16
Jul
10

The best of 20/20-Good Will: Keep a little for yourself

THEATRICAL THROWBACK

Most of the movies discussed will be theatrical throwbacks.  Movies I have seen more than once or twice and have left a lasting impression.

 Good WillKeep a little for yourself

     Tough financial times hang over many of us like a dark cloud in a dreary sky.  Many of you are wondering how you’re going to pay your bills and put gas in your car and here I come with this blog suggesting you go see movies.  Movies that cost money I might add.

     When you finish rolling your eyes or flipping me off consider this.  I have dedicated the first five blogs with the money-conscious reader in mind.  These movies will have a main character with very little money who still manages to survive and, in most cases, thrive.  Secondly, most of the movies I’ll discuss will be available on Netflix, at Wal-Mart for $5 or less, and in some cases your local library.  Fair enough?  Good.  Without further delay I give you transforming movie number 1: Good Will Hunting*.

     In this very cool demonstration of “never judge a book by its cover”, we see a young Will Hunting (Matt Damon) with an amazing gift for mathematics.  He seems to take it for granted until he meets a psychologist (Robin Williams) and the love of his life (Minnie Driver) who, finally, help him put his life in perspective.  If you’ve seen Good Will Hunting and this is your take away you’re only half right.  There is an even bigger message in this movie for your destiny.

     You know the thing that makes you feel alive while you’re doing it?  The thing that everyone tells you you’re really good at, but you think it’s no big deal?  Guess what…it’s a big deal!  It’s your gift.  Contrary to your opinion of yourself and that gift, everyone can’t do that like you.  Many times, like Will, we ignore our gift until it holds us hostage demanding to be acknowledged.  He would sneak into classrooms at night not only to exercise his gift, but also to get some peace of mind.  Ignoring the gift began to affect his entire life including his relationships, productivity and his freedom. 

     In the movie that is your life, what is everyone saying you do well?  Stop thinking it’s nothing special because it is something very special.  If you’re feeling stuck maybe, just maybe, it’s time to let your gift off its leash.  I guarantee you in a move of reciprocal respect and gratitude your gift will set you free.  Your destiny may be calling to you from the other side of your abandoned aptitude, your neglected niche, or your tortured talent.  Show yourself a little good will and set it free so you can be free.  See you after the show. 

*Good Will Hunting (1997)-Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Minnie Driver.  Written by: Damon & Affleck.  Directed by: Gus Van Sant.  Available on DVD. 

NEXT FRIDAY-July 23, 2010>>>>> Purple Passion

 20/20 in 120 is no ordinary movie critique. It is one hip chick sharing the lessons movies have taught me in hopes my lessons will help you finally open your eyes to see your destiny reaching out to you like a 3D movie.  “See you after the show”.

 

09
Jul
10

Avoiding Issues Won’t Make Them Avoid You

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Avoiding Issues Won’t Make Them Avoid You

By: Tann Moore

      You know how we put things off we don’t want to deal with once we learn all the details of the matter?  You know how that thing we put off is always there waiting for us the next day, week, year or decade?  Just sitting there patiently waiting where we left it. 

     I saw The Last Airbender* this week and this topic stood out for me.  The Avatar, master of bending (manipulating) all the earth’s elements, learned the details of his destiny and ran away.  I won’t tell you the details of what happened when he ran away because I hope you’ll see for yourself, but when he finally returns to his fate it’s still there waiting for him.  Only now it’s demanding that he deal with it immediately or the world will be irrevocably affected. 

     Your destiny is waiting for you.  For some of you that is good news and bad news, but it is reality.  If the representation of a superhero avoids his destiny then you know this is a common thing to do.  However, the longer you put it off, the longer it will take you to get to your purpose on the planet.  Could it be you are running from yourself forgetting that, “Wherever you go, there you are?”  Maybe you are running because you think you can’t live up to the responsibility of your destiny.  A wise writer once said:

“A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men” (Prov. 18:16)

See you after the show.

     *The Last Airbender (2010)-Noah Ringer, Dave Patel, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone. Written by: M. Night Shyamalan.  Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan (HE IS FREAKIN’ AMAZING)Now Showing.

 TRIVIA TRIO

Can you guess what movies gave us the following quotes? Be the first to post the answers and impress us all. Can you do it without Google? I dare you.

Last week’s answers:

–          “I could be agent M.”-MICHAEL JACKSON-Men in Black II

–          “Ease on down the road.” -MICHAEL JACKSON-The Wiz

–          “You ain’t bad, you ain’t nothing.”- MICHAEL JACKSON-Bad (a short film they played on MTV)

This week

TOPS AT THE BOX OFFICE

  1. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  2. The Last Airbender
  3. Toy Story 3
  4. Grown Ups
  5. Knight and Day

OPENING THIS WEEK

  1. Predators
  2. Despicable Me
  3. The Kids Are All Right
  4. Grease

COMING SOON

  1. Inception
  2. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  3. Ramona and Beezus
  4. Salt
  5. Countdown to Zero

NEW ON DVD THIS WEEK

  1. A Single Man
  2. Brooklyn’s Finest
  3. “ER”: Season 13
  4. “Project Runway”: Season 7

NEXT FRIDAY-July 16, 2010>>>>> From the Mill to the Field: Time to Step Up Your Game

03
Jul
10

Faith Cometh by Hearing

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Faith is defined as:

Belief that is not based on proof; confidence or trust in a person or thing.

     When I was growing up in church I would hear the minister read,

So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” ( Romans 10:17) 

    When you’re young this doesn’t make sense.  I didn’t know what faith meant and I had never heard God call me on the “mainline” or talk to me directly from the sky.  I concluded faith was not something I was meant to understand and relied on what I could see and feel.  As I got older I could logically explain this idea of faith, but it usually manifested itself inside the four walls of the sanctuary on Sundays.  Now faith is something I not only understand, but also, feel.  The Book of Eli* brilliantly presents the power of faith and the work and time that must go into developing your faith.

     It’s true you must have faith to succeed in life, but so few of us understand it, let alone possess it.  In The Book of Eli, Eli (Denzel Washington) has faith that does more than evoke belief it evokes action.  I won’t tell you too much about the way this story plays out because you need to see this one to believe it.  However, for all the faith chasers reading I will tell you the main message this movie conveys:  “Faith without works is dead.” (James 2:17)

     Real faith, real belief, and real confidence produces action.  Your destiny, your next level, your very existence depends on your faith.  If you believe then do something about it.  Prove it.  We live like the proof should come before the faith, but it’s definitely the other way around.  When you have faith you will start to do things that tell the world you believe.  If you believe exercise is the key to life, you will exercise.  If you believe saving your money ensures early retirement, you will save your money.  If you believe God is love and light, you will want to adopt those characteristics and be love and light.  If you believe in yourself then take a chance on you…take a chance on the thing that’s calling you and keeping you awake at night.  Have a little faith in you.  See you after the show.        

     *The Book of Eli (2010)-Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis. Written by: Gary Whitta.  Directed by: Albert & Allen HughesAvailable on DVD.

 

TRIVIA TRIO

Can you guess what movies gave us the following quotes? Be the first to post the answers and impress us all. Can you do it without Google? I dare you.

Last week’s answers:

–          “My son is dying, and I’m broke. If I don’t qualify for Medicare, WHO THE HELL DOES?”-DENZEL WASHINGTON-John Q

–         “We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock. Plymouth Rock landed on us.”-DENZEL WASHINGTON-Malcolm X

–         “To protect the sheep you gotta catch the wolf, and it takes a wolf to catch a wolf.” DENZEL WASHINGTON-Training Day

This week’s trio –

–          “I could be agent M.”

–          “Ease on down the road.”

–          “You ain’t bad, you ain’t nothing.”

NEXT FRIDAY-July 9, 2010>>>>> Potluck and Previews

26
Jun
10

A-MAZE-ing

A-MAZE-ing

     What do we consider amazing?  Things we can’t explain that inspire, shock, baffle and enlighten us.  Sometimes we find the amazing in our friends and family, but the truly amazing happens from strangers and characters we don’t know or understand.  In Pan’s Labyrinth we see a young girl guided to her destiny by individuals most of us would avoid and fear. 

     This foreign language film takes you on a ride so wild you can’t even relate at first.  However, by the time you’ve walked into the maze with Ofelia you don’t care that her guide is a mythical creature feared by most girls her age.  You only care that this “thing”, and all the other “things” she encounters, become her friends and foes on her journey. 

     Pan’s Labyrinth reminds me that you can’t always pick your catalyst for change and inspiration.  Sometimes you change because you have a near death experience, you were downsized, or because you heard a voice and were guided to build a better mousetrap.  Most of the time, your inspiration comes from the weirdest characters and strangers…those you’d least expect to be a source of guidance and inspiration.  You might even be afraid of them at first only to discover it was not the messenger but the message that freaked you out.  See you after the show.

*Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)-Ivana Baquero, Sergi Lopez, Maribel Verdu. Written by: Guillermo del Toro.  Directed by: Guillermo del ToroAvailable on DVD.

 

TRIVIA TRIO

Can you guess what movies gave us the following quotes? Be the first to post the answers and impress us all. Can you do it without Google? I dare you.

Last week’s answers:

–         “Gimme my shake!”-TARAJI P. HENSON-Baby Boy

–         “We can hang in my crib. I will show you my ‘hood.”-JACKIE CHAN-Rush Hour

–         “School’s canceled on account of the aliens.”-JADEN SMITH-The Day the Earth Stood Still

This week’s trio:

–         “My son is dying, and I’m broke. If I don’t qualify for Medicare, WHO THE HELL DOES?”

–         “We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock. Plymouth Rock landed on us.”

–         “To protect the sheep you gotta catch the wolf, and it takes a wolf to catch a wolf.”

NEXT FRIDAY-July 2, 2010>>>>> Faith Cometh by Hearing

18
Jun
10

Karate Can

Karate Can

     Normally, I put Throwback Theatre in the top spot, but today I am changing things a bit by starting and finishing with Show Nouveaux.  I want to talk a little about the new Karate Kid* with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan.  I promise not to give too much away.

     For those of you who are feeling like they should have never touched this classic I have to tell you I felt the same way.  I mean Jaden is cute and The Smith’s are definitely Hollywood Elite, but to touch The Karate Kid just seemed wrong.  However they nailed it and I think it just might be as good as, if not better than, the first one.  The acting was wonderful, the fight sequences were modern and believable and the life lessons were powerful. 

     One lesson I will share with you from the movie is the lesson of resistance.  Resistance can be simply defined as that place where things get unbelievably uncomfortable.  It is usually our trigger for retreat…something we consider a sign for surrender.  However, Karate Kid reminded me that resistance is the gateway to your breakthrough and your transformation.  It always gets more challenging before you get to the “Promised Land” because it’s your time of final finishing and preparation. 

     Karate can remind you how to recognize, confront, and endure resistance.  Your destiny is waiting for you to give resistance a swift kick in the pants and get on to your next level.  See you after the show.

*The Karate Kid (2010)-Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson. Written by: Murphey, Kamen.  Directed by: Harald Zwart.  Now Showing.

 

TRIVIA TRIO

Can you guess what movies gave us the following quotes? Be the first to post the answers and impress us all. Can you do it without Google? I dare you.

Last week’s answers:

–         “Walk away, Jason, or we can’t be together.”-JADA PINKETT SMITH-Jason’s Lyric

–         “Call me crazy, one more time…”-WILL SMITH-Hancock

–         “You are in desperate need of Chanel.”- STANLEY TUCCI- The Devil Wears Prada

This week’s trio:

–         “Gimme my shake!”

–         “We can hang in my crib.  I will show you my ‘hood.”

–         “School’s canceled on account of the aliens.”

NEXT FRIDAY-June 25, 2010>>>>> A-MAZE-ing

11
Jun
10

The Devil Made Me Do It

The Devil Made Me Do It

     I was planning another entry today, but the devil persuaded me to follow its lead in another direction for this one.  The Devil Wears Prada*, that is. 

     The fact that Meryl Streep is the Avatar of the acting world and I could watch her say, “Blah, blah, blah,” for two hours has nothing to do with this choice.  The “devil” teaches us an amazing lesson in this movie.  Miranda (Streep) was, for lack of a better word, a heifer.  She was mean, nasty and just plain stank-a-dank.  We’ve met people like this that try to make you feel bad by saying crass things or giving you dirty looks.  Like Miranda these people are itchbays (brush up on your Pig Latin), but they need your compassion more than anyone else.  Oh no!  Yes, I said it.  These people are really hurting more than you know.  Case in point, the scene where she is sitting on the couch, with no makeup (looking fiercely flawless), gives us a glimpse into her hidden pain.  She breaks down at the thought of another divorce, her children’s vulnerability, and the thought of what others will say.  Some may have been thinking that serves her right, and you reap what you sow and all that other stuff we’ve been taught to say about hurting people masquerading as jerks. 

     Granted, people like Miranda are difficult to stomach.  However, they are so full of emotional toxins that their attitudes smell like sewers.  Your destiny could be behind your response to difficult people and situations.  Contrary to popular opinion, an eye for an eye is so yesterday.  It’s easy to like likeable people, but the Avatars of the planet learn the greatest lessons from those people that make us uncomfortable when they walk in the room.  If nothing else you learn what you shouldn’t do.  How can you have peace in the presence of this “Hell on Heels”?  You stop and thank your Higher Self (your best you…the one you want to be everyday) for all that is good in your life.  Next, you say a little secret prayer for them asking they get hit by a…TRUCKload of joy.  See you after the show.

*The Devil Wears Prada (2006)-Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci, Emily Blunt. Written by: Aline Brosh McKenna.  Directed by: David Frankel. Available on DVD.

 

TRIVIA TRIO

Can you guess what movies gave us the following quotes? Be the first to post the answers and impress us all. Can you do it without Google? I dare you.

Last week’s answers:

–         “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”-JULIA ROBERTS-Notting Hill

–         “I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.”- JULIA ROBERTS- Steel Magnolias

–         “Look beyond the paint. Let us try to open our minds to a new idea.”- JULIA ROBERTS-Mona Lisa Smile

This week’s trio:

–         “Walk away, Jason, or we can’t be together.”

–         “Call me crazy, one more time…”

–         “You are in desperate need of Chanel.”

NEXT FRIDAY-June 18, 2010>>>>> Karate Can

04
Jun
10

Right on Time

Right on Time

In the words of my all-time favorite female musician, Ms. Erykah Badu:

Love is on the way
All I got to say
Is it wont let go
We can pray to early May
Fast for 30 days
Still It wont let go
Got a good book and got all in it
Tried a little yoga for a minute
But it wont let go
Tried to turn the sauna up hotter
Drank a whole jar of holy water

But it wont let go

     Love won’t let go and if you have been doubting it will find you I recommend you listen to Erykah’s, I Want You and rush out to see Just Wright* starring Queen Latifah and Common. 

     I won’t give too much away I will simply say I was reminded that love can’t be manipulated, tricked, forced or avoided.  In the end love will have its way and it’s on the way.  Your destiny is coming for you.  Be ready and be open, but also be relaxed and know you won’t miss your opportunity.  It may take a little while and the circumstances may not be ideal, but its coming.  When love comes it will be right on time and it will be just right…righter than you ever imagined.  See you after the show.

*Just Wright (2010)-Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton. Written by: Michael Elliot.  Directed by: Sannaa Hamri. Now Showing.

 

TRIVIA TRIO

Can you guess what movies gave us the following quotes? Be the first to post the answers and impress us all. Can you do it without Google? I dare you.

Last week’s answers:

  • “Yes, behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes, folks!” Jim Carrey-BRUCE ALMIGHTY
  • “I’ve been in love with you since I was eleven, and the shit won’t go away.” Sanaa Lathan-LOVE AND BASKETBALL
  • “Real loss is only possible when you love something more than you love yourself.” Robin Williams-GOOD WILL HUNTING

This week’s trio:

  • “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”
  • “I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.”
  • “Look beyond the paint.   Let us try to open our minds to a new idea.”

NEXT FRIDAY-June 11, 2010>>>>> Busy is the New Lazy




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