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Inspirational movie: The Botany of Desire (documentary, 2013)

Last night, I craved a documentary. I know it’s funny, people crave food or something else that comes to mind at night, but I very often crave for a good movie! I know that I won’t be disappointed with a documentary about plants, so I choose to watch this one. And was I right, or was I right?!

The movie has four parts, or four stories, based on four plants that had huge impact in human life over the years :APPLES, TULIPS, MARIJUANA AND POTATOES. It is also based on the homonymous book by Michael Pollan. The twist: How these plants “thoughtfully” influenced humans to gain their popularity!

Let me explain. The apples originated from Kazakhstan, county in central Asia. From there, they were first scattered around by the bears who loved the sweetness of the fruit, but later, from the humans who also enjoyed the sweet fruit with lovely color! Not all apples were sweet, but the ones who were, the juiciest, biggest, most desired ones were, and these are the ones who got picked and carried in the bags of humans to be planted in other countries!

The movie goes on to explain how the same things happens with tulips (the tulip madness in Holland) and now with Marijuana. 

The wisdom you get from this movie is unique, in a sense of understanding the power of silently improving yourself so much so that you become the most desired “fruit”, everyone gets “hungry” for! Plants have much more wisdom than people give them credit for. They have been on this Earth long before we came here, outlived so many animals and will be here long after we’re gone. They adapt to the conditions and desires of their surrounding so that the surrounding can work for them! So clever!

I think this was sufficient to say for now. What you should, or better yet, MUST do is watch the entire thing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIChx00z7aw

Enjoy!

Reach for the stars to Change The World!

Reach for the stars to Change The World!

You can’t change the world with your head in the ground. You have to look up. See what’s around you and understand how everything can be improved.
Reach for the stars. Reach higher and find all new opportunities. Don’t settle. Just because your life was mediocre yesterday, doesn’t mean it has to be the same today. Today you can be great! Tomorrow even better! Change your world. Improve your own, so the rest of the world can improve as well.

The power of books!

The power of books!

Read this story, about an actress, Lyne Renee,becoming painter, after reading a book! 

Lyne Reneepicture from IMDB

Quoting Robin Sharma, she said that after years of telling herself that she can’t be an artist, a painter, like her mother, understanding that “telling yourself you can’t do something, impose that limit upon yourself”, she started painting a portrait of her friend, followed by many other paintings. 

That is the power of reading books. Just one paragraph, or sentence of the book can ignite a fire in your mind that will inspire you to take action and achieve more than you ever thought you could!

Read a great book tonight! Just do it! And let me know what greatness happens next 😉

 

Movie: Prisoners (2013)

This is not one of the “inspirational movies” review I give, because it’s not typical inspirational movie. This one is much more intensive, dramatic, disturbing, thrilling! It’s packed with award-winning actors, which makes you excited to watch it, because you expect amazing acting and performances for an award-winning movie.

The main character is played by Hugh Jackman, a father who teaches his family to be ready for disasters, keeping them safe and sound. But when visiting friends for Thanksgiving, his daughter Anna goes missing and he losses his mind in trying to find her. His wife cannot believe what happened, because he always made them feel protected and safe.

That’s when the police detective Loki, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, steps in, as the detective who solved every crime and gets the results fast. This time, he doesn’t get anything fast. The movie is over 2 hours long and he loses his tracks few times.

Their lead is the driver of an RV, who turns out to be mentally challenged, and released of charges, yet the concerned father believes this guy knows something. The torture shown is very disturbing. The performances of Viola Davis and Terrence Howard, the parents of the other girl who went missing along with Anna, seeing the kidnapped man, played by Paul Dano, are incredibly realistic as well. Makes you feel the pain and makes you sick!

 

The story is real. Children get kidnapped and missing every day. The characters with their extremes, although disturbing, are very true. There is nothing that a parent won’t do, to get his child back. And, on the other hand, there is nothing more courageous than a child who wants to go home.

Overall, I loved the performances. It’s no secret that these actors are great! Even the ones that get a minor roles and not much screen time, like Viola Davis or Melissa Leo, make the movie more intense. The movie could have been more edited at some places and by the end much was left for the imagination, a lot of the story was unfinished, but the point was made.

You have to watch this movie for the great performances. Close your eyes if you can’t get through the torture and sickening parts, but watch the rest. The actors really gave it all!

Where’s my daughter? Where’s my daughter! Every day she’s wondering why I’m not there, me! Not you!

One of my favorite real-life stories

This is a real life, that seems so surreal, unusual, almost like fantasy movie, or rather yet, an animated children movie. Absolutely love this story. I know it is old, many of you maybe have already read about it, nonetheless, I had to share it:

– for those who haven’t read it—>to be amazed and inspired

– for those who know it—> to reread it and re-experience the magnificent life

Enjoy!

Born in Namibia, to French wildlife photographer parents, growing up in Africa, this lovely child, now 23 years old, had elephant, cheetah and bullfrog as friends.

You can enjoy more pictures and the entire story in the book:

English:
Tippi – My Book of Africa

French:
Mon livre d’Afrique

Deutsch:
Tippi aus Afrika. Das Mädchen, das mit den Tieren spricht.

Happy Birthday Woody Allen

I should stop ruining my life searching for answers I’m never gonna get, and just enjoy it while it lasts.

Happy birthday Woody Allen, one of the best writers, directors, comedians. He may not be liked for his type of movies, or how he skips award shows, or his view of love, but he knows how to live his life, learning to be entirely satisfied with who he is! That is something you can learn from him. Here are couple of excerpts from his interviews:

I have no apprehension whatsoever. I’ve been through this so many times. And I found that one way or the other, your life doesn’t change at all. Which is sad, in a way. Because the people love your film… nothing great happens. And people hate your film… nothing terrible happens. Many years ago, I would… I would… a film of mine would open, and it would get great reviews, and I would go down and look at the movie theater. There’d be a line around the block. And when a film is reviled, you open a film and people say “Oh, it’s the stupidest thing, it’s the worst movie.” You think: oh, nobody’s going to ever speak to you again. But, it doesn’t happen. Nobody cares. You know, they read it and they say “Oh, they hated your film.” You care, at the time. But they don’t. Nobody else cares. They’re not interested. They’ve got their own lives, and their own problems, and their own shadows on their lungs, and their x-rays. And, you know, they’ve got their own stuff they’re dealing with…. So, I’m just never nervous about it.

I made the statement years ago which is often quoted that 80 percent of life is showing up. People used to always say to me that they wanted to write a play, they wanted to write a movie, they wanted to write a novel, and the couple of people that did it were 80 percent of the way to having something happen. All the other people struck out without ever getting that pack. They couldn’t do it, that’s why they don’t accomplish a thing, they don’t do the thing, so once you do it, if you actually write your film script, or write your novel, you are more than half way towards something good happening. So that I was say my biggest life lesson that has worked. All others have failed me.