What lessons in life were taught to you by movies? Maybe you were taught a lesson but a movie line or premise taught you the moral lesson. The human condition that gay couples faced in Philadelphia may have brought you from acceptance to full on empathy. Maybe it was a fairness lesson. For me, I'm 36, I grew up in white bred NW Washington. When I was kid, if you saw someone with extra melanin, it was because they were Indian, the fishing kind up here. It was a stunning lack of diversity. I come from a family that had generational racism one side. The preceding generation isn't hateful, but sometimes ignorant. Maybe the joke goes too far and the room rolls their eyes. As a result of this, I was 22 before racial equality clicked for me. Sure, I was fair, but 25 seconds of a movie made me say, "I have to change my thinking." A Time to Kill has a scene where Samuel Jackson says to Matthew McConaughey, "You see me as Different". It struck me because McConaughey is trying to help him and be equitable, but there is more to the story. It changed me. Not a great teacher, parent, friend or experience, but a movie. What movie has changed you? 

Here's mine 3:35 to 4:00


    

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Movies and TV shows definitely influenced my thoughts on race and regarding people of other races as 'normal' instead of mysterious. I grew up in eastern Oregon... Bend to be precise and the only people with extra melanin we saw were those from the near by reservation or those building houses (people from somewhere south of the border.)

My mom said that once when I was really little and sitting in the cart we went past a black couple with a baby and I said out loud "look mom it's a chocolate baby!"

Here's a short list of shows/movies what I can come up with off the top of my head that influenced me in some way:
- The Cosby Show
- Sometimes in April
- Hotel Rwanda
- Milk
- The Matthew Shepard Story (made for TV movie)

All of these movies and shows influenced my thinking away from that of my grandparents and from my parents to some extent too. My grandparents always were and still to this day are racist... not violent racist but the "they should keep to themselves/go back to their own country" racist. They certainly are homophobic and think homosexuals are going straight to hell and that the 'gay' can be spread similar to a virus.

My mother isn't racist at all and due to my influence isn't really bothered by gays as far as I can figure my did still harbors a few prejudices mostly in that he talks like he is suspicious of certain so called 'races.' He also is very suspicious of gays and would rather not be around them.
I had one of greatest ski trips of my life at Bachelor in 1988. I'm usually down there once a year to inspect a crane that a guy owns. The homes on the west end of town are ridiculous! It would be a great weekend home town if I had a Cessna and more money.
That's interesting. I don't know that I ever saw that movie. I might have to hunt it down and watch it now. The set up of forgiving everyone does come off arrogant and I've never thought of it that way from a human to human.
I might have to do a side by side of Kidman. I never thought of her as being a woman who has had work done, but she looks totally different there.
You would know if you had seen Dogville. It is unlike anything else. It's a wonderful movie, but it's very disturbing.
Barbarossa: Willie Nelson plays the red beard, one line from the movie: "What you cannot change, you accept."
Pulp Fiction taught me that compromise is necessary sometimes--

Marsellus: In the fifth, your ass goes down. Say it.
Butch: In the fifth, my ass goes down.
Marsellus Wallace. My favorite gangster of all time.
How could I forget American History X? Definitely one to add to my above list.
I've often thought about life lessons from the movies. I can think of thousands of little tidbits I carry around with me from the movies, as well as books. All kinds of fiction, really.

My theory is that the original nomads whom the bible is based on were doing much the same thing with camp-fire stories.
Maybe I'm being an ass about this, agnostic hubby thinks so, but I really don't want my kid seeing Tinker Bell 3 again... the Great Fairy Rescue one...anybody know what I'm talkin about? Haven't seen any fussing about it on the internet, but I really freakin hate them painting the kids dad (a scientist who advocates reason and logic) as a fkn monster! The first two weren't preachy, they were awesome kiddo flicks that stretched imaginations and were colorful, pretty music and animation and we thought they were uber cute...but there's an all-to-strong emphasis in the third that I can't help but see as a cracked door into pushing a message against science.
I might be able to find some movie quotes somewhere... but the pic I included is the main thing.. the little girl always looks so scared of Dad. They have Dad not spending any time with her, because he's always fixing the house or doing his science. They have Dad trying to push a journal on her. He studies and lives in the world of science, and he got her a gift, a scientific journal. Says she has great potential and should fill it with research, and when he finds her doing fairy research (which in the movie where fairies are real, is real research) he gets totally pissed, asks why she wastes her talents on fairytales. She actually uses the words at one point, "You don't have to prove it, you just have to believe!" He actually uses the words at one point, "If you can't see it/prove it, it's not real!" ... (what scientists thinks there are absolutely no things in the universe we can't see or prove?) so in this sense, fairytales for kids, Dad ends up being wrong. He owes her a huge apology at the end, has a picnic with fairies and makes them tea. I don't know why he had to be a scientist, or pushing science on her, why the plot had to be quite so.. except to extend an ulterior message than just being allowed to use your imagination.
OH I almost forgot, they sic Dad on the childrens' hero, Tink! Yes, they victimize the star Disney Character, by way of a mean Dad/scientist character who wants to use her for research when he discovers her, and has apparently no value for her life! wtf? He also entraps a living butterfly to take and be studied, and tells his daughter to explain this, "Yes it's unfortunate for the 'specimen,' but ..." (something along the lines of that's the cost of science or something) ... Every other line was a smack at science or study, in a sense of it being versus the beauty of simple belief.

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