The 1997 film Good Will Hunting starring Matt Damon and directed by Gus Van Sant is a good example of transcendentalisms self-reliance. Within the movie, Will Hunting has an extremely high IQ, yet he decides to work as a janitor at MIT. One day, he has the opportunity to solve a very difficult graduate-level math problem.
Later in the film, Hunting is pulled into multiple directions with people and companies wanting to take advantage of his high intelligence. He eventually decided that he needed to live by his own decisions opposed to depending on responsibilities given to him by others.
“Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self."
This quote from Emerson's Self-Reliance fits very well into this film. This is mostly because of Huntings idea of making his own decisions and not having someone else tell him what to do. Hunting wanted to be himself, his best self.
WALL-E is a 2008 animated film directed by Andrew Stanton. The movie starts by showing how Earth has been completely covered in trash and all the humans left the now inhabitable planet. WALL-E is the last robot left on earth and he spends his life cleaning up the trash and keeping anything that seems interesting to him.
The movie strongly represents the importance of nature by showing that the planet, as well as human life, would be much worse off with the absence of nature.
“Nature is as well adapted to our weakness as to our strength.”
This quote from Thoreau's Walden is well represented within WALL-E. It shows that nature can help us as well as hurt us if we aren't careful. In the case of WALL-E humanity was not friendly to nature and thus had to leave Earth.
Johnny Depp is a very well known Hollywood actor that has appeared in many films. He lived a very busy life, but has recently changed things quite a bit.
Although is is a very wealthy millionaire, he and his family moved to a small village in France where they bought a large plot of land and he has been quoted by saying he simply "does nothing" all day.
"I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life"
This quote from Emerson's Walden is a good example of Depp's way of life. He wants to life life to its full potential and not have to worry about anything but his own life
DISCLAIMER : He actually sold this place and isn't living the very simple life he had at one point... but is still living life simply.