Sunday, February 10, 2019

Tip#1132: Expand Your Mind with Time Travel Movies, Pt 4 – Time Trap – From Time To Time

I recently saw Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope, live in concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the glorious Roy Thomson Hall! It was the first time seeing it on the big screen in decades and I immediately time traveled back to 1977 when I was in my early teens and seeing it for the first time at Fairview Mall movie theatres in the Toronto suburbs. It was a life changing moment seeing that giant Star Destroyer ship fill the screen in the opening scene!

The majestic music of John Williams and the exciting Sci Fi visuals instantly brought me back to exhilarating memories of how this film activated my imagination and my desire to illustrate the epic space battles with pen and paper. And though there aren’t any time travel concepts in Star Wars it made me think of how much I loved time travel stories. It made me think, what if I did travel back to my teens through my thoughts and feelings?

I also love connecting with other time travel fans like writer, producer Garry Murdock who I first met when he worked on the Pre-Shows at Cineplex Entertainment. When we discovered our shared passion for time travel movies we instantly geeked out over our favourite films! Check out his time travel website and blog: The Time Portal

One of the hidden gems I shared with Garry was called Time Trap and I’m finally blogging about it here along with another hidden gem called From Time to Time.

Time Trap (2017)

The science fiction adventure film, Time Trap, is about a group of students looking for their missing professor (Andrew Wilson) and are trapped inside a mysterious cave where time passes differently than on the surface. This highly entertaining movie also stars Cassidy Gifford, Brianne Howey, Reiley McClendon, Olivia Draguicevich and Max Wright.
See: movie trailer
Watch now: Amazon Prime

I’ve seen a lot of time travel films and so I was so surprised at the unexpected concepts this film introduces along its story. The cast was fun and there were moments that actually left me in awe! It’s best you don’t know any more details or watch the trailer. I highly recommend you just watch this! I really hope they make a sequel to this.

From Time to Time (2009)

The fantasy drama film, From Time to Time, takes place during the last days of the Second World War and is about 13-year-old Tolly (Alex Etel) magically transported back in time, appearing as a ghost to his ancestors and helping to solve an age-old mystery. This entertaining story also stars Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, Carice van Houten, Eliza Bennett, Dominic West and Hugh Bonneville.
See: movie trailer
Watch now: Amazon Prime


I loved how this film immersed me into two different time periods between 1944 and the 19th century where the young hero needed to solve a mystery. And as a ghost story there were a few frightening moments! There are also many inspiring life lesson examples of courage, perseverance, resilience, friendship and indestructible optimism!

Time travel stories can be inspiring for activating the imagination and exploring new ways of solving problems from new perspectives. It’s like the phrase “thinking outside the box” but more like “thinking outside of time”! Find a time travel movie today that helps inspire you to ask “What if?” and look at your problems from a whole new direction!

Related Tips:
Tip#506: Time Travel & Alternate Reality Movies – 4 Hidden Gems 
Tip#590: Expand Your Mind with Time Travel Movies, Pt 1 – The Time Traveler’s Wife 




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

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Award-winning Illustrator | Movie Blogger | Speaker | Foodie
Discover Movies As Inspirational Learning Tools!
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2019

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Tip#1131: Resilience Resources, Part 25 – Mortal Engines


Recently, when I was feeling well with no symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), I went to Toronto’s biggest Value Village Thrift Store and found some awesome treasures! I got these specific bowls and mugs because I loved the bright colours and design. The smaller bowl also had uplifting statements all around and inside as well.

Two days later I relapsed with severe SAD symptoms. But the bright orange of the coffee mugs, the beautiful ornate design of the soup bowls and the positive statements of the small white bowel brought my brain some precious joy in my darkness. Just looking at them fed my mind with positive thoughts and boosted positive feelings.

My brain and mood also gets stimulated when I see exciting and visually rich scenery and costumes in movies. In my research on possible triggers of SAD found that our eyes need to feel and take in the rays of sunshine or the 10,000 lux light of light therapy. The reason is explored in this article excerpt…

Normally, light penetrates the eye and is captured by the retina, which then transforms light energy into electric energy. The optic nerve transmits this energy to the brain where it is interpreted as images. Electrical signals produced by the retina also influence the chemical messengers in the brain called neurotransmitters, such as the mood regulating serotonin, and melatonin, which regulates daily cycles of wakening and sleep. It is at this level that light therapy proves beneficial. 

Read more: “Retina may be the culprit in seasonal depression”

In my case I just know my positivity, moods and resilience are greatly improved through cinema therapy along with sunshine light therapy. Through my eyes I can feed my brain with stimulating and colourful scenes of a film. Here is a recent example.

Mortal Engines (2018)

The action adventure fantasy film, Mortal Engines, is set in a post-apocalyptic world where entire cities, like London, have been mounted on massive wheels and prey on one another. A mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), has the key to stop the evil Thaddeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving) from destroying other cities. She is helped by Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an outcast from London, along with outlaw Anna Fang (Jihae). This visually stunning movie also stars Leila George and Stephen Lang.
See: movie teaser
Watch now: Amazon Prime

This film has been described as a steampunk Star Wars or what happens when Star Wars and Mad Max had a child! It’s also considered a box office bomb. And yet I found it to be a fantastic resource for stimulating my ocular joy! My eyes just ate up all the glorious scenery in this finely detailed fantasy world.

I was also inspired by seeing many visible minorities in the cast in the second half of the film. The character of Anna Fang immediately establishes herself as an exciting kick-ass Asian hero! There is also an unexpected story I loved about Shrike (Stephen Lang) a robotic soldier. So despite what critics wrote about this movie I found it of great value and it kept me energized through a health challenge.

The right movie can be a valuable resource for resilience in difficult, dark times of your life. They can feature visuals that can feed your positive thoughts and feelings when you need it most. Find a film today that your eyes can soak up and help you feel empowered and re-energized to persevere!

Related Tips:
Tip#1105: Resilience Resources, Part 24 – Mission: Impossible - Fallout



SEE:
• Top Movie Picks for Inspirational Learning Tools: www.Movies for Motivation.com
• Emmanuel's Award-winning Illustrations: www.EmmanuelLopez.com
• Emmanuel's Social Media Consulting Services: www.SocialMediaWingman.com

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
Award-winning Illustrator | Movie Blogger | Speaker | Foodie
Discover Movies As Inspirational Learning Tools!
See website: www.MoviesForMotivation.com
 
© Emmanuel Lopez 2019