What Movies Inspired You?

7 comments | January 2nd, 2012

First, we owe a big apology to whomever the original source of these specific quotes was, because when we first clipped it (months ago), we clipped carelessly and left out the original url.  We know, not cool. But whomever they are, they did such a nice job pulling a handful of inspirational lines and thoughts from the archives of film, that we hope they won't mind if we share them here even without proper attribution.  If it was you, please forgive us – and please let us know and we'll modify right away. Everything that follows, until our questions, is from the original piece:

"You get what you settle for." This inspirational quote was in the film "Thelma and Louise", starring Susan Sarandon. It's a pretty straight forward quote, with a lot of meaning behind it. What you get out of life is what you try for. If you settle for less, you will get less.

"Do or do not. There is no try." This quote comes from "The Empire Strikes Back", and the famous Yoda recites this inspirational message. It reminds us that in life, we either do something or we don't. It doesn't even matter what happens or what was achieved by it. What matters is the doing.

"From that day on, if I was ever going somewhere, I was running!" The movie "Forrest Gump" is full of inspirational quotes, and this is one of the best. The character Forrest decides to run across the country, and get where he wants to be. Perhaps we all wish we could do something like this.

"You got a dream…you gotta protect it. People can't do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want something, go get it. Period." The movie "The Pursuit of Happyness" is probably one of the most inspiring movies ever made, and this quote reminds us that you have to chase after your dreams, no matter how difficult it is.

Ok, it's us again.  If you've been reading @OOC for any time, you know we here hold Hollywood etc accountable for playing a part in our cultural wellness and illness.  You know that we hold the makers of popular culture (along with ourselves, parents, each other etc etc) responsible for how people feel, what they see, and how and what they don't.

Our premise has always been that the makers of popular culture help define and influence so much of what we think, like, talk about etc…that they can be heroes.  They can shoose to use their platforms for good or ill, or neither.  It's up to them…and us, to help influence them.

Ok, enough about that.  Here and now, it's about films (or songs and tv shows and books, why not) that have inspired you, lifted you up, made you feel good. Tell us what they were in the comments.  Maybe even post a link to a track or two.  And let's have a big hurray for Hollywood, because we heart you. 

(And again, our bad and our apologies to whomever first pulled this together.)





  • Blaire

    Posted on January 2, 2012

    I saw Brian’s Song when I was little. I swear that even at 9 or 10, it made me value life and realize how fleeting it can be.

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  • Jenna T.

    Posted on January 2, 2012

    This may sound really dumb, but An Inconvenient Truth really changed my behaviors. I never leave lights on anymore when I leave a room; I turn water off when I’m brushing my teeth, and I do not flush when I just pee (if you must know).

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  • Odette

    Posted on January 2, 2012

    As strsange as it sounds, Black Swan. It was the movie that rescued me. At the time, I was very sexually repressed and terrified with my own body. I told this to my best guy friend (whom I also had a major crush on for years), and he decided to give me detailed instructions on how to give myself an orgasm, even though what I really needed was for somebody to tell me that I was not a freak. My best female friend and I danced together. I taught her how to dance, and she was becoming better then me. On top of that, she was also incredibly comfortable with her sexuality. She also had a crush on my guy friend. He told me he and I couldn’t date because he didn’t want to spoil our friendship. Little did I know that he was dating my friend secretly. He was never technically abusive to me, at lest not directly, but i knew that it was an abusive relationship. He made me feel like a freak that needed fixing, and I knew that I would never be able to live up to what he wanted me to be, so I punished myself with scissors and rubber bands and pinching. When I saw that movie, I realized just how much of a problem I was in. I needed to save myself from what was going on, lest I end up crazy like Natalie Portman.

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    • OffOurChests

      Posted on January 3, 2012

      Odette, first, we’re sorry. That all sounds hard and confusing. Second, we can’t help but be reminded of a song lyric that goes “you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.” Seems Black Swan was that for you…and whatever works – works. Here’s to a better today, tomorrow and ever after…XO, OOC

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  • KP

    Posted on January 3, 2012

    I loved almost every minute of “Thelma and Louise”. It was so empowering to me. That scene with the truck driver was amazing. I have always hated those curvy woman silhouette mudflaps and men who shout disgusting things. So when they blew up his truck I applauded. I am not a violent person, but people can push you too far!

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  • goshawk

    Posted on January 5, 2012

    I’ve always loved the movie G.I. Jane. It’s like this awesome, totally unapologetic middle finger to the whole idea that women can’t be as tough, as strong, as capable as men. It didn’t even have any “too much boyfriend, not enough rollerderby” issues. Every time I watch it, I get psyched to go after what I want.

    More recently, the movie Secretariat was a wonderful surprise. I love horses and I’ve watched film of Secretariat’s races, so I mostly went to the movie for the horses. They don’t make enough big-budget horse movies, in my opinion. I was pleasantly surprised by the human storyline, though – it was a story! About a woman! Who saw what she wanted and WENT for it, against custom and the wishes of her husband and the opinions of her neighbours! And the narrative doesn’t punish her for it!!!

    Also, pretty horses. =)

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    • OffOurChests

      Posted on January 7, 2012

      Pretty horses always make for a nice film…Black Stallion, National Velvet…come on!

      Gotta love a movie that gives you your money’s worth of entertainment and also makes you feel – not just think, but feel – you can go do anything…or at least go get what you want. Thanks for sharing, Goshawk. XO, OOC

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