Life Lessons I've Learned at the Movies

Gump200In this presentation enhanced with PowerPoint images and film clips that lasts a little over an hour, Larry discusses life lessons he's discovered while sitting in darkened movie theaters.

Some are silly, like learning the hard way not to plop down in a movie seat too soon after coming into a dark theater from the bright sunshine outside.

Others are more serious -- motivational even -- such as life really is like a box of chocolates (full of surprises) and the importance of holding onto dreams.

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(Tom Hanks photo from "Forrest Gump" courtesy:  Paramount Pictures)

 

Never give a sucker an even break. The wise never rush into a dark movie theater on a sunny day and blindly plop down in a seat. Never turn your back on a dead guy (or monster) that you think you’ve just killed. And of course…life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’ll get.ever give a sucker an even break. The wise never rush into a dark movie theater on a sunny day and blinNNever give a sucker an even break. The wise never rush into a dark movie theater on a sunny day and blindly plop down in a seat. Never turn your back on a dead guy (or monster) that you think you’ve just killed. And of course…life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’ll get.ever give a sucker an even break. The wise never rush into a dark movie theater on a sunny day and blindly plop down in a seat. Never turn your back on a dead guy (or monster) that you think you’ve just killed. And of course…life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’ll get.dly plop down in a seat. Never turn your back on a dead guy (or monster) that you think you've just killed. And of course...life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you'll get.

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Movie Memories Update

Editor and publisher: Reining in Mr. Write

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Colin Firth, left, as Max Perkins and Jude Law as Thomas Wolfe in "Genius." (Marc Brenner/Roadside Attractions)

In the movie industry and in film critic circles, there's a term called a parking lot movie.

That's a film so good, so compelling or so thought provoking that movie-goers emerge from the creative darkness of a theater into the harsh bright light of reality and talk -- and perhaps argue -- about what they have just witnessed all the way to the car.

Genius, the dramatic verbal sparring match between early 20th century novelist Thomas Wolfe and his editor-publisher Max Perkins, drove me far beyond the aforementioned parking lot.  For the greater part of this morning, I've thrown myself into digging deeper into this volatile relationship between one of the most important writers of his lifetime and the word master who published and molded his work into Look Homeward, Angel and Of Time and the River.

Click here to read the full review.

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