Sunday, January 05, 2020

Tip#1177: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 9 - Knives Out

I am just finishing my annual Christmas vacation in Las Vegas visiting family and celebrating the holidays and a brand New Year! As always there was lots of delicious foods and restaurants, awesome movie theatre experiences and good times with friends and family. And, as usual, there were some challenging times dealing with family/life issues.

One of the highlights of this trip was finally visiting the Keep Memory Alive Event Center that’s part of the Cleveland Clinic, Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health. I’ve actually known this as the cool “Tim Burton melting building” I’d see every year and was always in wonder of its design. It was created by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. My mom and I met some wonderful, warm staff and received lots of information on overall brain health, Alzheimer’s, dementia and mild cognitive impairment.

Just knowing this Center For Brain Health exists gives me great peace of mind especially for a loved one that needs their services, resources and community for support. It’s the same, stress free feeling I get whenever I watch and entertaining and engaging movie. And I got to see several while in Vegas in fantastic Galaxy Luxury+ Theatres with plush reclining seats that included Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Frozen 2.

And on New Year’s Day when we were experiencing a stressful morning we went to see an afternoon movie that took us away from all our problems for a few hours!

Knives Out (2019)

The mystery comedy film, Knives Out, is about Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) investigating the death of wealthy and renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) along with his eccentric, combative family. This entertaining and riveting whodunit story is brimming with twists and turns and with great performances by the entire cast that included Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell.
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The film is over two hours long and yet it went by so fast thanks to a tight story. The less you know the better but it is very much like a classic Agatha Christie novel. It’s so much fun seeing this awesome cast of characters fighting with one another and hearing Craig’s smooth southern accent despite being British and being more known as James Bond.

There is a great life lesson that emerges which relates to always doing what’s right even when you are tempted to do the wrong thing or even what is more more convenient. And, most importantly, the film took me away from life’s problems for awhile and re-energized my positivity and feel-good feelings long after I left the theatre.

Movies can truly help free you of your day’s troubles even if for just a few hours. They can help stop the ruminating of negative thoughts cluttering up your brain and give your mind a much needed rest. If you are feeling overwhelmed then find a film today that will take you away and uplift your spirits. Your brain may be in need of a nice, little vacation!

Related Tips:
Tip#1115: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 7 - A Simple Favor
Tip#1175: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 8 - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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