Welcome to our monthly column where a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale



Feel-better or Feel-good?

 

Have you ever sat at a traffic light and seen this? A frown on the red light, a neutral face on the amber and a smiley face on the green? This is a useful illustration of the extremes and middle of what is called the Emotional Scale.

At the bottom of the scale or ladder, is deep, even dangerous, depression. At the top is exhilaration, boundless joy and, in the middle, a neutral state of apathy or disappointment. In between there are lots of gradations but the traffic lights are a good summary because just as you cannot go from red to green so you cannot go from the depths of despair to the heights of happiness. If you are feeling bad, you cannot go in one leap to feeling good. However, you can feel better.
If you've just been hit by a crisis you may not even be ready to feel better but once you are, a number of things can help get you onto the next rung of the ladder up to joy: for example, books, songs, pampering and films.

 

For the past year Heath & Happiness Magazine has featured a column called Feelgood Film Reviews but these are more accurately Feel-better Film Reviews and so from this month the title will be changing. Each film is sensitively selected to help viewers wherever they are on the emotional scale.

Why does this difference between feel-better and feel-good matter? If you've just received the blow of devastating news and a belly-laugh movie is playing it can create a feeling of isolation from the rest of humanity and deepen depression. Also sometimes a film billed as 'feel-good' can contain upsetting scenes or events that can just make things worse. Feel-better films strive to avoid these.

Crucially you need to understand the difference when you are trying to help someone else who is going through a crisis. Watching a film with them can be a great comfort and distraction that can have a healing effect. You want to get the choice of what you view together right. If you opt for a feel-better film, the one you offer might not be to their taste but is unlikely to upset them. The next one could be spot on and may take them up three or four rungs.

Storytelling is innate; it defines our species just as our desire for happiness does. Wherever we are emotionally we can always reach for the better feeling thought. Having it offered to us in a film can make it that bit easier. Even if we are generally happy, if we're hit by the flu, what do we do? Sofa, hot water bottle, cup of tea and a nice film, maybe old favourite of which we know every word and is as cosy and comfortable as an old, loved jumper. However, stories can do more; they can stimulate, offer inspiration, motivation and possible solutions. In short, they can make you feel better. If you're already towards the top of the emotional scale, they can even make you feel good.
If you've found any of the films suggested in the column helpful, do let us know. If you would like some ideas for something to watch to help someone who is reeling from a crisis then just drop me line at chartreuse@heypressto.com. I would love to hear from you.
 

Wishing you health, happiness, the best of the Holiday Season and a green light.


 

Author Bio:


Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

See more film reviews at http://heypressto.com/

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We Bought a Zoo

PG. Comedy, Drama, Family. Twentieth Century Fox.
Available from Amazon.

 

 

The Storyline

Six months after the death of Catherine, his beloved wife and mother of their 14-year-old Dylan (Colin Ford) and 7-year-old Rosie, action man journalist Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) is lost in the dark. He isolates himself from anything beyond necessary human contact, yet is surrounded by unbearable reminders of Catherine.

Benjamin has a supportive and loving brother, Duncan (Thomas Haden Church), who advises him that it’s time to let a little sunshine into his life. Stalwart little Rosie does her best to help. However, talented artist but grief-disturbed Dylan gets suspended from school.

Unable to continue his career in the same way and sick of sympathy from his editor, Benjamin quits his job. At home his family is repeatedly disturbed by noisy neighbours so he decides to move; to a different area, get a change of scene, a fresh start. A cheerful estate agent, working his first day on the job, takes Rosie and Benjamin on a tour of available residences but none of the houses they view gets a thumbs-up. Finally, they approach an 18-acre property with a unique situation.

They are about to embark on a life-changing adventure. The property, in a scenic location nine miles from civilization, is a neglected zoo with fifty species of animals, including many endangered ones. Ben has an inheritance from his father that could finance the purchase of the property. There would be four months to get the place fit to pass an inspection in time for the zoo’s peak ticket sales season, but Benjamin knows nothing about caring for animals.

Benjamin’s brother has reservations. Dylan reacts with anger and resentment at being uprooted. However, Rosie is radiant at her father’s decision to go ahead. Dylan’s rebellion is undermined by meeting the engaging 13-year-old, home-schooled Lily (Elle Fanning) who works at the zoo’s Jaguar Café.

Hardworking, good-hearted Head Zoo Keeper, Kelly Foster (Scarlett Johansson) has a team of five including Lily, Peter who is a passionate Scottish visionary enclosure designer, and critical book-keeper Rhonda, plus a capuchin monkey. There is a tremendous amount to be done to please the exacting eye of the arrogant, insulting, sexist inspector Walter Ferris.

Outgoings are high, there are fences to be built, enclosure modifications to be made, an unhappy bear, a sick tiger, a box of snakes, school runs to make, and an escapee to bring back into the fold.

A spot visit from the inspector adds thousands of dollars of must-haves to the already long list, creating a shortfall of over $50,000. Subversive Rhonda raises doubt in the team about Benjamin’s commitment to the zoo. Meanwhile, Dylan inadvertently sabotages his friendship with Lily.

However, Dylan hears from his father about the power of 20 seconds of insane bravery. Benjamin learns how to talk to animals, finds Catherine’s cushion, and the sun saves the day.

 

Cast and Crew

We Bought a Zoo is loosely based on a true story of a family who bought a zoo on Dartmoor here in the UK. The remarkably positive director Cameron Crowe’s heart was clearly in this project. ‘The movie’s about optimism,’ said Cameron. He persuaded Matt Damon to come on board by playing him Jonsi’s award winning music score. Damon, as a husband and father of four, was easily able to relate to the character. The real Benjamin Mee, who wrote the book, said that being part of the cycle of life and the environment helped him to get through the loss of his wife.

 

The Message

An unwelcome change can begin a new chapter; different but just as good and maybe even better. The Mee family members find focus, recovery, achievement, delight, new friends skills, and romance. Often a loss can result in new perspectives, in greater freedom for you to pursue a project, maybe something that comes out of the blue, an opportunity, an idea that captures your enthusiasm and imagination. Let it fill your sails and see where the wind takes you. There is no such thing as a failed experiment; there is no wrong path especially out of the dark to find ‘a little sunshine.’


Author Bio:

Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

See more film reviews at http://heypressto.com/

Follow Chartreuse on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Heypressto.

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The Rewrite

12A. Comedy, Romance. Castle Rock Entertainment.
Available from Amazon.





The Storyline

Arrogant, self-indulgent, once famous Hollywood screenwriter Keith Michaels (Hugh Grant) is desperate. He hasn't made a successful pitch in years. His agent kindly finds him a position teaching screen writing at Binghamton, which he regards as an obscure North-West US university. Keith has no other income and mounting bills. When his electricity is cut he accepts. His agent hopes that the seclusion will also reboot his flagging writing skills. With an attitude of contempt for teachers in general, students, and his fellow faculty members, Keith has no intention of taking the post seriously.

Even before the first day has begun, Keith has already crossed the teacher-student boundary with a predatory member of his class. However, on day one his divorced, dog-owner next-door neighbour and colleague Jim Harper (Chris Elliott) befriends him. Department chair Dr Lerner (Simmons) takes Keith under his wing. Smart, enthusiastic, mature student and mother-of-two Holly (Marisa Tomei) approaches him with a hot off the press screen play that she hopes will get her a place on his course.

Professor Mary Weldon (Allison Janney) is a distinguished, published Jane Austen expert and head of the college Ethics Committee. Keith's intoxicated first meeting with her at a staff party that evening shows up his resentful, misogynist, out-dated thinking to all of his future co-workers and culminates in an unintentional but outright insult.

The day is not over yet. Keith arrives at his accommodation, disgraced and under the influence of too much wine, with a pile of screenplays from applicants to join his class. Rather than reading each offering he simply picks the most attractive female writers resulting in a lineup of supermodels and two nerds.

Meanwhile, Keith's one serious thought is of his college-age son Alex. The depths of Dr Lerner's love for his wife and four daughters highlights Keith's estrangement from the one person that matters to him.

The next day Keith lazily dismisses his class for weeks, word gets out and he is called to Professor Weldon's office. Holly is persistent, gets into the class and persuades him to read her manuscript. As Keith's job is on the line he is forced to focus and finds teaching, his students and Holly beginning to rewrite his life, awakening his enthusiasm and firing up his writing.

The brightest star in his group becomes his ticket back to Los Angeles but Keith is not the same cynical person who arrived. He has friends, purpose, reconnects with someone important, and finds love and a brilliant, highly saleable idea for his next screenplay. His contravention of rules before term began now puts his new beginning at stake. The only hope is Professor Weldon's 'Marianne'.


Cast and Crew

The Rewrite is directed by Marc Lawrence. He also steered the Miss Congeniality movies, more stories of makeovers, and attended Binghamton University for which he clearly feels an infectious affection.

The story is packed with sympathetic, quirky, loveable characters, credibly played by a talented cast and served up with humour and delight. Marisa Tomei is fresh, lively and endearing as Holly. Chris Elliott and JK Simmons provide ample entertainment and Allison Janney as the authoritarian professor with strained patience, is both formidable and comic.


The Message

Both Holly and Keith are stirred by Brendon Gill's book Late Bloomers, an inspirational list of famous people who came into their own in later life. The Rewrite is all about never-too-late to start and second chances. Holly is a single parent who holds down two jobs but is a mature student taking the opportunity to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. At the other end of the scale is a young class member who was bullied and took refuge in creating stories, now developing a flowering talent and being appreciated.

If you are in any doubt about your potential, The Rewrite may prompt you at least to order the book. If it lights a spark of desire to explore something you have always wanted to be or do, kindle it, see what impulses come from it, follow the path and you will one day find yourself on the list of bloomers, early or late.



Author Bio:


Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

See more film reviews at http://heypressto.com/

Follow Chartreuse on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Heypressto.

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Letters to Juliet

PG. Comedy, Drama, Romance. Summit Entertainment.
Available from Amazon.

 


The Storyline

Sophie is a fact-checker but longs to be a writer. She is hoping for a romantic pre-wedding vacation in Verona with Victor (Gael García Bernal), her Italian fiancé who has just opened his first restaurant. However, Victor turns it into a work travelthon for his first passion: the world of fine food and wine. Bored and sad, Sophie decides to follow her own bliss while Victor follows his.

Verona is the setting of Shakespeare's legendary Romeo and Juliet and Sophie heads for 'Juliet's balcony'. Thousands of women visit every year to leave their letters to Juliet. Following a woman who gathers the notes and envelopes from the wall, Sophie discovers warmth, wisdom and love among Juliet's 'secretaries'.

Sophie tries to involve Victor but he is distracted by a new recipe. Isabella takes Sophie under her wing. Together they collect the daily letters and Sophie finds one hidden deep in the wall. It reveals that fifty years ago, a girl called Claire, under pressure from her family, wrote a sorrowful farewell to her love Lorenzo. Sophie is so moved and excited that Isabella decides that Sophie is the one to answer it.

Sophie's letter brings Claire and her apparently obnoxious grandson, Charlie, who has his own emotional agenda about the expedition, to find Lorenzo. Sophie feels inspired to tell the story as a writer and so asks to come on a road trip through the magical Italian summer countryside.

A touching relationship between Claire and Sophie develops. For the first time since she was little, Sophie has a mother figure and as she articulates her relationship with Victor to Claire her doubts about it increase.

Together the three work their way through a score of of Lorenzos. A bond forms between Sophie and Charlie, who is a human right lawyer. Charlie's interest in Sophie and his encouragement and understanding form a stark contrast to her fiancé's consuming tunnel-vision of his own projects.

As one Lorenzo after another proves a disappointment, Claire begins to agree with Charlie that it is time to give up and go home. Claire follows her heart one more time to her favourite wine and two happy endings.

 

Cast and Crew

Even in her 70s, Vanessa Redgrave's Claire is as glowingly beautiful and youthful in spirit as Amanda Seyfried's Sophie. Christopher Egan is credible as the spoiled but loving grandson Gael García Bernal is a passionate, eager Victor. Franco Nero is easily charming as the one and only Lorenzo.

The country around Verona and Sienna are breathtakingly captured. The travellers seem like they are moving through a watercolour, so soft is the light.

 

The Message

The clearest message of Letters to Juliet is that it is never to too late: to change direction, to find love, to follow your passion.

Sophie has no engagement ring. In her heart, she knows this relationship is not right. When she finds a connection that does fit, she knows that too and takes action. Also, Sophie is unsatisfied until she follows the career that is the love of her life. When she does, all kinds of doors open to her. People do that at all ages.

Romantically, this is a realistic story. Marriage rates are increasing and so is the age at which couples choose to marry. A rise was reported in 2014 of marriages among the over 65's. Sometimes a person is reunited with a sweetheart from their youth or finds a new love after divorce or widowhood. Franco Nero is Vanessa Redgrave's real-life husband and their story parallels that of their characters.

When happy couples of all ages tell how they met they usually say that an impulse led them, down a street, to join a class, a club, a chat group, a dating site, into a cafe, a party and there the other person was.

There really are Juliet's secretaries in Verona. Desires are powerful and so is the written word, often most of all when you write it for your own eyes only. Spray paint it large on the great wall of your mind. That's the beginning. What do you wish for this summer?

 

Author Bio:


Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

See more film reviews at http://heypressto.com/

Follow Chartreuse on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Heypressto.

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Love Happens

PG13. Drama, Romance. Universal Pictures.
Available from Amazon.






The Message

'When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.' Burke (Aaron Eckhart) has done his level best to live by this mantra, using his self-therapy climb back out of a pit of grief to help others, after his wife's sudden death. In public, Burke is a teetotal inspirational coach, author and public speaker with his byword and hand sign A-OK. Behind closed doors, he drinks for comfort, is terrified of lifts and is racked by guilt and self-doubt.

Eloise (Jennifer Aniston) writes obscure words in hidden places, loves her floristry business and is recovering from the breakup of her relationship with her unfaithful boyfriend. It is only the most recent in a long line following the same pattern, as Marty, her employee and best buddy, points out.

When Burke comes to Seattle to conduct a bereavement workshop, he encounters Eloise arranging the flowers for the hotel venue of his seminar and is intrigued by her. Although grief-stricken in her own way, Eloise is skeptical of Burke's pitch, especially as his stage confidence deserts him around her.

While in the city, his manager and friend Lane has set up a meeting for a deal with potential backers for more tours, books, and Burke's big break into television. Eloise is just one of the reasons why at this crucial time Burke takes his eye off the ball. The city is also the home of Burke's wife's parents whom he has avoided since the fatal accident. When his father-in-law (Martin Sheen) comes to challenge Burke's denial of his own feelings about his wife's death, Burke is rattled. For once he unwillingly accepts help from somebody. Eloise takes him on a drive-by pet retrieval and expedition into the wild.

Even though Burke struggles to take his own advice, his course and book are helping thousands of people. The story zones in on Walter whose young son fell from scaffolding when unattended. Walter was a builder, heart and soul, who abandoned his business, lost his home and has not been able to set foot in a hardware shop since. But he is about to take a road trip with Burke and fellow seminar members on a life-changing supply run.

Love Happens is a story of fire walking, elevators, liberating Rocky, the view from above, release of misplaced guilt, the moment of truth, renewal and blossoms of all kinds. The tale of a 'sesquipidelianist' and a 'quidnunc'.



Cast and Crew

Aaron Eckhart gives a truthful performance and Martin Sheen is a welcome presence and pedigree. Dan Fogler gives capable support as Lane and there are picturesque images of Seattle.

Although the Love Happens is unhelpfully titled and categorised and the lead character unfortunately named Burke, writer-director Brandon Camp looks at a serious subject in a way that is watchable and has plenty of light relief. So don't let these things discourage you from taking this film for a spin. The most moving scene in the movie is a trip to a hardware superstore culminating in our first sight of Walter's smile.



The Message

Love Happens shows that in the guilt stage of loss, and this isn't limited to bereavement, it can be anything that suddenly, radically changes our lives, the tendency is to say, 'If only I had...', 'I should have…', 'Why didn't I?' Burke and Walter come to accept that those to whom they were close would never want them to live like that. We honour the past by carrying the torch of love of life. Loss is an empty trench that can become the footings, the foundation, for a new structure if we fill it with the right material.

Releasing self-recrimination, Burke is rewarded with a burgeoning career based on honesty, as well as new relationships and connections. Walter gets his love of life back. What can you release that prevents your blooming? What can you rekindle, what can you reclaim? What's on your back burner? What would the people from your past who have genuinely cared about you the most want for you now?



Let this be the Summer of Love. For yourself.


Author Bio:


Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

See more film reviews at http://heypressto.com/

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Chef

15. Comedy Drama. Aldamisa Entertainment.
Available on Amazon



The Storyline

Chef Carl Caspar (Jon Favreau) has lost his way, his family, and his fitness, doing a job he hates. He makes a bid to revive his love of creative cuisine with an inspired menu up his sleeve for the night that mega food critic Ramsey Michel is coming to visit. However, Riva (Dustin Hoffman), the owner of Californian restaurant Gauloise where Carl works, wants to play safe and present the food popular with the diners.

A blighting review and an insulting Tweet by Michel introduces social media virgin Carl to Twitter. After a crash course from his 10-year old son Percy, he replies in what he thinks is a private message. By morning Carl has over a thousand followers and is tempted into a Twitter war that brings him overnight notoriety but a huge following. He challenges Michel to return to the restaurant for a rematch with a special menu. When Riva boycotts the imaginative food lineup on pain of dismissal, Carl resigns.

He falls back on an option his supportive ex-wife Inez has always suggested: a food truck. A dilapidated vehicle but with a solid engine is donated by her ex (Robert Downey Jr). Together Carl, best friend and former kitchen staff Martin (John Leguizamo), and Percy work to clean and re-equip the new mobile kitchen. The spirit is rekindled in Carl and he and Percy bond as never before as Percy reveals hidden talents as mini-chef and marketing expert.

With some help from Inez, they take the show on the road and the US by storm as El Jefe demonstrates how Cuban food is done. Carl regains his soul, his son, and romance. Through his recipes, friends, family, and travel he connects with thousands of fans proving the shared love of food is a universal bond. This is a heartwarming film with an unexpected and moving twist at the end, topped off with a joyful Latino soundtrack.

 

Cast and Crew

Favreau is sympathetic and sincere as Carl, with endearing chemistry with Leguizamo and Emjay Anthony who winningly portrays young Percy. Sofia Vergara is charming as Inez and Scarlett Johansson appears as hostess Molly.

Jon Favreau as writer-director and star poured his heart and soul into this project and it shows. He attended culinary school and worked as kitchen staff for Chef consultant and food truck movement founder Roy Choi.

 

The Message

Only when Carl expressed and fulfilled what he was, could he be something to someone else, in his case a happy, connected father. Chef invites viewers to ask themselves, 'What am I?' Not in relation to anyone else, spouse, parent, child, sibling nor what you do. For example, I have met a bank employee who but was really a dancer, a lawyer who was really a theatrical producer, and a stock broker who was really a perfumer, all of whom achieved their dream job.

Have you found your passion? What did you love to do as a child or teenager? If you've forgotten, ask a family member or old friend. Imagine waking up thrilled and excited knowing today you're going to be doing what you love most, pushing the envelope, creating, being inspired, and it will come to you.

It's the spring term. Look over some prospectuses for ideas. If you had all of the time in the world and the financial resources, what would you pick? The seed of you is in there somewhere. How will you water it now? Celebrate the new growth of the year. Your summer is on the horizon.

Happy May Day!



Author Bio:


Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

See more film reviews at http://heypressto.com/

Follow Chartreuse on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Heypressto.

Twitter @Heypresst0

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Austenland

12A. Comedy, Romance. Fickle Fish Films.
Available from Amazon.



 


In the month that begins with April Fool's, the day of deception, here is a tale of fact, fantasy and the thin line between them.


The Storyline

30-year-old, American graphic artist Jane (Keri Russell) is at a crossroads. She lives and breathes the world and novels of Jane Austen but these serve only to highlight that her own story is not turning out the way she wants. She can terminate her spinsterhood with one of her string of unsatisfactory boyfriends, continue to hope that one will become her Mr Darcy, or she can take action and own her dreams.

Jane prepares to risk her nest egg on 'the world's only immersive Austen experience', a week in a grand house in England, where she will live Regency-style for a week culminating in a ball and including a guaranteed romantic involvement. Gambling that it will be a life-changer she gains her sceptical best friend's support on the understanding that if it is unsuccessful, Jane will de-Austen her flat. She will remove the dolls, china, lace, delicate florals and the cardboard cutout of Mr Darcy.

At Heathrow airport Jane meets fellow American and Austenland resident-to-be 'Miss Elizabeth Charming' (Jennifer Coolidge) whose friendly demeanour, heart of gold and enthusiasm for 'wench gowns' and England more than compensate for her complete ignorance of Austen's novels or the Regency period, and lack of decorum.

At the gatehouse they join their gracious but condescending hostess, Mrs Wattlesbrook (Jane Seymour) who points out that Jane has unwittingly assigned herself the role of poor relation by purchasing the Copper Package while the rest of the guests are on Platinum and are treated accordingly. Jane is drably costumed with severe hairstyle and consigned to the luggage seat of the carriage. Nevertheless optimistic Jane delights in simply being there.

The hostess introduces Jane and Elizabeth to grinning Colonel Andrews, her uncomfortable nephew Henry Nobley, her boorish husband and the beautiful wealthy and oddly enunciating Lady Amelia Heartwright. Who are actors, who are guests? There are only two things on which Jane can rely: her own feelings and her new friend, Elizabeth.

Wandering the grounds, Jane encounters the personable Martin who gains her trust. However the next day brings shooting, riding, a rainstorm, a ripped dress and a rescue by Henry. Matters are further complicated by the arrival of dashing Captain East.

Nevertheless, Jane feels stifled, has yet to see her true love manifest, is bullied by Mrs Wattlesbrook, feels reproved by Mr Nobley, receives some inappropriate attentions and disgraces herself during an impromptu concert.

Jane decides to take control of her story, be the person she wants to be and achieve the outcome she desires. She finds a ready ally in Elizabeth and after a makeover of body and soul emerges poised, self-possessed and alluring.

Witness illicit music, dancing, dalliance, a birth, transgression and salvation, secrets and a ludicrous theatrical spectacle in which both actors and guests become players. All is topped off by a moment of heart stopping romance, a flight, an unexpected arrival and a happy ending.


Cast and Crew

Clearly the cast enjoyed making Austenland, which is not exclusively for Austen fans. It is not great art, was loathed by critics and split the audience like Marmite but writer-director Jerusha Hess creates some wonderfully entertaining moments and her script is 'vibrationally' true to form. That is to say it applies the Law of Attraction; like attracts like.


The Message

Jane Austen wrote about downtrodden heroines (Fanny Price, Anne Elliot) and spirited, confident ones (Elizabeth Bennett, Emma). When Jane casts herself as a victim, she attracts treatment that matches and supports that: she is belittled and ignored. When she re-writes her script and takes up the role of a beautiful, confident heroine she begins to enjoy herself and attracts her match.

Whether it is inspired by reality or fantasy, the important product is your emotions because that is what creates your reality. You can see yourself as Cinderella in the kitchen or Cinderella at the ball. Start scripting the real life you want. Get fantasy on your side. Imagine, watch, listen to, sing, and draw the life you want to attract.



Author Bio:


Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

See more film reviews at http://heypressto.com/

Follow Chartreuse on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Heypressto.

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The Jane Austen Book Club

12A. Comedy, Drama, Romance. Mockingbird Pictures.
Available from Amazon.




In the month of the spring equinox The Jane Austen Book Club celebrates a new project, new beginnings, and new life.

 

The Story

Wise, motherly, much-married and eternally knitting Bernadette, founds the group for her troubled friends. Lost, self-reinvented French teacher Prudie yearns for connection with her husband. Devastated Sylvia is reeling from her spouse of twenty years announcing the end of the marriage and his infidelity.

Accident-prone Allegra, Sylvia's daughter who is and out of love, gives too much and receives too little from her girlfriend, comes along to support her mother. Likeable, enthusiastic Grigg braves an oestrogen-rich, initially frosty environment and risks rejection by the object of his admiration Jocelyn. Confident Jocelyn, is a determinedly single dog-breeder and tells herself that she sees Grigg only as a potential source of comfort for Sylvia.

Beginning around this time of year the five women and one man agree to meet each month to discuss one of the novels of Jane Austen. There is spooky Northanger Abbey for Grigg. Emma, self-contained, happily single, and helping other people with their lives, is selected by Jocelyn, expert at arranging perfect matches for her dogs.

Sylvia claims her favourite, Mansfield Park, in which the heroine loses the love of her life and is unappreciated in spite of her loyalty. Allegra chooses Sense and Sensibility seeing parallels with an impulsive, romantic young woman living with her careful sister and their mother, recovering from their father's death.

Persuasion, which is about second chances, is for Prudie. Pride and Prejudice, about a family with four daughters to marry off, is claimed by as Bernadette who becomes a maternal figure to her friends, but also is as romantic, loving and spirited as the book's heroine.

Allegra flies high and gets a revelation. Grigg begins to make a home and shares his secret world with Jocelyn, challenging her to step outside her romantic and literary comfort zone. Sylvia finds new self-confidence, strength and beauty and Bernadette prepares for her seventh. Meanwhile Prudie's marriage is saved by the question,'What would Jane do?'

 

Cast and Crew

Emily Blunt gives a remarkable performance as Prudie, at first appearing rude and elitist until we see that she is just trying to distance herself from her her irresponsible mother yet in doing so has alienated her husband, Dean. As Dean, Marc Blucas gives a sympathetic and heartfelt portrayal of a young man who feels the unfavourable contrast with his cultured wife and, insecure, plays up the all-American guy. By taking the risk of meeting one another halfway Prudie and Dean find a place of bliss in the middle, in the film's most moving moment.

Hugh Dancy makes Grigg so much more than just 'a nice guy'. He is happy, balanced, self-sufficient and passionate, as is Jocelyn for the most part, convincingly and entrancingly played by Maria Bello. The viewer can see that this is going to be a successful partnership between these two characters with just a little help.

 

The Message

Prudence, self-control, nothing in haste, is Jane Austen's message. Over six months this bears fruit. A year later we that everyone ends up happily coupled or shiningly single.

You don't have to be a fan, have read an Austen book or seen a film (most are on YouTube) to enjoy this story.

When the book club members discuss the plots and characters they are really describing themselves and their own situations, showing the wisdom in the novels is for men as well as women as is as timeless and universal as relationships. Often we resist taking advice from our nearest and dearest or even professionals but from a favourite fictional character or writer it can somehow be easier to accept.

The act of learning anything new is transformational. The confidence it brings can open doors, bringing you unexpected friends, contacts ,even romance. If your project is solo, say to read Austen's books, you'll find a Facebook group for it and possibly a 'meet up' for fun and kindling or perpetuating your enthusiasm. What will you begin this spring? This planting season, what will you sow?


Author Bio:


Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

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Only You

PG. Comedy, Romance.

TriStar Pictures. Available from Amazon.

 

 

With Valentine's Day afoot, here is a modern twist on the Cinderella story, especially for anyone single or in a relationship less than their ideal.

 

The Story

Faith, aged eleven, reads the name of her future husband, 'Damon Bradley', from a Ouija Board, later confirmed by a fortune teller. Over the years Faith (Marisa Tomei) builds her dreams of romance around her idea of 'Damon' but is about to sacrifice them on the altar of a 'good match' to a foot doctor.

Kate (Bonnie Hunt), allows herself to be treated as a skivvy by her husband, Faith's brother, Larry, who has left his ambition to be an artist behind to feed his family as a roofer. Both become drudges. Losing themselves they have lost each other and divorce is looming.

Faith is coerced into wearing her fiancé's mother's wedding dress. She is trying it on, attempting to reconcile herself with clothes and a man that do not suit her, when the phone rings. Dr Foot has put Faith on secretarial duty taking his messages. It is a friend calling to say he cannot attend the wedding because he is about to fly to Venice for work. His name? Damon Bradley.

Faith is impelled to set off in pursuit. Wedding-dress-clad, she rushes to the airport missing Damon by moments. Kate loyally joins her on the next flight and the chase is on. Both longing for romance, the journey takes them to the most romantic of cities, and the most splendid of hotels, always just behind the quarry.

They follow the elusive Damon down to Rome and see his elbow at a restaurant table. Just fifteen feet apart, Faith's way to him is blocked and he leaves. Following him down a cobbled street Faith bumps into a man, losing Damon and her shoe. The stranger (Robert Downey Jr.) returns it and says his name is Damon Bradley. Both feeling a strong connection, they talk and walk through the city under the full moon, dance on a bridge and receive a blessing from a gypsy. There is just one problem. The stranger finally admits that he is not Damon but Peter Wright, a shoe salesman, in Rome by chance.

Meanwhile Kate is rediscovering romance as she is wined, dined and escorted by the handsome Giovanni. She blossoms and remembers how it was with her husband in the beginning.

To appease Faith, Peter, Mr Wright, offers to help her find Damon. Another road trip along the stunning Italian coast, a beautiful city. a medallion man, a deception, a glamorous yacht visit follow. When Faith seems lost to Peter, an airport announcement brings clarity to Faith about the man she really wants. Larry reveals the truth about Damon Bradley and he and Kate rediscover each other.

 

Cast and Crew

Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey give entertaining and passionate performances as two determined, impulsive, loving spirits. Bonnie Hunt provides wry humour and there is a cameo by Billy Zane. Director Norman Jewison intersperses comic action with long reflective views of the beauties of Italy.

 

The Message

Peter knows at once that he has found his One but it takes the journey for Faith to develop her own certainty. A name served as the focus for Faith to build her feeling of a loving, exciting relationship around. When she stopped believing she could have it, she compromised and felt uneasy. However her core desire and willingness to follow it leads the way to her hearts desire. The same is true of Pater, Kate and Larry.

Rather than centering on one person that you wish to be a certain way, make a list describing the kind of relationship you want. Imagine that you have it, practice that feeling and events will cause you to intersect with that. Try it with small things. It does happen with relationships. Here's the proof: Jennifer, Gayle and many others. They were ready; they were enjoying life, hobbies, work, friends. Whatever it is you want, you can have it. It needs some preparation, some self-work, becoming a match to the kind of person you want, and a little faith.

Happy Valentine's Day.


Author Bio:


Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

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Serendipity.

PG. Comedy, Romance.

Lions Gate Home Entertainment. Available from Amazon.

 

 

Even though much of this film is set at Christmas, January is an ideal time to start attracting the right signs and settings to fulfill your wishes for the coming year.

 

The Story

Sara (Kate Beckinsale) and Jonathan (John Cusack), an Englishwoman and an American man, are brought together by a pair of black gloves. Out shopping they each zone in on the last one in the famous New York department store, Bloomingdales. There is mutual attraction but black gloves were Sara's chosen present for her boyfriend and Jonathan's for his girlfriend.

Sara explains her belief in serendipity, the name of the shop in which they have coffee. Serendipity 'a fortunate accident' is a favourite word of Sara's. She says that if they are meant to be together then circumstances will unite them. Within minutes of parting they each realise they have left something behind in Bloomingdales and return at the same instant. Sara reads this as a sign.

They spend eight glorious hours together walking the city, talking and ice-skating. Both are bright, witty, kind people who feel a strong connection on levels of both friendship and romance.

Although Jonathan is skeptical he agrees to Sara's terms. Jonathan writes his name and telephone number on a dollar bill that Sara spends it in a kiosk. Sara writes her name in a book that she sells to an unnamed second hand bookseller. They each have a glove and each takes a lift in the same hotel and picks a floor.

Having missed each other by moments they get on with their lives, careers and loves. However, over the next few years there are indications, pointers and reminders of one another. Each finds a loving partner but something isn't right.

Each has a loyal best friend supporting them, challenging them and being inspired by Jonathan and Sara's passionate quest for a resolution one way or the other. Even if they find one another will it become a successful, happy relationship? The following Christmas all is delightfully revealed.

 

Cast and Crew

Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack are utterly believable as the perplexed pair, their respective side-kicks are comically rendered by Bridget Moynahan and Jeremy Pivan while Eugene Levy makes an entertaining cameo as the store guardian of menswear.

Writer Mark Klein (A Good Year) and director Peter Chelsom weave a tale of synchronicity, accessories, snow, plane and car journeys, a famous hotel, the constellation of Cassiopeia, and freckles.

 

The Message

When I meet a happy couple I always ask how they met. Events lined up. One man went home a way he wouldn't normally. Some had met or been in the same place before but the time had never been right until that moment. You can read many moving, blissful stories of this kind at http://www.thewaywemet.com/.

However, it's not just about romance. Ask a successful person how they got their first break, job, client, mentor or how a happy person found a true best friend, and it will be that they just happened to be in a certain place at a certain time, physically or online. I'm sure you can think of examples of this kind in your own life.

It isn't about 'fate', although the film calls it that. It's the force of your wish lining things up. Make a wish then don't wrestle it into happening, have as much fun as you can enjoying the present and the future will arrange itself.

You can have faith in the power of the law of attraction, which creates reality to match your feeling as though you already have the things you want, to bring you what you're ready for. Rather than waiting for what you desire to make you happy, find reasons to feel happy first and that will call your wish into being.

You programme your future by what you think, feel, read, listen to, write and sing. So try singing this: accompanying the closing credits is a song called This Year by Chantal Kreviazuk. January is the best time to do this: This year is going to be incredible, this year is going to be the one...'

 

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

Author Bio:


Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

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Frozen

PG Animation, adventure, comedy

Walt Disney Animation Studios. Available from Amazon

 

 

You don't have to be or have a child to appreciate and enjoy Frozen, especially, as it deals with two important adult issues. It is a re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, a cold and isolated magical being. She holds a child captive until his sister rescues him through the power of her love.


Storyline

In a kingdom far to the north, two young princesses grow up happily with their parents in the palace of Arandelle. Elsa, the elder of the two, delights her sister Anna by using her magical gift of creating snow. Late one night there is an accident when Anna is hit by an icy blast that leaves her unconscious. Her anxious parents race with her to the troll-king. He heals Anna by removing all memory of Elsa's magic. He tells Elsa that as her power grows her greatest enemy will be fear.


However, fear is already at work. The king closes the palace and Elsa shuts herself away in her room, seeing only her parents who train her to suppress her gift as much as possible. Anna misses her sister but grows up retaining her sense of fun and optimism even when they lose their parents. At Elsa's coronation, Anna meets a handsome prince and wants to get engaged on that day. Her sister is provoked by Anna's insistence into unleashing her power and the assembled crowd is terrified. Elsa flees high in to the mountains and raises a beautiful ice palace. She feels that here she can finally be herself and leave her sister and her people at a safe distance. But the kingdom is locked in by ice. Anna's search for Elsa leads to a crisis and only an act of selfless love can save Elsa and the kingdom.


Cast and Crew

This multiply awarded film won praise for its breathtaking beautifully graphics. The voices of the princesses are sung radiantly by Kristin Bell and Idina Menzel and the well above average songs have become popular with a generation of children.


The Message

Frozen has something to say about relationships especially relevant in the peak dating season that has now begun. Anna is so desperate for companionship that she accepts an attractive face without question. She talks incessantly to him about herself and gives away everything a predator needs to exploit her. She is cautioned that she knows nothing about him.


If you're looking for a relationship, a first successful meeting can be overwhelming and exciting but it's good to remember that it is just that: a first. Give as much information as you receive. Take time to get to know the person. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White were lucky that their love at first sight led to happily ever after but that is rare. Be safe. Anna's prince was not what he appeared to be.


Elsa's predicament of feeling she had to hide something about herself is something shared by many people. Isolating herself was not the solution. She finally discovered that 'perfect love casts out fear' and in the end her gift became a source of joy to her people.


This winter celebration season let your gift to yourself be to let go of one of your fears. Confidence in yourself and an aspect that makes you wonderfully different can overflow, can soothe and ease those around you. Maybe you are shy and hesitate to step into the limelight. Maybe you have yet to come into your own, to realise just how good you are at what you can do. You may have a special gift that when allowed to flourish can bring you great happiness and delight to those close to you, even be turned into a business.


In becoming herself, Elsa set her feet on the path to becoming the queen that everybody wanted. She released her fear and attracted the love she had long yearned for. This year the winter solstice falls on 21st December. Let that be the day, as the sun is reborn, that you let go of the feeling that has been holding you back, and take up your crown.

 

Happy Holiday Season.


 

Author Bio:


Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

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November Christmas

Family Viewing, Drama

Hallmark Hall of Fame. Available from Amazon and on YouTube



 

Storyline

A young woman drives through the winter landscape of Rhode Island, USA to a library in a coastal town. Greeted warmly, she sits down to read a book to the children waiting there. Once upon a time..

It is before dawn and the newspaper delivery boy is making his tour, showing us the community as the sun rises. However one family is some distance away in the city. Tom (John Corbett), Beth and their young son, Gordon, are at the hospital to collect their 8-year-old daughter Vanessa. She is being discharged today. Vanessa wears a hat and tires easily but is happy to be going home.

It is a few months since the family relocated to the place by the sea but they have kept their distance from the locals. Vanessa has medical visits, and an immune system deficiency that keeps her away from crowds and out of school. Nevertheless, she remains cheerful and appreciative and her family is hopeful that she will recover.

To celebrate her homecoming, Tom gives Vanessa a snow globe containing a little girl standing by a Christmas tree holding her own snow globe. It becomes a source of ongoing fascination, a world within a world repeating to infinity. Vanessa wants to believe that one day she will be by a tree like that in falling snow.

However, when Tom and Beth receive the news that Vanessa's treatment is failing and it seems that Vanessa may not survive, Tom becomes determined to give her as many festive holidays as her remaining time allows. In spite of the family policy of self-reliance, Tom finds eager allies in his new neighbours, including farmer Jess Sanford (Sam Elliott). In the process of the community helping the family, a broken friendship is mended, loss revealed and comforted, a couple get a temporary son, and a young, displaced, frustrated woman finds her passion in and for life.

While the family copes with the extra routine of doctor's appointments, the uncertainty of Vanessa's recovery and conflict over the best course of action, a plan evolves. Some of the locals manage to pull off an August Halloween, travelling south for pumpkins, raiding the loft for props and gathering at Vanessa's for a party that brings a sparkle to her eyes. However, can an entire town manage an early Christmas and effect a turning point for Vanessa?

 

Cast and Crew

Sam Elliott brings a wry humour and charm to the part of Jess, John Corbett is kindness and strength under stress but the acting honours go to a young Emily Alyn Lind for her award-winning, outstanding, natural performance as Vanessa. Whilst filming she began supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, that provides specially desired experiences for children with potentially terminal illnesses. Emily set up a 'love box' for donations and continues to do so on every set where she works.

November Christmas is a slow paced, gentle, patient film. Three children's story readers also link the tale: Jess's caring wife, a rebellious teenager and a special guest. Careful direction by Robert Harmon (Blue Bloods, Jess Stone) filters out the saccharine to leave a well-acted, endearing, cheering and comforting story to help you welcome the nights drawing in and the nip in the air. Not just with candles and cosiness but with plans for the spring and new growth.

 

The Message

What makes you happy? If you need a lift and there's a special holiday that makes you feel good and you have even just one room of your own, then put up decorations, make cards and wrap presents, write out your wishes, play music for that festival and see who'd like to join in. It may be exactly what they need too.

When someone offers you support, accepting may be as great a kindness as they are showing you. Helping someone else can be a powerful healer just as it was for Vanessa's community. Letting another person in to do that for you may be doing them more good than you realise. We all value our independence but, perhaps next time, just say, yes. Let someone give you Christmas in November.


Author Bio:


Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

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Midnight in Paris

Certificate PG13. Comedy, fantasy, romance.

Mediapro. Available from Amazon.




The mystical month of October that includes Halloween and a supermoon deserves a magical Oscar winning story.


Storyline

Gil is a successful Hollywood screenwriter but his heart is in Paris where he longs to live, connect with his author heroes of the 1920's and write his autobiographical novel. Gil sees Paris through a golden filter, turning the cobbles and buildings to a mellow cream and investing even the rain with warmth.

Gil is in Paris for a pre-wedding trip and the old feelings are stirring. However fiancée Inez and his ultraconservative future in-laws see him as a movie script money-machine.

Inez is busy shopping and seeing her friends, pretentious but ignorant, schoolgirl crush Paul, and his non-descript wife. Inez chooses dancing with the couple over a romantic walk with Gil through the Parisian streets at night.

Lost in the cobbled alleys at the stroke of midnight, a 1920's Peugeot rolls up and the passengers in matching period costume call to Gil to join them. Arriving at a party for legendary writer and director Jean Cocteau, where Noel Coward entertains at the piano, Gil meets author couple Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Together they visit a bar where Ernest Hemmingway sits drinking outside and offers to show Gil's novel to writer Gertrude Stein.

The bewitching hour passes and Gil is back in the present with the arrogant, incredulous Inez. The next night he meets the car again and the luscious artists' model Ariana. Over successive visits he becomes enraptured and imagines a life with her in his golden age. However Adriana has her own yearned-for era and in magical Paris there is more than one time travel vehicle.

Gil is so lost in the past and the lives of his role models that he is in denial about the unsuitability of the match to Inez even though it is plainly paralleled by Scott Fitzgerald's obsession with his fascinating but mercurial wife.

Gil does not see the writing on the wall and his creative mission in his life and own time until grounded Gertrude and honest Hemmingway show him the way. Back in 2010 Gil meets a woman who, like Gil's alter ego, has a nostalgia shop and shares his love of Noel Coward, vintage and Parisiana. Midnight chimes usher in the beginning of a relationship and golden era in the present.


Cast and Crew

Owen Wilson brings his James Stewart-style modest charm to the part of Gil. Rachel McAdams gleefully portrays superbrat Inez, while Parisian girl-next-door Léa Seydoux provides the adorable antidote. Marion Cotillard is incandescent as Ariana.


The Message

Few of the characters in Midnight in Paris, either present day or 1920's, are living in the moment. However, Gil comes to realise that 1920's Paris was not as golden as he thought. Instead he finds a twenty-first century kindred spirit, learns from the past, finds hope in his own time and fulfillment in his new career path.

Of course there are things about the past which we enjoy imagining. However, rather than living there, make a list of things about your current situation and see how it changes the way you feel. This is the best emotional place from which to create the things you would like your life to have in the future.

If there is a particular era that is a favourite maybe you can find a group or Facebook page of like-minded people with whom to form new connections in the present. This can lead you to sharing experiences such as dances, music, and events. Some people even make a living from their passion for a particular decade. Midnight in Paris director Woody Allen turned his love of the past into a satisfying and lucrative career bringing entertainment to millions of viewers. Can you do something similar? Vintage has many expressions and markets.

During October what can you find in the present to celebrate and what will be your first step towards creating the ideal life in the future you long for? Use the best of the past to enhance today and make the most of your magical tomorrow. Happy Halloween.

 

Author Bio:


Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

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Rudy

Certificate PG. Biography, drama.

 

TriStar Pictures. Available from Amazon.
 



Storyline

Rudy Ruettiger, born into a working class, Illinois family of American football fans, is the only one of fourteen children who aspires to play for the famous team at prestigious Notre Dame University. The campus is a hundred miles away but might as well be a million because Rudy is only five feet nine inches tall, light, and a failing student. Rudy's hard-grafting father, a worker at the local steel mill, insists that Notre Dame is a place for the rich, intelligent and athletic, not for Rudy's people.

Although Rudy joins his father and brothers at the mill, he secretly saves a college fund over four years. When an accident befalls his best friend and sole source of encouragement, in spite of pressure from his girlfriend to marry and invest in a house, Rudy determines to make the most of his life and heads for Notre Dame. There, Rudy's earnestness, sincerity, and love of his chosen sport open up the path for him.

Arriving at dawn, Rudy meets a kindly security guard who introduces him to the campus priest who in turn arranges Rudy's admission to a preparatory college. Rudy discovers his learning difficulties are due to dyslexia, and a tutor befriends him.

Rudy goes to the football field of his dreams at Notre Dame. Although almost penniless he begs Mr Fortune, the head groundsman, to allow him to work free of charge. Fortune gives Rudy a job, allows him a place to sleep and, at the crucial moment, provides the words his needs to carry on in the face of seemingly crushing disappointment.

Rudy bravely finds a way into the office of the Notre Dame team coach and introduces himself. His grades rise and on his fourth and last admissible attempt he is admitted to the university. There, through sheer passion and determination, Rudy earns respect and affection and achieves the 'impossible'.

 

Cast and Crew

Rudy is based on a true story and stars talented Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, Sam) who gives a warm-hearted performance that has the audience rooting for him from his first appearance.

Groundsman Fortune is played by award winning actor and director Charles Dutton who himself discovered theatre and obtained a college education while serving a seven-year prison sentence. Film veteran Ned Beatty portrays Rudy's loving father who eventually comes to support his son.

Rudy's score is by turns melodic and triumphant, and written by distinguished composer Jerry Goldsmith. The director is David Anspaugh of Hoosiers fame.

Rudy Ruettiger, the filmmakers and Notre Dame's associate vice president all agreed that Rudy is not a film about football but about the dream and a love for a game that carried someone to success. You don't need to be a sports fan to delight in and appreciate this endearing and uplifting story.

 

The Message

September is the back-to-school month. Classes and courses begin. Are you on one or could you be? Education has never been more accessible, with online courses, free or otherwise, grants and support available, part-time study and distance learning, internships and voluntary posts leading to paid careers. What have you always wanted to be or do? Can you begin to realise your vision this month or begin saving and planning for next September?

Have you always been told that your dream job will never make money? The real Rudy later campaigned to have his story made into a film. After it was released it led to a career in public speaking and a flow of wealth followed. Financial plenty is a by-product of fearlessly following the fun and pursuing your passion.

What about the people around you and any sacrifices they might feel they have to make for you to reach for your goal? Rudy motivated and paved the way for five of his younger brothers to attend and graduate from university. Can you be the pioneer for your family and friends to find and follow what will bring them happiness and fulfillment? Can you begin making your own inspirational Rudy story this September? Start researching the possibility now. You have everything to gain. Happy Back-to-school Day.

 

 

Author Bio:


Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

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Once More

Certificate PG. Comedy, drama.

http://www.magpictures.com/themagicofbelleisle/

Available from Amazon

'Imagination: the most powerful force ever made available to humankind.'

 

Storyline

The summer holiday season in the lakeside town of Belle Isle begins with bunting and a new arrival. Monte Wildhorne (Morgan Freeman) is a bereaved, formerly popular author being delivered by his patient nephew, Henry (Kenan Thompson), to take up dog sitting until the autumn. Henry and publisher Joe wish Monte would employ his one good arm at his typewriter but Monte prefers to use it for getting his next drink into the proper glass.

Monte's arrival and yell of frustration at his life draws the attention of neighbour Finnegan O'Neil (Emma Furhman) who is nine and half, has her own pocket knife and a determination to reach the nearby island 'where the magic is' by building her own raft before school begins.




Mrs Chartlotte O'Neil (Virginia Madsen) is a loving mother, winding up a failed marriage, who has had to permanently relocate her three daughters from Manhattan to their summer home that has been in her family for three generations. Teen daughter Willow rails at the loss of her city life and the separation from her father, who six old Flora sadly misses even though he repeatedly lets down his daughters.

Jubal McClaws is a quick-on-the-draw Texan, civil war veteran, and hero of Monte's successful series of Western novels. The burgeoning sports career that ended in Monte's wheelchair and the return to life nurtured by supportive wife Mary began with the creation of Jubal through whose adventures Monte could experience all of the physical things he could no longer do. When Mary died Jubal rode out of Monte's imagination. Even whisky by the crate-load had not brought him back nor eradicated the sense of abandonment and disorientation. Now Monte's books are going out of print and cash is dwindling.




Unwillingly, Monte is drawn into the life of the community. He takes local accountant's disabled son on as his 'side-kick', reads a speech at a local funeral where he learns the locals' gift of bringing 'out the best in each other', and becomes engaged as mentor for the fee of $34.18 to would-be writer Finnegan who wants to learn where stories come from.

Monte's attention is caught by the kindness and queenly beauty of Mrs O'Neil, the 'beautiful woman on the roof', and a polite friendship begins. The O'Neil's become Monte's muse, giving him back his life, and through imagination, his legs. An emotional bond is formed through Mrs O'Neil's musical talent and the stories Monte begins to write for Flora.

Monte rescues a birthday girl from disappointment and takes on a truculent clown Jubal-McClaws-style. On the maiden voyage to the island Finnegan finds buried treasure that transforms Willow's relationship with her mother and restores a collection of precious memories to its owner. Ringo-Spot learns a game, Carl gets a new a hat, and Jubal McClaws strikes gold.

The holiday season ends, Monte says to goodbye to his friends. Belle Isle closes up to tourists, local life begins and the children start school. There is sadness but this time it is only until Monte masters twenty-first century technology and finds the perfect place to begin a joyful new life.

Once More (or The Magic of Belle Isle) also features a mouse, an elephant, a dance, moonlight and gluten-free cereal as well as Morgan Freeman's engaging charm and Virginia Madsen's glowing warmth.

 

The Message

Once More is a gentle, eloquent, humorous story perfect for anyone who has experienced loss or is simply searching for inspiration. It highlights the healing power of imagination. At the beginning of the story we see someone using it to frighten, as we do to ourselves when we worry. Later we see imagination used to renew and create reassurance, stability, comedy and even romance. Monte learns that it never entirely deserts us; Finnegan discovers that she had it all along.

This season, can you begin by imagining your perfect holiday? Then can you build on that to envisage your ideal life? That is where it all begins, with your innate superpower. Let it rise with the August temperature and see what transformations it brings.

 

Author Bio:


Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

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Big

Certificate 12. Comedy, drama.
20th Century Fox. Oscar Nominated





July marks the US celebration of independence. So this month's film is about a boy who wishes to be 'big', free from a child's limitations, in a world of possibilities.

 

Storyline

12-year-old Josh (Tom Hanks) loves computers, hangs out with best buddy Billy and pines for the attention of blonde schoolmate Cynthia who is captivated by her car-driving boyfriend. At the fair with his parents and baby sister, Josh strikes out on his own in order to appear more adult and sidles up to Cynthia in the queue for a stomach-churning 'Super Loops' only to be turned down for falling short of the height restriction.

Embarrassed and depressed, Josh wanders through the rides until at the end of the attractions he finds a machine offering wishes. Josh aims his quarter, says 'I wish I were big', the head of magician Zoltar nods, the red eyes alight, the wind blows and a card tells Josh that his 'wish is granted'.

The following morning Josh's Independence Day commences. His new adult body prompts a hasty raid on his father's wardrobe, and he runs for the fairground to change his wish. It has gone. Josh's mother reacts hysterically and Josh flees, but convinces worldly-wise friend Billy (Jared Rushton) of his identity.

Billy comes up with a plan for Josh to hole up in New York until they can find the machine and reverse the spell. City Hall says they will have the location of the fair in six weeks.

After a terrifying night filled with shouts and gunshots in a sleazy hotel, Josh finds a job as a computer operator for toy manufacturer MacMillan (Robert Loggia). Within days Josh has adjusted to his new life and made his mark with the company owner. He has 'hustle', engages with toys, has informed opinions, and is polite and conscientious. Promotion follows and a raise gets Josh a dream apartment that he furnishes with a drinks machine, pinball and a trampoline. His honesty attracts fellow worker Susan (Elizabeth Perkins) but arouses the envy of her boyfriend Paul. They dig for dirt but find none. A boy-girl friendship between Susan and Josh becomes his first love and first experience of physical intimacy.

However, closeness to Susan splits Josh from Billy. The demands of a relationship and work politics become overwhelming. Josh has learning and playing still to do and misses his old life. He tries to tell the truth to Susan who is disbelieving. Billy brings Josh the address of the fair and he rushes off to make a new wish. The penny drops for Susan and she races after Josh who invites her to go back to pre-adolescence with him.

 

The Message

Elizabeth Perkins later thanked Tom Hanks for letting her 'find the child within herself'. A child's wonder, enthusiasm, intensity, and single-mindedness can be perceived as selfish. Small children are clear about their desires and incapable of submitting their will to another. Independence can be viewed as egotistical but not in Josh who likes to share. His relish of what he has spills over.

Josh enjoys school, family, time with Billy, and playing his favourite computer game. When he finds something new that he wants, he makes a wish internally, which attracts the chance to satisfy it. A job he enjoys presents itself as well as new friends, opportunities, wealth, toys, and a girlfriend. When Josh wishes he could go back, again the means to do so are put in front of him. He wishes each time purely for what he wants for himself.

True independence is achieved by becoming unaffected by external circumstances. Independence does not have to be physical but emotional, spiritual and mental. In Big, Josh is his own person, not a people-pleaser. However, his delight in what he chooses has the side effect of pleasing key people who share, or come to share, his child-like enthusiasm.

US Independence did not please everyone and neither will yours but it will fulfil the one person for whose happiness you are responsible: you. So light a sparkler this July and make a wish for the life you really want.

 

Author Bio:


Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

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Wedding Crashers

 

Certificate 15. Comedy, romance.





Storyline
It is June: wedding season.

John (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vincent Vaughn) are divorce lawyers. Understandably cynical about the institution their negotiation technique also recognises the positive feelings the couple had for one at another at the onset.

It is the onset that focuses their social attention. Using false names, nature of employment, relationships to bride or groom, and a stock of tried and tested devices they crash weddings to meet attractive, ready, willing and able single women.

By the season's end John is suddenly no longer satisfied with being a ship passing in the night. However, loyal to Jeremy, he agrees to crash the final blowout of the year: a high society wedding of Senator Cleary's (Christopher Walken) daughter, with two hundred single females expected to be present.

They rehearse a well-used cover of two venture capitalist brothers and head for the ceremony. There, John gets a love at first sight of sweet, impish, brunette Claire (Rachel McAdams), younger sister of the bride. Jeremy gets a lust at first sight of youngest sister, redheaded kitten Gloria (Isla Fisher).

During the reception John makes a connection with Claire. Asked for a definition by Claire, John says 'true love is your soul's recognition of its counterpoint in another'. Meanwhile Jeremy has a long beach moment with self-acclaimed virgin Gloria who insists she is now in love and warns him with manic playfulness about trying to get away.

In spite of Jeremy's urge to flee and the senator's approval of Claire's match to obnoxious boyfriend Sack, John insists on staying to have more time with Claire. Over the next twenty-four hours, the two couples find their 'counterpoint' in one another, through body blowing American football, sailing, a bike ride, grapeshot, jokes, games, confidences, a predatory Mrs Cleary (Jane Seymour), an overwrought artist brother, an embarrassingly outspoken grandmother and a busy night.

John determines to uncover the deception to Claire but is pre-empted by wily, vengeful Sack. John and Jeremy are expelled from the house. Claire is distraught but Gloria is unabashed.

Desperate to see Claire, who unhappily plows on with her 'suitable' relationship with Sack, John attempts to crash her engagement party but this time in the name of love. It goes painfully wrong, and John sinks into depression. He attempts to re-enter the wedding crashing scene but his anger and despair poison the experience for himself and others.

Jeremy and Gloria's passion has blossomed into love but this causes a rift between him and John. Through wedding crasher guru Chazz (Will Ferrell), John has an epiphany and rushes to Jeremy and Gloria's wedding to find the truthful, happy ending to which their different journeys have led.

Multiple award winning, with a witty script, sharp direction and a talented cast Wedding Crashers tells the story of John and Jeremy's journey up the primrose path via a number of Miss Right Now's. More profoundly, it examines truth and lies. John and Jeremy lie about superficial things such as name and job title, Gloria about her experience with men, the senator and his wife are untrue to each other, Sack adopts a persona but most damagingly of all, Claire lies to herself, forcing her feet down a road of misery.


The message

Be true to what it is that you really want just for yourself. It is the only way you will attract your ideal counterpart.

Invited to a wedding? Honour the occasion with your best gear on and make the most of whatever comes your way, great food, a chance to dance, a new look at your existing relationship, a wild ride, coming home happy with sore feet or even one step on the road to something magical and lasting.

Wish the couple happiness, believe in the success of their relationship, appreciate everything around you, flowers, fashion, enthusiasm, add fuel to the flames of fun, be the best wedding guest you can. It could be a barbecue, a party, or a summer event. The fastest way to call the things you want to you is to have fun. Let go of desperation, be light about it. A wedding means it happened for them; it can happen for you.


Author Bio:

Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

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Man Up
Certificate 15. Comedy, romance.

Available from Amazon.


 

'An optimist is the human personification of spring', according to Susan Bissonette. However, romance, with which the season is inextricably entwined, is not always the object of hopefulness. If this applies to you or someone you know then this month's movie pick, Man Up may offer some inspiration.

 

Storyline

Nancy (Lake Bell, In a World...) is a single journalist whose way with words deserts her in social settings. She wishes for a satisfying relationship like the ones enjoyed by her happily married sister, Elaine, and by their parents (Harriet Walter, Ken Stott). However, Nancy's confidence is in such short supply that at an engagement party, where she is scheduled to meet a possible suitor, she closets herself in her hotel room until ordered forth into battle by Elaine. The results are disastrous.

Floored by failure, Nancy is on the train to a family celebration of the parents' forty years of wedded joy with a mission to write the commemorative speech. She opens her notebook at her list of mantras beginning with 'Put Yourself Out there' and 'Take Chances'.

Jessica, sitting opposite, a friendly, bright young thing in a Peter Pan collar, urges Nancy to read the new self-help best seller. The despairing Nancy rejects Jessica's encouragement and falls asleep. The train draws into Waterloo station and Nancy wakes to no girl but with the book before her with a marked page: 'Your negative thoughts are ruining your life (and everyone else's…)'. Remembering Jessica needs the book so that she and her date can recognise one another, Nancy sets out in hot pursuit only to lose sight of her quarry as she reaches the landmark clock. The date, Jack, (Simon Pegg, Star Trek) appears and Nancy attempts to tell him she is the wrong girl until Jack quotes from Nancy's favourite film. In her astonishment and delight Nancy allows herself to 'take chances'.

Circumstances have 'put her out there' and Nancy takes on the task of impersonating Jessica who is revealed as a twenty-four-year-old tri-athlete and Something in the City. Jack and Nancy bond over bowling as she blossoms in her element but the bliss hits the buffers when school-days admirer Sean (Rory Kinnear) becomes aware of Nancy's deceit. Exposure follows but swapped property keeps a resentful Jack and embarrassed Nancy together on a retrieval quest.

Nancy's emotional and physical ten minute makeover mollifies Jack and, when soon-to-be ex-wife appears with her co-respondent boyfriend, Nancy agrees to atone by helping Jack to achieve 'closure' and masquerades as his girlfriend.

During a quartet of shared drinks, snacks and brittle atmosphere Nancy learns how brave Jack has been. Jack entered into marriage with conviction, his loyalty was betrayed, but he tried and is willing to try again, with no regrets. In an energetic dance floor argument to Duran Duran's Reflex, Jack urges Nancy instead of spending 'time on the sidelines theorising about what does and doesn't work…you need to man up, Nancy'.

Although an honest exchange and reconciliation follow, Nancy encourages Jack to explore the 'what if' and to meet his originally intended date. Minutes later, a conversation with Jessica highlights the rightness of the 'wrong girl'. Jack sets out to find his true love with the aid of joyful Jessica, sly Sean and an entire party of exuberant youthful merrymakers.
 


Cast and Crew

Thanks to the talented cast and director of Man Up the palpable edginess of a first date between two nice people is skilfully, uncomfortably yet endearingly portrayed. The supporting cast of Nancy's anxiously awaiting family adeptly provides light relief in this irresistible roller-coaster romance designed to put heart into the most timid would-be dater.

 

The Message

Putting yourself out there can feel like putting yourself in the firing line but that is a state of mind. Putting a profile on a dating site or sharing a cup of coffee with someone new and likeable isn't 'going over the top'. As for all the things that make you want to hide: the failed relationships, the embarrassing moments, the damage to your heart, this film will advise you, in adult language, what to do with 'the past'.

 

Happy manning up.

 

Author Bio:

Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

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Enchanted April
Certificate U. Comedy, drama, romance.

Miramax. Golden Globe winner and nominated for 3 Oscars
http://www.miramax.com/movie/enchanted-april/ 

Available from Amazon.



Storyline

It is raining on a day in 1920's London and Lottie's (Josie Lawrence) life feels bleak. Lottie tries to be thankful for her blessings but her overbearing, penny-pinching, socially aspiring husband and the monotony of life oppress her. On a bus ride home, an advertisement for a magical Mediterranean castle presents itself to Lottie on a newspaper being read by a lady, Rose (Miranda Richardson) who looks equally downhearted. In that moment a plan of escape is conceived and Lottie finds hidden reserves of courage to bring it to fruition.

Two weeks, four women, three visitors. Heat, sun, pasta, richly hued flowers, and the turquoise sea of the Italian Riviera, in 'a tub of love', transform the lives of seven people.

On arrival at the castle after a sea voyage, Lottie, having gambled her nest egg, feels loveless, lost, and dispossessed by cuckoos. Rose has cut herself off from romance with her husband by her own inhibitions and disapproval. Mrs Fisher (Joan Plowright) has trapped herself in her prestigious past of 'better times and better men', Lady Caroline (Polly Walker) longs to be more than a trophy, weary of being 'grabbed' by men.

Meanwhile, diffident property owner George Briggs, with limited eyesight, lives in the shell of his music and books. Frederick, Rose's husband, loving but distanced, is ashamed of his means of living and has an embarrassing connection with one of his wife's fellow boarders, and Lottie's Mellersh is fearful of appearances and self-constricted.

Within just a fortnight in Enchanted April Lottie and Mellersh discover that Lottie is beautiful and intelligent. Miranda is admired, compared to a Madonna, develops her own sensuality and the bridge to a fulfilling marriage, Mrs Fisher emerges into the present, recovers her health and becomes part of a 'couple', George 'sees' inner beauty and Caroline finds unconditional love. Under the kindly Ligurian sun, each grows in love and strength and appreciation of themselves and one another.
 

Cast and Crew

Josie Lawrence, better known for comedy in 1990's, presents a flawless, endearing performance as a lower class young woman out of her depths who find the determination to follow her own flow. Amanda Richardson's tired, prim Rose melts the audience as her character warms, Joan Plowright is the epitome of soft-centred, affronted gentry, Mrs Fisher, and Polly Walker gradually evokes sympathy as the apparently selfish, doll-faced socialite whose assets are devouring her. Michael Kitchen plays George Briggs with kindly, absent minded charm, Alfred Molina's Mellersh alienates then attracts and Frederick, as played by Jim Broadbent is entertainingly bumbling and vulnerable. They are so skilfully conjured that the viewer yearns for a happy ending for each of them. Italy stars picturesquely. Enchanted April is beautifully shot and lit with a wistful, lulling score, and directed at a gentle, relishing pace by Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral).
 

The Message

This glorious, breathtakingly beautiful film is full of hope. It may make you feel you want to be on the next plane to Italy. Can you? Can you work towards a holiday that is satisfying for you personally? Check out maps, destinations, accommodation, and set it in motion mentally and emotionally.

Alternatively, how about immersing yourself in a different culture? If it was Italian for example, you could begin learning the language. There are plenty of free online resources, such as this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bxa47UTyw28

Try out the cuisine, watch films set there, such as Only You, Roman Holiday, and Under the Tuscan Sun. Meet Italians and other language learners http://www.meetup.com/topics/italian/ in person and through Facebook groups. Google Italian fashion and Italian events near you. A whole new world and, more importantly, a new part of you will open up.

Like Lottie, find the courage to do something for yourself. It will snowball, spreading joy and inspiration to those around you. It may be the path that leads you to the relationship you want, the health you wish you had, the new friends you imagine. May you blossom with the spring and begin your own Enchanted April.



Chartreuse

Author Bio:

Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

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Chocolat
Certificate 12. Comedy, drama, romance.

Miramax. Winner of 5 Oscars and 8 BAFTA's.
http://www.miramax.com/movie/chocolat/

Available from Amazon.


 

 

Storyline
Lent, the Catholic 40 days of abstinence has commenced. Late 1950's Lansquenet is under the thumb of the Comte de Reynaud (Alfred Molina), mayor and hereditary leader of town. The new fledgling priest, against his better nature but manipulated by the comte, preaches sermons of repentance and self-denial. Members of the congregation are trapped, the comte himself in a loveless marriage with an absent adulterous wife, Caroline (Carrie Moss), widowed, devoted secretary to the comte, her mother Armande (Judi Dench) and her son by Caroline's fear, Madame Audel (Leslie Caron) in mourning for her long dead husband, Guillaume (John Moss) in shyness admiring her from afar, Josephine (Lena Olin) in an abusive marriage and the Marceau's in a passionless union.

However, one day the North Wind blows in two surprises in red cloaks: Vianne (Juliette Binoche) and Anouk who are themselves caught in an endless sequence of upheavals invoked by Vianne's mother's spirit, with the wounded kangaroo Pantoufle in tow. They have come to present the ultimate challenge to Lent and the status quo of the superficially tranquil town: a new chocolaterie alive with exotic flavours from the land of the Aztecs, hints of spice, delights for the senses and a magic to transform.

The comte instantly identifies Vianne, to himself and the parishioners, as the enemy, the atheist, the unmarried mother of Anouk, the serpent in Eden, the purveyor of the pleasurable and the pagan. Vianne herself is the embodiment of desirability with her beauty, her red shoes and clothes, soft sweaters, swirling skirts, décolletage and flash of lace. Vianne is above all a loving and caring person who wishes to bring warmth and healing to lives of her neighbours, and soon the comte finds allies thin on the ground. Under the influence of Vianne and her secret chocolate recipes, Armande and her grandson come together after long separation, Guillaume finds his nerve and gets Madam Audel's attention, Josephine breaks free and the Marceau's marriage blossoms.

The South Wind blows in unwelcome visitors travelling on the river who get an unexpected reception from Viannne and Anouk. They bring romance in the shape of Roux (Johnny Depp) for Vianne and a new friend for Anouk. A happy party of food and wine is thrown by Vianne but a night of fire and water follows.

Easter Sunday dawns in barely averted disgrace and a change of heart for the comte. The town celebrates the day and unplanned lessons learned during Lent, not of penitence but of release and relief to love, to freedom, to home, to exploration of joy and abundance. Vianne presents a gift to the North Wind and the South Wind gives one back.

The Message
In this delightful story, Lent for Chocolat's characters was a time of suppressing their desires, but it could instead be a time to give up what is holding you back: guilt, resentment, fear, self-criticism. Try surrendering one of those for 40 days, it will become a habit that will lead to a positive shift in your feelings and your experience.

Does your life have spice? We are innately creative. Have you discovered your artistic passion? Is there a class you've always wanted to try? Spring term is about to begin. Can you bring a hint of chilli to your relationship, or if you are single would you like to be in a fulfilling, inspiring one? New research reveals that relationships found online are among the most enduring. If you have been hiding from hurt or rejection then spring is the ideal time to come out and look around. You may be surprised at what you see if you expect the best.

Like Chocolat's villagers, develop the habit of treating yourself. Start with something small, like good quality bubble bath, candles, essential oils, something made of silk or lace, a manicure, a pedicure, or simply luxury chocolate. You could build on that to a spa break, or a trip to the place you've always wanted to visit. Imagine the unimaginable and see how things fall into place to make it possible.

Happy Spring.


Chartreuse

Author Bio:

Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

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Heart to Heart
Uncertified. Short, Comedy, romance.

University of Southern California.
http://www.nicolettedaskalakis.com/film.html

Available from Gaia TV, Spiritual Cinema Circle and private view





Storyline

Magdalena Cardioid is a medical anomaly, a literally, but not figuratively, heartless girl who must live every day as if it is her last. Maggie works enthusiastically through her bucket list including crafts, languages, travel and sky-diving until she discovers, on the eve of St Valentine's Day, that there is only one, impossible, item remaining: 'Fall in love'.

Meanwhile Hector Dupont, also a biological peculiarity, born with a double heart and expected by his father to have a two-fold love-life, finds himself likewise single.

Maggie and Hector each look for comfort in ice-cream until they are staring at the bottom of the tub without relief. Their need draws them to the same shop to reach, at the same moment, for the one remaining container of Chunky Love. As Hector gallantly offers it to Maggie the sound of his beating hearts reaches her ears but sadly reminds her of the void in her chest. As she walks away, she realizes the only way to fill the emotional gap is to share her treat with Hector who has just reached the other side of the street. In her haste to be united with him she forgets it is Friday 13th and tragedy strikes. However Hector has something vital to offer her and together the two make history.

 

Cast and Crew

Heart to Heart is a charming, original story from talented, inspiring and insightful young film-maker and author Nicolette Daskalakis. The style is comical but involving. The music is a lilting waltz that connects the audience unconsciously with Paris and love. With a cast of half a dozen and a runtime of just over five minutes, Heart to Heart is a mood transformer.

As with Nicolette's other film projects, she has woven a story by creating a character, 'finding out what is overwhelming them inside, what they are struggling with. I add a dose of magic and then try to help them find a solution'.

To watch this little gem you can subscribe to Gaia TV http://www.gaiamtv.com/video/heart-heart-0#play/104286 or as a special concession to Health & Happiness Magazine readers Nicolette will make the password available for a private view.

Visit this link http://www.nicolettedaskalakis.com/contact.html and let her know you found out about Heart to Heart from Chartreuse at Heypressto's film review column in Health & Happiness and would like the password.

 

Your Valentine's Day

If you are single and not by choice or not in the relationship you want, 14th February can easily become St Dread's Day. One way to survive and thrive is to mark it, as it was originally intended, as a celebration of friendship rather than romance. Writing cards, online or real, expressing appreciation for each of your close friends can raise your spirits and make this a time you and they will remember with pleasure. Could you find each of them a small present? Maybe some chocolates or could you create something yourself that would make the gift that much more personal?

If you feel you have failed to find your match and never will discover them, if you feel you have a special condition that stands in the way of having a fulfilling relationship, it could be that very belief that is holding you back from manifesting the partner of your dreams. In just five minutes, watching Heart to Heart, you can change from despair to a lighter more hopeful state of mind, allowing that person to flow into your experience at perhaps the most unexpected moment.

The story is a fantasy but makes two valid points. Firstly, Maggie does not sit around and wait for love but finds excitement and fun in a wide variety of projects that help her to develop as a person. Secondly, that there truly is at least one match for each individual, however unusual. So add your own 'dose of magic' by celebrating the love you already have in your life and who knows but that this time next year you'll be sharing Heart to Heart together with them, in health and happiness.

 

Chartreuse

Author Bio:

Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

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Peter's Friends
Certificate 15. Comedy, drama, romance.

BBC and Samuel Goldwyn.
Winner of two Evening Standard British Film Awards and an NBR award.

www.imdb.com/title/tt0105130/.

Available from Amazon.

 

Storyline

Peter's (Stephen Fry) father has just died and left him the family fortune. Although he has financial security gentle Peter is isolated and disappointed with his lack of career, relationship and direction. In a moment of inspiration, Peter decides to throw a New Year party and reunite those to whom he feels closest: his university singing troupe who have not been all together since their farewell performance ten years ago.


Although each has achieved a measure of success, none of them feels they are where they should be a decade after graduation. Frumpy but heart-of-gold Maggie (Emma Thompson Nanny McPhee) is seeking love in an unlikely place. Andrew (Kenneth Brannagh), living in California writing a daytime sitcom for US wife and flamboyant actress Carol (Rita Rudner), feels he has sold out and trapped himself.


'Fruity' Sarah (Alphonsia Emmanuel) relationship hops hoping to fill a romantic void and has in tow her latest conquest, the embarrassingly and wildly inappropriate Brian (Tony Slattery). Successful jingle-writing couple Mary (Imelda Staunton Harry Potter) and Roger's (Hugh Laurie) marriage is strained to breaking point by the loss of one of their twin sons and Mary can never be far from a phone. Housekeeper Vera (Phillida Law) looks on disapprovingly and her Top Gun wannabe son Paul helps out in more than one way.


Wit and wine flow, and the unfamiliar environment of the grand manor and the comfort of old friends proves to be the crucible in which individual issues reach melting point and bubble over into revelations, resolutions and reconciliations.


Maggie finds her mojo, Andrew and Sarah find themselves, and Carol has a wish fulfilled. Mary and Roger navigate their way through bereavement back to each other, Brian gets a ride and Vera cooks her last meal as housekeeper and looks forward to retirement to pursue her favourite activity. All of the guests get a surprise that from now on will draw them back together.

 

Cast and Crew

Peter's Friends is a lovingly and lovey-ly made budget Brit film dealing humorously and truthfully with issues of modern life and the self-doubts common to us all. In some respects it is a 1990's period piece but with timeless themes and peerless performances. Directed by Kenneth Brannagh, it is written by, clearly, keen observers of the British, US Rita Rudner and husband Martin Bergman, who have produced a clever, often hilarious, bantering script, sympathetic without being sentimental. Stephen Fry gives a loveable performance and Emma Thompson produces a surprising character in Maggie who seems the most vulnerable yet saves the party from fragmenting at the crucial moment. While not a film for young children, Harry Potter fans will spot three familiar faces.


Add a mouth-watering montage, the friends' beautiful rendition of Fred Astaire's The Way You Look Tonight and tracks to delight 80s fans, Stephen Fry in a tutu and the mist-kissed Hertfordshire winter countryside. The result is a uniquely British, funny, endearing and uplifting tale of relief, release and beginnings as the six enter the new year with refreshed friendship, hope, self awareness and understanding.


Your New Year

What do you want to achieve this year? More importantly, what do you believe you can attract into your life. A good start is to look back at last year and list all of the ways in which you gained; what you acquired, learned, jettisoned, how you developed as a person and the ways you had fun. What came to you without struggle, what good things did you allow to come to you? What just turned up? If you've done it once you can do it again.


To help you set the tone, for this special edition, as a bonus review here is a feel-better song for the New Year: This Year by Chantal Kreviazuk (available from Amazon) which opens: 'This year is going to be incredible, this year is going to be the one'. Wishing you a new year filled with fun, health and happiness.






Chartreuse

Author Bio:

Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

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Cold Comfort Farm
 

Certificate PG. Comedy, romance.
BBC Films. BAFTA award winner.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfilms/

Available from Amazon
 

This rural novel spoof of restoration, rebirth and love from the chill and mud of a 1930s derelict farm will lift you out of any December blues.



 

Storyline

Bright, young Flora Poste (Kate Beckinsale) is suddenly orphaned and made homeless with only £100 a year to live on. She does, however, have an abundance of countryside dwelling relations to whom she writes for support. The most promising, 'interesting and appalling', response comes from her aunt Judith Starkadder (Eileen Atkins) who invites Flora to live at Cold Comfort Farm to 'atone' for the wrong her husband did to Flora's father but adds ominously, 'if you come to this doomed house who will save you?'

 

As an aspiring novelist, influenced by author Thomas Hardy (Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Far from the Madding Crowd), Flora heads for Sussex and grist to the mill of her great literary work, to 'learn about life' so she 'can put in books'. From local railway station, Beershorn Halt, Flora is collected in a manure-strewn cart by Adam Lambsbreath, carer of cows Graceless, Feckless, Aimless and Pointless, and taken to the property.

 

Flora is met with loathing by cousin Reuben, who fears she wants the farm, scorn by his studiedly sultry brother Seth (Rufus Sewell) whose passions are the (annually pregnant) hired help and the Talkies, and disapproval by their father Amos (Ian McKellan), hellfire and brimstone preacher of the Quivering Brethren. Flora encounters sorrow and foreboding from her tarot and tea-leaf reading (every spread laden with dread) aunt Judith and a curiously closed door by the family matriarch Aunt Ada Doom who saw 'something' narsty in the woodshed'.

 

Ada rules the roost with a rod of iron and has allowed the farm to fall into woeful disrepair. Then there is Elphine, Adam's 'cowdling' who dances about the woods reciting poetry and secretly longs for the heart of local gentry member Dick Hawk-Monitor. Elphine is, however, not at all the sort of girl of whom Dick's parents would approve.

 

To this rack and ruin Flora enters to find fertile soil for her talent for 'tidying up'. In the winter of general discontent Flora sews seeds of a life of glamour and travel for the rich old lady, Ada, who has kept to her room for 20 years, except to come downstairs for 'The Counting'. Flora gives Elphine a makeover on a weekend crash course in culture, with the help of her best friend Mary Smiling (Joanna Lumley) and suitor Charles. Flora tempts uncle Amos with thoughts of evangelical travel to save sinners elsewhere, leaving cousin Reuben to restore the family fortunes. It only needs an alternative wife for Urk, lusting after his promised bride Elphine, a match for Reuben, a solution to Aunt Judith's melancholy and a visit from Hollywood magnate Earl P. Neck to neaten the entire farm's inhabitants.

 

As winter warms to spring, the family undergoes an astounding transformation and prepare for a wedding. But what of Flora herself, pursued by the ardent but obnoxious Mr Mybug (Stephen Fry)? Having rescued herself and all around her, Flora's hero is about to arrive trailing clouds of glory.

 

Cast, crew and inspiration

The entire, highly distinguished, perfectly cast company of actors clearly relished every moment of their experience making this outstanding production of Stella Gibbons' novel. Directed by John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy) Cold Comfort Farm is enhanced by a spritely score and elegant costumes.

 

Cold Comfort Farm is a hilarious and satisfying comedy. It leaves the audience empowered, feeling that there is a solution to every problem. Imagine you are Flora. What in your life would you like to tidy up? How would you like to prepare for your spring? If you choose, you have three months to work towards the body you want, the relationship you want to find or develop, for acquiring skills for the career you aspire to, making time for the hobby you've always wanted to pursue, planting bulbs, cleaning, sorting, de-cluttering, or decorating. Let Cold Comfort Farm delight and inspire you, as you learn the traditional pursuits of mollocking, scranletting and clettering!

 

 

Chartreuse

Author Bio:

Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

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Halloween Film Review: 'Practical Magic'

Certificate 12. Comedy, drama, fantasy.

Produced by DiNovi Pictures, USA. Winner of Blockbuster Entertainment Award.

http://www.warnerbros.com/practical-magic.

Available from Amazon.






The Storyline


Gifted but sensible Sally Owens (Sandra Bullock) is a mother of two and owns a natural beauty products shop in a small town on a Massachusetts island. However, far from normal, Sally descends from a long line of witches, and feels responsible for her husband's death through a family curse.


Although Sally is revived from a broken heart by her beloved wild child sister, Gilly (Nicole Kidman), Sally longs for a love 'that even time will lie down and be still for'. Meanwhile she is dedicated to bringing up her young daughters with the help of her two eccentric aunts (Dianne Wiest and Stockard Channing) in their mellow, period house. Renouncing ritual magic, the family stock in trade, Sally avoids spells and potions and sticks to making shampoos and lotions. The townsfolk are wary of the Owens women who 'don't quite fit in' and so Sally and her little girls are largely friendless.


One night, a desperate call from Gilly, at risk from her violent boyfriend, the misleadingly named Angelov (Goran Visnjic), sends Sally on a rescue mission. Gilly is successfully extracted but the homicidal charmer is killed in self-defence in the process. Frantic attempts to remedy the accident involve a little night necromancy, which misfires, and the sisters conceal Angelov's corpse in the garden.


The vengeful spirit of the body under the rosebush rises to trouble the family. However Angelov's disappearance also brings Sally's childhood love spell to realisation. To avoid dying of a broken heart like her widowed mother, she wove a charm for a 'marvellously kind' man she believed could not exist but who now bears an increasing resemblance to the handsome investigating officer, Gary Hallet (Aidan Quinn) who tracks Angelov to the Owens' door. Sally is anxious to protect herself and Gilly but unable to lie to Gary, who is also conflicted between his job and his attraction to Sally.


As the ghost of Angelov takes possession of Gilly, Gary discovers he possesses a powerful talisman, and enemies become friends as the sisterhood of townswomen join forces with the Owens, broomsticks at the ready, to oust the ill-intentioned spirit.

Gary tells Sally, 'curses only have power when you believe in them'. The film culminates in the celebration of Halloween, the uniting of the town and Sally's new family-to-be at the family house for the flight of the Owens witches who are now the pride of the locals.


Cast and Crew

Sandra Bullock is enchanting as Sally and Nicole Kidman has an impish vulnerability as Gilly. Stockard Channing as the feisty, acerbic Aunt Frances and Dianne Wiest as the placid, dotty Aunt Jet provide delightful comic moments. Aidan Quinn is charming as the kindly, bemused but determined outsider seeking for justice.
Based Alice Hoffman's novel, the screenplay is by Robin Swicord (Matilda) and directed by Griffin Dunne enhanced by Alan Silvestri's wistful score.


Messages

In spite of critics' lukewarm reception, Practical Magic has drawn over a thousand positive reviews from viewers both male and female. There are some scary scenes so it is best watched with younger children but Practical Magic is a charming, whimsical tale of love, recovery, unity and understanding.


Practical Magic also has a cautionary note about the use of things we do not fully comprehend. This can be a helpful film for teenagers. In the restless in between years, no longer accepting of being cared and decided for and too young to drive, earn or vote, young people seeking empowerment can be drawn the riskier side of ritualism. Family and friends can help channel their interest into uplifting areas. Parents can enrol their youngster in a tarot reading class; encourage them towards craftwork around spiritually and emotionally themed artwork. Maybe attend a local group with them for Druidry or Wicca which has golden rules to encourage safety and respect for others.


As Aunt Jet says, 'There's a little witch in all of us'. Magic surrounds us, and spells and rituals can serve to focus beneficial attention on the things we all desire: love, abundance, health and happiness.



Chartreuse

 

Author Bio:

 

Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

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The Park Bench


Family viewing, romantic comedy.

On general release from 18.10.14.

Produced by Angel Powers Productions, USA .

Winner of Best Debut Feature at the Toronto Female Eye Film Festival.

 

The storyline

Mateo, a Hispanic scholarship undergraduate struggling with his final year studies in American literature, is incongruously matched with tutor Emily, a white, privileged, future librarian with attitude. She is arrogant and dictatorial but an effective tutor. Emily has planned a dull but secure future with a suitable mate. At her insistence, she and Mateo meet three times a week, and, at his suggestion, on a park bench, the site of their initial appointment, where they can be inspired by natural surroundings.

 




During the life-changing college year that follows, an unlikely relationship develops. They begin by discussing the narratives of the books on which Mateo must write reports. Soon they begin relating accounts of their own personal stories and tales close to their hearts.

Gradually Emily and Mateo reveal themselves to one another as to no one else. Emily confides a previously undisclosed traumatic event in her childhood that has influenced her view of men. Mateo spots her slight OCD, perceives why she wants to be a librarian and encourages her out of her comfort zone.




Mateo introduces Emily to Mexican dishes prepared by his mother, gets her out of a technological crisis and retrieves her most treasured keepsake. Emily supports Mateo academically and in his time of bereavement.

The attraction between the couple grows with each week that draws Emily closer to her June wedding to Eddie. Although Eddie is 'a nice guy', Mateo is the one she talks to. Emily nevertheless holds to her course until the dance that shows how well matched she and Mateo truly are and Mateo questions her choice of husband.

As Emily guides Mateo in mining the texts of American literature, Mateo helps Emily to understand herself. Both take their final exams: he in literature, she in library science. But a life test remains. Mateo asks Emily to meet him on the park bench at 2pm on her wedding day. Emily must choose between her agenda and her heart.


 

Cast and crew

The Park Bench is a charming, romantic and plausible tale of a meeting of minds and hearts, shared support, strengths and understanding between two disparate young people. The stories and studies are interspersed with visitors to the bench: Mateo's amorous girlfriend, fiancé Eddie the unwilling dance partner, the professor Emily admires, and a lost bird watcher.

Four of the narratives by Emily and Mateo are engagingly portrayed by Georgian animator Natia Nikolashvili. Awkward, neurotic but ultimately kind-hearted Emily is deftly depicted by Nicole Hayden. Walter Perez's Mateo has strength and warmth while floundering in the seas of literature in a second language. Writer and director Ann LeSchander's The Park Bench is a storyteller's lesson in character development. She has assembled a talented cast and crew who shot the entire movie in just one week. Skillful lighting and makeup have Emily appearing by turns plain and beautiful. The sound department creates intimacy in the auditorium of a park, and Dan Raziel's lilting, appealing score, unobtrusively supports the action.

 

The message

The Park Bench not only uncovers the mysterious history of Emily's pendant, the legend of Quemada Street and the secret of Mateo's tattoo. It reminds us that enriching relationships of all kinds are to be found in unexpected places. It encourages us to appreciate whatever cultural diversity to which we have access.

On Esther Hicks ' Emotional Scale that traces the ladder from despair up to exhilaration, the couple are about two thirds of the way up at contentment. Putting aside their cultural differences raises them to joy.

If we dismantle our reservations, step beyond our psychological garden gate and look at the person beneath the culture, gender, age, background or financial status that is different from our own, we may find a best friend, a mentor, a sibling or parent in spirit, and even The One. As Pulitzer Prize winning poet Robert Frost wrote,'Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference'.


Chartreuse

Author Bio:

Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

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Orbit Ever After

unrated, family viewing.


On general release from 17.10.13.

Produced by the British Film Institute, London.

Winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Short Film 2014. www.lighthouse.org.uk/

Available from https://www.spiritualcinemacircle.com/ website.





The storyline


For only seconds each day, Nigel gazes up in rapture at the face of an angelically serene girl who is smiling down at him. This is the limit of their communication because each is in a satellite quickly orbiting the Earth and they are traveling in opposite directions.

This science-fiction comedy romance is set in the distant future. A family of junk recyclers circles the planet. Over generations, they have lost connection with their Earth environment and all but a few other humans. Their salvage operation uses mechanical technology that produces only blue soup for meals. Nigel's parents are resigned to hardship and monotony that is only relieved by the finding of a valuable resource or the occasional failure of their gravity machine, which sends food, tools and the family floating entertainingly around the interior of the space pod.




Only distant memories remain of an apocalypse that sent Earth's population into a comparatively sustainable life in space where their sole purpose is survival. However, Grandpa admires Nigel's spirit, which yearns for something better, and guesses Nigel is feeling the exhilaration of love. Mother discourages Nigel's dream of being united with his girl.

She thinks it is impractical because the girl's pod is circling the Earth in the opposite direction to their own geo-synchronous orbit. Nigel tells her he would rather have 10 seconds of feeling alive than years of secure tedium.





The girl finds a way of sending a message to Nigel to arrange a rendezvous. Interference from one of his parents in order to keep Nigel in the womb of their spaceship home is life threatening. However he takes a leap of faith. We experience the delight of Nigel and his beloved as they relish their time together without regret. They blaze like an object of natural beauty in the night sky.

Orbit Ever After is a 21-minute short and arguably the most feel good of this month's Spiritual Cinema Circle collection on DVD. It stars Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually and Nanny McPhee) developing his undoubted talents into teen hood, Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean), and features breathtaking views of Earth from space.


The message

Orbit Ever After explores feeling safe versus feeling alive, doing and daring something new, experiencing surprise or anticipation that rises above resignation, contentment and reassurance from the familiar.

Esther Hicks ' Emotional Scale that traces the ladder from despair up to exhilaration puts Nigel's family around half way up, in boredom, resignation and frustration. However, the connection Nigel feels with the girl carries him up into hope, of being with her, to joy and liberation from the enclosing confines of his existence. Grandpa celebrates and the audience with him.

Orbit Ever After inspires us to consider what each of us can do to move ourselves out of acceptance and routine to a higher position on the emotional ladder, closer to joy and excitement. It could be starting a business, exploring a new relationship, learning singing, dancing, archery, flying a kite, a model glider or drones, even a full-size plane, doing something 'impractical', adventurous. Maybe wear your best outfit to go shopping, join a new group on line for something you've secretly always wanted to do. If someone says, ' That's not like you,' you may well be on the right track!

If someone close to you feels the inspiration to do something you don't think is advisable, you can point out the difficulties or risks and then, if they persist, give them your support. Allow their passion rub off on you and let their momentum add itself to yours to transport you to the joy and exhilaration that is your birthright.

 
Chartreuse

Author Bio:

Chartreuse at Heypressto is a specialist film reviewer and writer focusing on the emotional benefits of movies. Heypressto also provides writing, editorial and photography services for small business and private individuals.

Each month a film is specially chosen to review for Health & Happiness readers and given an evaluation inspired by Esther Hicks' Emotional Scale.

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