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Last Updated on January 18, 2018

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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                                                Published on November 14, 2018

                                                Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                                                Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                                                With our busy, always on lives, it seems that more and more of us are facing constant tiredness and fatigue on a regular basis.

                                                For many people, they just take this in their stride as part of modern life, but for others the impact can be crippling and can have a serious effect on their sense of wellbeing, health and productivity.

                                                In this article, I’ll share some of the most common causes of constant tiredness and fatigue and give you some guidance and action steps you can take to overcome some of the symptoms of fatigue.

                                                Why Am I Feeling Fatigued?

                                                Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.  It is a reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.[1]

                                                It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their life. 

                                                For many people, fatigue is caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing issues rather than an underlying medical condition.

                                                Although fatigue is sometimes described as tiredness, it is different to just feeling tired or sleepy. Everyone feels tired at some point, but this is usually resolved with a nap or a few nights of good sleep. Someone who is sleepy may also feel temporarily refreshed after exercising. If you are getting enough sleep, good nutrition and exercising regularly but still find it hard to perform, concentrate or be motivated at your normal levels, you may be experiencing a level of fatigue that needs further investigation. 

                                                Symptoms of Fatigue

                                                Fatigue can cause a vast range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

                                                • chronic tiredness, exhaustion or sleepiness
                                                • mental blocks
                                                • lack of motivation
                                                • headache
                                                • dizziness
                                                • muscle weakness
                                                • slowed reflexes and responses
                                                • impaired decision-making and judgement
                                                • moodiness, such as irritability
                                                • impaired hand-to-eye coordination
                                                • reduced immune system function
                                                • blurry vision
                                                • short-term memory problems
                                                • poor concentration
                                                • reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand

                                                Causes of Fatigue

                                                The wide range of causes that can trigger fatigue include:

                                                • Medical causes: Constant exhaustion, tiredness and fatigue may be a sign of an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease, anemia or diabetes.
                                                • Lifestyle-related causes: Being overweight and a lack of regular exercise can lead to feelings of fatigue.  Lack of sleep and overcommitting can also create feelings of excessive tiredness and fatigue.
                                                • Workplace-related causes: Workplace and financial stress in a variety of forms can lead to feelings of fatigue.
                                                • Emotional concerns and stress: Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation.

                                                Fatigue can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination.

                                                Medical Causes of Fatigue

                                                If you have made lifestyle changes to increase your energy and still feel exhausted and fatigued, it may be time to seek guidance from your doctor.

                                                Here are a few examples of illnesses that can cause ongoing fatigue. Seek medical advice if you suspect you have a health problem:

                                                Anemia

                                                Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. It is a common cause of fatigue in women.

                                                Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

                                                There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.[2]

                                                Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

                                                Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that can cause persistent, unexplained fatigue that interferes with daily activities for more than six months.

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                                                This is a chronic condition with no one-size-fits-all treatment, but lifestyle changes can often help ease some symptoms of fatigue.[3]

                                                Diabetes

                                                Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars. When your sugars are high, they remain in the bloodstream instead of being used for energy, which makes you feel fatigued. Low blood sugar (glucose) means you may not have enough fuel for energy, also causing fatigue.[4]

                                                Sleep Apnea

                                                Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Most people are not aware this is happening, but it can cause loud snoring, and daytime fatigue.

                                                Being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea.[5]

                                                Thyroid disease

                                                An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This makes you feel tired and you could also put on weight and have aching muscles and dry skin.[6]

                                                Common lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue include:

                                                • Lack of sleep
                                                • Too much sleep 
                                                • Alcohol and drugs 
                                                • Sleep disturbances 
                                                • Lack of regular exercise and sedentary behaviour 
                                                • Poor diet 

                                                Common workplace issues that can cause fatigue include:

                                                • Shift work: Our body is designed to sleep during the night. A shift worker may confuse their circadian clock by working when their body is programmed to be asleep.
                                                • Poor workplace practices: This may include long work hours, hard physical labour, irregular working hours (such as rotating shifts), a stressful work environment, boredom or working alone. 
                                                • Workplace stress – This can be caused by a wide range of factors including job dissatisfaction, heavy workload, conflicts with bosses or colleagues, bullying, or threats to job security.
                                                • Burnout: This could be striving too hard on one area of your life while neglecting others, which leads to a life that feels out of balance.

                                                Psychological Causes of Fatigue

                                                Psychological factors are present in many cases of extreme tiredness and fatigue.  These may include:

                                                • Depression: Depression is characterised by severe and prolonged feelings of sadness, dejection and hopelessness. People who are depressed commonly experience chronic fatigue.
                                                • Anxiety and stress: Someone who is constantly anxious or stressed keeps their body in overdrive. The constant flooding of adrenaline exhausts the body, and fatigue sets in.
                                                • Grief: Losing a loved one causes a wide range of emotions including shock, guilt, depression, despair and loneliness.

                                                How to Tackle Constant Fatigue

                                                Here are 12 ways you can start tackling the causes of fatigue and start feeling more energetic.

                                                1. Tell The Truth

                                                Some people can numb themselves to the fact that they are overtired or fatigued all the time. In the long run, this won’t help you.

                                                To give you the best chance to overcome or eliminate fatigue, you must diagnose and tell the truth about the things that are draining your energy, making you tired or causing constant fatigue.

                                                Once you’re honest with yourself about the activities you’re doing in your life that you find irritating, energy-draining, and make you tired on a regular basis you can make a commitment to stop doing them.

                                                The help that you need to overcome fatigue is available to you, but not until you tell the truth about it. The first person you have to sell on getting rid of the causes of fatigue is yourself.

                                                One starting point is to diagnose the symptoms. When you start feeling stressed, overtired or just not operating at your normal energy levels make a note of:

                                                • How you feel
                                                • What time of day it is
                                                • What may have contributed to your fatigue
                                                • How your mind and body reacts

                                                This analysis may help you identify, understand and then eliminate very specific causes.

                                                2. Reduce Your Commitments

                                                When we have too many things on our plate personally and professionally, we can feel overstretched, causing physical and mental fatigue.

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                                                If you have committed to things you really don’t want to do, this causes irritability and low emotional engagement. Stack these up throughout your day and week, then your stress levels will rise.

                                                When these commitments have deadlines associated with them, you may be trying to cram in far too much in a short period of time.  This creates more stress and can affect your decision making ability.

                                                Start being realistic about how much you can get done. Either reduce the commitments you have or give yourself more time to complete them in.

                                                3. Get Clear On Your Priorities

                                                If working on your list of to-do’s or goals becomes too overwhelming, start reducing and prioritizing the things that matter most.

                                                Start with prioritizing just 3 things every day. When you complete those 3 things, you’ll get a rush of energy and your confidence will grow.

                                                If you’re trying to juggle too many things and are multi-tasking, your energy levels will drop and you’ll struggle to maintain focus.

                                                Unfinished projects can make you self-critical and feel guilty which drops energy levels further, creating inaction.

                                                Make a list of your 3 MIT (Most Important Tasks) for the next day before you go to bed. This will stop you overcommitting and get you excited about what the next day can bring.

                                                4. Express More Gratitude

                                                Gratitude and confidence are heavily linked. Just being thankful for what you have and what you’ve achieved increases confidence and makes you feel more optimistic.

                                                It can help you improve your sense of wellbeing, which can bring on feelings of joy and enthusiasm.

                                                Try starting a gratitude journal or just note down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.

                                                5. Focus On Yourself

                                                Exhaustion and fatigue can arrive by focusing solely on other people’s needs all the time, rather than worrying about and focusing on what you need (and want).

                                                There are work commitments, family commitments, social commitments. You may start with the best intentions, to put in your best performance at work, to be an amazing parent and friend, to simply help others.

                                                But sometimes, we extend ourselves too much and go beyond our personal limits to help others. That’s when constant exhaustion can creep up on us.  Which can make us more fatigued.

                                                We all want to help and do our best for others, but there needs to be some balance. We also need to take some time out just for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate.

                                                6. Set Aside Rest and Recovery Time

                                                Whether it’s a couple of hours, a day off, a mini-break or a proper holiday, time off is essential to help us recover, recharge and refocus.

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                                                Recovery time helps fend off mental fatigue and allows us to simply kick back and relax.

                                                The key here, though, is to remove ourselves from the daily challenges that bring on tiredness and fatigue. Here’s how.

                                                Can you free yourself up completely from work and personal obligations to just rest and recover?

                                                7. Take a Power Nap

                                                When you’re feeling tired or fatigued and you have the ability to take a quick 20-minute nap, it could make a big difference to your performance for the rest of the day.

                                                Napping can improve learning, memory and boost your energy levels quickly.

                                                This article on the benefit of napping is a useful place to start if you want to learn more: How a 20-Minute Nap at Work Makes You Awake and Productive the Whole Day

                                                8. Take More Exercise

                                                The simple act of introducing some form of physical activity into your day can make a huge difference. It can boost energy levels, make you feel much better about yourself and can help you avoid fatigue.

                                                Find something that fits into your life, be that walking, going to the gym, running or swimming. 

                                                The key is to ensure the exercise is regular and that you are emotionally engaged and committed to stick with it.

                                                You could also walk more which will help clear your head and shift your focus away from stressful thoughts.

                                                9. Get More Quality Sleep

                                                To avoid tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue, getting enough quality sleep matters. 

                                                Your body needs sleep to recharge.  Getting the right amount of sleep every night can improve your health, reduce stress levels and help us improve our memory and learning skills.

                                                My previous article on The Benefits of Sleep You Need to Know will give you some action steps to start improving your sleep. 

                                                10. Improve Your Diet

                                                Heavy or fatty meals can make you feel sluggish and tired, whilst some foods or eating strategies do just the opposite.

                                                Our always on lives have us reaching for sweets or other sugary snacks to give us a burst of energy to keep going. Unfortunately, that boost fades quickly which can leave you feeling depleted and wanting more.

                                                On the other hand, whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats supply the reserves you can draw on throughout the day.

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                                                To keep energy up and steady, it’s a good idea to limit refined sugar and starches.

                                                Eating small meals and healthy snacks every few hours throughout the day provides a steady supply of nutrients to body and brain. It’s also important not to skip breakfast.

                                                Eating a balanced diet helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range and prevents that sluggish feeling when your blood sugar drops.

                                                11. Manage Your Stress Levels

                                                Stress is one of the leading causes of exhaustion and fatigue, and can seriously affect your health.

                                                When you have increased levels of stress at work and at home, it’s easy to feel exhausted all the time. 

                                                Identifying the causes of stress and then tackling the problems should be a priority. 

                                                My article on How to Help Anxiety When Life is Stressing You Out shares 16 strategies you can use to overcome stress.

                                                12. Get Hydrated

                                                Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget to keep ourselves fully hydrated.

                                                Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight and is essential in maintaining our body’s basic functions.

                                                If we don’t have enough water, it can adversely affect our mental and physical performance, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

                                                The recommended daily amount is around two litres a day, so to stay well hydrated keep a water bottle with you as much as possible.

                                                The Bottom Line

                                                These 12 tips can help you reduce your tiredness and feeling of fatigue.  Some will work better than others as we are all different, whilst others can be incorporated together in your daily life.

                                                If you’ve tried to make positive changes to reduce fatigue and you still feel tired and exhausted, it may be time to consider making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your condition.

                                                Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

                                                Reference

                                                [1]Oxford English Dictionary: Definition of fatigue
                                                [2]NHS Choices: 10 Reasons for feeling tired
                                                [3]Verywellhealth: What is chronic fatigue syndrome
                                                [4]Everyday Health: Why does type 2 diabetes make you feel tired
                                                [5]Mayo Clinic: Sleep apnea
                                                [6]Harvard Health: The lowdown on thyroid slowdown

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