Since we would have more time at home this week, let’s make it more meaningful by watching (or watching again) some of these inspiring movies.
LETTERS TO GOD
This features a story of a boy fighting cancer who writes letters to God, touching lives in his neighborhood and community and inspiring hope among everyone he comes in contact. A troubled postman, becomes entangled in the boy’s journey and his family by reading the letters. They inspire him to seek a better life for himself and his own son he lost because of alcohol addiction.
Inspired by a true story, Letters to God is an intimate, moving and often funny story about the galvanizing effect one child’s belief can have on his family, friends and community. (synopsis from letterstogodthemovie.com)
EAT PRAY LOVE
One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia is a 2006 memoir by American author Elizabeth Gilbert. The memoir chronicles the author’s trip around the world after her divorce and what she discovered during her travels.She spent four months in Italy, eating and enjoying life (“Eat”). She spent three months in India, finding her spirituality (“Pray”). She ended the year in Bali, Indonesia, looking for “balance” of the two and found love (“Love”) -Synopsis from Wikipedia
“Your treasure – your perfection – is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the busy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart.”
“There is a reason they call God a presence – because God is right here, right now. In the present is the only place to find Him, and now is the only time.”
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS
The Pursuit of Happyness is a 2006 movie (based on Chris Gardner‘s true story) about a struggling, homeless salesman-turned-stockbrocker. The story tells us how a father and his son survived heart breaking challenges in their lives.
“Can I say something? Um, I’m the type of person that if you ask me a question and I don’t know the answer, I’m gonna tell you that I don’t know. But I bet you what, I know how to find the answer and I will find the answer.” – Chris Gardner
This film is a perfect reminder that giving up is never an option and striving harder and believing in God are always the best decisions.
I’m a bit biased here, I’m an Adam Sandler fan. At any rate, this movie is about a magic remote control that allows Michael Newman to flash back, stop and fast forward through time. In this film Adam is an architect who sacrifices time with his family to work so he can give them the kinds of possessions he never had.
I can’t remember a popular line but I’m sure this sci-fi comedy drama film is meaningful enough to give you some realizations about the consequences of being so engrossed with daily work. It will remind us of the saying “stop and smell the roses.”
PAY IT FORWARD
This movie stars Haley Joel Osment, a boy (way back in 2000) who launches a good-will movement, where he helps 3 people with something they can’t do themselves. The recipient cannot return the favor and must “pay it forward” by helping 3 other people. This movement was later on participated by a number of people because of a very tragic event in the end. It’s a film of kindness, generosity, warmth and gratitude.
Trevor McKenney: I guess it’s hard for people who are so used to things the way they are – even if they’re bad – to change. ‘Cause they kind of give up. And when they do, everybody kind of loses.
“Life’s all about moments of impact, and how they change our lives forever. But what if one day you could no longer remember any of them?” This movie is about a newlywed couple who recovers from a car accident that puts the wife in a coma. Waking up with severe memory loss, her husband did everything to win her heart again. Lesson? True love wins.
I vow to fiercely love you in all your forms, now and forever. I promise to never forget that this is a once in a lifetime love. -Leo on Paige
THE BUCKET LIST
“Get busy living or get busy dying.” This movie is about Carter and Edward, 2 terminally ill men who met in a hospital and soon became friends. They decided to embark on a trip to fulfill their bucket list – a list of things they want to do before they die.
“My pastor always says our lives are streams flowing into the same river towards whatever heaven lies in the mist beyond the falls. Find the joy in your life, Edward. My dear friend, close your eyes and let the waters take you home. – Carter on Edward”
May all these films inspire us in this season of Lent.
Here are some movies that might want to include in your Holy Week Movie Marathon:
-We Were Soldiers
-The Passion of the Christ
-Facing the Giants
-The Family Man
-The Peaceful Warrior
Happy watching friends! Let’s have a meaningful holy week.