iPhone Movie Downloads – Where to Download For Dirt Cheap Prices

iPhone movie downloads are selling like hot cakes now. With the new iPhone emerging on the market, hundreds of thousands of the new phone-cum-iPod are sold overnight. This also means that all of a sudden, there are the same numbers of owners wanting to lay their hands on iPhone movie downloads for their new gadgets.

Where are the folks going for the iPhone movies?

iPhones come in two versions, the 4 GB and the 8 GB models. A movie is typically 700 MB in size, so for a 4 GB model, it can easily store one or two nice movies. Not much very compared with the iPod but still, we must remember that it is first a phone then an MP4 player. Whichever the case, people are still interested to download iPhone movies for a cheap price.

iTunes, the parent site of course is a natural place to think of when looking for iPhone movie downloads. But with so many competitors nowadays as well as conversion software around, these online movie stores like Walmart, Amazon and so on are giving it a run for their money. Prices can range from below $10 to higher prices depending on the agreements they have worked out with the movie studios.

The next favorite places to feed your iPhone with iPhone movie downloads would be the paid membership services. These services run on a subscription basis. For a fee of less than $49.95, you can practically enter the site and download as many movies as you wish. Many genres, classics and the latest blockbusters are available for the price of one DVD. You get to keep and watch any full length DVD quality movie once you have paid a flat-fee and never be billed per download.

Certainly, looking at the various options, it is clear that many are flocking to these movie sites that offer lifetime membership to download movies for their iPhones. The trouble is, with dozens of choices, it is hard to pick the right one.

Save yourself the trouble and read up some tips at my iPhone blog to select the best site for your iPhone movie downloads.

"3 Idiots" – A Real Life Case Study


The movie ‘3 Idiots’ is totally focused on the current education system and its drawbacks. It has covered the situation of all the participants practically involved in the education system in India i.e. students, colleges, faculties and parents. Thus, this movie is a lesson to all the above parties, which I have analyzed after watching this movie.

Basically, this movie covers the pressure that the students of higher education are facing because of high end expectation from their parents, colleges and faculties. One of the important issues covered in this movie is student’s suicide due to pressure and failure in fulfilling the expectations. As such kind of incidents are not good for the society, country and families.

India is a young country and youths are the trend setters for any nation. It is a matter of concern for all of us and we must look into this issue seriously. This kind of incidents also affects us directly or indirectly as we all are part of this system. Thus, we need to think and bring some dynamic and revolutionary changes in the education system of the country. This movie seems to me like a real life case study about Indian Higher Education System.

The movie enlightens the drawbacks of current education system. As it clearly shows that how students of higher education are forced to perform best in their exams to achieve good marks, which will get them a highly paid jobs in top most companies around the globe. According to current system we teach our youngsters that Life is a race and to be successful you have to run faster and leave others behind. In this race they start using shortcuts and other means to get success just like the character “CHATUR” in the movie.

In this race, everybody in the system misses or skips the importance of knowledge and its practical usability in life and work. The gist of this movie is that instead of running behind degree and marks, we should focus on getting knowledge and developing skills through knowledge. This will develop excellence in students and make them eligible to do their work more effectively and efficiently.

The movie ‘3 Idiots’ also teaches us some lessons which I have classified into following categories

1. Lesson for Students

2. Lesson for Parents

3. Lesson for Faculty

4. Lesson for Colleges

1. Lesson for Students

a. Students should believe in knowledge, as knowledge will develop excellence in them, which will further lead them towards success.

b. They should understand the fact that there is no shortcut to success. The only road to success is hard work and knowledge.

c. Don’t be worried about the result while studying or doing any work. Just believe in your work, as the result depends on your work but not on your worries.

d. While choosing your career, instead of running behind money and glamour, choose that career which interests you more and for which you are more passionate.

e. Always share your thoughts and interests with you parents and try to convince them positively. Do not create pressure on them by doing negative activities if they are not convinced.

f. Study to gain knowledge not just to get a degree. If you will study to get degree you will not get knowledge, but if you will study to gain knowledge you will also get degree along with it.

g. Suicide is not the solution of any problem, but it is running away from the problem.

2. Lesson for Parents

a. Parents should discuss with their children about their interests, aims and objectives.

b. They should not be forced to do what their parents want them to do, instead they should be motivated to choose career of their interest.

c. Parents need to create a friendly environment at home, so that their children should be able to share their ideas and thoughts anytime.

3. Lesson for Faculties

a. Faculties should become mentors to students instead of just being a teacher.

b. Teach the students practical applicability of the theoretical concepts.

c. Try to develop innovation and creativity in students by discussing more and more about cases, situations and concepts.

d. Use student friendly tools and techniques to teach them.

e. Instead of forcing students, motivate them to do things by showing them benefits of it.

4. Lesson for Colleges

a. Colleges need to develop environment which provides knowledge to students.

b. They also need to create healthy competition among students towards attaining knowledge.

c. The overall focus of academic activities in a college should be towards development of creativity and ability in their students.

d. College administration should not force students to adapt system but they should be motivated to do so.

Third World Cop is a Great Movie to Learn How to Speak Jamaican

I recently watched the film Third World Cop and I must say it is a great film for the student of Jamaican Patois or anyone that wants to learn to speak Jamaican. The movie is based in Kingston, Jamaica, and has an all Jamaican cast that is made up of famous dancehall artists like Elephant Man and Ninjaman and many prominent Jamaican actors and actresses. For anyone that has seen Dancehall Queen, many members of the cast also play a role in Third World Cop such as Paul Campbell, Mark Danvers and Audrey Reid.

The movie is the story of a police office from Kingston who goes by the name Capone (Paul Campbell). Capone is transferred from Port Antonio back to Kingston in an effort to breakdown the organized crime occurring in the Dungle neighborhood of Kingston, where Capone is originally from. Upon his return to Kingston, Capone is given the assignment to investigate gun smuggling into the neighborhood. When Capone goes to the Dungle, he learns that his best friend’s little brother, Ratty, is a huge community leader. Although, Ratty is a hero in the community, he is much more involved in the underworld dealings than people would like to believe. When Capone learns that Ratty is involved, he does everything he can to stop and help Ratty and also stop the criminal kingpins arming the neighborhood.

I do not want to give too much of the movie away because I truly think it holds a special place for the person looking to learn how to speak Jamaican. No, the movie will never be a Hollywood blockbuster and it is not the best film quality, but there are so many other gems in this movie. From a language perspective, this movie is in the top 5 for Jamaican Patois. The language largely used throughout the film is Patois and the DVD allows you to use subtitles, so this really helps in building your understanding. The most famous patois expression in the movie is “We run tings, tings nuh run we.” The pronunciation is that of native speakers so you hear the words in the right context and emotions. You also see people greeting each other and just having everyday interaction. This is invaluable and makes the film well worth watching.

From a cultural standpoint, the film also sheds light on the “bad man” element of Jamaica. This is a recurring theme in many Jamaican films. A “Bad Man” is a gangster for all intensive purposes and many of the Jamaican movies that are not focused on Rastafari put emphasis on the gangster element of Jamaica. Along with the “bad man” you see the role of the police in Jamaican society and how much respect or lack thereof the community has for them. Finally, like most films based in the developing world, there is a glimpse into the struggle of people trying to make something of themselves, but still being held down by other forces.

All in all, I say this film is well worth your time and really worth buying. As mentioned, the film is invaluable in learning to speak Jamaican. I would highly recommend this film.

Malcolm X Bio Vs Malcolm X Movie

Malcolm X’s biography is different from Malcolm X’s movie. These differences lead to truth vs. fiction.

The truth is more people today have seen the movie rather than read the book and this has left too many people not really knowing the content that Malcolm wrote.

The content of Malcolm X’s book is so awesome that the movie cannot capture every moment. Time magazine called Malcolm X’s biography one of the most important books of the twentieth century.

Spike Lee does an excellent job of portraying Malcolm X’s life in film.

And Denzel Washington is superb as Malcolm X in the leading role.

However, in Malcolm X’s biography explanations are made how the Nation of Islam was able to remove people from drugs permanently that could be implemented even today.

How the Nation of Islam grew into a powerful organization and built temples in every city is only scantly mentioned in the movie while Malcolm X explains in greater detail in his biography.

Also, Malcolm X’ s mistakes such as dropping out of school, going to prison and his bout with drugs are real and in living color in his autobiography.

The ability to read and re-read how the Nation of Islam inspired men and women to study and become educated and stop pimping and prostituting is too valuable to miss.

Other questions that can be answered such as how Laura a girl Malcolm meets and befriends becomes a prostitute is also available in his autobiography that the movie doesn’t show.

Finally, the facts that lead to why Malcolm X really died cannot be covered totally in the span of Spike Lee’s movie, however if someone really wants to know the truth about his death and can dig deep into the biography the truth can be found.

This makes the Malcolm bio so much more valuable than the Malcolm X movie because you can read it and re-read it to really appreciate Malcolm X and his life.

Movie Review – "The Challenger" – Fight for Who You Are

“The Challenger” opens with Jaden Miller (Kent Moran, “Listen to Your Heat”) doing his early morning run through the gritty streets of the Bronx. Then cuts to his job as an auto mechanic where a female customer belittles his capabilities as mechanic. That night, dejected he arrives home to find an eviction notice on the door and spends that night sleeping in one of the cars at the garage where he works. Things are not working out for young 24-year old Jaden. Until the rent is paid, his mother Jada (S. Epatha Merkerson, “Law & Order”) is staying at Aunt Regina (Natalie Carter) and putting up with her constant interruptions. This is a hilarious scene, much to the delight of the audience.

While getting his work coveralls cleaned, Jaden meets up with Duane (Michael Clarke Duncan – “The Green Mile”) and learns he was once a legendary boxing trainer. Later, Duane confesses that one of his fighters threw a match and Duane had to backed away later opening a Laundromat and a small boxing gym. Jaden learns that one of his fellow workers at the garage makes money on the side boxing in club fights and pursues this avenue to get his mother and him back into their apartment. He approaches Duane to train him. Initially, Duane refuses, but on learning Jaden last name, he consents to work with him.

What is most intriguing about the training regiment is the focus on specific boxing techniques, things such as the placement of the feet, the rotation of the hips, and how a punch is uncoiled for maximum power. While fascinating, this focus on preparation for a fight leads the audience away from the inner struggles and conflicts Jaden faces. Namely, his finding a way to support his mom, finding a way to regain her respect after being kicked out of a private school for fighting. There is also the fear of failure and not being good enough. While these are presented in dialogue, the emotional consequences is left hanging and not fully developed. Jaden’s stoic expressions do not give us those vulnerable moments that build a deep emotional attachment to his dilemma. We care about the outcome, but not so much about the person.

The fight scenes are spectacular and if the Mayweather-Pacquiao match had been this good, people would be demanding a rematch. The championship match, in particular, was brilliantly crafted and choreographed. There is suspense, compelling character arcs and riveting reversals leading to an edge of your seat excitement. The initial rounds were almost full length and the succeeding rounds compressed into highlights of damaging blows. This segment of the film was shot in four hours, the time allotted by arena officials. Thus the exhaustion and fatigue exhibited are likely real.

There are some amazing twists in this story, which makes it both poignant and appealing. These are nicely set up and foreshadowed without being overly obvious. The acting is first-rate across the board including supporting players. The performance of Michael Clarke Duncan in particular was rock solid and gave energy and direction to this crucial role. He had a back-story to tell and he delivered it with great sensitivity and empathy. This was Michael’s last role, as he died at the age of 54 never seeing his final work.

The relationship between mother and son required a delicate balance of protective love versus determined purpose. S. Epatha Merkerson and Kent Moran beautifully deliver on this aspect with each expressing their opposing views. What’s more, Kent Moran is to be commended for taking on such a physically demanding role while serving as both director and lead actor. Kent trained six months at Manny Pacquiao’s gym in Venice, California preparing for his role.

Another actor who made this a worthy movie is Justin Hartley, Jaden’s opponent in the championship fight. His over confidence and inflated ego nicely set up the challenge in dramatic terms and polarizes our allegiances. The fact that he fights dirty adds to the dangers Jaden faces.

Production values portray the Bronx location as a gritty underdog and it’s Jaden’s dedication that gives its downtrodden residents hope. Camera work by Giacomo Belletti keeps us in the mix, moving skillfully to provide both questions and answers to what’s going to happen next. Composer Pinar Toprak’s score neatly provides the dramatic energy that leads us through this emotional journey. The editing by Anthony Muzzatti and Kent Moran nicely articulates the struggles, the climb out of poverty to provide for his mother.

This film goes the distance and shows that if we fight for who we are, we can become winners. Film reviewed at the Dances with Film Festival, Hollywood.

CREDITS: “The Challenger” stars Kent Moran, Michael Clarke Duncan, S. Epatha Merkerson, Justin Hartly, Frank Watson, Stan Carp, and Ernie Sabella. Production Design by Kay Lee & Rebecca Slick; Art Direction by Amy E. Bishop; Costume Design by William Eng; Makeup by Guy Guido; Casting by Tiandra Gayle; Music by Pinar Toprak; Edited by Kent Moran & Anthony Muzzatti; Cinematography by Giacomo Belletti; Second Unit Director John-Michael Damato; Executive Producer Michael Clarke Duncan; Produce by Ellyette Eleni, Adam Hawkey, & Kent Moran; Written and Directed by Kent Moran; Production Company – Wishing Well Pictures, Inc.; HD, Unrated, 95 Minutes.

Top 10 Doris Day Movies

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1922, Doris Day aspired to be a professional dancer but a car accident forced her to reassess her career as she spent part of her teenage years in a wheel chair recovering. Taking to singing on radio instead it wasn’t until 1948 that Doris made her first movie as Miss Georgia Garrett in “It’s Magic” (originally known as “Romance on the High Seas”). And so her movie career began which would span 20 years and 39 movies before she left the big screen and went to the small screen with her TV show “The Doris Day Show” which ran from 1968 – 1973.

Often regarded as the “eternal virgin” thanks mainly to a series of movies where the subject of sex was taboo, Day was in fact a very accomplished actress capable of delivering comedy, romance as well as heavy drama and of course was able to sing and dance as well. A seriously well rounded star who was top box-office star for 1963 and is often regarded as the ‘all-time’ top female box office star.

During her career she starred opposite some of Hollywood’s major stars such as Gordon MacRae, David Niven, Clark Gable, Kirk Douglas, James Stewart, Gig Young, Howard Keel, James Garner, Jack Lemmon and of course Rock Husdon whose trio of movies that they made together are some of her most popular.

Whilst it’s fair to say that some of Doris Day’s movies were remarkably similar with a recurring theme of being either a career minded young woman or duped by a man they worked well and made for some marvelous movies made memorable usually by at least one musical scene showcasing Day’s wonderful singing voice.

From out of her 39 movies it is actually quite difficult to narrow it down to just 10 but here is my personal choice for the “Top 10 Doris Day Movies”.

#10 Teacher’s Pet (1958)

The first movie to see what would become a very familiar storyline as Doris Day plays a career minded woman duped by a man pretending to be someone else. Here we watch Doris Day play Erica Stone a lecturer in journalism who ends up being duped by James Gannon (Clark Gable) a bit city newspaper editor who initially wants to give Stone a piece of his mind but ends up falling for her. The trouble is he pretends to be someone else when they meet and you know it will cause problem when his true identity is revealed.

Although “Teacher’s Pet” would be the first of these romantic-comedies which featured very similar storylines it was noticeable for the fact that Doris Day played things straight, whilst still delivering that charming and lovable performance which would fill many of these romantic comedies. Instead we had Clark Gable delivering the comedy as James Gannon with a wonderful array of face pulling with makes “Teacher’s Pet” a hugely enjoyable movie.

#9 Young Man With a Horn (1950)

In all fairness “Young Man With a Horn” or “Young Man of Music” as it is also known is not really a Doris Day movie rather than a Kirk Douglas movie with Doris Day in a supporting role. But the story of Rick Martin (Kirk Douglas) who learns to play the trumpet from legendary musician Art Hazzard and goes on to become a troubled star musician is a brilliant movie full of drama, emotion and music as well as a little comedy.

It is a brilliant performance from Kirk Douglas in the lead role but Doris Day is equally as good even in the lesser role of songstress Jo Jordan who ends up becoming a close friend to Rick. Although she only gets to sing 4 songs in the movie each one is beautiful done and in between each of these songs Day shows what a talented actress she is, so natural in every scene.

#8 It Happened to Jane (1959)

In the same year that Doris Day would make her first movie with Rock Hudson she also made another romantic comedy, this time with Jack Lemmon and Ernie Kovacs. In “It Happened to Jane” Doris plays Jane Osgood a career minded mother who breeds and sells lobsters who finds herself taking on the might of Harry Foster Malone (Ernie Kovacs) the owner of a train line which cost her a lot of money in dead lobsters. With the help of her best friend, lawyer George Denham (Jack Lemmon) she battles Malone in anyway she can but despite her troubles things may turn out alright in more sense than one.

With the exception of “Teacher’s Pet” prior to “It Happened to Jane” the majority of Doris Day’s romantic movies had largely been largely musicals. But here we had Day showing her ability in a more straight forward romantic comedy with barely a musical scene in sight, except for one heavily manufactured one featuring “Be Prepared”. What makes this movie feature in my “Top 10 Doris Day Movies” is the combination of Doris Day and Jack Lemmon who between them light up the screen with a perfect amount of comedy.

#7 The Thrill of It All (1963)

“The Thrill of It All” would be the first of Doris Day and James Garner’s 2 movies together and see once more Doris Day taking on a familiar role of a house wife and mother. During a dinner party Beverly Boyer (Doris Day), wife of obstetrician Gerald (James Garner), regales the hosts with a tale about how she used ‘Happy Soap’ to wash her children’s hair, as it happens her hosts are the owners of ‘Happy Soap’. Before she knows it Beverly is the new face of ‘Happy Soap’ making adverts, appearing on bill boards and being wined and dined at big socials. All of which ends up annoying Gerald who barely sees his wife causing a rift in their happy marriage.

Although their second movie together, “Move Over, Darling” would end up a bigger box-office success I prefer “The Thrill of It All” out of Doris Day and James Garner’s 2 movies together. It’s for the most rather routine with Doris Day playing that beautiful and slightly kooky house wife to James Garner’s tall dark and handsome husband but it’s full of memorable, funny scenes. The fake posing for the billboard and the swimming pool full of suds are two of just many innocently amusing moments in a movie full of them.

#6 On Moonlight Bay (1951)

In her 20 year movie career and despite making several movies which used the same sort of storyline Doris Day only made one sequel which was “By the Light of the Silvery Moon”. The predecessor to it was the beautifully titled “On Moonlight Bay” which saw Day take on the role of Marjie Winfield a tomboy who falls for Bill Sherman (Gordon MacRae). The trouble is that Bill has some unorthodox views on relationships and marriage and also on a few other things which end up annoying Marjie’s father George.

Although “On Moonlight Bay” has a storyline, in fact it has a few storylines it is very much a musical with numerous musical moments featuring either the wonderful Doris Day or the equally wonderful Gordon MacRae and often together. But it is the way everything comes together to make a thoroughly pleasant and charming movie, completely innocent and a lot of fun.

#5 The Pajama Game (1957)

This would be the last of Doris Day’s movies which were firstly musical and drama second but it is surprisingly good fun. Set in the Sleeptite Pajama Factory Doris plays Babe Williams a union rep who finds herself coming up against new superintendent Sid Sorokin (John Raitt) who falls head over heels for her, except business and pleasure start to make things rather messy especially as Babe’s fellow workers want a rise.

“The Pajama Game” has it roots as a Broadway musical and what makes the screen version work is that it feels like you are watching a stage musical. With many of the Broadway cast reprising their roles for the movie and with a vibrant styling which really brings it to life it is a very entertaining movie. And of course it features Doris Day at her feisty best as she plays up against John Raitt whilst delivering plenty of cheerful musical numbers.

#4 Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

During her career Doris Day performed in a few movies which were based or inspired by real people, in “Love Me or Leave Me” she stars as Ruth Etting in a fictionalized account of the jazz singer’s life. Having been spotted by Chicago hood Marty Snyder (James Cagney) Ruth goes from a wannabee singer to a major star, but with Snyder controlling her life the public image Ruth presented was vastly different to her unhappy private one.

What makes Doris Day’s performance in “Love Me or Leave Me” so brilliant comes in hindsight of information that Doris Day revealed in her autobiography. Day herself suffered an unhappy marriage to Martin Melcher who basically controlled her life and much of which almost mirrors what you watch in “Love Me or Leave Me”. As such there is a real sense of pain and emotion in many of the scenes in the movie where Snyder inflicts his rage and control over Ruth. Plus of course being a movie about a singer means we get plenty of brilliant musical moments including renditions of “Ten Cents a Dance” and “I’ll Never Stop Loving You”.

#3 By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)

As already mentioned “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” is the equally beautifully titled sequel to “On Moonlight Bay” and follows a very similar storyline with Marjie Winfield still having relationship issues with Bill who having agreed to marry her before heading off to war returns not quite ready to walk down the aisle. And that’s not the only problem as other member’s of the Winfield household are having a few issues.

To many “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” is inferior to “on Moonlight Bay” and basically just rehashes the whole storyline, which in all fairness it does. But to me it has a lot more charm especially with the wintry setting and memorable ending on the frozen pond with a wonderful family sing-a-long. It also helps that Day is at her cutest best as Marjie easy on the eyes and easy to fall in love with.

#2 Pillow Talk (1959)

It may come as a surprise to some but Doris Day and Rock Hudson only made 3 movie together, although it often feels like more because Day made several similar movies all of with quite similar handsome stars. Their first movie together was “Pillow Talk” with saw Day playing Jan Morrow who shares a party phone line with Brad Allen (Rock Hudson) much to her annoyance as he hogs the line with calls to and from various women. But when Allen finds himself in the company of Morrow he has a bit of fun pretending to be an out of town Texan called Rex Stetson, except what started as a bit of fun turns into more when they genuinely fall for each other.

As already mentioned Doris Day made several similar movies and here again we see her being duped by a man pretending to be someone else. It is the best version of this type of storyline thanks to the amazing chemistry between Doris Day and Rock Hudson making it extremely funny and quite romantic, which in an ironic way is quite funny thanks to certain revelations about both of the stars. And despite the concept of Day being duped by another man had already been done it is the one most people remember with Day delivering her kooky, face pulling comedy to the max whilst Hudson charms his way through every scene.

#1 Calamity Jane (1953)

And finally my number 1 Doris Day movie in my list of “Top 10 Doris Day Movies” and it has to be the award winning “Calamity Jane”. In “Calamity Jane” Doris Day stars as Jane a feisty Indian tracker in the town of Deadwood who likes to boast a little too much. When the owner of the local saloon is desperate to get someone to perform, Jane boasts she can bring back acclaimed stage performer Adelaid Adams from Chicago to perform on their small stage. But having headed off to Chicago Jane mistakes Adelaid’s maid Kate for the big star and returns with her instead. Well it all comes out that Jane didn’t bring back Adelaid but her and Kate become friends leaving to a bit of unexpected rivalry in the romantic department.

From the opening scene with the lively “The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away)” right through to the credits “Calamity Jane” is an out and out classic musical full of big musical song and dance numbers which makes the storyline almost unimportant despite not being that bad. But why “Calamity Jane” is my number 1 movie is because it showcases everyone of Doris Day’s wonderful talents from dancing, singing, comedy as well as a touch of drama and alongside solid performances from Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie and Philip Carey there is not a single dull moment in it’s entire length.

Why People Love Science Fiction Movies

Science fiction movies are one of those genres that people just cannot get enough of. They appeal to the need that people have to believe that there is something else out there besides us. When people need something to believe in they either lean towards religion or science. Those that lean towards science love these types of films.

People also like to ask, “what if…” in different ways. Science fiction movies allow people to open up their imaginations to all sorts of possibilities. What if there is life on other planets? What if that life came here to Earth? What if that life form was bad? What if that life form was good? All of these questions are things we ask ourselves and these types of movies allow us to explore the possibilities.

Science fiction movies are often full of things that we like in movies. There is suspense and excitement. There are battle scenes and sometimes even romance. The storytelling is often of high quality and thought provoking questions are addressed. These films often address issues like ethics and philosophy and can make us think for days on end.

There are many great science fiction movies out there and they appeal to a wide audience. If you have never watched sci fi flicks before check out some of these classic movies:

· The Matrix Trilogy: This trilogy of science fiction movies follows Neo and his friends as it addresses the question, What if this life isn’t real? What if we have another life and the life we think we are living is just a dream?

· The Star Wars Movies: This series of movies kept sci-fi fans on the edge of their seats for over a decade with movies that brought together love, ethics, power, the battle for right and wrong, and of course, exploration of the universe.

· The Star Trek Movies: Over the past several decades there have been many Star Trek movies made. The older movies are as fascinating as the new ones and the characters pull you in.

· Planet of the Apes: The first movie was made in 1968 made us think about what would have happened if we had not completely evolved. A remake of the original movie was made in 2001.

· E.T.: This is one of the first movies that made people think of aliens in a positive way. Children and adults alike fell in love with this sweet extra-terrestrial that just wanted to go home.

Are Books Turning Into Movies a Positive or Negative Thing?

A lot of books as movies are being optioned and produced lately. But with the increasing number of movies from books, is the quality lacking? Should we be happy or nervous about seeing books that are movies on the big screen?

Usually it’s a case-by-case basis, but for the most part there are a few different things that can make books as movies a good or a bad thing.

The first positive thing is definitely getting to see the story and the world come to life. Especially when you are talking about a book that is magical and has a lot of fantasy elements to it, sometimes seeing that world come to life can be an incredible experience. But such a wonderful concept also comes with big risks. Perhaps the budget left a lot to be desired and so the sets and effects are not all they could be. This can really ruin a story and unfortunately the visuals the movie provides become ingrained when you read the book again.

Another thing that is really exciting about seeing books as movies is getting to see the characters we envisioned while reading come to life before our eyes. It can be really cool to see new and established actors make our favorite characters a reality. But again, if an actor just doesn’t fit the role physically and as far as skill level is concerned, then movies from books can be more of a letdown than a positive experience.

The most wonderful thing about books hitting the big screen is that it tends to have this effect on the masses, drawing in people to read books that are movies because they enjoyed the film. A lot of times these people are not normally readers and it’s definitely a positive thing any time something gets people reading and exercising their minds. The only negative effect this has overall is that the supply and demand of books must be met. So we tend to see an increase in books that are cranked out too fast and end up being low quality and copycat storylines of other books.

No matter what though, the nice thing about getting to witness books as movies is that it entails more exposure for the book, author, and reading in general. If it’s a story we love, then it’s nice when a lot of people know about it and you can talk about it with them! But it also can be a little annoying when fans from the movie crossover to being fans of the book and claim to be the biggest fans, when in reality the biggest fans are those who increased the exposure of the book itself to the point of it being optioned as a movie.

Whether you’re a fan of books as movies or not is something we all must decide on our own. But either way, the incredible world of movies from books is becoming more popular every day and something that will hopefully only increase in quality to the satisfaction of both book lovers and movie buffs alike.

Rambo Movies in Order

The Rambo movies may be continuing without the actor who launched them. Sylvester Stallone recently announced his retirement from the John Rambo character. However, there has been some discussion that following the success of 2008’s ‘Rambo’, that the studio may continue the Rambo movie franchise without him. With Stallone’s involvement with the series looking to be over, it is a good time to summarise his Rambo movies in order. Stallone has been involved in all four movies that have been made so far, First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III, and Rambo.

First Blood (1982):

The first of the ‘Rambo’ movies, First Blood, was based on the novel of the same name by David Morrell. It is sometimes known as ‘Rambo: First Blood’. The film introduces the character John Rambo as played by Sylvester Stallone. It establishes Rambo as a Vietnam veteran who is trying to find his place in a society that doesn’t want him. He clashes with Sheriff Teasle, who sees him only as a drifter he doesn’t want in his town. He arrests Rambo, but post traumatic stress from his time as a prisoner of war causes Rambo to panic. He injures various deputies and escapes. A man hunt ensues, where Rambo is revealed to be a killing machine, and the local police and volunteer army are no match for him. Eventually Rambo’s mentor and former commander, Colonel Trautman shows up and convinces Rambo to surrender.

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985):

John Rambo is in a prison labour camp for his crimes in First Blood. Colonel Trautman visits him and offers him the opportunity of a Presidential pardon in exchange for help documenting the existence of prisoners of war still in Vietnam. Instead of just photographing the prisoners, Rambo rescues one and the person in charge, Murdock, refuses to have him picked up in the helicopter and Rambo is captured. Rambo escapes, rescues all the prisoners and destroys all of Murdock’s equipment. Afterwards he refuses to go back to America and walks off into the distance. Officially George P. Cosmatos directed Rambo: First Blood Part II, but it was revealed afterwards that Stallone actually had most of the directorial control.

Rambo III (1988):

Now John Rambo lives in Thailand and is once again visited by Colonel Trautman. Trautman is planning a mission delivering weapons to Afghanistan fighters in their war against the Russians. Rambo refuses as he has had enough of war. However, later he finds out that Trautman has been captured and so he goes in and successfully rescues him.

Rambo (2008):

In Stallone’s last outing as John Rambo, the character is still in Thailand. Now he sells snakes to a village near the Burmese border. He eventually agrees to take them into Burma on his boat, event though he believes no good can come from them taking medical supplies into the war torn region. He has stopped believing things can change. As with Trautman in Rambo III, he once again finds out the missionaries have been captured and goes in and successfully rescues two of them with the help of some mercenaries. At the end of the movie he finally returns to America, to a ranch that looks to be owned by his father.

Analysis: Leadership Principles From the Movie ‘Battleship’

One of the much awaited movies in 2012 ‘Battleship’ showcased to the world not only how advanced America is in terms of weaponry, but also in battle strategies and leadership skills. The movie as well tells of probabilities that aliens might as well advanced in warfare than they do. But also portrayed was how prepared they are to combat against whatever that poses threats to the nation. Apart from its being action-packed, it also put on display some leadership principles significant to running an organization.

The story was about an exceptional individual (Alex Hopper), with very low decision making skills, and a-pain-in-the-butt to his brother (Stone Hopper) who always gets him out of trouble every time he does a mess. Until the last hitch that he got into where he broke into a store just to buy a Chicken Burrito by force to impress a beautiful girl who happened to be the daughter of the Admiral Shane. Alex was forced by his brother Stone to join the navy in hopes that enlisting him to the exercise is a good alternative course of action and would give his life a self-worth.

Upon aliens’ attack to the planet, all those who were in the exercise were terrified for they knew not what they will end up with. But one thing is apparent to all, the exercise is over and they need to prepare for the real battle, the real combat which they are not there and prepared for. As a result, the crews went on panic but the captains remained calm and decisive which enabled them to give orders and got their crews back on track to continue taking and executing commands.

To protect the nation from uninvited visitors that were beginning to create damages on the dry lands, and such situation left no choice to the commanders but to attack. Now, the captains’ order to assault requires a far greater demand of courageous soldiers and crews to operate the ‘destroyer’ designed but turned out not enough to protect the planet against terror. As anticipated, each ship on the ocean under the command of the assigned captains tried to launch missiles to attack the threatening and unexpected enemy from nowhere. However, it was unsuccessful and such move to strike right there and then turned out to be a terrible idea instead that caused lives of those who were navigating the warships with only a few survivors.

Among the survivors that hopped in the ship that was later on under the command of the new captain (Alex Hopper) were another captain (Nigata) and some of his wounded men from a badly crushed ‘destroyer’. Now the ship is contained with diverse personalities and culture, therefore, with different types of ideas and brilliance. Without knowing the real capacity and agenda of the enemy, Hopper, now the newly appointed captain in command in the warship, tried to formulate a strategy in attack to the enemies. But he knew his plans seem not to work out against the aliens when captain Nigata barged in to propose a very competitive strategy better than his.

Water Displacement, the strategy Nigata proposed of which he claims to be evidently effective because of years of experience of using it. For the sake of everybody, Hopper decided to give him the benefit of doubt letting him explain how the strategy works. And later, he found out the suggested approach sounds interesting and beneficial not only to those who are in the warship, but including those that are on the dry lands whose trust for protection are afforded to them.

The scenario in the movie looks very similar as that of what is happening in real life – in corporations and organizations. This article focuses on displaying some entrepreneurial principles particularly in leadership.

“Captain, My chair is your chair sir!”

While none of them on board had any idea as to how the Water Displacement in application works, Captain Alex Hopper, after hearing the nitty-gritty of strategy, offered no insights nor tried to question as to how many percent the approach will win victory over the enemies. Caring not about his pride of being the captain in command or what his men would say, without a second thought, Hopper gave way to the captain Nigata to take over the strategizing momentarily. “Captain, my chair is your chair sir” Hopper whispered. Such act of courage to forsake pride for the benefit of all is never been easy. That’s one requirement for leadership.

Gary Moulton, a CEO liken leadership as that of the soil that’s full of nutrients necessary to sustain a plant’s growth. According to him, entrepreneurial also involves – more importantly – leadership that helps individual to grow and soon leads and not just end up stagnant. To be a good leader, one must first be a good follower and when he becomes one, he must be willing to accept the fact that leadership is “stepping up and stepping aside”, not the other way around. Stepping up, because leaders really have to be on the higher ground to pull someone up, and stepping aside because he has to anticipate long before that the ones he trains will follow his tracks and become like him.

In contrast, according to experts, too many companies manage to establish a work environment in their organizations under a poor leadership and as a result, employees are badly affected which in consequence translate them into unsatisfied employees. Because of poor leadership, employees begin to suffer from unfair labor practices of management which is strictly prohibited by and violation in the labor law. This is one of the reasons why every organization should be under a good leadership or else, chaos will happen.

Team work and unity in one purpose

To prevent chaos in organization, a good leader should know and be willing to work in teams. He must encourage team work towards achieving one specific goal! Captain Hopper, not only gives orders, but also worked in teams and that was prevalent when he let the Captain Nigata offer suggestions in answer to the crisis they were undergoing. And one good principle the movie exhibited to the viewers is working with unity as a team towards one purpose is extremely effective than strategies alone.

For instance, in the field of Human Resource Management, Training & Development is one of the important activities an HR manager conducts in an organization. It is done to ensure work momentum and productivity of the employees in the business and counter possible problems that each employee may have been facing for a considerable period of time. However, Training & Development will just be as good as nothing, a waste of time, and money if the direct head or team leaders assigned to closely monitor the employees will not function as they are directed to. Hence, no matter how useful and powerful a strategy is, it will not function as what it is designed for without someone to use and make it work the way it should. In reality, tons of companies are guilty of this predicament to date ending up wasting time and resources.

Ultimately, leadership as “stepping up and stepping aside” means letting go of your pride to listen and give way to ideas that are more effective and efficient than that of yours, and working in teams with brilliant ideas setting aside yours that don’t seem work for a moment.