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23 All Time Favorites You Must Have Seen At Least Once In Your Lifetime

23 All Time Favorites You Must Have Seen At Least Once In Your Lifetime

New movies can be hit or miss. Sometimes you find on a stellar piece of cinema, but often you reach the end of the film wishing you could get back the last two hours. When it comes to picking movies, most people like to look for something they have never seen before. You might seek out classics from a genre that you like, or wait for new movies to come out.

But some movies are meant to be replayed.

When a well-written film contains important life lessons and themes, you can re-watch it over and over. Sometimes you’ll see different aspects of the story, or your opinion about the film will change depending on what’s happening in your life. As your perspective alters, what you take away from the movie changes.

A second viewing can reveal plot points that you didn’t catch the first time. The best movies can be watched repeatedly because you get something new every time you see it—a fresh perspective, new opinions, and new emotions arise in subsequent viewings.

You may be wondering where to find movies that have a strong replayability factor. I’ve compiled a list of the best movies to watch over and over.

1. The Prestige

    Two magicians become embroiled in a rivalry to create the best magic trick. Follow them on their harrowing quest to devise the ultimate illusion.

    The Prestige (2006) is an electrifying tale that’s sure to leave you questioning the line between reality and stagecraft.

    Watch The Prestige to see how this feud unfolds.

    2. Black Swan

      Nina is vying to play the lead in Swan Lake. Her entire life revolves around ballet, and though she dances beautifully, she only embodies the attributes of the White Swan. She has a tenuous friendship with a talented new dancer who embodies the darker aspects of the Black Swan.

      Black Swan (2010) shows us the cost of perfectionism. Watch it a second or third time to see if you can spot where things start to unravel.

      Find out more about the dark side in humans in Black Swan.

      3. Lost in Translation

        Bob, an aging actor, and Charlotte, a newlywed, strike up an unlikely friendship while staying at a hotel in Tokyo.

        Watch Lost in Translation (2003) a second or third time to see if hindsight changes how you interpret the interactions between the lead characters.

        Lost in Translation reminds us that often the best bonds come from happenstance meetings and in unexpected ways.

        4. Pulp Fiction

          Jules and Vincent are hit men who undergo a series of bizarre events in the line of duty. Pulp Fiction (1994) follows the hit men through several different vignettes of violence and dark comedy.

          Expect all the grittiness and brilliance of a Tarantino film in Pulp Fiction. This movie is loaded with nods to the classic pulp fiction style of storytelling.

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          See something new every time you watch Pulp Fiction.

          5. Se7en

            A serial killer stages his crimes so that the victims represent the seven deadly sins. After a detective figures out the criminal’s modus operandi, authorities rush to stop the killer before he can carry out more murders.

            Se7en (1995) is not a film for the faint-hearted, but it will make you think. Hit replay on this one to think about human nature.

            Se7en will keep you on the edge of your seat—even after you know how it will end.

            6. In the Mood for Love

              A man and woman bond when they suspect that their spouses are having extramarital affairs. They grapple with temptation and morality as their relationship develops.

              In the Mood for Love is visually stunning and full of an old Hollywood romanticism that is sure to keep you entertained for many viewings.

              Watch In the Mood for Love to consider interpersonal boundaries.

              7. Before Sunrise

                Two strangers form a bond as they take a train from Budapest to Hungary. Though they can only be together for a short time, they make the most of it.

                Before Sunrise (1995) reminds us to treasure every second we have with the people we love.

                Pay attention to the conversations these two strangers have in Before Sunrise and you’ll be inspired every time.

                8. The Pianist

                  Wladyslaw Szpilman is one of the greatest pianists and composers of his time, but World War II forces tragedy upon him. This true story follows a musician through the depths of despair and the heights of triumph.

                  The Pianist (2002) is a moving drama that will inspire you to appreciate the gifts that you’ve been given.

                  Watch The Pianist when you need to see a story about hope.

                  9. Her

                    Our world exists in a constellation of networked devices, but what would happen if you fell in love with an AI? In Her (2013) a writer does just that, and then must grapple with the consequences.

                    Contemplate the nature of love and loneliness when you watch Her. Regardless of where you are in your life and relationships, this film will have an emotional impact.

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                    Think about how you define love when you see Her.

                    10. White Oleander

                      When Astrid’s mother is convicted of murder, she goes into the foster system. She endures a series of trials as she learns to stand on her own.

                      White Oleander (2002) is a coming-of-age story that highlights the different approaches that people have to life. This film will help you appreciate the depth of the human experience through the eyes of a young girl.

                      View White Oleander to remember that everyone has a complicated story.

                      11. Billy Elliot

                        Billy, a boy from a working class family, discovers that he is a dancer. He must buck the traditional paradigm for males in his social class to pursue his dreams.

                        When you have a gift that you need to share with the world, people may try to hold you back. Billy Elliot (2000) is a reminder not to give up on our dreams.

                        Watch Billy Elliot whenever you need to feel inspired.

                        12. Spirited Away

                          A wrong turn leads Chihiro and her family into a world inhabited by beasts and spirits. Chihiro must figure out how to navigate this complicated world, and along the way, she finds out who she is.

                          Spirited Away (2001) is a beautifully animated story with a powerful message. Watch it whenever you face a challenge and put your life into perspective.

                          Get Spirited Away by this fantastic tale.

                          13. Princess Mononoke

                            A young man is caught between humans and the gods of the forest. He meets a fierce warrior, Princess Mononoke, who was raised by a wolf-god. After seeing the good that exists on both sides of the dispute, he does his best to negotiate for a peaceful outcome.

                            With so much divisiveness in the news today, it’s important to have movies like this to remind us that every conflict can be viewed through multiple lenses.

                            Watch Princess Mononoke whenever you need to think about the big picture.

                            14. Good Will Hunting

                              Will is a janitor at M.I.T. with a brilliant mind. Despite his intellect, he feels stuck with his lot in life. He befriends someone who pushes him to dream boldly.

                              Sometimes someone else’s belief in you can compel to to do great things, and sometimes, you can inspire others with your belief in them. This film is a reminder of the ways that we can lift each other up to achieve incredible things. Good Will Hunting (1997) is perfect any time that you need encouragement to dare greatly.

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                              Get inspired with Good Will Hunting.

                              15. The Green Mile

                                The guards on death row deal with inmates that have been convicted of horrible crimes. They have to question all their assumptions about their prisoners when they meet John Coffey, a man with supernatural powers.

                                You can find magic in unexpected places in The Green Mile (1999). Watch this film any time you need to remember to find the beauty in dark times and withhold judgement until you have the full story.

                                Take an emotional journey when you see The Green Mile.

                                16. Schindler’s List

                                  Schindler’s List (1993) is set during World War II. This film recounts the true story of a man who used his wit and resources to save over 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust.

                                  Sometimes we are faced with challenges that seem insurmountable. Oskar Schindler defied all odds and risked his life for the sake of others. We need to see this story over and over so that we can remember to have hope in times of despair.

                                  Watch Schindler’s List when you need to be reminded of the impact that one person can have on the world.

                                  17. The Shawshank Redemption

                                    When Andy is imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit, he befriends an older inmate. They navigate the difficulties of the prison system together, and Andy hangs onto hope that he will be free again.

                                    The Shawshank Redemption (1994) encourages viewers to “get busy living, or get busy dying.” It’s worth rewatching because it shows us that freedom is a state of mind, and that there’s power in hope.

                                    See The Shawshank Redemption when you need to assess what it means to be free.

                                    18. Life of Pi

                                      When Pi’s ship full of exotic animals goes down, he must fight for survival. He escapes on a lifeboat with a surprise companion, and the two endure many trials together.

                                      Life of Pi (2012) is a visually stunning survival story. We could always use a reminder to have hope in difficult situations, which makes re-watching this film a natural choice.

                                      Watch Life of Pi a few times and you may have different interpretation of the story every time.

                                      19. Inception

                                        Dominic Cobb uses a technology called “inception” to steal secrets from people’s dreams. He’s an excellent thief, but if wants a shot at redemption, he has to pull off his most complicated mission yet.

                                        Inception (2010) is a cerebral thrill-ride. Watch this more than once to get a clearer understanding of the distinction between dreams and reality.

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                                        Inception will keep you thinking about the subtle differences between perception and real world.

                                        20. Shutter Island

                                          A rookie U.S. Marshall, Teddy Daniels, takes a missing persons case at a mental hospital for the criminally insane. He encounters many challenges on Shutter Island as he and his partner work to locate the murderess.

                                          This psychological thriller has more twists and turns than a country road. Shutter Island (2010) is the kind of film that you watch over and over to see what you missed on the first viewing.

                                          Question if seeing is believing on Shutter Island.

                                          21. Interstellar

                                            When Earth is on the brink of becoming uninhabitable, an astronaut embarks on a mission to find humans a new home. He has to fight to complete his work to ensure the future of humanity.

                                            Interstellar (2014) is a story that reminds us to have faith and continue to push forward, no matter how impossible the odds are. Quitting is not an option in this story, and we could all stand to be reminded of that once in a while.

                                            The relations between humans, time and universe are what make Interstellar worth re-watching.

                                            22. The Matrix

                                              The Matrix (1999) is the science-fiction equivalent of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave.” As the characters discover the nature of their existence, they must grapple with the age-old question, “Is ignorance really bliss?”

                                              The Matrix is a classic, and not just because the special effects dazzled us when the film came out. We live in a world where most of our perceptions of others are based on an identity that they’ve constructed. This movie reminds you to question what you see.

                                              Watch The Matrix for a mind-bending experience.

                                              23. La La Land

                                                An actress and a musician struggle to eek out their existence in LA. The journey toward success is paved with obstacles, and they have to work to define their dreams and what they mean to one another.

                                                La La Land (2016) takes us into the lives of hungry performers trying to make it in their respective fields. We get insight into how brutal show business can be, and we see the importance of perseverance.

                                                Watch La La Land to see what the path to success looks like.

                                                Keep Replaying

                                                All the films on this list have a great replayability factor. Each time you watch them, you’ll gain some insight or experience some aspect of the work anew.

                                                Keep this list handy for your next movie night. You won’t go astray watching (and re-watching) these tried-and-true titles.

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                                                Last Updated on November 19, 2019

                                                20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                                                20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                                                Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

                                                If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

                                                1. Create a Daily Plan

                                                Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

                                                2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

                                                Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

                                                3. Use a Calendar

                                                Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

                                                I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

                                                Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

                                                4. Use an Organizer

                                                An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

                                                These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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                                                5. Know Your Deadlines

                                                When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

                                                But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

                                                6. Learn to Say “No”

                                                Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

                                                Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

                                                7. Target to Be Early

                                                When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

                                                For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

                                                Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

                                                8. Time Box Your Activities

                                                This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

                                                You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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                                                9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

                                                Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

                                                10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

                                                Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

                                                You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

                                                11. Focus

                                                Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

                                                Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

                                                Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

                                                12. Block out Distractions

                                                What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

                                                I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

                                                When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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                                                Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

                                                13. Track Your Time Spent

                                                When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

                                                You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

                                                14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

                                                You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

                                                Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

                                                15. Prioritize

                                                Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

                                                Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                                                16. Delegate

                                                If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

                                                When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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                                                17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

                                                For related work, batch them together.

                                                For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

                                                1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
                                                2. coaching
                                                3. workshop development
                                                4. business development
                                                5. administrative

                                                I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

                                                18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

                                                What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

                                                One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

                                                While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

                                                19. Cut off When You Need To

                                                The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

                                                Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

                                                20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

                                                Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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