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Noel Oco

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What are the top 3 most meaningful and inspiring movies you have ever seen?

Tell us why you like your top 3 movies to inspire others to watch it as well.

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    Nov 30 2012: Hi Noel. Most of my favourite films, although meaningful, would be characterised as rather sinister and can hardly be described as inspirational. But I managed to find 3:

    "El laberinto del fauno" (Pan's Labyrinth), Dir.: Guillermo del Toro. Amazing magic realism. Half fairytale and half brutal historical war-realism. It has some amazing heroic characters taking a stand against fascism knowing it will be their death. I have watched it six times and can't help crying every time.

    "Un proph├Ęte" (A Prophet), Dir.: Jacques Audiard. This is without a doubt the most amazing prison film ever made - yes, even better than "Shawshank Redemption". Malik El Djebena's performance is one of the best I have ever seen.

    "Man on Wire", Dir.: James Marsh. Hands down the best documentary I've seen. The story about Philippe Petit's guerilla wire walking between the WTC towers is suspenseful like a thriller, but most of all an amazing story of human accomplishment. Awe-inspiring!
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    Nov 22 2012: as a general rule I go to movies to be entertained or to learn something, not to be inspired or to get meaning. Therefore i haven't seen that many meaningful, inspiring movies.

    "E.T." was rather touching, although it's hard to say why. It was interesting how although the alien didn't say much, you tended to like him and to cheer for him.

    I saw a documentary on two African cat mothers in Africa. It might have been a lion mother, and then another big cat. It was touching and interesting to see their relations with their children, it made you think about your own relationship with your mother.

    I find something meaningful about documentaries on real crimes that have happened. Although the subject is grim, you do learn a lot about the world.
  • Nov 21 2012: Apollo 13 is about great men overcoming great adversity.

    Schindler's list is about one man making a difference.

    The Rocketeer is about one man growing up with adversity, finding his passion, and doing the work to see his dreams come true.
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    Nov 21 2012: the matrix,part one. As a metaphour for reality,fate, self actualization,corperate vampirism,it spoke to me on so many levels,it is still my all time favourite. the next one is a french african film called "kiriko" its about a newborn child that saves a village by finding out why and what created his enemy,rather then vigelante style justice of the west. It is a cartoon for children and the child works hard for his village,has his birth in the film,loves his barebreasted mother without sexualizing her breasts and loves his elderly grandfather without downgrading old age to a joke. MY last favourite movie is also a cartoon series called "Black Panther" a fictional account of an African country who successfully resists european invasion. The female characters are fierce,the political perspective is about how people experience government. All these movies allowed me a millisecond of opportunity to see my life objectively, so now I try even harder to be a good person,when I realized there were better ways to think...even in movies or cartoons.
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      Nov 21 2012: Thank you Carolyn for your movie analysis. I also like the Matrix. I also agree that great movies provide a way to see life objectively from another's perspective.
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    Nov 20 2012: 1) pianist
    2) wall-e (cartoon movie)
    3) the legends of the fall
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      Nov 21 2012: Thank you for sharing your top 3 movies on this TED conversation. I was wondering why you chose those 3. Can you give us all a brief analysis of why you chose the 1. Pianist 2. Wall-E and 3. The Legends of the Fall ?
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        Nov 21 2012: Pianist is the movie which I love very much, it showed me the history of world war and its destroying power against human being, not only against Jewish people. I think that it is the best movie about war and its reality.
        wall-e taught me that humans must take care of nature and do not pollute the environment. Also, it showed me the damaging side of technological improvements. People who are on the liner became fat because technological conditions make them to stay motionless.
        The legends of the fall is the movie which is just a beautiful story of one family with a problems inside. There is love and other passions which, I think, makes our lives beautiful and interesting
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    Nov 19 2012: 1. The Blind Side
    2. The Adjustment Bureau
    3. Hotel Rwanda
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      Nov 21 2012: Thank you Feyisayo for sharing your top 3 inspirational movie here on TED. Can you share to us why you like each movie?
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        Nov 21 2012: Thanks Noel Oco, the 3 films are stories of the triumph of belief over difficulties, and the good things that comes from such.
        In 'The Blind Side' a woman (who also influences her rich husband and family) sees the potential for greatness in a young boy from a poor family, and she helps him to become a great talent.
        The Adjustment Bureau is a Sci-Fi film about a politician who chose love over political power, and had to fight against 'supernatural' forces for this woman.(seems like what I'll do for love)
        Hotel Rwanda is about a man who chooses to do good, despite the dangers of doing what he chose to do. (Really good people are known only in the time of great trials).

        I love films that are stories about the power of love overcoming difficult situations.
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        Nov 21 2012: Thanks Noel Oco, the 3 films are stories of the triumph of belief over difficulties, and the good things that comes from such.
        In 'The Blind Side' a woman (who also influences her rich husband and family) sees the potential for greatness in a young boy from a poor family, and she helps him to become a great talent.
        The Adjustment Bureau is a Sci-Fi film about a politician who chose love over political power, and had to fight against 'supernatural' forces for this woman.(seems like what I'll do for love)
        Hotel Rwanda is about a man who chooses to do good, despite the dangers of doing what he chose to do. (Really good people are known only in the time of great trials).

        I love films that are stories about the power of love overcoming difficult situations.
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    Nov 19 2012: Gran Torino, The Shawshank Redemption, and Wall-E
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      Nov 21 2012: Thanks Kitty for sharing your top 3 inspiring movies. What is the exact appeal of each of your choice? By the way,I also like The Shawshank Redemption.
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        Nov 21 2012: I'm glad! I'ts probably my favorite movie with Morgan Freeman.

        Caution: here be Spoilers!
        Gran Torino: the quintessential "angry old white man" sees everything in his life slipping away (beloved wife dies, children become dis-attached, he falls ill, etc.), but gives his life protecting his new friend, all because he talked with him long enough to overcome his racism.

        Shawshank: a banker stuggles to survive in a maximum security prison, and is pushed to his physical and emotional limits. He makes every attempt to maintain his humanity by not provoking others, keeping his mind engaged, and helping his friends, but the system eventually takes its toll on him. Backed into a corner, he escapes the reach of the prison with his friend and simultaneously exposes its corruption.

        Wall-E: a service robot survives centuries of disasters because he alone has learned to be curious of the world, all the while doing what he can to make it better. Fate has it that he encounters a similarly curious probe and so they bond over their shared interest, even showing her music and dance. He sees her being taken into a spaceship when she completes her mission, and he rushes to save his friend from an unknown threat. After numerous setbacks, the two are able to work together to bring the first plant sprouted in 700 years to the last remaining humans, but at a great cost. He is seemingly beyond repair by the time they return to Earth, but a mock goodbye kiss unknowingly returns the (literal) spark of life to him. Neither of them is programmed to speak, so there was no dialogue between them in the movie.
        It ends with this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuR8uq9J7gw
  • Nov 19 2012: Appollo 13, Schindler's list, Rocketeer
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      Nov 21 2012: Thank you Robert for sharing your top 3 movies on this TED conversation. Can we ask you why you chose each one specifically to inspire us all to watch your group of selection?
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    Nov 18 2012: What are your top 3 inspirational movies?