Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Avatar: The Way Of Water

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It’s hard to believe James Cameron’s Avatar movie was released 13 years ago. There have been plans for multiple sequels ever since. This past weekend saw the first sequel realized.

Avatar: The Way Of Water splashed into theaters around the world. It’s well on its way to making more fans. And I’m one of those.

The movie takes us back to the world of Pandora. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is now living with his family on the alien planet. He’s taken a Na’vi partner, Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), and spawned many children. Their world is looking great.

That is, until the humans return.

Jake Sully helping his child bowhunt fish

This time, they’ve come with a vendetta. They’re back to take out Sully and those who stand in their way.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Devotion Movie

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The movie Devotion is about the first African-American aviator in U.S. Navy history. Jesse LeRoy Brown (Jonathan Majors, who will play Kang The Conquerer in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania) fought discrimination, trials, and struggles to become something very few thought he could be.

Devotion is a truly inspirational movie. It’s one of the most moving films I’ve seen in a long time. It’s also sad that Devotion won’t get the recognition it deserves.

Devotion isn’t as visually appealing as Top Gun: Maverick. Yet, the story is more powerful.

Movie actors from Devotion movie. All actors are depicting the crew of the VF-32

This is a movie that needs to be seen. It’s a story that needs to be told (and it was in this movie and a book).

We need to remember Jesse Brown.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From The Pez Outlaw

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I was turned onto The Pez Outlaw by Bobby Hill (he’s guest posted on the site before). The Pez Outlaw, directed by Amy Bandlien Storkel and Bryan Storkel, is a documentary about a Michigan man who began selling Pez dispensers. The only problem was these Pez dispensers were not licensed to be sold in the United States.

The Pez Outlaw, Steve Glew, would travel overseas to Europe, where he would buy the Pez dispensers straight from the factory. He would then fly home with duffel bags full of these delightful trinkets. Attending conventions, Glew would sell these items for hundreds or thousands of dollars.

He became a Pez smuggler.

The Pez Outlaw (Steve Glew) at a US Customs inspection. Pez dispensers are strewn all over the table.

People were going nuts for these items. He was providing a service to these people. In the 11 years of buying and selling Pez dispensers, Glew earned $4.5 million, according to interviews.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Strange World

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Strange World is Disney’s latest animated adventure. And it’s a fun one.

We’re thrust into the world of Searcher Clade (Jake Gyllenhall), Jaeger Clade (Dennis Quaid), and Ethan Clade (Jaboukie Young-White). These three are father, son, and grandson.

Jaeger was lost when he wanted to continue to search for a way to get past the mountains surrounding the town he lived in. He brought his son, Searcher, along. When Searcher discovered a plant that gave off electrical energy, Jaeger wanted to continue the search for the other side of the mountains. Searcher refused, wanting to bring the plant back to their people.

Ethan and Searcher amazed by the view in Strange World

This discovery would be life-changing for everyone. Especially Searcher, who lost his father.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Finch

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Finch is a film starring Tom Hanks and showing exclusively on Apple TV+. The film is a survival film set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

While I wasn’t expecting an emotional joyride, Director Miguel Sapochnik and writers Craig Luck and Ivor Powell pulled off an emotional ride. The story hinges on Finch’s (Hanks) journey to find someone to care for his dog, Goodyear, when he passes.

Tom Hanks as Finch in Finch the movie. Jeff the robot behind him

Finch is ill. He knows he doesn’t have long to live. So, he does what he can do and builds a robot companion, Jeff (Caleb Landry Jones), to care for the dog when Finch passes. The connection formed between the threesome is heartwarming and touching. As a dog lover, I completely understood Finch’s desire to see his beloved pet cared for after his death.