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Flutterbyflyby3 in Mankato is doing 24 things including…

Watch a movie a week that inspires me to think, feel , or do for a year

20 cheers


Flutterbyflyby3 has written 19 entries about this goal

Have a Little Faith

Another Mitch Albom book to movie. I haven’t read this book, so when I stumbled on it on tv, I was excited. The story highlighted for me the ups and downs of a spiritual journey and the core similarities of people on a journey, whatever path their journey takes.

I will now need to read the book. :)

The Shawshank Redepmtion

This was on tv last night. I haven’t watched it in years, so thinking of this goal, I sat down and watched it.

This story for me is primarily about friendship. People not likely to have become friends in other circumstances, but able to bond and become close.

This is a movie where you see different things, different viewings. I think the last time I watched it, I focused more on holing onto self in the face of adversity. Always a good flick!


A movie I have seen a couple times. It digs in under my skin, shakes me, wakes me.

A search for a man, where others find themselves. A man totally loses himself, or does he? So many questions left as mysteries. Answers found that might be better left lost.

And a haunting song to boot…

The Westing Game

A book I loved, made into a movie. It wasn’t a bad book to movie, although it helped since I haven’t read it in years.

A group of people come together to live in an apartment building. They are the heirs to the Westing fortune if they play a game. In teams of two they compete.

As the game progresses the team members learn about each other. They form friendships that they would not have as they learn to work together.

This movie really made me think about team work. It also made me consider friendships and getting to know people. So often people are not what we think – getting to really know them is a surprise. A really good reminder not to make judgments.


A young girl turns 18. She has lived her life in a tower, “sheltered” by her Mother Gothel. Against her mother’s wishes she leaves her tower with a passing thief and begins her life.

This movie made me think about taking risks and breaking free of boundaries. As Rapunzel makes changes she goes through a lot of second thoughts and I think that was one of the things that made this a good movie.

Cold Souls

This film was said to be darkly funny, imaginative and clever. Frankly, it mostly left me cold.

The thing that stood out most to me in this film was that one inspires one person, is certainly nor always the same for another.

About a Boy

This has been on my list for awhile. Another popped up on tv, so I watched it movie. I am not a big fan of Hugh Grant. so I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie.

The main characters evolve in a fairly believable way. I enjoyed all of the off beat characters. They all walked their own path, yet in the end, accepted each other. The characters help & teach each other on their way to building this relationship. They build a family of choice.

Good messages in this film about walking your own path, caring for others & creating a family.

Call Me Mrs. Miracle

It is the season…and this turned up on tv. A bit over sappy & sweet – it was exactly what I expected. Isn’t that what we all want occasionally? A story guaranteed with a happy ending achieved by mini miracles & lots of synchronicity?

I believe in Santa Claus.

The Celestine Prophecy

I love this book, but as usual I can’t love the movie. The reasons I do not love it are not yet clear to me. I think I will need to watch it again.

I think it has to do with the pacing,,,but something else is bothering me. It is the kind of bother that means I am missing something or need to learn something.

I think that this movie did an excellent job of showing some of the manipulation games played by people. If I was still teaching my class at the Uni, this movie would definitely make my extra credit list. Spiritual beliefs aside, it illustrates how people try to imtimidate and influence others.

The movie was true to the book (it helps that the author was heavily involved in the movie. The pacing of course was pushed to make it into a movie. The insights were at times lost in the shuffle to get them in & move the story along. Perhaps it was the emphasis on the games & the tell but barely show, of the more peaceful, positive things that bothers me.

It has definitely gave me food for thought!

The Secret of Kells

A stumbled upon gem. Netflix recommended it – I tried it – I loved it! As soon as it was done I downloaded the soundtrack & am listening to it now. A Celtic fusion it is amazing.

This movie is a visual treat. If you have ever found yourself lost in a page from the Book of Kells – this will enchant you. The movie is animated and while the characters are simple the background often becomes a visual modern homage to the Book of Kells.

The story – yes there is one, and a thought provoking one; is a mix of Christian legend, Celtic animism and fantasy & a dash of history. In its simplest form it is a monomyth – a journey movie.

Brendan a young boy living in a monastery goes through his journey both physically & emotionally. He must make choices to follow his own path. The storyline while entirely predictable is told in a way that makes it a visual and aural treat. It’s a good message, worth repeating and done in a very entertaining fashion.

I really, really enjoyed this movie and am delighted that I chose it. It was exactly what I wanted tonight, and I had no idea it existed.

Flutterbyflyby3 has gotten 20 cheers on this goal.


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