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.

Download Full DVD Movies In Minutes

It used to take hours to download full DVD movies. Technology has progressed so quickly that with the powerful computers and high speed internet connection we have, it is possible to download full DVD movies in a matter of minutes. This is one reason why downloading movies online is becoming a popular online activity. Other reasons for its newfound popularity are of course the convenience and cheaper costs over movie tickets and DVD rentals. People can now catch their favorite movie at home at any time they wish. To download full DVD movies online is something which you might want to consider.

Downloading DVD movies was never this easy. Recently, the onset of legal movie download sites that promises high-quality DVD movies has made it possible for the man on the street to download full DVD movies for an affordable one-time download fee. Well if you do not wish to pay anything, you can always go to peer-to-peer sites and download free DVD movies off the internet, but know that that it is illegal to download movies with copyrights. One has to grapple with the poor picture and sound quality of these downloads and the risk of exposing your computer to malicious adware and spyware. The movie download sites would not cost you more than $50 and for that amount, you can download thousands of full DVD movies. For that kind of price, you really need not waste your time at free download sites.

Many studios are discovering that if they offer online services that allow you to download full DVD movies right from their servers, they could reach a wider audience and do more sales that way. There are also no inventory or production costs to worry about. Some have even resorted to allowing you to download DVD movies on rental. This can be a good option for you if you do not mind the cost as it is often a monthly subscription service or pay as you download.

Another advantage to download full DVD movies online at these paid membership sites is the increased convenience and lightning speed in downloading hard-to-find or old movies. It can be hard to find some of the old classics from the movie stores. But with the online search engines at movie download sites, you just need to key in the movie title and in a few seconds, you could be downloading the movie in DVD format already.

Professional movie download sites offer the DVD copy software and other tools to allow you to download full DVD movies and copy them to a single DVD disc. The quality of the DVD in terms of subtitles, audio, languages, and picture would not be lost as such. These are several sites with quick servers that allow for fast and uninterrupted downloading of movies. My advice to you is to use these download sites to save you time and effort which you should be spending on watching the movies you download.

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Every Child Is Special: A Movie Review

Every Child Is Special is probably my first Bollywood movie. (I do not count Slumdog Millionaire because I have watched it only in parts and have not even gotten to the ending, haha.) Anyway, Every Child Is Special is a Hindi drama film released in 2007 (Taare Zameen Par, translation: Stars On Earth) produced and directed by Aamir Khan. It tells about a boy, Ishaan Awasthi, who was always getting in trouble at school for being so misbehaving and out of focus from his lessons. Too often, he would be caught by his teacher daydreaming and getting low grades. Because of this, his father sent him to boarding school, all alone and homesick with the hope of disciplining him. But the academic status of Ishaan did still not improve. Instead, he became withdrawn and lonely, far from the Ishaan who was active and fun-loving. Then came a new art teacher who would just change the way Ishaan would act towards school and learn to appreciate himself even more.

How can I not love this movie? Darsheel Safary is perfect for the role of Ishaan Awasthi. Safary, with his innocent eyes and face, made me laugh with his funny antics and at the same time rend my heart as he goes through the agony of enduring boarding school alone and away from his parents. From start to finish, the movie gripped my attention, and the musical portions added to my fascination. I cannot speak about the technical aspects of film-making as I am not knowledgeable of such, but for an easy to please movie fan like me, Every Child Is Special is one heart-touching movie.


Every Child Is Special is an eye opener as to the worth and significance of every child. The story deals with an issue that is as real as it is unrecognized – dyslexia. I first knew about dyslexia in the book, Pearl Harbor by Randall Wallace, but the movie has increased my education on this kind of ailment.

Every Child Is Special is a movie that can tug the heartstrings and at the same time bring hope that having dyslexia is not a desperate situation. Family support, patience, and love are central themes in this story, plus the primary focus on painting and art. The theory on multiple intelligences in education plays a major role in this movie and can be very informative to teachers and parents alike.

I really love this movie and I highly recommend this to everyone. My sister has also been nagging me to watch The Three Idiots. Maybe, tonight.

5 stars.

Hindi Movies (All Times HIT)

Bollywood has made a lot of movies over its existence period. There are some movies that cannot be missed and such movies deserve to be watched at least thrice over the course of your life time. These Bollywood movies are all time hits and you cannot give such movies a miss. Here we have compiled a list of the top Bollywood movies that are evergreen.

1. Kismet- 1943

Kismet presented some very bold themes in the movie and this was for the very first time in Bollywood that such themes were produced. This movie includes a single pregnant girl and an anti- hero. Kismet was so good that it ran in the movie halls for over 3 years and is one of the earliest super hits in Bollywood.

2. Mother India- 1957

This is a Bollywood classic movie that is a part of the pop culture called Mother India. It is an epic melodrama that revolves around the difficulties and hardships faced by many women in India. It is one of the first movies that dealt with women and the complete movie was about women and their difficulties.

3. Mughal-e-Azam- 1960

The tickets of this movie were sold at the most expensive rates during that period of time. It earned a lot of money because of its amazing story line and acting. Riots and fights were regular occurrence for fans who wanted to watch this movie in the Maratha Mandir.

4. Sholay- 1970

This was the biggest super hit of Bollywood in the 1970s. It had the best actors on screen, Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra. This movie only started picking up momentum during its third week after slumping in its first week.

5. Hum Aapke Hai Koun- 1994

This movie was the first melodrama romantic movie of the period of the 90s. This movie broke all the previous records and created new records because of its amazing and super talented cast. The script of this movie was also stupendous which made it very entertaining. It is the first Bollywood movie that had crossed the landmark 100 crore mark. These days 100 crores is not a big deal though.

There have many films that came and disappeared. However the above list of movies is something that cannot be ignored if you are into movies. You need to watch these movies in order to understand how great Bollywood was at one time. IT has evolved over a period of time but such movies are irreplaceable.

The History of Movie Reviews and Rating

Movie review ratings began around the year 1966 in the United States when Jack Valenti was president of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). This was a decade when there were changed American morals due to protesting, riots in the streets, women’s liberation and the change of social traditions.

As always, the arts were impacted greatly by these changes in society, resulting in the emergence of a new type of American movie that tended to be more open, and less restrained.

these changes brought controversy, first exhibited in the film “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” in which, for the first time on the screen, the word “screw” and the phrase “hump the hostess” were heard for the first time in a film. The MPAA’s general counsel and team conferred, resulting in the deletion of the word “screw” and retention of the phrase “hump the hostess.” Perhaps this was just the beginning of an unsettling new era in film.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s film “Blow-Up” was in question because it was the very first time a major distributor was marketing a film with nudity, and the Production Code Administration (PCA) in California denied the seal of approval. The U.S. Supreme Court, in April 1968, upheld the constitutional power of states and cities, preventing the exposure of children to books and films that could not be denied to adults. This was the real blow-up between new social currents – the force of the film creators who were determined to make their films and the possible intrusion of government into the film making arena. It was time for a real solution.

Within weeks, discussions of Valenti’s plan for a movie rating system began with the president of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) and with the International Film Importers & Distributors of America (IFIDA), an assembly of independent producers and distributors. Over time, many meetings were held, including other guilds with actors, writers, directors and producers, as well as craft unions, religious organizations, critics and the heads of MPAA member companies.

NATO then acknowledged the objective of creating a new and revolutionary approach to rating movies. The initial design called for four rating categories including G for General Audiences, all ages admitted; M for mature audiences – parental guidance suggested, but all ages admitted; R for Restricted, children under 16 would not be admitted without an accompanying parent or adult guardian, which was later raised to under 17 years of age; and X rated, meaning that no one under 17 could be admitted.

Modifications happened when everyone realized the M category for “Mature” was regarded by most parents as a sterner rating than the R category. This was changed from M to GP (meaning General audiences, Parental guidance suggested). The next year this became its current label, “PG: Parental Guidance Suggested.” By 1984, the PG category was split into two groupings, PG and PG-13, which meant a higher level of intensity than a film rated only PG. And by the year 1990, they included brief explanations of why a particular film received its R rating.

In summary, the initial mission of the movie review and rating system, which still exists, was to offer to parents some advance information about movies, so they can decide what movies they want their children to see or not to see.