40 episodes

Movies create space to explore some of life’s biggest questions. This Movie Changed Me features conversations about how they teach, connect, and transform us. In each episode, host and lifelong movie fanatic Lily Percy guides guests to explore and celebrate the transformative role movies play in their lives.

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.5, 498 Ratings

Movies create space to explore some of life’s biggest questions. This Movie Changed Me features conversations about how they teach, connect, and transform us. In each episode, host and lifelong movie fanatic Lily Percy guides guests to explore and celebrate the transformative role movies play in their lives.

    This Movie Changed Me: What would you like to hear next?

    This Movie Changed Me: What would you like to hear next?

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    • 1 min
    The Wiz — Michael Strautmanis

    The Wiz — Michael Strautmanis

    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. When a violent storm transports her to a faraway place, she’s taken out of her comfort zone and yearns to find a way back. Lawyer Michael Strautmanis had never seen a movie that offered a warm portrayal of his experience growing up on the South Side of Chicago in a tight-knit African American community. His love for every aspect of the movie — from the iconic casting to the costume design and music — speaks to the idea that movies help us feel seen.

    • 23 min
    The Wizard of Oz — Seth Godin

    The Wizard of Oz — Seth Godin

    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 encounters all sorts of obstacles — all made delightful by the movie’s iconic original music and use of color, which was groundbreaking at the time. Entrepreneur Seth Godin says the movie made a strong impression on him as a child: Seeing a young person take action inspired him to do the same. “It’s up to us,” he says, “and we could do it if we wanted to.”

    • 26 min
    The Namesake — Nishta Mehra

    The Namesake — Nishta Mehra

    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 two children, Gogol and Sonia. In tracing the lives of two generations of a family, the movie examines not just the opportunity and promise gained from immigrating to a new country, but also all that is lost from one generation to the next. The wholeness of this depiction offered solace to writer Nishta Mehra after her father’s death. For her, the movie mirrored back the parts of her parents’ lives she did not understand as a young person.

    • 33 min
    Auntie Mame — Justin Sayre

    Auntie Mame — Justin Sayre

    “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 celebration of individuality and independence inspired comedian Justin Sayre to embrace his own — whether as a gay person or a queer artist. “You don’t have to do anything you’re told,” he says. “You just have to be kind. And you just have to never stop looking. That’s it.”

    • 30 min
    Malcolm X — Andrea Jenkins

    Malcolm X — Andrea Jenkins

    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 Malcolm X’s life: first as Malcolm Little, then, in his early 20s, as “Detroit Red,” to his rise as Malcolm X, the activist preserved in history books today — and beyond. Activist and poet Andrea Jenkins related to Malcolm X’s experience of transformation and evolution portrayed in the movie. She’s a city council member in Minneapolis and was the first openly transgender black woman elected to office in the United States. She joined us for a live recording and screening of the movie at the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
498 Ratings

498 Ratings

Gayle Allen ,

Terrific Podcast

Lily, thank you for creating such an inspiring and wonderful podcast. Such a creative concept! I can't wait until the next season.

Dave Will Lloyd ,

This Movie Changed Me

Seriously wonderful.. thoughtful and aspirational exploration of who we are and how movies can be a mirror or prism that can help shape us. Love listening every week.

;f;aie ,

Top Favorite Podcast! Tender, Funny, and Wise.

Lily Percy's interviews dance magically between tender authenticity, deep wisdom, and light-hearted reminiscing. This podcast deftly captures the exquisite experience of being human and the power of film to simultaneously capture our story and transform us.
For all the times we've been glued to our seats at the end of a movie, entranced by cinematic alchemy reminding us of something deep within--something we seek to forget or desperately want to remember.
I also love the refreshing diversity of Percy's guests and invitations to watch new films. A must listen!

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