Three Lessons From THE DAY OF THE JACKAL.
The Day of The Jackal is a political thriller written by English author Frederick Forsyth and published in 1971. This novel was recommended to me by an English friend. In his own words: “As a Frenchman, you will certainly enjoy this. The movie adaptation is fantastic but the novel is exceptional. I suggest you start with the book.” I was sceptical at first since I had just finished reading another novel called The Sicilian which was written by Mario Puzo. Having spent weeks in the mafia universe of The Sicilian, I wondered if diving into a political thriller was the proper transition. However, the plot of The Day of The Jackal was very intriguing and I was assured that the book is a great classic among highly suspenseful novels that are built around political assassinations. This assessment was right: the novel is absolutely brilliant and easily holds its ground against more contemporary books in the same category.
Alien: Out of the Shadows
When it comes to enduring science fiction franchises, Alien is hard to beat. Ever since the iconic 1979 movie was released, Alien has produced a cult following that has renewed itself across at least three generations of sci-fi enthusiasts. Its success is a combination of outstanding storylines, a great collection of talents and an antagonist, the xenomorph, whose design makes it the near perfect embodiment of a futuristic killing machine. Few fictional characters have succeeded in reducing humans to mere prey as efficiently as the xenomorph. As a species, it is invasive, very powerful, highly resilient, and utterly ruthless.
Michael Jackson's Dangerous Album | 31 Years Later
It is now more than ten years since Michael Jackson passed away. His music remains popular, but the man is as controversial as ever. When it comes to expressing opinions on this icon, people generally take sides by either viewing him as a lasting musical genius or a monster whose life became such a mess in the final years of his existence that he will forever be categorised as a statistical oddity who happened to be exceptionally talented. There seems to be a perpetual obsession to find the "truth" about Michael Jackson whatever that means in 2022 and beyond.
Book Review | The Sicilian.
The Sicilian is a novel written by Mario Puzo and published in 1984. Who is Mario Puzo? Very simple: he is the author of The Godfather. This distinction is enough to make Puzo instantly recognisable. After all, The Godfather is easily one of the most influential crime novels of all time. When people are asked to list works inspired by the Italian mafia, this book will often come first. Considering The Godfather's status, it should come as no surprise that The Sicilian has a hard time competing even though it is considered as the sequel to The Godfather. Two things can explain this: the different eras in which the novels were published (the sixties for The Godfather, the eighties for The Sicilian) and the lesser impact of the movie adaptation of The Sicilian compared to that of The Godfather.
Lessons From The Boys, The Amazon Original Series
The Boys is an American Superhero Amazon Original series whose first season started in July 2019. With its dark, highly cynical, over the top and often outright crazy storylines, The Boys, which is based on a comics book of the same name, offers a novel portrayal of corruption through characters that are supposedly "heroes". For the sake of clarity, and to apply the proper context to this article, "corruption" in The Boys means the following: "The sadistic abuse of power for one's personal gains with no fear of repercussions". This lack of fear regarding consequences is an important feature when it comes to the primary antagonists of the series. Only extraordinary circumstances threaten, and eventually eliminate, what they assume to be a permanent benefit linked to their status.
Lessons From Reacher, The Amazon Original Series.
Jack Reacher is a character created by British author Lee Child. He first appeared in the novel called "Killing Floor" which was published in 1997. The book's success was the foundation for an ongoing crime thriller franchise that has since been adapted into movies starring Tom Cruise, and, more recently, an Amazon series starring Alan Ritchson. The Amazon series has received positive reviews from Jack Reacher fans. Many consider Alan Ritchson to be better suited than Tom Cruise when it comes to portraying Jack Reacher. I agree with this assessment. While Cruise certainly did a good job in the action-packed movies, there was only so much he could do in terms of representing the character that die-hard Reacher admirers expect to see on a screen. Simply put, Tom Cruise does not fit the physical description of Jack Reacher. Lee Child himself explained this in an interview but rightfully gave credit to Cruise for his performance. All things considered, Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher turned out to be a successful experiment which eventually led to Alan Ritchson.
Post-Career Lessons From Michael Jordan.
It is now 23 years since Michael Jordan retired from the Chicago Bulls. Basketball fans know the importance of number 23: it is the one that was worn by Michael Jordan during his career and also the one which was initially chosen by Lebron James, the current reigning star of the National Basketball Association. Most readers will immediately conclude that this is how I got the idea for this article. Well, no actually. As improbable as it might seem, it happened when I was talking to a friend who owns her own theatre company. It very likely had to do with the fact that we were discussing about brand development and, for some reason, Michael Jordan crossed my mind. Ten minutes later, after saying goodbye to the said friend, I was sitting in a coffee shop and determining the key points of the present article.
Lessons from The Godfather
The Godfather is a crime novel written by Mario Puzo and first published in 1969. It is on the basis of this novel that the present article was created. Highlighting this point is important since most people associate The Godfather with the 1972 movie starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. There is nothing wrong with that since the movie is a masterpiece in itself and is widely viewed as a great cinematic classic. However, nothing beats the novel in terms of providing an unfiltered version of the world within which the characters of the story operate. Many details tend to be left out when a novel is transferred to a different medium. This is especially the case if the characters of the story are complex and have personalities that cannot be fully captured by images alone. In terms of complexity, Don Vito Corleone, the protagonist of The Godfather, certainly delivers.
Further Business Lessons From John Wick.
The presence of the word 'further' in the title of this piece might lead some readers to believe that the content below is a follow-up to an article titled 'Business lessons from John Wick'. This is not the case. The intent here is to provide a different view on an idea that has already been explored by other content creators. Simply put, the idea in question is that John Wick, a fictional assassin portrayed by actor Keanu Reeves, can teach us valuable lessons in the realm of business. This opinion does not only result from my observation of John Wick but also from the underground universe within which he operates. His interactions with various secondary characters provide interesting insights on how good business can be conducted.
The Chronicles of Cerberus | Part One
Cerberus looked ahead and took a step back. The hound of Hades felt fear. How could this be? The guardian of the gates of hell was trembling. This had never happened before. It was not even supposed to be possible. His countless battles and exceptional bravery had sealed his reputation as one of the most powerful mythical beasts. What had happened during the eight days that followed his departure from the underworld for cracks to suddenly appear in his indomitable spirit?