Some Films that Inspire Me to Journal...

When I watch a movie I tend to look for some concept or moral I can take with me and expound upon in my journal.  Some of my best entries are inspired by lines and scenes from films--especially films with quality, timelessly resonant moments and/or relevant messages that can pertain to the soulful journey as a whole.

The following are movies whose scenes have given extra flavor to my journal pages over the years, even introducing new ideas and subjects through which I can narrate with my pen and add to my journey.  Also, these films have helped give new points of reference for expanding on present circumstances/life events or have inspired me to write about a completely different concept altogether.


Diary of a Mad Black Woman

The Scenes:

The scene when Helen's husband drags her out of the house and moves in his mistress;
the scene that shows her processing her rebuilding her life through journaling;
and finally her being able to start a new life with Orlando.

In My Journal:  

Processing forgiveness and moving into a new day.  
Helen's internal work to navigate the foreign space of starting from scratch
(going from living in a mansion to waitressing and living with her great aunt),
reorienting herself, and rebuilding her life. This film shows how corporeal a journal (diary)
can be to a teastained woman using the pages to release and process herself,
outline her circumstances, and chart the course of her rebound.



My Fair Lady

The Scene:
Ah! The scene in the end, set at Professor Higgins' mother's home, where he finds
the product of his successful "experiment" Eliza--former street vendor of tacky flower bundles to the upperclass--
who is now a dignified woman that is NOT afraid of him,
 now commanding the dignity for which her new, refined dialect and poise calls.
In this scene, Higgins' frustration in not being able to express how he misses Eliza
being such a key part of his life without setting his arrogance
aside. Instead, he still attempts to treat her like the flower girl on the street he met some months before. 
Higgins, however, is constantly confronted by the confident, declaring, and optimistic Eliza, 
who reminds him that she is not that woman anymore, and commands that he cease seeking to treat her as such.
Her dialogue of dignity, fortitude and fearlessness as she faces the unknown future
is such an empowering thing to behold.  We'd already seen her frustrations in an earlier scene
("What's to become of me??"), so to see her decked in a flowy gown, pouring tea, and
uttering flawless language to express her determination and refined resolve to
carry on in a new life with or without the professor's help is amazing.

In My Journal:  
Commanding people to call me by my new name and not use who I used to be as a baseline for how to address me.
Recognizing when a change in language and vocabulary is enough indication for a new identity. 
Also: not being intimidated by those who have more than financially or in status, etc.
because they actually need those of us with the dynamic resolve and proclivity for ascent
to remind them of humanity's power.


The Wiz

The Scene:
The whole movie reminds me of the Black experience.  
But my favorite scene is the "Brand New Day" number.
My goodness, the allegory of stripping off old, ugly vestments
to reveal beautiful Black bodies that dance their freedom,
declaring "Can you/feel a/ brand new day???"

In My Journal:  
What do I need to strip of so that I can be free?
Have I become so accustomed to my life's circumstances that
I don't even know how ugly they have made me?
Can I feel a brand new day? 

Desert Dancer

The Scene:
Eliyeh's struggle with drug addiction despite her incredible (though contraband) talent as a dancer.
Also, when the illegal Iranian dance company has their covert recital in the remoteness of the desert.

In My Journal:  
I am not facing a despotic, terroristic society that's anti-freedom of expression.
What am I doing with the freedom to share truth?
Am I drugging myself because I am afraid of what I contain?
What is that fear and where does it come from? What's my drug?
What's my desert? What's my dance?  

Beasts of the Southern Wild

The Scenes
Every scene with Hushpuppy's father, Wink, teaching her the ways of survival.
It comes across like he's stripping her of her childhood but we learn that he is terminally ill
and is seeking to prepare Hushpuppy to prevail in their Louisiana bayou.

In My Journal:
This movie helped me process daddy issues in a different way.
My father was such a disciplinarian and very distant, absent even.  
However, much that I know about navigating the world today
comes from the gold nuggets he force-fed me.  I actually found myself asking
if he gave me all he had to give in the violent way he chose
because in some way he was "dying" and wanted me to have quality
contents shared with in urgency over affectionate instructing.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

The Scene:
The ending scene, when Wonka tells Charlie that he is giving him the chocolate factory.

In My Journal:
 Wow, that last scene gets me every time.  
Integrity and inheritance. Preparation and intention.
 Does my countenance and disposition align me with a moment like Charlie's?  
Am I sojourning such that I can be entrusted with ownership?  
If someone were to hand me the keys to a business or the keys to a [better] home or anything would I be ready?
Am I passing tests in my life that are preparing me for ownership?
Or am I conceptually making light of the circumstances I am going through
instead of delving into my life and participating in all of the substance that's occurring to, around, within me?