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Missed Birthdays

For one day in a year, I become selfish. I want to have everyone call me, think of me, send me the warmest of wishes and love. I want my friends and family to make effort when choosing their words (and gifts) around me, and I want to be the happiest person in the world. Yes, it’s my birthday and I want to be the center of attention!

Every year I say that I will not make a big deal out of it. I’m not that young anymore, I don’t have that extra money to spend on one party, I just don’t feel like making a big fuss. But than the day comes and my best friends are the first to call and ask “So where is the party?”…and I have to have an answer. This year, it was so impromptu, that I just bought couple of bottles of gin and fresh mint and made the best mojito party there is! 

Yet, the next day you start thinking who did not came/call/wished(singed) “Happy Birthday”. Did they forgot? Have I forgot to call them? Should I have had invited them anyway? Should I call them now? Eventually, time goes by and you forget about these questions.

However, the time comes when they have their own special day. These days, with the notifications, Facebook or Skype is hard to forget or ignore someone’s birthday, but when you are doing a huge project, thoroughly immersed in the work,  or are out of the country, or life(and it counter part) just halts you in your every-day tasks,  these things happen!

I wished so many belated birthdays to friends and family members in the past few months, people start to wonder if I’ve become forgetful or ignorant! And the birthdays I miss the most are the ones of the great people of the history of the world, when I read a book by a famous writer (Victor Hugo, 26th of Feb Les Misérables or Charles Dickens, 7th of FebOliver Twist) or listen to great music (Mozart-27th January, Bob Marley-6th Feb, Norah Jones- 30th March, Marvin Gaye- 2nd April) or watched a great movie or documentary for an artist, scientists, sportist etc. 

I’ve missed so many events, birthdays, celebrations and moments of leisure and fun. Just now , looking back, I can see the sacrifice I have made. Sometimes you have to ask yourself if it is worth it. But for this…for now…I think it is.

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!

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!

Inspirational Movie: Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

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The passion and drive of one man to become the BEST in his work, never be satisfied and always striving for better is something of a desire or cherished aspiration for most of the people, but Jiro…oh man! This 85-year-old sushi master is the perfect example of what you need to do, and how you need to act to become one of the GREAT! 

Jiro was left by his parents at the age of 7. When he went to school, his father told him that he need to make it for himself and that there is no coming back home. That is something that remains to a child’s brain, and after all these years, Jiro still remembers that sentence in his mind! There is no going back. He has to work hard and provide for himself. Otherwise, he has no place to go! He has to make a place for himself in this world. He takes the punches, the insults, all the slaps in his face, but he never backs down! Instead, he continues his routine and steps up his game EVERY DAY!

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The movie is filled with inspiration, from start to finish, and the inspiration comes solely from Jiro. His words and wisdom is so simple, yet so true. 

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What I liked the most was the part where his human side is shown : The longing for becoming like his idol- Joël Robuchon. I loved that the director took the time to ask him of other chefs. That proves that even the idols have idols. Even the best, know that there are better! No sign of complacency, no sign of smug. Even though customers are nervous when they eat at his restaurant, he is nervous if Joël Robuchon comes to eat there! He knows that there are people with better sense of smell and taste, so he needs to improve his senses to please the customers! 

He is competitive with himself, but he also knows what to do, to become better. And he does that every day! Not a day goes by, that he thinks of something else, or he thinks of giving up. THAT IS NOT AN OPTION. GIVING UP IS NOT AN OPTION! 

I highly recommend this movie to everyone. To everyone who feel stuck, or lost, or not sure of their direction. PICK WHAT YOU WANT TO DO AND NEVER STOP DOING IT!

 

 

Inspirational Movies: Best Man Down (2013)

I’ve decided to watch this movie, because I thought it would be a cheerful comedy. It said so on Imdb and had Justin Long as the lead, smiling and all. It did had some comic moments, but I ended up crying for the most of it! 

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The plot is, the best men of the wedding gets drunk and dies tragically in the night after the wedding and the newlyweds need to take care of the funeral, as well as contact the deceased family and friends. It turned out that he didn’t have many people in his phone, but there was this girl, in this small town, that no one else knew he had known. The newlyweds ride to the town to find the girl and let her know about her friend. In the meantime, and here is where the real life is, the girl is trying to cope with her emotionally unstable mother, the drug abusive mother’s boyfriend who makes her shoplift, the new town in which nobody likes her or talks to her, except for the priest. 

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After the newlyweds find the girl, they judge almost everything about her and her relationship with the best men. However, they try to get her out of the house, to go to the funeral with them, since they look at her situation at home. 

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The talk the girl gives at the funeral is when you realize how people who you think you know, live sometimes a completely different life from the one they put up front from you. You cannot really know about what a person actually thinks, or feels, judging by the way he looks or acts. 

The take-away from the movie: Talk to your friends. The ones you know “forever”. They are not the same children you have met many years ago. They have lives that involve partner problems, family troubles, finances, health issues etc, that many of them managed to hide from their faces and conversations. Maybe you can help them, maybe you can just be a person who can understand them or cheer them up. Whatever it is, it’s better to call a friend now, than to wait until it is too late. 

I loved the characters and how well-structured and surprisingly-well-acted they were! Did not expect to have a (minor) emotional roller-coaster from the title of the movie, but these actors were amazingly dramatic and gave a heartfelt performance. 

I would recommend this to a friend to watch, but not as a comedy, rather as a touching drama. 

You can find the movie here: http://www.magpictures.com/films.aspx 

Inspirational Movies : RUSH (2013)

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Last night I went to see the movie RUSH , http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1979320/, with my boyfriend. I am telling you that I went with him, because 1) it is a big thing to go to the movies with him, as he is not a great movie watcher; and 2) it was a Formula 1 theme and I had to take him with me, since cars and motors are his passion.

I have read about the movie prior seeing it, as I always do, and the name Niki Lauda rang a bell in my mind, as my father used to talk about him in the past. The fact that it had Chris Hemsworth in it, was in favor for me to go to watch it as well (can’t help it that he reminds me of Heath Ledger so much!).

I didn’t have high hopes for the movie, I knew something from the story line, but, unexpectedly,  it overwhelmed me with emotions and happiness! There were so many things I loved about it, but I’ll tell you just a few.

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First of all, it was so well structured. It explained the cause of the rivalry of Lauda and Hunt in a very understandable way. It moved through the lives of these two great drivers with ease and tempo that didn’t feel hurried or passive, but with just the right amount of rush. The end was perfect as well, as it completed the story and left you love both of them, for very different reasons. 

The second reason that made this movie great were the actors. Especially the actor who played Lauda, Daniel Bruhl. He made the feeling of the need for intense competition with his opponent truly human, and even though these kind of frenemies are difficult to display in movies, he made it look so easy and believable. Chris was not bad either, although it seemed that he tried a bit more to get to the level of acting Daniel showed. That said, I think he did a great job and the Oscar buzz is well-deserved for both of them, as well for the entire behind the camera crew (director, writer, producers, editing…). 

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I haven’t read about Lauda, or expressed much admiration for Formula1 or 3, Races of any kind or Grand Prix, or whatever. In this movie I learned a lot about all of these. However, the main reason I loved the movie, was the story, and moreover that it was based on a true story. The story of a family reject who believed in himself so much that he invested in himself! He took loan from the bank, to buy himself a team and car for racing. He than improved the car and introduced a totally new way of making Formula 1 cars, which brought him to Ferrari! He was dedicated to his work, he studiously took steps to improve himself and his racing, and he was brilliant in predicting the consequences. He was a true genius! 

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I loved the line when he says “A wise man can learn more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.” It truly represents the story-line of the movie and it is what he actually did. After his accident, it was the success of his enemy (Hunt) on the tracks that made him fight for his life more. He was driven by this relationship and he had to prove to himself that he was better than James Hunt. There were other great lines in the movie as well, that stuck with me like “You’re just who you are at this point in your life” and “To be a champion, it takes more than just being quick. You have to really believe it.”

I think I will be talking about this movie for a long time. I already told all my friends and family that they need to see it. I will be rooting for it at the Oscars as well. It deserves more then just a nod from the Academy. It deserves to be seen by many and to drive people with inspiration and motivation to be the best they can be- RIGHT NOW!

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