Some people get their inspiration from a bright summer sky, and others find it in their friends and family. And then there are the people like me who draw inspiration and an excitement to create from experiencing the creations of other people. Here are a few movie scenes that make me scream, “Yeah! Let’s make stuff!”
Mrs. Travers (Emma Thompson) tells Ralph (Paul Giamatti) that his disabled daughter Jane can do anything, and hands him a list of names as proof.
Ralph: Albert Einstein, Van Gogh, Roosevelt, Frida Kahlo…what is this?
Mrs. Travers: They all had difficulties. Jane can do anything that anyone else can do. Do you understand? …Oh, I almost forgot. Turn it around.
Ralph: Walt Disney…?
Mrs. Travers: Hyperactive behavior and deficiencies in concentration – it explains everything!
Cyrano (Kevin Kline), pretending to be Christian (Daniel Sunjata), woos Roxanne (Jennifer Garner) at her balcony.
Cyrano: To hold in my hand such exquisite joy, I dare not let go of this chance to speak to you unseen… You have never heard ‘til now my true heart truly speaking… Stale words, what are they worth? A moment comes and God help those for whom it never comes. When love of such nobility possesses this shaking frame, that even the sweetest word, the ultimate honey, stings like vinegar…. In that most precious instant I shall take all words that ever were, or weren’t, or could, or couldn’t be, and in mad armfuls, not bouquets, I’ll smother you in them!
Long John Silver (Brian Murray) and Jim (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) have that awesome, heart-wrenching moment when Jim hears just what he needs to hear.
Silver: Now you listen to me, James Hawkins. You got the makings of greatness in you, but you got to take the helm and chart your own course. Stick to it, no matter the squalls! And when the time comes you get the chance to really test the cut of your sails, and show what you're made of... well, I hope I'm there, catching some of the light coming off you that day.
A vision of Cheryl (Kristen Wiig) singing David Bowie’s Space Oddity encourages Walter (Ben Stiller) to leap into action, aka onto a moving helicopter.
Ground Control to Major Tom / Ground Control to Major Tom / Take your protein pills / and put your helmet on. Ground Control to Major Tom / Commencing countdown, engines on / Check ignition, and may God’s love be with you.
What movie scenes do you find the most inspirational?
Let's be honest. Michelle could have put about a hundred awesome, emotion-packed movie scenes on this list. But she can only be SO productive on a Monday. But if you need just one more thing that makes you want to go out and be creative, here is a line from one of her favorite sonnets: "I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul."