Three Ways You Can Learn From Movies

Movies are everywhere.

Their stories, phrases, and scenes are a part of our culture.

We all have favorite movies, favorite memories relating to movies, and in some cases movies that help us define our lives. While you may not think about it, movies have probably enriched your life.

Movies are stories told in a rich medium. Stories are how we make sense of the world. They hold tremendous power to surprise and delight; to affect in ways far beyond entertainment. Stories, well told on film, can affect our views of ourselves and alter our perspectives of our world. Stories, without question, have made our lives better.

Learning is one of the most important parts of life. In fact, the ability to learn in a multitude of ways is one of our most human qualities. We learn best when we are immersed in a situation, actively involved in the learning process. Movies can help us learn because they wrap us up in a story. If you’ve ever jumped or screamed or cried during a movie, you’ve experienced the power of film.

While most think of movies as entertainment, a diversion or an escape because of their very nature they can be much more than that. As the previous paragraphs show, they likely already have become a source of learning in your life.

The rest of this article will provide you with three specific ways you can consciously use movies to drive your learning and enrich your life:

Asking Reflective Questions

oExploring Your Mental Filters

oCreating Group Conversation

oAsking Reflective Questions

There are some general questions that can be helpful when reviewing a movie – whether to reflect personally or to spark a conversation. These questions can be used with any movie and can be, by themselves, the foundation of meaningful learning opportunities. These core questions include:

oWhat was/were your favorite scene(s) and why?

oWhat did you like/dislike about the movie and why?

oIf you’ve seen the movie before, how was your experience of the movie different from past viewing(s)? What struck you the same or differently?

o What scenes made you laugh or cry (if appropriate)? Why?

o Which characters, if any, do you identify with in some way?

o What about this movie or story reminds you of your life experiences?

o What if anything will you do differently, or think about differently, since watching the movie?

o What insight do you gain from this movie?

o What in this movie inspires you?

Exploring Your Mental Filters

Your state of mind, current thoughts, and life experiences all play a part in how you “see” a movie.

This is one reason why you can watch a movie twice, even if only a few days apart, and have a very different experience. Your mental filters are the reason why you may experience a movie differently on different viewings.

Some of your filters are life-long, based on your values, early experiences and deeply held beliefs. For example, people who grew up in India will have a different perspective and therefore view the movie Gandhi much differently than Americans will. Different filters are largely the reasons for these distinct perspectives.

Other filters are related to more recent events and the various roles you are playing in your life at that time. If you saw The Sound of Music after recently being widowed, your reaction to Captain von Trapp might be different than in previous viewing of this movie. These more recent filters are the main causes of unique experiences during various viewings of the same film.

The question “If you’ve seen the movie before, how was your experience of the movie different from past viewing(s)? What struck you the same or differently?” is included to help you examine your filters. Often by thinking about these filters, movies can help you reflect your own growth and change over time, as well as how current situations are shaping you.

Creating Group Conversation

While you can do the first two tasks by yourself, I’m guessing you often watch movies with other people, so it’s natural to consider having a conversation with others about a movie.

Of course, this happens naturally already, either with the people you watched the movie with or around the coffee pot when you all realize you’ve all seen the same movie.

Since conversations about movies are natural, all I am suggesting is that you consciously extend and/or facilitate the discussion so that everyone can take lessons and insights for their own lives from the fiction you’ve experienced on film.

This may be as simple as you interjecting questions from the reflective question list into the normal movie banter, or it might be even more intentional where people agree ahead of time to extend the entertainment of the movie into the education that can be derived from it. Either way, everyone wins!

In the second case, if you are leading the conversation, the best way to begin is to simply tell people that the goal is to learn from the experience of the movie. Let them know that you want this to be fun, and encourage them to really listen to each other.

Encourage them to approach the conversation with a spirit of inquiry, not of debate. Conversations usually aren’t very fulfilling when everyone has the same opinion, so encourage people to share their thoughts, even if they seem “way out” or different from the opinions of others. When you set up the conversation that way, you are well on your way to a great interchange and much new learning for everyone.

Potential Pointer: Movies are a part of our lives, whether you watch several a week or haven’t been to the theater in years. Because movies provide a rich sensory experience of a story, they provide a wonderful platform to learn when you take the time to intentionally extract lessons from them.

Christmas Movies for the Whole Family

The best thing about Christmas movies is that they are wonderful for the whole family to watch together. These movies are specifically designed to be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. I want everyone to enjoy the holiday spirit not only during the Christmas season, but all year long with these family movies. This is why I compiled a list of Christmas movies which I believe to be among the best Christmas movies of all time. This list is specifically designed to be watched by the whole family, so if you are looking for movies of a more adult nature this may not be the list for you.

Number 10 on my list of Christmas movies is Jingle All The Way. I love this movie because it teaches a lesson to all the parents in the audience. Christmas movies are usually aimed at teaching children about the true meaning of these season however, in reality there are a lot of adults who need that same reminder. The story is both endearing and humorous. I believe that everyone can enjoy this movie.

At Number 9 on my list is The Santa Clause. This movie is different from most of the Christmas movies I have seen. As a member of the legal community, I had to appreciate the play on words in the movie. Children will love the fantasy of this movie, while adults can find humor in the underlying story. This is a great family movie, any time of the year.

Coming in at number 8 on my list of Christmas movies is Home Alone. This movie includes the use of practical jokes in order to catch a criminal. I love the creativity which was used when designing the practical jokes. This movie makes use of a very clean sense of humor which is appropriate for all age groups. Both parents and children will want to watch this movie over and over again.

Number 7 on my list is Miracle on 34th St. This movie is a classic and inspires the best in all of us. If you are looking for an uplifting movie that can really bring the spirit of the season to life, then this is the movie you are looking for.

At number 6 Elf. This is another Christmas comedy which has mastered the art of subtle adult humor while entertaining the whole family.

At number 5 on my list is The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. This story has always been one of my favorites. The remake of this movie, is nothing short of amazing. I watch this movie with my children every Christmas season, and it is still a hit year after year.

Number 4 goes to A Christmas Story. There is something about this classic Christmas movie that has spoken to generations of people, and it has not lost its touch. This movie is simply a must see for everyone who celebrates the Christmas holiday.

Coming in at number 3 is Alvin and The Chipmunks. While this is not your traditional kind of Christmas movie, it certainly speaks volumes to the spirit of the season. This movie is a perfect example of a movie which works all year long.

The runner up at number 2 is Scrooged. This movie is a wonderful remake of a timeless classic. There are lessons to be learned, and laughs to be had for the entire family.

Finally, at number one on my list of Christmas movies is All I Want For Christmas.

Horror Movie Attracts the Movie Lovers

postIndustry of movies offers numerous kinds of movies. These are particular genres of movies which entertain us. They make us laugh, make us cry and sometimes makes us scare also, but in any case we get entertained and feel excitement. Main movie genres can be categorised into 11 kinds. These 11 kinds of movie genres are Action Movies, Adventure Movies, Comedy Movies, Crime & Gangster Movies, Drama Movies, Epics/Historical Movies, Horror Movies, Musical (Dance) Movies, Science Fiction Movies, War (Anti-War) Movies and Westerns.

As name suggests each genre of the movie is filled with the named element, such as action with great stunts, comedy with nerve-tickling sequences and like that. Along with traditional genre movie kinds there are also non-genre movie categories. Some of these non-genre movie categories may be Animated Movies, Classic Movies, Cult Movies, Children Movies and like that. Whatever the genre is whatever the categories are, this is a true fact that movies entertain truly and they lead us to a whole new world of fantasies.

The movie show most beautiful faces, most ugly faces, most tender love-filled heart and at the same time the most ruthless heart, that is, we can see every emotion of our life in these movies. The movies have great dance sequences, music and views. No one can spare oneself with the magic of these movies. Social movies spread good message for making the society a good place for living. These films inspire us a lot. Movies do impart education in that sense.

One genre of movie which attracts a huge mass of movie lovers is horror movies. The horror movies have strange characters with unusual faces and body structures. These movies show sound effects which are very scary that causes chills and shudders. Horrors movies excite us also and they are full of spine-chilling sequences.

Horror movies have often a terrifying and shocking finale. They scare us while captivating and entertaining us at the same time in a cathartic experience. Horror movies feature a wide range of styles, from the earliest silent Nosferatu classic, to today’s CGI monsters and deranged humans. They are sometimes combined with science fiction. Here the menace or monster is related to a corruption of technology, or when Earth is threatened by aliens. The scariest movies show sequences of an old and deserted big palace with no one, but a ghost and a group of people meet him or her in bizarre consequences. These movies are full of special sound effects and light effects.

Everyone loves to get oneself scared by watching these horror movies. It scares, excites and sometimes makes us laugh under fear also. There are many sub-genres of horror movies also like slasher, teen terror, serial killers, satanic, Dracula, Frankenstein, etc. You would love to move away in a fantasy land with these movies so often. Movie industry has produced many excellent horror movies. Some of the top rated horror titles are Psycho, The Innocents, Dead of Night, Peeping Tom, The Wicker Man, The Haunting, Theatre of Blood, Dracula, Brides of Dracula, Dead Man’s shoes and Dr. Jekyll And Sister Hyde to name a few. The horror movies are generally a tale of repression, superstition and sexual hysteria. These movies boast excellent cinematography, superb acting and seriously scaring moments.

It is very difficult to find the movie of your choice particularly in horror movies genre. New-age online shopping portals are offering many titles under this category. They have classical horror movies, cult horror movies, scariest horror movies and like that. The titles available wouldmesmerise you for sure. Shopping for these titles is also very easy and full of fun. Just check one of these sites and you can see lots of excitement is waiting for you.