This Movie Changed Me

This Movie Changed Me
One fan talking about the transformative power of one movie. From On Being Studios, hosted by Lily Percy.

This Movie Changed Me: What would you like to hear next?
Dec 17, 2019 • 1 min
Season 2 of This Movie Changed Me is a wrap! Before we go away to work on our next season, we’d love to hear from you. What did you love? How can we make the podcast even better? Go to to tell us a little about yourself and what…
The Wiz — Michael Strautmanis
Dec 10, 2019 • 23 min
The Wiz is a reimagining of the classic Wizard of Oz tale, complete with an all-black, all-star cast and Quincy Jones-produced soundtrack. Diana Ross stars as Dorothy, a 24-year-old school teacher who has never set foot outside her neighborhood in Harlem.…
The Wizard of Oz — Seth Godin
Dec 10, 2019 • 26 min
The Wizard of Oz is one of the most watched films of all time. When a tornado whisks Dorothy and her dog Toto from their Kansas home to the magical Land of Oz, Dorothy has to seek out its wizard to find a way home. Along the way, she makes new friends and…
The Namesake — Nishta Mehra
Dec 3, 2019 • 33 min
The Namesake, an adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel, is a moving exploration of the immigrant experience told through the story of the Ganguli family. The parents, Ashoke and Ashima, marry in India and emigrate to New York state, where they raise their…
Auntie Mame — Justin Sayre
Nov 26, 2019 • 30 min
“Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!” So declares the title character in the 1958 comedy Auntie Mame. She introduces her Bohemian world to her nephew, Patrick, who comes under her care after he is orphaned. The movie’s…
Malcolm X — Andrea Jenkins
Nov 19, 2019 • 36 min
Spike Lee’s Malcolm X paints a nuanced portrait of a historical icon — as a human being who was constantly searching for his truth and who was willing to change his mind in public, over and over again. The movie takes us through the various chapters of…
A League of Their Own — Jessica Mendoza
Nov 12, 2019 • 33 min
A League of Their Own is a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, formed during World War II. Geena Davis and Lori Petty play the competitive Hinson sisters, who are recruited to join the Rockford Peaches…
Kes — June Thomas
Nov 5, 2019 • 24 min
Set in a coal mining community in Yorkshire, the movie Kes tells the story of 15-year-old Billy Casper, who is in many ways a victim of his environment: He’s picked on at school and at home, and the adults in his life have given up on him. But he begins…
Coco — Monica Castillo
Oct 29, 2019 • 30 min
Coco is a heartwarming tribute to the spirit of El Día de Los Muertos, the Mexican celebration of remembrance. The Pixar movie tells the story of Miguel, a young boy who dreams of becoming a musician. When his family forbids him to perform at a concert on…
The Exorcist — Mark Kermode
Oct 22, 2019 • 32 min
The Exorcist is known for being absolutely terrifying, but film critic Mark Kermode argues that it’s also a masterpiece. He was too young to see the movie when it was released and had to wait six years before he could watch it in a theater. Decades later,…
Amadeus — Sue Phillips
Oct 15, 2019 • 31 min
What does it mean to be good? What does it mean if we aren’t good? Whose fault is it? These are just some of the questions that animate Amadeus, a fictional portrayal of famed composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his musical rival Antonio Salieri. These…
Career Girls — Karen Corday
Oct 9, 2019 • 28 min
Career Girls is a love letter to the friendships that shape us in our formative years, and the nostalgia that accompanies us once we’ve grown out of them. The indie movie follows Annie and Hannah, college friends who reunite for the first time since they…
Brown Sugar — Nick George
Oct 1, 2019 • 33 min
The movie Brown Sugar is, at its heart, a tribute to hip-hop — complete with a soundtrack featuring artists like Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, and Mary J. Blige. It follows Dre and Sidney, childhood friends whose love of hip-hop is what connects them…
Contact — Drew Hammond
Sep 24, 2019 • 32 min
Contact takes the sometimes opposing forces of science and religion and puts them in conversation. The movie is based on a 1985 novel by Carl Sagan about Ellie Arroway, a SETI scientist who discovers a radio signal that could suggest extraterrestrial…
Black Panther — Zahida Sherman
Sep 17, 2019 • 31 min
Black Panther made all sorts of history — as the first Marvel production to feature a primarily black cast and the first superhero movie to receive an Academy Award nomination. For Zahida Sherman, a writer and college administrator, taking her students to…
Ratatouille — A.O. Scott
Sep 10, 2019 • 26 min
Ratatouille is a Pixar feast. The tale of Remy, a rat who dreams of becoming an excellent chef, is a delight to experience in all five senses. One particular character — Anton Ego, the restaurant critic — brings A. O. Scott back to the heart of his own…
Groundhog Day — Naomi Alderman
Sep 3, 2019 • 27 min
Groundhog Day is a classic movie for two groups of people: Bill Murray fans and anyone who was alive in the ’90s. But writer Naomi Alderman falls into a wholly different category of fandom. The author of The Power first watched Groundhog Day when she was…
This Movie Changed Me — Season 2 Trailer
Aug 16, 2019 • 2 min
Our podcast This Movie Changed Me is coming back with a new season of movie magic, featuring conversations about favorites old and new — from Groundhog Day and Black Panther to Coco and The Exorcist. New episodes coming to your podcast feed Tuesdays in…
The Joy Luck Club — Amy S. Choi
Oct 30, 2018 • 30 min
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.
Kill Bill: Volume 2 — Lauren Wilford
Oct 16, 2018 • 28 min
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.
Wings of Desire — Gustavo Santaolalla
Oct 2, 2018 • 27 min
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.
Bend It Like Beckham — Rajpreet Heir
Sep 18, 2018 • 32 min
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.
Now, Voyager — Angelica Jade Bastién
Sep 4, 2018 • 31 min
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.
The Big Lebowski — Scott Oliver
Aug 17, 2018 • 22 min
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.
You Can Count On Me — Hrishikesh Hirway
Aug 7, 2018 • 26 min
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…
Wonder Woman — Jacki Zehner
Jul 24, 2018 • 25 min
From bodybuilding to thriving in the male-dominated Goldman Sachs, Jacki Zehner turned to Wonder Woman to become the leader she is today. In leading a campaign to bring her hero to the big screen, Jacki embodied the power of women to change the world.
The Ox-Bow Incident — Rubén Blades
Jul 10, 2018 • 24 min
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…
Interstellar — Jamie Berube
Jun 26, 2018 • 26 min
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.
Toy Story — Charles Pope
Jun 12, 2018 • 22 min
“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.
Bridget Jones’s Diary — Samantha Powell
May 29, 2018 • 22 min
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.
Avalon — Anthony Breznican
May 15, 2018 • 21 min
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.
Boyhood — Naomi Shihab Nye
May 1, 2018 • 32 min
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.
Dan in Real Life — Sharon Salzberg
Apr 17, 2018 • 20 min
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.
Ordinary People — Steve Almond
Apr 3, 2018 • 26 min
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.
Say Anything — Hadley Freeman
Mar 20, 2018 • 17 min
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.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind — Chaitanya Kumar
Mar 6, 2018 • 25 min
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.
You’ve Got Mail — Casper ter Kuile
Feb 20, 2018 • 21 min
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.
The Nightmare Before Christmas — Ashley C. Ford
Feb 6, 2018 • 27 min
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.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope — David Greene
Jan 23, 2018 • 21 min
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.
This Movie Changed Me — Trailer
Jan 12, 2018 • 1 min
A sneak peek into This Movie Changed Me, a new podcast from On Being Studios hosted by Lily Percy.