Monday, September 7, 2009
Today's Monday Movie Meme from the Bumbles is in honor of Labor Day - finding a job, getting a job, losing your job, loving your job, hating your job - you get the drift. Again, I'm unfortunately going to have a little overlap with the Bumbles, but there are some movies that cannot be ignored:
Baby Boom - I may have mentioned this already, but this is one of my all-time favorite movies ever. I've got to watch it at least a couple times a year. I think it struck a chord with me when I was trudging away in the workforce. It was my ultimate fantasy. Thumb your nose at the boss, quit and move to the country with the kid, and start your own organic baby applesauce business, fall for the local (and dude-ish) veterinarian. Yeah, baby!
Falling Down - I think every red-blooded American saw a little of themselves in this movie about a guy that just can't take it anymore. A nerdy weapons designer hates his job, the traffic and life in general, abandons his car in the middle of a traffic jam and goes on a one-man rampage.
Office Space - this is the perfect movie for anyone who has had to endure the soul-sucking curse of the cubicles and jammed copiers.
The Devil Wears Prada - my old job had absolutely nothing to do with fashion, but had everything to do with a boss like Meryl's character in this movie. Only Meryl could take a fluffy chick flick and give it a delicious edge that was a delight to watch (and gave me de-ja-vu!).
Clerks - Kevin Smith's classic movie about the dead-end job. Should be required reviewing for all kids who think they don't want (or need) to go to college!
Strike - OK, you guys knew I would throw one in here that was off the radar. This is a fabulous (but no so totally accurate) movie about a female welder working in the Gdansk shipyards who single-handedly fuels the strike that starts the Solidarity movement. Based on the true story of Anna Walentynowitz, a compatriot of Lech Walesa. The cherry on top is the soundtrack by Jean Michele Jarre.
So I imagine by now you know how I feel about work! What are some of your favorites?