimism everyday! I’ve always felt a burst of positivity just looking at the colours and textures of a delicious meal in real life or in cinema. I've also learned to cook more nutritional, alkaline forming meals for improving my mental health. And I love document these meals and other delicious foods through my passion for photography and share via social media to inspire others dealing with difficult times!

The uplifting power of delicious foods, cooking and movies become even more empowering when you recognize them as mental health resources. Movies are invaluable tools and methods for inspiration and motivation. Combine the positive emotional energy you feel from foods and films and it becomes fuel for increasing your own positivity, hope and indestructible optimism! Treat yourself today by watching movies about food. You’ll be feeding your eyes as well as your heart, mind and spirit!



More Foodie Movies:
Babette’s Feast (1987) Eat Pray Love (2010) Last Holiday (2006) Phantom Thread (2017) Ratatouille (2007) Romantics Anonymous (Les Émotifs anonymes) (2010) Soul Food (1997) Spinning Plates (2012)

Other Food & Film Lists:
21 Movies All Food Enthusiasts Must See
25 Mouth-Watering Movies About Food, Restaurants & Chefs
23 Movies You Should Definitely Watch If You’re A Food Lover


SEE NEW WEBSITE featuring 100's of movies from this blog listed A to Z!

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE DEALING WITH
DEPRESSION OR DIFFICULT TIMES?
• 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

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker
Discover How Movies Inspire, Motivate & Empower You!
See website: www.motivatorman.com
 
© Emmanuel Lopez 2018

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Tip#1101: Just Have Fun, Part 9 - Ant-Man and the Wasp

After a week of sweltering humid heat here in Toronto, a rainstorm came and the air cooled into a beautiful, clear, perfect Friday. It was also a difficult week both personally and work-related so the fresh air and bright blue skies prompted me to have fun, enjoy the day, take a long walk and soak up the sunshine and vitamin D!

Having fun is actually an important coping tool I learned from taking CBT, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, referred to as pleasurable activities. Making a list and engaging in enjoyable activities always helps ease and stop the ruminating of negative thoughts and feelings I experience with clinical depression. This is also connected to the law of attraction which I practice. Having fun builds positive emotional energy that can fuel  indestructible optimism, confidence and courage when facing of adversities in life.

All these practices lead to the increase of happy brain chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. Movies help trigger these chemicals which is why films are my top favourite tools for my mental health and wellness. I am specifically grateful to the Marvel Cinematic Universe because, for many years, these films embody the essence of pure fun with the added bonus of providing massive amounts of inspiration and motivation!

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

The superhero action film, Ant-Man and the Wasp, is about Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Hope van Dyne/Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) and her father Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) teaming up to rescue Pym’s wife Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) trapped in the Quantum Realm. This entertaining chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is filled with exciting, inventive action scenes, hilarious characters and some emotional, heartfelt moments about love and family. See: movie trailer

With superpowers that can shrink people or cars and also make a person into a giant this movie is such a fun ride! The Wasp really kicks ass in this movie and also demonstrates a fearless attitude. She is also making history as the first female superhero to be in the title of a Marvel movie. The film also triggered my own childhood nostalgia with a pop song I loved as a kid by The Partridge Family and my love for Hot Wheels die-cast toy cars. I use to have a carrying case for my cars in the shape of a wheel and was thrilled to see it featured in the movie!

But it’s the pure fun that came from this movie that re-energized my spirit and got my happy brain chemicals flowing! I grew up liking Michelle Pfeiffer on screen and happy to see how radiant and gorgeous she still looked today. I also loved how they showed real-life microscopic creatures called Tardigrades when Pym entered the Quantum Realm. It’s a fascinating creature that demonstrates incredible resilience I featured in Tip#829.

Sometimes it's the little, joyful things in life that help increase our positive emotional energy during difficult times. Deciding to take a walk on a sunny, breezy day, revisit nostalgic memories or watching a favourite feel-good movie could be the perfect remedy to rejuvenate your spirit and fuel your indestructible optimism. Review your list of pleasurable activities and have some re-energizing fun today!


Related Tips:
Tip#553: Just Have Fun, Part 1 - Rock of Ages 
Tip#591: Just Have Fun, Part 2 – Iron Sky 
Tip#666: Just Have Fun, Part 3 - This is the End 
Tip#736: Just Have Fun, Part 4 – Ellen DeGeneres at the Oscars - Frozen
Tip#737: Just Have Fun, Part 5 – Lupita Nyong’o’s Brother Peter – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Tip#854: Just Have Fun, Part 6 – Mad Max: Fury Road
Tip#1045: Just Have Fun, Part 7 - The Fate of the Furious - The Great Wall  
Tip#1090: Just Have Fun, Part 8 - Pacific Rim Uprising 
Tip#1101: Just Have Fun, Part 9 - Ant-Man and the Wasp

SEE NEW WEBSITE featuring 100's of movies from this blog listed A to Z!

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE DEALING WITH
DEPRESSION OR DIFFICULT TIMES?
• 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

 http://bit.ly/cj7UIphttp://www.pinterest.com/motivatorman1/http://bit.ly/9Je5dhhttp://bit.ly/djk9Yjhttp://bit.ly/bUSAy0

Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker
Discover How Movies Inspire, Motivate & Empower You!
See website: www.motivatorman.com
 
© Emmanuel Lopez 2018