Movies with Meaning – Eclectic selection

Weekly series. Please send in your movies via email, twitter etc. Our format  :

  • Three movies with meaning (and movies you love and recommend!)
  • One sentence on the core meaning you take from it
  • Send a link to a YouTube clip from the movie that speaks to that meaning

The last few posts in this series were themed, this one an eclectic variety !

One a repeat favourite but with a meaning from the master of daily posts, Seth Godin.

The next a hysterically funny clip that also makes a serious point about going beyond limits.

Finally, our third clip this week one of the most powerful and wonderfully constructed movie speeches of all time.

Groundhog Day (1993)

From Seth Godin’s daily post for February 4th, 2018

“Groundhog day, an oddball holiday built on the premise that winter’s a grind, that we want it to be over with, that our motivation is TGIF… The magic of the film, though, was realizing that our motivation is actually up to us, and that if we choose, we can change it. If we do, the world might change in response.”

Am assuming you’ve seen the movie, so this clip is a dissection of this classic

This is Spinal Tap (1984)

“These go to Eleven”


Oh, and the pause and vacant / dumb-founded (you choose your own analysis of the look!) before the final line is simply comic genius !

Oh, and the script is SO worth reading..and note that most of this was improvised ! :

Nigel: This is a top to a, you know, what we use on stage, but it’s very…very special because if you can see…
Marty: Yeah…
Nigel: …the numbers all go to eleven. Look…right across the board.
Marty: Ahh…oh, I see….
Nigel: Eleven…eleven…eleven….
Marty: …and most of these amps go up to ten….
Nigel: Exactly.
Marty: Does that mean it’s…louder? Is it any louder?
Nigel: Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most…most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here…all the way up…all the way up….
Marty: Yeah….
Nigel: …all the way up. You’re on ten on your guitar…where can you go from there? Where?
Marty: I don’t know….
Nigel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is if we need that extra…push over the cliff…you know what we do?
Marty: Put it up to eleven.
Nigel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Marty: Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top…number…and make that a little louder?
Nigel: …these go to eleven.


Any Given Sunday (1990)

I’ve watched, read and listened to many brilliant speeches by many incredible orators. I’m a passionate student of people who can shift audiences through their passion, belief and rhetoric.

My guide and mentor Ed Percival was at least as passionate as I about this, yet with decades more learning.

Ed once took me through this speech word for word, theme for theme, structure by structure. It was such a powerful learning experience for me.

All I will say now are these three things :

  • This was absolutely one of Ed’s favourite speeches of all time,  and Ed was the greatest teacher on how to make an impact through public speaking that I’ve ever seen.
  • Watch the speech below
  • After that, read the article that gives some analysis of the speech and then consider what one or two key things you can take for yourself from it in making an impact on others in your own life.

Article analysing the speech here.

Also published on Medium.

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