The universe conspires to keep the coolest things just out of reach of adults in the United States. Take nap time for one. Why should the under five crowd monopolize the quality sleep time, that is the middle of the day? And recess. Why shouldn't we take some time to play, just because? But kids aren't the only ones keeping all the cool tricks. Animals fly south for the winter. And, they hibernate! How cool is that? "Hey Honey, ready for bed? I set the alarm for early May. 'Cause when we got up last April, I was groggy 'til mid June."
in honor of hibernation (,and higher sensibilities), here are ten films
for the cold days and hot chocolate nights. Not only will these movies
entertain you, but each offers an interesting value in personal
development... I hope. In order of...random.
(2010)- Despite being critically lambasted, this is a fantastic story
of internal change. Math teacher Frank turns a mistaken identity case
into a chance to re-brand himself "an adventurer."
Italian policeman 2:
You wish to report a murder.
Italian policeman 2:
That's not so serious.
Not when you downgrade it from murder. But when you upgrade it from room service, it's quite serious.
Takeaway: You've done good things. You've
done crappy things. You've done less than you'd hoped. But only you can
decide to be the best version of yourself.
Temple Grandin (2010): Claire
Danes's best film ever. I'm not kidding. Best. Film. Ever. The true
story of a woman who is, "not like other people. [she] think[s] in
pictures and [she] connect[s] them." Her mind for observation and
incredible eye for detail allows her to solves problems in amazing
innovative ways. And her autism creates unique social challenges that
she overcomes with the help of her family and friends. This character is
so dynamic that it even makes animal husbandry an exciting setting.
...They will be very calm. Nature is cruel but we don't have to be. We
owe them some respect. I touched the first cow that was being stunned.
In a few seconds it was going to be just another piece of beef, but in
that moment it was still an individual. It was calm and then it was
gone. I became aware of how precious life was...
Takeaway: You have to outgrow your obstacles. What's your excuse?
The Social Network (2010): Amazing film. See also, "Facebook Me."
Erica Albright: Look,
probably going to be a very successful computer person. But you're
gonna go through life thinking that girls don't like you because you're
a nerd. And I want you to know from the bottom of my heart that that
won't be true. It'll be because you're an asshole.
Success is awesome. People are important. If you don't have someone to
high-five for your millionth user, there's a bit of a disconnect.
Not quite on the same caliber as "The Social Network," for script
craftsmanship. It's funny. It's light. What's crazy is that it's true.
Well, not a true story. But they offer a lot of useful truths for men
and women alike. From a prohibition forbidding lip biting while dancing,
to an admonition to leave room for their 10 after you go 90.
"One dance, one look, one kiss, that's all we get, Albert. Just *one
shot* to make the difference between happily-ever-after, and
As much as it sucks, and as much as the feminist in me cries "Foul!"
Hitch is right, "With no guile, and no game, there's no girl." But, just
as importantly,.."Basic principles? There are none."
They always said that drugs would open up your mind to new things. In
this case, a drug opened up his mind to everything. Total recall and the
ability to synthesize all available data are two powers of the down on
his luck writer when he's introduced to NZT-48. He finishes a master
novel, and makes millions in stock trading in mere days. Suspicious
associates, blackouts, and death, however, are among the less enticing
side effects. Manipulation and hubris move the story right along.
[at a party] ... Well sure, you'd get a short-term spike, but wouldn't that rapid expansion devalue the stock completely in two years?
No, 'cause there are safeguards!
Against aggressive overexpansion? There aren't because there are no
safeguards in human nature. We're wired to overreach. Look at history,
all the countries that have ever ruled the world - Portugal, with its
big, massive navy... All they've got now are salt cods and cheap
And Brits? Now they're just sitting in their dank little island, fussing
over their suits. No one's stopping and thinking, 'Hey, we're doing
pretty well. We got France, we got Poland, we got a big Swiss bank
account... You know what? Let's not invade Russia in the winter, let's
go home, let's pop a beer and let's live off the interest.'
Takeaway: Nobody is going to give you NZT. What's the the next thing you're going to do to expand your mind?
are a few good ones on which you can get started. I'll get a few more
going and work up a reading list for my fellow bookworms. I look forward
to your input and reviews. Happy viewing.