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20 Remember The Titans Quotes That Reveal The Power Of Unity

By | Food for thought, motivational, movies, Quotes

Remember the Titans is widely recognized as one of the best biographical sports films of all time. The movie is based on the true story of African-American coach Herman Boone (portrayed by Denzel Washington), who led the T. C. Williams High School football team to a state championship in 1971.

The events of the movie take place in a time where racial tensions were still high. In an attempt to reduce racial segregation, the city consolidated all high school students into one public senior high school — T.C. Williams. In addition, Herman Boone was hired to lead the school’s football team

At first, both white and black players refused to even speak to each other. Coach Boone decides to take action and after a long struggle, the boys begin to understand the real meaning of ‘team’. The ongoing training under the strict guidance of Coach Boone made the players gradually ignore racial prejudice, and ultimately bring their community together.

The following Remember the Titans quotes are some of the most memorable lines from the movie. Some of them are harsh, but extremely motivational.

Here are 20 Remember the Titans quotes about teamwork and leadership:

I’m not gonna talk to you tonight about winnin’ and losin’. You’re already winners ’cause you didn’t kill each other up at camp.

COACH BOONE

You listen, and you take a lesson from the dead. If we don’t come together right now on this hallowed ground, we too will be destroyed, just like they were. I don’t care if you like each other of not, but you will respect each other. And maybe… I don’t know, maybe we’ll learn to play this game like men.

COACH BOONE

According to Greek mythology, the Titans were greater even than the gods. They ruled their universe with absolute power! Well that football field out there tonight, that’s our universe. Let’s rule it like Titans!

COACH BOONE

Yeah. I hope you boys have learned as much from me this year as I’ve learned from you. You’ve taught this city how to trust the soul of a man rather than the look of him. And I guess it’s about time I joined the club.

COACH YOST

Attitude reflects leadership, captain.

BIG JU

People say that it can’t work, black and white; well here we make it work, everyday. We have our disagreements, of course, but before we reach for hate, always, always, we remember the Titans.

OLDER SHERYL

I don’t scratch my head unless it itches and I don’t dance unless I hear some music. I will not be intimidated. That’s just the way it is.

COACH BOONE

We will be perfect in every aspect. You drop a pass, you run a mile. You miss a blocking assignment, you run a mile. You make a fumble, i will break my foot off in you John Brown hind parts and then you will run a mile. Perfection.

COACH BOONE

Now, I ain’t saying that I’m perfect, ’cause I’m not. And I ain’t gonna never be. None of us are. But we have won every single game we have played till now. So this team is perfect. We stepped out on that field that way tonight. And, uh, if it’s all the same to you, Coach Boone, that’s how we want to leave it.

BIG JU

Well I’m not going to cut ’em and eat ’em. The best player will play, color won’t matter.

COACH BOONE

It’s all right. We’re in a fight. You boys are doing all that you can do. Anybody can see that. Win or lose… We gonna walk out of this stadium tonight with our heads held high. Do your best. That’s all anybody can ask for.

COACH BOONE

Coach Yoast: I think this is a very good time for prayer and reflection…

Bertier: Coach, I’m hurt. I’m not dead.

Sometimes life is hard for no reason at all.

CAROL BOONE

I’m a winner. I’m going to win.

COACH BOONE

Blue Stanton: We need a water break sir.

Coach Boone: A water break? Water is for cowards. Water makes you weak. Water is for washing blood off that uniform and you don’t get no blood on my uniform, boy you must be outside yo mind! We are going to up-downs, until Blue is no longer tired, and thirsty

Everywhere we go – everywhere we go – People wanna know -people wanna know – Who we are – who we are, – So we tell them – so we tell them – We are the Titans! – We are the Titans!- The Mighty Mighty Titans! -The Mighty Mighty Titans!

Team

Whatever kind of ambition it took to do what you did around here, this world could use a lot more of it Herman.

CAROL BOONE

Now I may be a mean cuss. But I’m the same mean cuss with everybody out there on that football field. I don’t give a damn about how sensitive these kids are, especially the black kids. You ain’t doin’ these kids a favor by patronizing them. You crippling them; You crippling them for life.

COACH BOONE

CAUSE BABY THERE AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH, AIN’T NO VALLEY LOW ENOUGH …

BLUE STANTON

You got anger, that’s good you’re gonna need it, you got aggression that’s even better you’re gonna need that, too. But any little two year old child can throw a fit! Football is about controlling that anger, harnessing that aggression into a team effort to achieve perfection!

COACH BOONE

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The 20 Most Inspiring Movies of the 2010s

By | Food for thought, goalcast originals, inspiring, list, movies, stories

Here we are at the end of the 2010s. To say it has been a transformative decade would be an incredible understatement. It has been a decade of massive advancement and change in everything from tech to human rights to art. There is so much to discuss — this past decade has been inspiring in so many different ways.

To honor this, we wanted to give a run down of some of the most inspiring and impactful movies that have been released this decade. They paint a beautiful picture of the priorities we as a society have come to hold these last ten years.

In the past decade, film has become more available than ever before with the takeover of countless streaming services and overall digital accessibility. That, in part, has given rise to a massive boom of the film and television industry.

Films have always been a place where the deepest and most impactful of topics can be addressed in palatable (or sometimes not so palatable) ways. But now, with the accessibility to film and visual media at an all time high, there is a need for film to show all parts of people in increasingly creative ways.

Here are the most inspiring movies of the decade:

20. The Impossible (2010)

The Impossible

No joke: this movie made me wake my kids up to hug them. Based on the “impossible” true experiences of a family who survived the devastation of a tsunami in Thailand, it hits your right in the feels.

Not only is this movie inspiring because of the pure power of a will to survive is so beautifully displayed, but also because you truly see the strength of unconditional love even in chaos. There is also definitely an element of the Universe, or some sort of higher power, truly intervening in the family’s search for each other after the Tsunami tears them apart.

The Impossible is such a touching story. Anyone who watches it feels how the depth and strength of a family’s love for one another brings them together against all odds.

On top of that, it really helps to give you a sense of what it would really be like to go through a natural disaster such as this and by the end your heart is opened to anyone who has ever had to experience anything like what this family went through.

19. Creed (2015)

Creed seemed like an underdog. It was the first Rocky sequel not to focus mainly on Sylvester Stallone’s iconic boxer. Surely the series had run out of steam?

Ingeniously, the movie instead follows the rise of Adonis Johnson, the son of Apollo Creed, as he trains to excel in the sport that led to his father’s death. Along the way, he gets some unlikely support from Apollo’s former opponent, Rocky, and develops into a future champion who is ready to embraced his father’s last name: Creed.

Ryan Coogler’s movie subverts so many assumptions we have about Rocky movies, but it retains the core message of Rocky– that the underdog can become a champ through determination and driver– while adding some complexity that perfectly updates the story for this decade. It feels how the Rocky theme song sounds.

18. Arrival (2016)

At first blush, Arrival seems like a twisty sci-fi story about aliens trying to communicate with humans– and it is, but it’s also so much more.

Without giving too much of the plot away, what unfolds is an powerful lesson about how, despite loss and conflict, the love of a mother and the determination of a hero can bring about world peace.

All it takes is one person who’s willing to listen– and one who’s willing to speak up.

17. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

Though set in pre-Civil War America, the beauty of this film is that its dedication to showing the power and fortitude of the human spirit is just as powerful and inspiring now as it would have been back then, and was to all those who read Solomon Northup’s original book of the same name.

There are some moments in the movie that are challenging to watch and even more so knowing that it is a true story but, on the flip side, that is also what makes it so important.

No matter how beaten Solomon may be, he is never truly broken. He never loses the belief that he will be free, and that his friends and family will be waiting for him. It is truly a statement of the power of love and determination that has been relevant for the last 150 years.

In telling these stories, the ones that many would like to remain forgotten, we continue to show our commitment to letting them never happen again.

16. Inside Out (2015)

Yes, this is a cartoon, but, to say it is a revolutionary and inspiring movie is an understatement. Inside Out follows the personified emotions in a growing girl’s head as they try to process the changes she’s experiencing.

Not only does Inside Out describe emotions in a way that children can understand but also it brings awareness to the power of emotions.

Additionally it shows that adults also don’t always have control over their emotions, which is a beautiful thing for children to be able to understand in pretty colors.

This deliciously cute and colorful Pixar flick has also been immensely helpful for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Counselors even have Inside Out dolls to help them explain their emotions.

Normalizing the fact that we all are constantly dealing with our emotions and that they can sometimes be overwhelming is so essential for our growth and the health of our children. Inside Out nails it. 

15. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Alright, this one really hits a deep part of me that I can’t fully express and, honestly, that is one of the most impactful and inspiring parts of the film.

So often, stories set in a high school environment seem to glamourize the experience but for so many of us, high school was not glamourous. Not just because we all had braces and made stupid choices, but because adolescence is really about learning how to accept the facets that make us human and therefore flawed.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower tells the story of the shy and awkward Charlie as he makes friends and mistakes in high school, while also confronting past trauma.

It can be hard to cope with your identity, especially as a teenager, and the journey of learning how to do that is one we are on forever.

This film does such an incredible job of capturing the pain and heartache that comes along with coming of age. It is inspiring to see reality displayed in such a simple yet powerful way and truly helps the viewer integrate the parts of themselves that may be hard to look at.

14. Life of Pi (2012)

Life of Pi is the incredible story of young who gets shipwrecked on a boat journey to Canada, with a tiger as his only companion. He tells the story of his long journey to safety– but how much of it is true?

There are quite a few ways that the movie and story are inspiring, but the most impactful thing that I left the theater with was the notion of the power of storytelling.

As humans we get to create and choose our own stories, and the process of telling those stories is incredibly healing. Stories are the way that we cope with our own humanity. They are the way we interact with ourselves. And through this movie, the power of choosing your own story is illustrated in such a painful but real way.

13. Love, Simon (2018)

This story, about closeted gay teenager Simon falling for his anonymous pen pal, is a great example of using a high school story to help so many people see and understand different parts of themselves.

It’s not just that Love, Simon itself was inspiring and impactful, but the stories that came out when it was released as well. So many people talked about how amazing it was to see teenagers cheer and clap at the end when Simon gets the love he so desires.

This film normalized both the feelings that a lot of closeted people experience along with the reactions of the people around them when they do come out. It showed the good, the bad, and the ugly of the experience so people who hadn’t gone through something like this before could truly understand. And it created even more awareness around the struggles people of the LGBTQ+ community experience while also beautifully illustrating the immense power of unconditional love.

12. Hidden Figures (2016)

Hidden Figures

The true story told Hidden Figures is one that you watch and don’t understand why you didn’t already know it! It’s just so amazing!

In a time of segregation and separation, the brilliant African-American women working as mathematicians for NASA used paper and adding machines to send someone into space. I still don’t even understand how that works but again, knowing that what you are witnessing on your screen actually happened makes it all the more inspiring.

To make it even better, Katherine Johnson, one of those very mathematicians was awarded the medal of freedom this decade. In fact, most of the women the film features are still alive to this day!

This, combined with the stunning visuals that really pull you in emotionally, perfectly communicates its message of inclusion and fearlessly reaching for your dreams.

11. Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman - 2017

The 2010s were truly the decade of superhero cinema. The Marvel Cinematic Universe broke records at the box office while inspiring future heroes around the world, but a different superhero stands above the rest.

Wonder Woman never uses her powers to keep others down. Nor does she give into her impulses towards rage and revenge. Instead, driven by love, she protects those in need and empowers them in turn.

Not only was Wonder Woman an anthem of empowerment for the little kids who now look up to such a powerful and positive role model– it’s also a reminder that true strength requires compassion.

I admittedly cried many times throughout this movie, because I could genuinely feel the power of seeing a proud and strong woman on the screen inspiring so many to be the same. 

10. The Greatest Showman (2017)

Not only is The Greatest Showman inspiring but it is the soundtrack of a generation. We are in a place where accepting and loving yourself for what makes you different being talked about on a wide scale. This film was exactly what our society needed to mirror that conversation.

The beauty of this movie is that not only do the circus performers learn to love themselves for who they are (and create amazing music about it) but so does the main character, played by Hugh Jackman.

My favorite story about this movie however comes from the casting. Keala Settle who plays Lettie, aka the bearded lady, actually wasn’t hired to play that role initially. She was just signed on to do the first table read for the producers but because she did so well they wanted her to play the part she read for.

Prior to this she stayed out of the spotlight because of her own confidence issues but in playing this role she was able to fully own her talent. So when you hear the fantastic song “This Is Me” know that all the emotion in it is her own. Talk about inspiring. 

9. The Hunger Games (2012)

Hunger Games

The Hunger Games trilogy is one of my favorite book series of all time because of the content, message, and writing. Usually, when adapting books to film, it is hard to make something near as good, but wow did The Hunger Games manage it!

Being part of the generation that was raised on dystopian fiction, the message that someone so small can truly make a difference and ultimately change the world was deeply impactful.

On top of that Katniss Everdeen is anything but perfect. In fact, she not only is selfish through a lot of the story but she is also traumatized multiple times to the point of being almost broken. This, in particular, was inspiring to so many, myself included, because it showed how powerful you can still be in spite of the perils thrown your way. 

8. Inception (2010)

That this movie has been memed and parodied like no other (looking at you, Rick and Morty) gives just us an inkling of the impact it’s had on this decade. It addressed the power and potential of healing from our past wounds on a subconscious level.

The surreal story of a team of thieves who break into people’s dreams to steal their ideas captivated audiences back in 2010, creatively and intellectually.

Inception makes the idea of facing mistakes and the effect trauma has on our mental health so visually stimulating and intriguing that doing the work to heal from your own past seems far less daunting.

It presents the power that our subconscious mind has to change our reality, which can be a really abstract concept, in a simple and stunning way.

7. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

First, let me just say how amazingly fun this Spider-Man multi-verse story was to watch! The art and animation alone are so incredibly inspiring.

Moving on to the story elements, I am a sucker for any super hero movie that turns an established trope on its head, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse does just that. It takes a hard turn away from the concept that to be a hero you must lose everything and be a lone masked crusader in a harsh and unfair world.

This movie made one of the most beloved heroes of all time even more lovable in such a deep, different, and human way. And A++ for diversity and comedy. 

Also, the way the movie shows how the little things we do for one another make such a huge difference was so simple and yet so moving. The notion that we are not alone and always supported even when we can’t see it is so beautifully inspiring. It brought me to tears.

6. Boyhood (2014)

Here is another one that made me totally cry all the tears– in part because I am a mom and anything about children growing up makes me want to sob. Yup, even those horrible tear jerking life insurance, or whatever, commercials. But Boyhood more than earned my tears.

Filmed over the course of 12 years, this magnificent work of movie magic follows the same actors as they age naturally. Boyhood truly tells a story that everyone can relate to about the truth and pain of growing up. It powerfully contrasts the wonderment and excitement of childhood with the pain and confusion of our teenage years.

Though the main character experiences many big milestones, Boyhood teaches us that the little moments are what truly shape us. It’s one of those movies where you walk away and want to be a better person.

5. Paddington 2 (2017)

Okay, I know that this pick may have a few people scratching their heads but this movie — and the first Paddington film– is inspiring in such a sweet and genuine way it just had to be included.

Children’s films have truly evolved to carry a message for adults as well. Paddington, despite being a movie about an animated bear searching for a home, is no exception to this.

The most inspiring part of the Paddington films is its huge emphasis on kindness and family. Paddington is always kind to everyone — even when he is in prison. And that kindness transforms those around him.

It can be a hard feet to focus on kindness in today’s world, but Paddington literally goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit and still he chooses kindness.

Another wonderfully inspiring take away from this film is the power of choosing who your family is. With the massive amount of variance in family units that have been becoming more and more normalized in the past decade, showing this power of choice to children is wonderfully empowering and validating.

4. Her (2013)

In the past decade, humanity’s means of connecting to one another have expanded beyond even the dreams of science fiction and yet people are more depressed and lonely than ever. Addressing this exact thing, Her does a beautiful job or reminding us the importance of connection.

Set in the near future, Her tells the story of a lonely divorced man who falls in love with his AI named Samantha.

Its deep and sometimes weird look at what AI could end up being for us is the perfect platform to drive home the power of connecting with other people and embracing the flaws that make us human. Nothing can ever be perfect but sometimes the imperfections of our relationships are the parts that truly fill our soul.

3. My Name is Khan (2010)

Though released at the start of the decade, the conversations sparked by this amazing film are still incredibly relevant today.

My Name is Khan tells the story of a young Muslim immigrant who stands up to racism and terrorism in post-9/11 America. In addition, the titular character has Aspergers and it is so inspiring to see a character on the spectrum presented in such a real way.

The iconic line of “My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist” really establishes the theme of the film and the power of accepting and loving people for who they are.

My Name is Khan started so many powerful characters. conversations around discrimination and inclusion. It has somehow has gotten even more relatable as time has worn on. 

2. Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max Fury Road

Who would’ve thought that the fourth movie in the pulpy Mad Max franchise would become one of the most inspiring movies of the decade?

Mad Max: Fury Road unites two, equally inspiring stories. One: the tale of two rebellious loners isolated from society who find salvation in each other and in helping others. Two: a group of women break free of the captivity of an oppressive regime, seeking a better life for themselves and their children.

When these two stories intertwined, George Miller created something that was as inspiring as it was thrilling

1. The Untouchables (2011)

This French movie, based on a powerful true story, will make you laugh and cry, and then laugh and cry again!

The Untouchables follows the unlikely friendship between the rich man who is quadriplegic and the poor man with a criminal past hired to care for him. Their friendship inspires both men to reach beyond the limits of what they thought their potential could be.

Together, they teach us that human connection is the most powerful force of all and that, by putting aside our differences and pushing ourselves farther, we can change ourselves and even the world.

The true power of movies

These are just some of the amazing and inspiring films that have come out over the past decade. And with the advances in filmmaking and streaming technology, I am sure that we can look forward to many more to come. 

These movies prove that the right story has the power to change your life. If someone watches the right movie at the right time, it can inspire them to take action, to change their life, and even change the world.

I hope you enjoyed looking back on this decade of movie magic! What other movies inspired you in the last ten years?

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20 The Shawshank Redemption Quotes on Freedom and Hope

By | books, Food for thought, inspiring, movies, Quotes, stephen king

We can’t talk about great movies without mentioning The Shawshank Redemption. Released in 1994 and back then considered a noble disappointment, The Shawshank Redemption went on to become one of the most beloved movies of all-time.

Based on Stephen King’s novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, and directed by Frank Darabont, the movie is an uplifting prison drama. If you haven’t seen it yet, stop whatever you’re doing and watch it! We promise you’ll love it.

The film tells the story of Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), a banker who is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover. He is given two life sentences and sent to the notorious Shawshank State Penitentiary, but maintains his innocence.

The harsh realities of prison life are quickly introduced to Andy. Luckily his fellow inmate Ellis “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman) pulls some strings and helps the new recruit avoid more trouble.

Andy has a strong personality and doesn’t crack under pressure — his resilience and imperishable hope helped him prevail behind the bars.

The Shawshank Redemption is a masterpiece that became one of highest rated fan reviewed films of all-time and is still broadcast regularly.

Here are 20 The Shawshank Redemption quotes on freedom and hope:

Salvation lies within.

I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice.

I tell you those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream.

That’s where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory.

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Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.

I find I’m so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain.

That’s the beauty of music. They can’t get that from you. 

I was in the path of the tornado. I just didn’t expect the storm would last as long as it has.

The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry.

Every man’s got a breaking point.

I don’t have to listen to rumors about a man when I can judge him for myself.

Geology is the study of pressure and time. That’s all it takes really, pressure and time.

The funny thing is, on the outside I was an honest man. Straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook.

These walls are funny. First you hate ’em. Then you get used to ’em. Enough time passes, you get so you depend on them. That’s institutionalized.

I look back on the way I was then: a young, stupid kid who committed that terrible crime. I want to talk to him. I want to try and talk some sense to him, tell him the way things are. But I can’t. 

I guess it comes down to a simple choice really. Get busy living or get busy dying.

Writing about yourself seems to be a lot like sticking a branch into clear river-water and rolling up the muddy bottom.

It goes back to what I said about Andy wearing his freedom like an invisibility coat, about how he never really developed a prison mentality. His eyes never got that dull look.

There are places in this world that aren’t made out of stone. That there’s something inside… that they can’t get to, that they can’t touch. That’s yours.

What was right with him he’d only give you a little at a time. What was wrong with him he kept bottled up inside.

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What We Can Learn About Trauma From IT’s Creepy Clown

By | books, challenging, Food for thought, mental health, movies, self, stephen king

It’s no secret that Stephen King is a master of the horror genre, and It (1986) is by far one of his scariest novels.

In 2017, director Andy Muschietti, has successfully turned the first part of it It into a hit movie. Two years later, a sequel covering the second half of the story followed.

While the first movie deals more directly with bullying, fear, and grief, the second, It – Chapter Two, addresses the consequences of an unaddressed childhood trauma.

What is It?

In It, the clown many of us have come to fear is an ancient demonic entity from a dimension containing and surrounding our world. It first arrived to Earth during prehistoric times causing a massive cataclysmic event similar to an asteroid impact in the area which would later become known as Derry, Maine.

It remained dormant until the arrival of mankind. This evil being is a shapeshifter who uses its ability to transform into each of one’s greatest fears, but the shape it uses to lure children is that of a clown – Pennywise.

Unresolved childhood trauma is a clown?

At a closer look, Pennywise is not your average scary clown – he is a metaphor for unaddressed childhood trauma, worst nightmares, individual demons and everything in between.

It is the worst our mind can put us through if we let it.

It – Chapter Two addresses the price paid for repressed or long-forgotten trauma

The group of children in the first chapter were all outsiders, “losers” as they deliberately call themselves. All of them were bullied by Henry Bowers and his gang and suffered their own share of childhood trauma.

Now, all of them have grown to become successful adults, but not everything is as great as it seems.

All of those who left the town gradually forget the events of their childhood, except Mike who remained in Derry. He is the one who calls everyone to return to their hometown when It resurfaces.

Even if the characters seem to have forgotten about It, the trauma of past events is projected into their adult lives.

When forgetting isn’t enough:

Grief and loss

In the first Chapter, Bill grieves over the loss of his little brother and is constantly bullied for his speech disorder – stuttering.

After 27 seven years, Bill is a successful writer who is now able to speak correctly, but as soon as Mike calls him, he reverts to a state where he is not able to physically communicate properly.

He realizes that he is still mourning the disappearance of his brother for which he also feels guilty.

Mike, on the other hand, is an orphan whose parents burned alive, an event he witnessed first-hand. As the only character that chose to remain in Derry, he hasn’t forgotten a single detail of his past trauma.

Physical abuse

Beverly used to live with her abusive father and has earned an unjust reputation as the town slut. She is the strongest in the group and she proves it when she confronts and defeats her father – she faced her biggest fear and won.

But even after leaving Derry and becoming an adult, Bev couldn’t get out of the cycle of abuse, so she married a violent husband who, despite the appearances of their chic life, controls and abuses her.

Emotional abuse

Eddie was regarded as a fragile individual who was a hypochondriac. He had an extremely overprotective mother who made him believe he was constantly sick and even gave him fake medicine.

Later in life, Eddie marries a woman who is very similar to his mother in personality and looks, controlling him and keeping him afraid.

Homophobia

Richie is the club’s “trashmouth” who uses his sense of humor as a coping mechanism. Richie’s biggest secret is that he is gay, and his story becomes clearer in Chapter Two, where as an adult, Richie is not over how virulently homophobic Derry was — and still is.

He instantaneously pukes upon receiving “the call” from Mike in a physiological reaction to remembering the traumatic event — a symptom of PTSD.

Body image

Ben is the “new kid” bullied for his obese appearance. After 27 seven years, he comes back as a confident, built, handsome man.

It later reveals that although Ben’s body drastically changed, inside he’s still a fat boy with a low self-esteem.  

How does our brain cope with trauma?

Our brains automatically stores our experiences into a form of memory. Some of those memories are held indefinitely (long-term memory), and some we forget quite fast, but can still access (short-term memory). However, there are times where your brain “walls off” the memory of a painful experience, for its own good (repression).

The original concept of repression was proposed back in 1824 by Johann Friedrich Herbart, but was later popularized by Sigmund Freud. The father of psychoanalysis has made a clear distinction between repression and suppression. He believed the first one to be an unconscious way for the mind to act against trauma, while suppression is a conscious decision to block out memories.

Experts state that when we experience intense stress or trauma, actual neurological changes happen in the brain to enable us to survive the event. These changes help us cope by pushing the memory out of our consciousness

According to Darlene McLaughlin (MD, psychiatrist), if the brain registers an intense trauma, then it can essentially block that memory in a process called dissociation — or detachment from reality.

The impact of repressed memories

Your brain is doing its best to protect you, but as it turns out, the process is not a perfect defense mechanism.

At the time of the painful event, repressing the memory might be the only way that keeps us from a severe breakdown, but if the memory is left repressed, many psychologists believe that it will lead to mental problems further down the line. 

PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is proof that memories can find their way back into the conscious and hit us as hard as the first time we experienced them.

When someone buries a particularly painful event to protect themselves, PtSD results in them suddenly and without warning reliving it. Certain environmental cues can trigger traumatic flashbacks of the event.

When someone experiences a negative or traumatic event in childhood, their brain records the specific sensations (sights, sounds, smells, etc.) and brings that negative experience to memory when similar stimuli is encountered in the future.

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Address and confront your fears

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Dealing with trauma in any way can be an overwhelming and scary experience, and we don’t have to face it on our own. We need to understand that the struggle to overcome it does not make us weak, it just means that the trauma is powerful and its roots have grown deep.

Sometimes we remember what hurt us, and sometimes we just find ourselves in a chaos that we have no explanation for. Either way, once we realize something is “off,” we should get professional help in order to move forward.

By confronting our fear, we rise above it, we take away its power, reduce it, and finally get rid of it.

This is what the characters do in their final battle with It – they face their biggest fears one last time when they realize they have full control over the situation. They destroy the evil from their past by realizing its limitations, facing it head on, and conquering their fears.

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The 9 Most Uplifting Movies Coming Out in 2019

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We can agree that 2018 was a great year for entertainment — and needless to say that it has set the bar pretty high for 2019.

While blockbusters like Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War or Aquaman, blew our minds, movies like A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody made our hearts sing. And these are only a few titles that made 2018 such a great year for the movie industry.

However, it seems like 2019 is ready for the challenge. Many of the upcoming movies are long-anticipated sequels, prequels, reboots and remakes.

January has already pleasantly surprised us with Glass, the third and final part of the Unbreakable trilogy, and James Cameron’s Alita: Battle Angel was our Valentine this year (released on February 14).

But since 2019 has a lot more aces up its sleeve, we’ve carefully studied the release calendar to bring you this list of the most anticipated — and uplifting — movies of 2019. Grab some popcorn and get ready to save these dates!

Captain Marvel

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Release date: March 8, 2019
If you haven’t seen it yet, you should book a seat now! That is, if you don’t want to miss Marvel’s first female superhero to get her own solo movie. Captain Marvel is said to be the most powerful superhero to have been introduced in the MCU and we’re dying to see her in action.

Dumbo

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Release date: March 29, 2019
This remake of the 1941 animated classic comes from Tim Burton and it’s the first of three live-action remakes of Disney movies. Dumbo marries the beloved tale of a uniquely gifted circus elephant that will take you to new heights. Also, the cast includes Eva Green, Michael Keaton, Colin Farell and Danny Devito, so… do the math!

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

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Release date: May 10, 2019
The highest-grossing media franchise ever finally gets its blockbuster. On one hand we’ll have Pikachu — this cute little creature, and on the other we’ll have Ryan Reynolds — you know… Deadpool. Get ready to re-live your childhood memories with this one. Good or bad, it’s sure to bring back fond times.

Rocketman

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Release date: May 24, 2019
Since A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody were so well received, it’s only natural for Hollywood to provide another epic musical. As you’ve probably guessed, this one is a biopic on the life of Elton John. It’s rather unusual for a star to get a biopic while still alive, but Elton John is an icon and a Sir after all.

Toy Story 4

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Release date: June 21, 2019
We all thought Toy Story 3 marked the end of Pixar’s best animated movie, with Andy going to college and everything. The producers must have a really good reason to come back so prepare yourself for another heartwarming adventure with Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang.

Spider-Man: Far From Home

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Release date: July 5, 2019
Spoiler alert: Spidey survives Thanos’ attempt at mass destruction! And since we now know that we get to keep one of our favorite superheroes, we’ll just say that this time Spider-Man takes a trip to Europe (far from home) where he’ll fight against a villain known as Mysterio.

The Lion King

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Release date: July 19, 2019
Director John Favreau took on another beloved Disney classic and gathered a great voice cast that includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce as Nala, John Oliver as Zazu, Seth Rogen as Pumba, and James Earl Jones returning to the role of Mufasa. It seems that everyone is waiting for this live-action Disney remake and reviews from sneak peeks claim that the movie is simply amazing.

Frozen 2

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Release date: November 22, 2019
Let it go, let it go! The first Frozen movie raked in more than a billion dollars worldwide — with that kind of fanbase, they had to make a sequel. Not to mention that the trailer for Frozen 2 broke the record for animation trailer views in just 24 hours from its release. Anna and Elsa are back for another round of frosty adventures!

Star Wars: Episode IX

Release date: December 20, 2019
In a galaxy far, far away, J.J. Abrams stepped back into the director chair to finish what he started. Although the movie won’t feature too many of those original heroes at its center, the beloved Princess Leia will be included via footage from the past two films. That being said, we can’t wait to see the true fate of Rey and Kylo Ren after the death of Luke Skywalker.

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10 Life-Changing Movies from the 80s That Will Inspire You

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The 80s are a funny era. During the 80s, movies were either awesome or sucked depending on who you ask. During the 90s they got made fun of relentlessly.

But at the turn of the century, the 80s started to come back in style. Somehow, over time, the 80s became cool again — really cool (see Stranger Things).

Whatever you think of the 80s, you can’t deny that it occupied some of the most memorable films in recent cinematic history, films like Ghostbusters, Terminator, and Die Hard. But it also had a lot of incredibly powerful, and potentially even life-changing, films as well.

Here are ten life-changing movies from the 80s.

1. Back to the Future (1985)

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Back to the Future might not appear to be a life-changing movie to some, however, it definitely has its moments.

Growing up, I wasn’t a very confident kid. Watching Marty McFly stand up to Biff, for me, was pretty damn inspirational. But more than that, the idea of time travel is inspiring in itself and the questions Marty faces along his journey that help shape him can make you think of your own choices.

2. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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The sequel to the wildly popular Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) tells the story of a young boy wrestling with his past and becoming a man.

Beneath the awesome lightsaber duel scenes, Jedi wisdom, and alien planets is a story about growing up and facing the kinds of challenges many of us are so familiar with: about family and who we will become as a person.

3. Do the Right Thing (1989)

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The first of two Spike Lee films on this list, Do the Right Thing is about a wall at a pizzeria. When an argument erupts between the pizzeria owner Sal (Danny Aiello) and a neighborhood regular Buggin’ Out (Giancarlo Esposito) about why only Italian actors line the pizzeria’s Wall of Fame, the two disagree and tensions rise throughout the neighborhood as others begin to look upon the wall as a symbol of racism.

4. The Breakfast Club (1985)

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The Breakfast Club is one of those films that first seems to be nothing more than a fun comedy. However, it quickly breaks away from that to become something much more, being both a story about inclusion and insecurity and about finding common ground between people, even when they seem entirely different from you.

5. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

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Being one of my all-time favorite movie franchises, my interpretation of the movies might be a bit skewed. Afterall, to most the Indiana Jones franchise might be nothing more than some fast-paced fun.

However, the first time I watched an Indiana Jones film was, for me, incredibly inspiring. If you’re like me, the sense of adventure and exploration into one of the world’s most mysterious objects was enough to get your mind racing and inspire your inner adventurer, something that still moves who I am today.

6. She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

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Spike Lee’s breakout classic She’s Gotta Have It is about a girl– Nola Darling played by Tracy Camilla Johns– with some serious dating issues. She can’t decide what kind of man she wants so, why not date three at a time?

What’s special about this movie is its open discussion on relationships and everything that comes with it– even sex isn’t out of bounds. But it doesn’t do so just to fan its own flames, it does so with a purpose: to tell the story about a woman whose going through a crisis of direction in a raw and honest fashion. Few films have ever depicted what it’s really like to navigate such issues as clearly and truthfully as this film did.

Especially if you’re younger and just learning to navigate the ins and outs of relationships, this film can teach you a lot.

7. The Karate Kid (1984)

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The film has been described as the martial arts version of Rocky, and I couldn’t agree more.

Following in the same spirit, The Karate Kid is hugely inspiring and will make you feel like jumping up and punching things– or, perhaps, being a bit more productive– as soon as it ends.

But more than just being incredibly motivating, the film teaches several important lessons on how to deal with bullying and the importance (and power) of calming and focusing the mind.

8. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

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As a self-professed fantasy junky, The NeverEnding Story, a film about a boy who enters a sprawling fantasy world by entering a mysterious book, was one of my very first introductions to the genre as a kid.

Stories are important, not only because they can teach us valuable lessons but because they have a unique ability to take us away from reality and give us a much-needed respite.

There’s a special power in being able to take someone away from their life momentarily and show them a world of limitless possibility layered over a story that teaches critical but altogether Earthly lessons in living life. And fantasy epics like The NeverEnding Story do that beautifully.

9. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

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It’s hard to imagine making a list of 80s movies and not including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but life-changing? Hear me out.

If it’s been a while since you’ve seen the movie, all you might remember is the 4th-wall breaking, wall jumping, sick-faking Bueller in all his mischievous glory and the epic quest that he and his friends Cameron (Alan Ruck) and Sloane (Mia Sara) set out on.

However, by the end of the film, Ferris Bueller teaches us that life is short and the importance in making the most of the time given to us.

As Bueller said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

10. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

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Spielberg’s heartwarming family classic about a boy who befriends a strange stubby alien and their quest to elude authorities is one of the most recognizable movies of all time, and for good reason.

The movie is masterfully crafted and tells a universally loved story about people who couldn’t possibly be more different coming together in the spirit of love and compassion.

E.T. earned its place on this list because it teaches us about the power of friendship and the power it has to break through boundaries.

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9 Extremely Motivational Movie Scenes That Will Inspire You to Dream Big

By | Food for thought, Motivation, motivational, movie scenes, movies, Self-Improvement

Film’s ability to combine sight with sound in the most captivating fashion has forged some of the most inspiring works of art ever to be created.

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Moments of glory, triumph over struggle and adversity, and great courage abound in the vast halls of cinematic legend.

Whether you’re looking for a message of inspiration to get up and do your best work, a reminder of your beauty and worth as a human being, or courage to stand up and face your challenges, there’s a film and a scene that can motivate you to action and inspire a strength you never knew you had.

RELATED: 9 Extremely Inspirational Movies You Need to Watch if You Haven’t

Here are some of the most motivational movie scenes of all time.

Any Given Sunday

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Cuts from Al Pacino’s speech from this 1999 football epic have probably been placed into more motivational Youtube videos than any other movie scene ever. And there’s a good reason: it’s damn inspiring.

It’s often the sports epics that end up having the most inspirational or motivational scenes, purely because that’s the narrative in sports films.

To train and work hard only to falter and have to pick yourself back up. Then, in the furthest, darkest reaches of oneself to find the strength to rise up and do the impossible.

Independence Day

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Who doesn’t love a good alien vengeance story? Whatever your opinions about the sequel, the original Independence Day was a great movie and this speech from Bill Pullman playing President Whitmore is perhaps its most iconic moment.

Lord of the Rings

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A personal favorite, the Lord of the Rings doesn’t have all that many inspiring moments, but this speech from Aragon in Return of the King is a classic that helped define, in part, the greatness of a cinematic trilogy masterpiece.

Dead Poets Society

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Robin Williams’ as John Keating, an English teacher at the fictional Vermont boarding school Welton Academy is one of his few serious roles but easily one of his best.

This scene where Williams speaks with the class was even later used in a primetime Apple commercial (which is pretty inspiring itself).

Coach Carter

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As a kid who grew up loving basketball, I thought Coach Carter was pretty much one of the greatest movies ever made.

Like in Dead Poets Society, teachers and coaches can be great mentors to us, and if you’re lucky enough to have a really great one, it can make a positive impact on the entire rest of your life.

Coach Carter (played by Samuel L. Jackson) is one of those coaches and this scene where he speaks with the team is one of the greatest motivational speeches ever filmed.

Sandlot

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Everyone’s favorite childhood flick, Sandlot has comedy, suspense, horror, and it even manages to fit in a heartwarming motivational speech about following your heart from the Babe himself (or, at least, his fictional ghost).

Remember the Titans

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An all-time favorite (who doesn’t love this movie?), Remember the Titans has more than just one incredibly inspiring scene.

The combination of sports and racial tension at a Virginia high school in 1971 is movie magic and made it the benchmark for a great sports film since its release.

This scene with Coach Boone (played by Denzel Washington) is probably the most motivational in the whole film.

The Pursuit of Happyness

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Easily one of the most inspiring movies in recent history, The Pursuit of Happyness is one of Will Smith’s best roles.

Will Smith as Chris Gardner is like a reel of motivational scenes, but one scene in particular sticks out more than any other, the scene with this iconic line.

Don’t let others tell you what you can and what you can’t do. The scene where Will Smith gives an inspirational speech to his son is one of my favorite movie scenes ever. You want something, go get it. Period.

Creed

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Continuing the motivational streak that the Rocky movies were known for (walking up the steps to the Philadelphia Museum of Art while Eye of the Tiger plays? Nothing more motivating), Creed tells the story of Adonis Creed and Rocky Balboa, with Balboa (as Stalone) having gone from the young fit boxer he was to an old weathered trainer.

This scene, which involves a conversation Balboa has with his son Robert about his lack of belief in himself, has become one of the most quoted scenes of the motivational variety in recent cinematic history.


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The 5 Most Inspiring Leonardo DiCaprio Movies of All Time

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Since dropping onto the scene over thirty years ago in the 80’s sitcom Growing Pains, Leonardo DiCaprio has had a wild and incredibly diverse acting career.

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Since then, he’s built up quite the resume, from Romeo in the cult hit Romeo+Juliet, Howard Hughes in The Aviator, Calvin Candie in Django Unchained, and Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby to name a few.

Sometimes, DiCaprio’s work is vicious and unforgiving, such as when he played Hugh Glass in The Revenant or Billy in The Departed (the latter of which probably has one of the best endings in cinematic history).

But other times, it’s inspiring and eye-opening. Sometimes, it’s the kind of film and a role that reminds you of the power of some aspect of humanity. Other times, it opens your eyes to the possibilities, however fictional, that make you believe in a weird way that more is possible in your own life.

If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people.

– Leonardo DiCaprio

These are five of the most inspiring Leonardo DiCaprio movies of all times.

Titanic (1997)

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James Cameron’sTitanic was DiCaprio’s first mega-hit. It was the movie that made him a household name and what essentially launched him to the A-list in Hollywood– where he’s since stayed.

It was also where he first met Kate Winslet, whose chemistry in Titanic helped make the movie what it was. It’s their love story, Leo as Jack and Winslet as Rose, that makes the film so memorable.

The film serves as one of the most powerful love stories ever told. It’s a reminder of how love pierces through all facades and breaks through barriers to the heart of things.

The Aviator (2004)

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The first of two Martin Scorsese films on this list (they like each other, clearly– see: The Departed), The Aviator tells the life of the eccentric tycoon Howard Hughes.

The film has glamour, conflict, tension, and about everything you’d expect from a Hollywood magnate. However, it also tells the painfully personal story of Hughes’ wrestle with OCD and legal troubles.

It’s not your classic “happy ending”, however, the film has more than its fair share of motivating themes that leave you both energized and reflective.

Inception (2010)

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Christopher Nolan’s Inception was a big budget film that had huge expectations placed on it from the very beginning.

Somehow, amidst the incredibly layered plot and mind-bending special effects, Leo stood out as a memorable part of Inception’s complex story.

It’s not the kind of film that’s generally considered inspiring in the typical way. However, Inception makes you rethink the possibilities inherent in reality itself.

The things that are capable in the movie make you believe that anything might be possible through the mind in this life. And, in an odd way, every time I’ve watched the film that thought has left me feeling excited and inspired to do my own work.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

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Martin Scorcese’s The Wolf of Wall Street isn’t all good and inspiring.

I was careful to include it on the list because it involves a story about crime and ultimately losing control of one’s power.

However, the story also tells of someone– Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio)– coming up from nothing and building an empire in an incredible fashion, even if things eventually go awry.

Ultimately, it’s a cautionary tale but also a damn inspiring one that everyone should watch.

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

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Probably the most purely inspirational movie on this list (and the one you’re most likely to never have heard of), The Basketball Diaries was one of several movies DiCaprio starred in before his break in Titanic.

It tells the story of a young Jim Carroll (DiCaprio) who goes from neighborhood basketball star to heroin drug addict. After hitting rock bottom he finds help– and redemption– through friends and strangers alike.

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7 Scary Movies on Netflix for When You Need a Boost of Adrenaline

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Nothing offers a boost of adrenaline like a great scary movie.

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However, if you’re like me, you’re not too keen on watching horror just for horror — and if you are, more power to you! It’s almost Halloween, after all.

What I like is a movie that gets my blood pumping and makes me think. The kind of movie that leaves you in your seat for several minutes after the credits, excited, perplexed, and dumbstruck all at the same time, reflecting on your life, the world, and possibilities.

Some shy away from scary movies because they don’t want to “subject themselves to the negativity” but I think that’s hogwash. If you believe your mind is so fragile that watching a scary movie will break your psyche, you’ve got bigger problems.

I enjoy getting riled up, and nothing’s gonna do that for you like a good scary movie.

– Sophia Bush

So, if you’re ready to jump into the far reaches of the human mind, or if you’re just looking for a good hit of adrenaline, here are seven scary movies on Netflix you can watch right now.

1. The Shining

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This loose adaptation of Stephen King’s original novel is easily one of the scariest movies ever made. The sheer sense of isolation you feel throughout the movie is enough to chill you to the core. But, honestly, that’s just the beginning.

Easily one of Jack Nicholson’s best roles. If you’re looking to get your adrenaline pumping, saying this will do it is an understatement.

2. Constantine

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Easily one of my favorite dark movies ever, Constantine isn’t a classic horror film but definitely brings the scare in its own way.

Based on the DC comic book Hellblazer, Constantine is about an exorcist/detective (Keanu Reeves) of the same name who unravels a dark plot that involves everything from angels to the devil himself. It’s smart, different, and at times very scary.

3. Interview with the Vampire

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Not a strictly scary movie– but most certainly scary — I have a soft spot for anything Anne Rice, so it had to make it to the list.

Interview with the Vampire is part of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, a collection of novels but only one of two which ever made it to film, which documents the journey of the vampire Lestat (played by Tom Cruise).

It’s not a completely faithful interpretation but it’s dark, thrilling, and romantic and offers a change of pace from the other titles on this list.

4. The Voices

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The Voices is probably weirdest film on this list, being essentially about a guy whose cat and dog talk him into doing horrible things.

As opposed to most movies which show the horror of being chased by said killer (Jason et al), this shows the killer’s point of view. Or, at least, one fictional killer’s interpretation.

It’s super creepy but also oddly funny (in a good way) and offers an insightful look into what the mind of a serial killer might look like.

Oh, did we mention the killer is played by Ryan Reynolds? Yeah…

5. The Sixth Sense

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This M. Night Shyamalan classic about a boy who can speak to the dead and his psychologist isn’t just creepy, it’s got one of the single greatest plot twists in cinematic history.

Without spoiling it for you if you, for some reason, haven’t seen it, suffice it to say that it’s got a subdued creepiness to it as opposed to other more outright frightening films on this list (such as The Shining).

6. Se7en

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Se7en is unlike anything ever made. David Fincher’s Se7en is about two detectives, played by Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, hunting down a serial killer whose victims represent each of The Seven Deadly Sins.

Like The Sixth Sense, Se7en also has a killer twist at the end that you’ll have to see to believe. Suffice it to say that you might want to watch this on an empty stomach, though.

7. The Invitation

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Probably the least well-known film on this list, The Invitation is about a man named Logan who gets invited to his ex-wife’s house for a party.

The suspense picks up when he begins to sense that some odd things are going on, all the while you as the filmgoer are racing to put together the pieces to figure it out yourself.

There are some really cool psychological themes going on, in addition to the quiet horror the film evokes, so it’s tons of fun.

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9 Extremely Inspirational Movies You Need to Watch if You Haven’t

By | Food for thought, inspiration, inspirational, motivational, movies, Self-Improvement

A great film strikes through to the heart of what it means to be human, inspiring the mind and moving the spirit.

Underdog stories, tales of incredible transformation, overcoming immense hardship, and the journey of an average person to heroism.

Such tales stay with us forever and inspire in us something that we never knew was there.

Whether you’re looking to be motivated, want to discover a new dimension of humanity, or are looking to be woke the hell up, read on. These are some of the most inspirational movies of all time.

Check out our roundup of the 16 Most Inspirational Movies on Netflix for more movies to watch.

1. Remember the Titans

Nurse: Only kin’s allowed in here.

Bertier: Alice, are you blind? Don’t you see the family resemblance? That’s my brother.

Growing up, Remember the Titans was one of my absolute favorite movies– and not just because the girl I liked loved it too (but that sure helped).

Titans is a movie about winning, perseverance, racism, and unity. It’s about seeing beyond the color of someone’s skin to what lies at the heart, who we truly are. It’s about worlds literally colliding and something absolutely incredible coming forth from it.

If you love sports films, movies with historical relevance, or Denzel Washington and somehow haven’t seen this classic, do yourself a favor and go watch it– now.

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2. Ali

Want me to go somewhere and fight for you? You won’t even stand up for me right here in America, for my rights and my religious beliefs. You won’t even stand up for my right here at home.

Ali is the story of the one and only boxing great Muhammad Ali played by Will Smith. Will Smith was made for this role and gets to flex his rhyme skills as Ali was known for having some serious skills himself.

But what this story is really about is being a fighter and overcoming all obstacles, a lesson the film displays masterfully. As you’ll see in the film, Ali battles much more than just his in-ring opponents, but the forces of racism and oppression as well.

If you love boxing, historical relevance, Will Smith, or stories of overcoming adversity than you won’t be disappointed.

3. GandhiMahatma Gandhi quote to change the world - In a gentle way, you can shake the world

I want to change their minds, not kill them for weaknesses we all possess.

I first watched Gandhi in high school. Truth be told, before watching the film I knew very little about Gandhi and his mission.

The truth is, most of us are in the exact same boat. Many still are. That is, you’ve probably heard the name Gandhi and seen a few of his quotes about a million times plastered all over the Internet, but do you really know what he did?

Do you know the incredible story of the person who would go on to inspire Martin Luther King Jr. in his own pursuit of equality years later? If you don’t, you owe it to yourself and the rest of the world to make this the next film you watch– no excuses.

4. Rocky

…it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.

The classic American story of grit and heart, Rocky was the film that shot Sylvester Stallone to stardom, Stallone having to sell his dog for money to buy food just weeks before a studio finally purchased his script for big dineros (don’t worry, he bought the dog back).

If you have a heartbeat, or you just love motivational YouTube videos, you’ve probably already heard a third of the dialogue from Rocky I (slight exaggeration), but you’d be remiss to miss this classic.

5. Forrest Gump

I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floatin’ around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both is happenin’ at the same time.

“Run, Forrest! Run!” Owing to itself possibly the single most well-known line in cinematic history, Forrest Gump is the kind of film that everyone needs to watch.

First, its historical relevance is incredible. For someone who was born in the mid-80s, Forrest Gump was always, for me, an incredible journey through several decades of American history which I wasn’t familiar with; and it illuminated it in a kind of up-close way that history books could never do.

Second, more than just a basic story of triumph over adversity or realizing success, Forrest Gump just feels like…well, life. It’s not all good, or all bad, it’s everything and all kinds of different things all at once. It’s one of the only movies I’ve ever seen that somewhat correctly portrays what it’s like to live– a complicated mess where we, hopefully…eventually, come to a place where we figure it all out. At least enough to be happy.

If you somehow haven’t seen Forrest Gump yet, well, you might need to check your pulse. Otherwise, watch it and enjoy. Say hi to Lieutenant Dan for me.

6. Blind Side

Michael Oher: It’s nice, I never had one before.

Leigh Anne Touhy: What, a room to yourself?

Michael Oher: A bed.

A story about kindness and seeing beyond race, Blind Side follows the true story of Michael Oher, a homeless black teen with a rough childhood, as he’s taken in by Leigh, her husband Sean, and rest of the Tuohy family.

What makes Blind Side memorable is the incredible mix of heartwarming moments and hilarious interruptions from an otherwise tense and challenging journey to grace. I can’t really think of another movie I’ve ever had such an amazing mixture of emotions.

More than just a single person’s pursuit of excellence or triumph over adversity, Blind Side is about what happens when we reach out to another person with kindness and compassion and how that can bring people together.

If you love heartwarming comedies or Sandra Bullock, you can’t go wrong with this one.

7. Moneyball

You may not look like a winning team but you are one.

Moneyball is unique in that it’s a sports movie but one in which the story is deeply embedded in the inner workings of the sport itself. It’s smart, has tons of depth, and a killer cast.

However, what really gives the movie depth is Billy Beane’s (played by Brad Pitt) relationship with his family and, most specifically, his clever daughter Casey (played by Kerris Dorsey).

In the end, it’s a movie about a man who sets out to do something amazing– and, for all intents and purposes, does it– and realizes what is most important in the process.

If you like smart movies with lots of math, baseball, or Brad Pitt, this is a sure-fire winner.

8. Julie and JuliaMost inspiring Meryl Streep quotes - be yourself in the most vivid possible way

Paul Child: What is it that you *really* like to do?

Julia Child: Eat!

Julie is a writer who, for the time being, works at a call center. Julia is a chef who really just loves to eat. Together they create an incredible pairing told in a unique story format that allows for simultaneous stories of self-realization and success across time and space (and no, this isn’t an epic sci-fi film).

Julie and Julia is a story about finding your passion and following your heart and it teaches these lessons in a way that is endearing and highly entertaining.

If you love stories of heart, finding your passion, Meryl Streep, or food you’ll love Julie and Julia.

9. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Life is about courage and going into the unknown.

For those who haven’t seen the film, this might seem like an odd one. It doesn’t occupy any “great American classics” list and it didn’t even make much noise when it was first released in 2013, but it’s a personal favorite for several reasons.

Walter Mitty is a story we can all relate to. It’s about someone who has ended up living the life he was never meant to live (in a way) and sets out to find himself– who he is and what he’s meant to do– by taking an incredible journey around the world, realizing several important lessons along the way before he arrives back where it all started.

If you feel a bit lost, love epic inner journeys where one must find themselves, and enjoy Ben Stiller (he’s awesome in this) then you’ll love The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.


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