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Most edifying/uplifting movies you've seen.
« on: August 19, 2020, 06:35:18 am »
What are the movies that inspired you, that made you a better person?


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  • Waygook Lord

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Re: Most edifying/uplifting movies you've seen.
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2020, 09:08:12 am »
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Taught me about hyperbole and sarcasm and magic.

Also, don't be like the other 4 shitty kids. Haha
The first thing to say is that this is definitely not pyramid selling, OK?


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Re: Most edifying/uplifting movies you've seen.
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2020, 11:51:01 am »
Amadeus inspired me. Nothing I have seen has ever made me a better person because you simply cannot improve on perfection. Mozart taught me that.


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Re: Most edifying/uplifting movies you've seen.
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2020, 12:53:15 am »
What are the movies that inspired you, that made you a better person?

Lol: This assumes everyone asking has become a better person.

Seriously though Sci-Fi usually.

Arrival & Gravity are ones that come to mind at present. Being John Malkovitch in a different way.

Any movie that makes me feel kinda outside of myself.  I realize this might come across as depressing at first, but *Arrival* and *Gravity* make you realize how insignificant you are, not a big insight in the grand scheme of things.  But I have found that I am most emphathic when I relaxed and just able to accept things as they are--or at least closer to what they are.  You can never escape your core assumptions.  *Being John Malkovitch* is an excellent exploration of identity.  Come to think of it, *Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind* is a great one.  It explores memory and questioning past choices and whether you woudl do them again.  These are not necessary the greatest movies of all time.  How you react to movies says more about you than anything.  I am too lazy to tap for italics for the movies.  All these movies kind of forced me to let ago of identity at the particular time I watched them.  Hippo out.


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Re: Most edifying/uplifting movies you've seen.
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2020, 09:20:55 am »
Schindler's List. That Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes) had amazing workplace motivational skills.


Re: Most edifying/uplifting movies you've seen.
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2020, 01:42:42 pm »
Schindler's List. That Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes) had amazing workplace motivational skills.
Man did have a point about the door hinges...just sayin...


Re: Most edifying/uplifting movies you've seen.
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2020, 01:58:10 pm »
“Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” taught me how to be a man.


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Re: Most edifying/uplifting movies you've seen.
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2020, 08:20:41 am »
This is not a movie but when I was young, I watched an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch's animated version. Sabrina cast a spell on herself to make her older. After she became older she realized all of the things she missed out on by skipping her youth. I learned from that show that you shouldn't grow up too fast and that you should enjoy the time that you have right now, regardless of age.


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Re: Most edifying/uplifting movies you've seen.
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2020, 09:22:06 am »
PLATOON (1986) was edifying: it made me realize how bad war is, and that great film left me thinking I'd never need to see a war film again (they previously glorified heroism in combat).

GROUNDHOG DAY (1993) I have seen over a dozen times in part for its perspective on appreciating the repeated minutiae of life.

AWAKENINGS (1990) impressed on me the need for and value of connections, and how everyone has vibrant life inside of them, even if initially they don't show it.

LIFE OF PI (2012) showed me how we prefer beauty to horror, how we re-interpret our experiences into storylines we can accept, and how this could be appreciated and not just categorized as distortions, lies or rationalizations. (The fact that I had read the book prior to the film's release helped.)

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Re: Most edifying/uplifting movies you've seen.
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2020, 10:25:44 am »
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(they previously glorified heroism in combat).

Depends who you mean by 'they'. As far back as 1930 films were being made about the horrors of war - All quiet on the Western Front., which is a classic.

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You still think it's beautiful to die for your country. The first bombardment taught us better. When it comes to dying for country, it's better not to die at all.
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I can't tell you anything you don't know. We live in the trenches out there, we fight, we try not to be killed; and sometimes we are. That's all


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Re: Most edifying/uplifting movies you've seen.
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2020, 04:36:10 pm »
Depends who you mean by 'they'. As far back as 1930 films were being made about the horrors of war - All quiet on the Western Front., which is a classic.
Indeed, there are a few exceptions. That film was based on a book written by a WWI veteran who captured his experiences.

But i grew up watching TONS of exciting war movies with heroes including:

Gary Cooper
Clark Gable
John Wayne
Kirk Douglas
Burt Lancaster
Robert Mitchum
William Holden
Montgomery Clift
Frank Sinatra
Richard Attenborough
James Coburn
Alec Guinness
and much more.

I am at work now (class break) but i could itemize each film (and date) they were in, if you would like, when i'm at home and have time to dig them up (i saw them a lo g, long time ago).

The Dirty Dozen, with Telly Savalas, Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin and Donald Sutherland, is a typical example.

Certainly in my lifetime war films began to change: became less about action and the admirable character of heroes and more about the inhumanity and terribleness of war. Apolcalypse Now and Das Boot had serious messages but they were still such COOL movies of ACTION.

War movies were glorified like most bank robber flicks. But that suddenly changed with Platoon, which was so different yet still critically and popularly accepted, heralding in a generation of war-is-awful films.


Re: Most edifying/uplifting movies you've seen.
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2020, 08:01:21 pm »
Indeed, there are a few exceptions. That film was based on a book written by a WWI veteran who captured his experiences.
'Twelve O'clock High' with Gregory Peck could go both ways. It has a rah-rah aspect to it, but underneath it, it hints at a dark cost and that there are limits to the heroism of even the best. 'Command Decision' is certainly more of a "thinking" war movie. 'None But the Brave' had a darker tone. 'Hell in the Pacific' did too.


Re: Most edifying/uplifting movies you've seen.
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2020, 08:16:10 pm »
...heralding in a generation of war-is-awful...but-still-pretty-f’in-cool-and-defo-the-apex-of-manliness films.