This Movie Changed Me

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One fan talking about the transformative power of one movie. This Movie Changed Me offers an unexpected take on pop culture, transporting listeners inside the world of movies by celebrating our intimate relationships with them. It’s not a movie review podcast; it’s a conversation. Hosted by Lily Percy.

Episode Date
The Joy Luck Club
30:17
The Joy Luck Club

You don’t see many Asian leads in Western cinema, that’s why The Joy Luck Club’s all-Asian cast was so radical. Its portrayal of complicated mother-daughter relationships and the immigrant experience spoke to Amy Choi as a child — and again as a mother.

Oct 30, 2018
Kill Bill: Volume 2
28:22
Kill Bill: Volume 2

Movie characters can rewrite the possibilities for our lives. That’s what Uma Thurman’s role as The Bride did for Lauren Wilford. The character redefined Lauren’s idea of femininity — helping her find her inner strength, determination, and persistence.

Oct 16, 2018
Wings of Desire
27:45
Wings of Desire

For Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla, the classic German film Wings of Desire transformed how he makes music. It showed him the value of silence and space in sound — qualities he embraced in his music for movies like Brokeback Mountain and Babel.

Oct 02, 2018
Bend It Like Beckham
32:25
Bend It Like Beckham

As an Indian-British-American girl, Rajpreet Heir didn’t feel like she fit anywhere. But Bend It Like Beckham spoke to her across continents. The movie helped her embrace an important truth — that she was never defined by a single identity.

Sep 18, 2018
Now, Voyager
31:59
Now, Voyager

Complex portrayals of women with mental illness are rare. But that’s what Vulture’s Angelica Jade Bastién saw in the Bette Davis feature Now, Voyager. Angelica says the movie saved her life, giving her hope and encouraging her own healing.

Sep 04, 2018
The Big Lebowski
22:39
The Big Lebowski

Looking for some chill in your life? For the 20th anniversary of The Big Lebowski, Scott Oliver talks about how the movie helped him keep perspective in a time of chaos. In typical Dude fashion, he remembered “nothing is f***ed,” even if it felt that way.

Aug 17, 2018
You Can Count On Me
26:06
You Can Count On Me

Siblings. Love them or hate them, if you had one — or many — odds are they played a big role in your life. Song Exploder’s Hrishikesh Hirway talks about his relationship with his sister, and how You Can Count On Me shaped the type of brother he wanted to be.

Aug 07, 2018
The Ox-Bow Incident
24:48
The Ox-Bow Incident

Movies can fundamentally shape the course of our work. That’s how the 1940s noir-Western “The Ox-Bow Incident” transformed salsa musician-activist-lawyer Rubén Blades. It taught him that it wasn’t enough to speak about justice — he had to defend its ideals.

Jul 10, 2018
Interstellar
26:12
Interstellar

What movie helps you reckon with the loss of a loved one? Jamie Berube turned to “Interstellar” to cope with the death of her father. Matthew McConaughey’s character showed that her father’s love was still alive, beyond the dimensions of time and space.

Jun 26, 2018
Toy Story
22:03
Toy Story

“Toy Story” helped Monsignor Charles Pope through a time of personal crisis. From ego to failure to self-acceptance, Charles Pope embraced his inner Buzz Lightyear and in the process, himself.

Jun 12, 2018
Bridget Jones’s Diary
22:59
Bridget Jones’s Diary

For Samantha Powell, the pressure to be the perfect adult felt like a stranglehold. But this all changed with “Bridget Jones’s Diary.” The movie loosened the grip of perfectionism, and taught her she didn’t need to be flawless to be happy.

May 29, 2018
Avalon
21:26
Avalon

What movie mirrors your life so perfectly you think it was made about you? For Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican, that film is “Avalon.” The story of a Jewish immigrant family reminds him that families are so much more alike than they are different.

May 15, 2018
Boyhood
32:42
Boyhood

Naomi Shihab Nye uncovers poetry in the everyday, an art practiced in Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age classic, “Boyhood.” Naomi found herself “living inside” the movie — seeing her daydreaming-childhood-self and life as a mother on screen.

May 01, 2018
Dan in Real Life
20:41
Dan in Real Life

Love is an ability, not just a feeling. “Dan in Real Life” brought this lesson home for meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg. The story of Steve Carell’s flawed but loveable character echoed Sharon’s own work — to realize love as a capacity within ourselves.

Apr 17, 2018
Ordinary People
26:41
Ordinary People

Dear Sugars’ Steve Almond talks about the liberating vulnerability of this Robert Redford classic. It taught him to embrace the complexity and pain in his own family, and in the process, move towards a more meaningful life.

Apr 03, 2018
Say Anything
17:00
Say Anything

Sexual tension? Romance? Teen angst? Sounds like a typical ’80s movie. But The Guardian’s Hadley Freeman says “Say Anything” is different, even radical, in its portrayal of women and men as friends.

Mar 20, 2018
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
25:14
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

If you could, would you erase memories of past lovers? This idea is at the heart of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” and Chaitanya Kumar says he wouldn’t. Still, the movie made him rethink the way we experience and remember love.

Mar 06, 2018
You've Got Mail
21:11
You've Got Mail

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text’s Casper ter Kuile talks about this classic Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks movie, one he always watches with a pint of ice cream. It shaped the world he longed for as a 14-year-old, and later on, even the kind of man he would marry.

Feb 20, 2018
The Nightmare Before Christmas
27:34
The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas helped writer Ashley C. Ford accept life’s imperfections. As a kid, the movie taught her that it was okay to be different and to embrace the weird and the creepy.

Feb 06, 2018
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
21:42
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

David Greene, co-host of NPR’s Morning Edition and Up First, shares how Star Wars: Episode IV instilled a sense of wanderlust and adventure in his life and ultimately made him want to become a foreign correspondent.

Jan 23, 2018
This Movie Changed Me — Trailer
01:32
This Movie Changed Me — Trailer

A sneak peek into This Movie Changed Me, a new podcast from On Being Studios hosted by Lily Percy.

Jan 12, 2018