There have been many movies and books that have poked fun of life as an office worker — and who can blame them? A huge percentage of people work in an office, and frankly, most office jobs have a certain tedium to them that makes most people wince at them.
The Founder tells the story of McDonald's and the man who made the fast food franchise into what it is today. In The Founder, we follow the story of the man who made the once fledgling roadside lunch stand run by the McDonald brothers into a multi million dollar empire. Ray Kroc is played by Michael Keaton, who happens to be one of my favorite actors. Kroc did not come up with the original concept of McDonald's, it was the idea of two brothers who were running it as a struggling roadside diner. Ray was an idea man and a milkshake machine salesman who could turn it into a success beyond the wildest dreams of everyone involved.
The ending of "La La Land", a recent film directed by Damien Chapelle, had some people crying out in angst. It seems a tragedy for Mia and Sebastian to go on living separate lives.
Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart. The stress and the long hours can be demanding, but eventually, it will all (hopefully) pay off in the long run. Through the struggles, there is growth, and that is where entrepreneurs learn the most. Many films, like the best 80s business movies, show the world of business from many different points of view. Although each of the characters from the films are in different situations, in business and in life, they all have one thing in common: success. These films range from satirical, informative to downright comedic, but that doesn't take away from the lessons you can gain from them all.
This is the second part of the article 11 Films You Should Watch if You Want to Work for Satya Nadella or Mark Zuckerberg in an ongoing series about films you should watch if you want to work for the most powerful people in the world.
Children and successful business men have more in common than you may think. One of the first few things they learn in their formative years of life as a child or a businessman are their ABCs. "A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing, always be closing." These words, spoken by the character played by Alec Baldwin in the 1992 film Glengarry Glen Ross, based off of the play of the same name written by David Mamet, was hardly a new idea when it was quoted in the movie. Always Be Closing is a mantra that is commonly used to teach those who are new to sales. But the repetition of this ideal doesn't stop at the learning process. Always Be Closing is a business rule that is used over and over for the duration of a salesman's career. The phrase has been used for decades when instructing salespeople to build careers and maintaining a goal when in a business setting and is one of many terms in the business lingo.
Revisiting Boiler Room after watching The Wolf of Wall Street is like being lied to after a horrific accident. Both movies are based on Jordan Belfort’s misadventures at the Long Island penny stock scam factor Stratton Oakmont but that’s about where the similarities end. Boiler Room is the movie for those outraged at Wolf’s lack of redemption. It’s the happy ending version of a tale that really has no happy ending. But it still is not too bad, even if their version of Belfort, named Michael Brantley, is played by a mealy-mouthed Tom Everett Scott. He shows up every half hour or so before skulking back to his office. Not a very bad boy compared to Leonardo DiCaprio’s whoring, coke-snorting Belfort. Instead, the focus is on a conscience-stricken junior broker, played by Giovanni Ribisi, who acts as a sort of audience surrogate. In this sense, Boiler Room is rather traditional. No morality here. The really bad guys get punished, and the audience is left feeling righteous.
This is the second article in a series about the films you should watch if you want to work for the most powerful people in the world.
Epic tales of the rise and fall of our world’s most interesting companies and leaders are told in the best business documentaries to watch on Netflix. The easy and fun streaming service offers anyone with a subscription a huge array of business and tech movies. Films on Steve Jobs, Enron, and Gucci are entertaining and insightful lessons on what it takes to make or break a world-renowned company.
Not available in stores, this nearly 50-hour program includes 25 required viewing classes, and it's free. This guide to the top Wall Street films is not just entertaining, it is educational. From 1981's Rollover to its younger brother Wall Street The Movie, and even the late 90's Pi, these movies explore the complex world of finance. From Danny DeVito in Other People's Money to Eddie Murphy in Trading Places, Wall Street has always relied on its sense of humor to get through the tough times. Some of my favorite picks are Barbarians at the Gate, Working Girl, and the timeless American Psycho. Forget the MBA and watch these 25 films.