Sunday, November 17, 2019

Tip#1170: Just Have Fun, Part 10 - Charlie’s Angels 2019

It’s been a difficult week dealing with work challenges and facing emotional revelations from a Mindfulness Group Therapy program I’ve been attending (see tip#1169). Plus seasonal affective disorder symptoms have been up and down as the new icy weather begins to chill me to the bone. Thankfully I’ve been treating my inner child to fun and uplifting shopping therapy!

Last weekend I was starting to feel frustrated dealing with a work related issue when I remembered to focus on the positive future outcome I wanted. So I started to reprogram my thoughts with positive words. I later saw these fun socks while at a mall and the sight of sunny side up eggs triggered happy childhood memories!

The sight of sunny side up eggs always reminds me of happy breakfast times with my family growing up. When I saw these socks I could feel positive emotional energy fill my body and mind. So I bought them! Positive words and positive emotional energy does wonders to transform a mood. Especially now that I have these cool socks!

And, of course, my favourite feel-good therapy are watching Hollywood movies for transforming my low moods! Here’s one film that I am so grateful injected my wintery day with the warmth of some fun and laughter!

Charlie’s Angels (2019)

The action comedy, Charlie’s Angels, continues the story from the 70’s TV series and two theatrical films and now features Sabina (Kristen Stewart), Elena (Naomi Scott) and Jane (Ella Balinska) as the new generation of Angels working for a private detective agency. This fun and fast paced action comedy deals with stopping the sale of a powerful energy conservation device. The movie also stars Elizabeth Banks. Djimon Hounsou and Patrick Stewart as the Bosleys.
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This movie was so much fun did not expect to instantly like all of these new characters. Part of the fun is also how it nostalgically integrates the original TV series from the 70’s and the two movies from the 2000’s. Plus there are lots of cameos though out the film. Director, writer and star Elizabeth Banks created a great girl power story with empowerment messages for young and old that just wants to entertain and let you have a good time. Kristen Stewart also surprised me with how quirky and goofy she was while also being able to kick ass and use cool tech stuff!

If you are having a difficult time at work or in life always remember how easy it is to have a fun film take you away for awhile. Let some comedy or action movie relieve your stress for an hour or two. Sometimes a little fun is what the doctor would order! Find a movie today to inject you with feel-good energy!

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

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Tip#1169: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 12 - Doctor Sleep

As mentioned in tip#1162 I started exploring Complex PTSD to help me face the long buried trauma of childhood bullying at school. I recently started reading the book, Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma by Pete Walker and just looking at the opening pages of testimonials got me emotional.

I felt that this book was going to open a dark door back to my childhood and help me heal the hidden fears and subconscious beliefs that have been sabotaging my dreams and goals in my adult years. I’m taking baby steps with this book but I immediately resonated with the term “emotional flashbacks” and read the 13 steps of how to deal with these since I have these flashbacks daily. Download: 13 Steps PDF

At the same time I’ve started a 10 week Mindfulness Therapy Group that I’m excited about because it will further help me quiet my mind from daily distractions through group meditation. We can then discuss troubling thoughts that bubble up to the surface. The program involves EFT (emotion focused therapy) and I’m already improving my listening to my hurt inner child that is trying to speak to me whenever I feel mini anxiety attacks or depression. These are actually flashbacks and, hopefully, the cause of chronic issues in my life and work.

And of course, through the magic of the universe and cinema medicine, I was synchronistically led to seeing a film that dealt directly with Complex PTSD and inspired me to step as deep as I can into the darkness full of courage and indestructible optimism!

Doctor Sleep (2019)

The supernatural horror film, Doctor Sleep, is the continuation of Danny Torrance's story 40 years after the terrifying events of Stephen King's The Shining. Danny (Ewan McGregor) struggles with childhood trauma but harnesses his psychic abilities to help Abra (Kyliegh Curra) to fight Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) and her cult of “shine” eating immortals. This highly entertaining and riveting film is filled with scares and thrilling scenes which also stars Cliff Curtis, Carl Lumbly and Zahn McClarnon.
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I’m not a fan of horror films and wasn’t a big fan of The Shining movie but this film was so unique in that it has visually stunning sequences highlighting the “shine” powers of Abra and Danny. The battle scenes with Rose the Hat are fantastic! The story also shows how Danny moves through his alcoholic addictions, finds help and caring people who support him, and even finds a profound use of his “shine” gifts for hospice work. I highly recommend this film as an inspirational learning tool for any kinds of recovery work or self-healing journeys.

Facing childhood traumas can be a frightening idea. And yet cinema is filled with stories dealing with how wounded childhoods affect adulthood in profound and tragic ways. But your future can look bright thanks to the movie heroes who triumph over their childhood demons and can become your cinematic role models for success and courage. Find a film today to inspire your inner child to be brave and resilient!

Related Tips:
Tip#1162: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 11 - It Chapter One (2017) - It Chapter Two (2019)

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Sunday, November 03, 2019

Tip#1168: Learning through Movies, Part 6 – Modern Love – Jojo Rabbit

I recently watched the most amazing, emotional show on depression and bipolar disorder starring Anne Hathaway. It’s an episode of new TV series Modern Love on Amazon Prime Video that was called “Take Me As I Am, Whoever I Am”. It clearly depicted the joyful highs of this mental illness and the devastating lows. And though my symptoms with clinical depression and seasonal affective disorder are not as severe it was still painful to watch. A few scenes made me cry while, at the same time, I knew this show would be groundbreaking in teaching others about clinical depression.
Watch it now: Modern Love, Episode 3

Anne Hathaway plays, Lexi, a real-life character in a true story based on Terri Cheney’s experiences who hid her mental illness as an entertainment lawyer in New York City. The show begins with many bright, fun and comedic moments in a grocery store. There’s even a fantasy scene where the lead character breaks into a song and dance number! And then the mood shifts and hits home of how this invisible disability becomes visible for the viewer as she is shown unable to get out of bed for days.

Read Terri Cheney’s New York Times interview: Coming Out as Bipolar in Modern Love and Reliving It on TV

Ironically I saw this episode of Modern Love at the same time I saw the new movie Jojo Rabbit that won the People’s Choice Award at TIFF 2019. The film also had a mix of fun, comedic moments mixed with the darkness of World War II Nazi era. It also had big life lessons for the viewers.

Jojo Rabbit (2019)

The satirical black comedy film, Jojo Rabbit, is about Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) a lonely German boy and Hitler Youth who finds out his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. This highly entertaining story is filled with the wild humour of director Taika Waititi who also stars as a wacky version of Adolf Hitler. The film also stars Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson and Stephen Merchant.
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Like the 1997 Italian film, Life is Beautiful, this movie puts on rose coloured glasses to add a bright, humorous light to the darkness of Nazi Germany. Through the innocent eyes of Jojo we get to see the lighter, sense of fun and adventure of what unfolded in his life. And his fantasy friend, Hitler, was actually unexpectedly hilarious and silly in every scene he was in! And, without giving anything away, the sad and painful realities of life come in to deliver home important life lessons the movie wants us to hear loud and clear. We see that different races and religions can learn to love and understand one another.

Just like in the lyrics “a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down” so does the use of comedy in movies and TV shows to deliver important messages. A sense of fun helps to raise awareness of the realities of prejudice, war and mental illness. Learning through movies can leave a lasting impression to apply in your own life. Find a film today to open your mind and heart!

Related Tips:
Tip#874: Laugh & Learn – Trainwreck 
Tip#1138: Learning through Movies, Part 5 – Remembering Queen Video – Romantics Anonymous – Danny Deckchair


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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Tip#1167: Remember Your Indestructible Optimism, Part 8 - Dolomite Is My Name

I was just leaving an important breakfast meeting at the Marche Mövenpick marketplace restaurant when a woman approached me and asked if I was Motivatorman. I was surprised and said yes and then told me that she reads my movie blogs. I felt so moved and emotional. That moment really made my day! I felt my indestructible optimism get an energy jolt to persevere with my career dreams of being the go-to-guy for my movies for motivation & inspiration resources!

That Monday morning meeting would be the start of five life-changing meetings that week that gave me key pieces to the next phase of my life and career. Some meetings specifically empowered my self-care strategies for my mental health challenges and some addressed the next phase branding strategies of my Motivatorman identity. And that woman approaching me confirmed that Motivatorman was still a strong, memorable brand!

On the other hand I still have so many aspects to my passions and services that part of my niching process was to organize all my diverse talents and services under three websites:
• Art, music and depression story: www.EmmanuelLopez.com
• Movie blog and motivational speaking: www.MoviesForMotivation.com
• Social media consulting: www.SocialMediaWingman.com

And while my website www.Motivatorman.com is undergoing an upgrade I was inspired to persevere after seeing an entertaining biographical film that was jam-packed with marketing tips, branding tips and lots of motivational moments!

Dolomite Is My Name (2019)

The biographical, comedy film, Dolomite Is My Name, is the rise-to-success story of performer Rudy Ray Moore (Eddie Murphy), who assumed the role of an iconic pimp named Dolemite during the 1970s. This curse-filled, raunchy film is filled with hilarious scenes and engaging performances by a memorable cast that includes Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Da'Vine Joy Randolph and Wesley Snipes.
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There is so much to love about this highly entertaining movie! Rudy is a fantastic real-life and cinematic role model for passion, perseverance, resilience and indestructible optimism for his goals in life. The sense of family, community and teamwork that he fostered to achieve his dreams and goals of creating his brand called Dolemite is also a constant throughout this story. Rudy had so many people telling him “no” to his goals for making a records and movies that it was truly inspiring to see him find a way to make them happen.

This film is also a must-see for all business owners, entrepreneurs and anyone who has a burning passion or dream. There are many tips on how to market your product in a small location and how it can grow nationwide through word of mouth and use of the media (radio stations). The film also shows you how to create a product with little to no cash and how to begin selling immediately.

I had no awareness about Rudy or his records or films and am so grateful Eddie Murphy followed his own passion and dream to make this movie. I watched it exactly when I needed to see it for inspiration and I hope it does for you too!

Whether you are a business owner or someone needing inspiration to persevere with seemingly impossible goals always remember that the right movie can inject you with positivity, hope and drive. Be inspired today to activate your indestructible optimism for success!

Related Tips:
See: Top Movies for Business & Entrepreneurs
Tip#1097: Remember Your Indestructible Optimism, Part 7 - Depression - Breathe 
Tip#998: Top 20 Inspiring Movies for Indestructible Optimism!

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Tip#1166: Movies To Wake You Up, Part 2 - The Thirteenth Floor

Autumn is here once again which means I am feeling the depression symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It’s very frustrating because it’s like my body, mind and mood wants to go into hibernation mode like a bear going into a cave to sleep all winter. And if you’ve ever had jetlag the causes are similar to SAD which has to do with our internal clocks being disrupted. Read more: My SAD and depression experiences

It’s dark times like this that reminds me why Groundhog Day and other time loop films are my favourites because dealing with SAD happens every year around September and lasts around 6 months. And every year I wished it were possible to break out of this time loop feeling. I’ve also been frustrated with the political news in the USA and fantasized that maybe I’m in an alternate reality I just need to break free of. I think maybe I can do what many motivational gurus say and just reprogram my reality (see tip#1164).

That’s when I started thinking of films that could inspire me to wake myself up as if caught in a nightmare reality. I though about The Matrix, Inception, Dark City, Vanilla Sky and The Truman Show. I then did a search online for “waking up alternate reality movies” and came across the perfect film from the late 90’s I’d never seen before. And it blew my mind!

The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

The neo-noir science fiction crime thriller film, The Thirteenth Floor, is about a computer scientist Douglas Hall (Craig Bierko) in 1999 running a virtual reality simulation of 1937 and becomes the primary suspect when his colleague and mentor, Hannon Fuller (Armin Mueller-Stahl), is murdered. This genre twisting film is an exciting, atmospheric ride that also stars Gretchen Mol, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Dennis Haysbert.
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It’s best you don’t know anymore about this mind-bending film and let it carry you away. Just know that it came out the same year as The Matrix and both feature thought provoking concepts of what is really reality and how can we break free of a life we feel trapped in and is wrong for us. The movie also features a touching romantic story between Douglas and the mysterious Jane (Gretchen Mol). In the end this film inspired me to persevere and figure out how to break free of a life I sometimes feel trapped in and continue researching ways I can reprogram my mind to manifest my dreams and goals.

If you feel trapped in a life you want to wake up from then get inspired by your favourite movies where the hero demonstrates shining resilience, perseverance and indestructible optimism to break free of their challenges. Things may appear hopeless in your situation but these films can at least free your mind for a few hours and return you into your reality re-energized and refreshed to keep moving forward!

Related Tips:
Tip#526: Movies To Wake You Up – Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
Tip#389: Focus On The Reality You Want – Inception


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Discover Movies As Inspirational Learning Tools!
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