I’m not particularly into animation movies but one that I watched did impress me – Frozen. The movie really touched my hearts (not sure if it’s because I’ve got a sister and felt very related to the movie!)
The scene in which the cute snowman Olaf said “some people are worth melting for” keeps ringing in my head, as if reminding me to melt for people who I love and care, and that I’m worth melting for to some people too.
I love the final scene from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” After a day of living it up as though it were his final day on earth, Ferris is contentedly kicking back under the covers. Very satisfied with the day’s experience, he looks right at the camera and says, “Life moves pretty fast…you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
I couldn’t agree with Ferris more. This scene reminds me to stop, look around and enjoy every day like it were my last.
It is hard to go past the epic movie Troy. In the opening scenes when the young boy goes to wake up Achilles to fight the gigantic Boagrius, this is the dialogue that unfolds:
Boy: Are the stories about you true? They say your mother is an immortal goddess, they say you can’t be killed.
Achilles: I wouldn’t be bothering with a shield then, would I?
Boy: The Thessalonian you’re fighting, he’s the biggest man I have ever seen, I wouldn’t want to fight him.
Achilles: That’s why no one will remember your name.
Such a great reminder that in our pursuit of doing great things in life, amazing things will happen if we engage in difficult battles and overcome fears!
This is easy. The one movie scene which changed my entire life was during the fight scene when Bruce Lee fought all the bad guys in the Japanese karate dojo in the movie The Chinese Connection (also known as Fists of Fury in Asia). I was a youth in North America when there wasn’t many Asians living in my neighbourhood and therefore it was pretty rough resulting in a negative self image. But in that scene, I saw for the first time just how strong and powerful an Asian man can be especially when Bruce Lee took off his top and revealed his physique. I was totally blown away and he became my lifelong hero ever since.
He is the biggest influence in my life and from that day onwards, my whole image of myself as an Asian male completely changed for the better. I still watch that movie from time to time just to relive that moment when I first saw it so many years ago – a few decades now. It was that movie I was introduced to Bruce Lee and because of his influence, I am who I am today.
There have been so many, that it is very difficult for me to choose! The scene for The Fisher King when Robin William’s failed psychiatrist character talks about karma? That serves to remind me that “what goes around comes around.” Or the scene from The Man Without a Face where the kid is inspired to move forward because of his teacher’s dedication? A reminder to me that we should appreciate the helpful people in our lives.
<sigh> I think I will choose the final scene from The Princess Bride from the character Inigo Montoya, played by Mandy Patinkin, says “I have been in the revenge business so long, now that it’s over, I do not know what to do with the rest of my life.” When interviewed about his favorite line from the movie Patinkin said, “I love that line. And I love it for all of us, because the purpose of revenge – in my personal opinion – is completely worthless and pointless. The purpose of existence is to embrace our fellow human being, not be revengeful, and turn our darkness into light.” I completely agree and what have to say that I find the line and his words to be particularly inspiring.
The one from The Lion King, when Scar is defeated, and all lions are waiting for Simba to come up on the top of the rock and become a king. Music is just awesome there! And the whole atmosphere (his roaring, rain, Mufasa’s voice from the sky: “Remeber…”) is so inspiring, that it always makes me tremble, though I have been watching this epic cartoon for many times already.
Recently I’ve been in love with the finale in ‘Gravity’ which is a big emotional high and journey for all involved. Sandra Bullock’s performance is transcendent.
When it comes down to the one movie scene that has inspired me to not only think more positively but also turn those thoughts into action, it is easily this scene and quote from We Bought A Zoo:
When I’m nervous to do something that takes me out of my comfort zone, these words almost immediately pop into my mind and give me a surge of confidence to do what I have to do. “All you need is 20 seconds of insane courage and I promise you something great will come of it.” I literally just got the chills writing this out.
A lot of the things we are scared to do in life drain us emotionally, mentally, and physically for days or even weeks as we worry and play out every possible outcome. But, at the end of the day, when you finally decide to do it, all it really takes is 20 seconds of insane courage.
From the last Harry Potter movie Dumbledore appears to Harry in a near death experience and provides him with the following wisdom “Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.”
It gets me every time.