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Top 10 Business Movies

Cinema is, in theory, a reflection of society and human quality. Although, to be honest, most romantic comedies do not reflect real love, nor do action movies present physically possible scenarios, from time to time, the seventh art hits the mark in their portraits.

Films about business are not very abundant because they are not particularly “blockbuster”, but in a century of cinema there have been a few that are masterpieces of their genre.

Considered by many to be the best film in the history of cinema, Citizen Kane tells the life of the enigmatic business magnate Charles Foster Kane. The common thread is an investigation that a journalist carries out to find out what the last word the man said before he died means: Rosebud. Through research, you see the process of building a business empire and the high price of maintaining it.

  1. Orson Welles Citizen Kane (1941)

Considered by many to be the best film in the history of cinema, Citizen Kane tells the life of the enigmatic business magnate Charles Foster Kane. The common thread is an investigation that a journalist carries out to find out what the last word the man said before he died means: Rosebud. Through research, you see the process of building a business empire and the high price of maintaining it.
Kane’s character is based on the press mogul William Randolph Hearst, as well as Orson Wells himself.

  1. The Godfather: Part Two by Francis Ford Coppola (1972)

Hands down the best sequel ever, this movie is the exception to the “second parts were never good” rule. In fact, this part of the trilogy is often considered the best. The film tells two stories of the infamous Corleone family. On the one hand, we have Michael Corleone, played by Al Pacino, who is adjusting to his role as the new patriarch of the family. And on the other, we have the childhood and youth of Vito Corleone, his father, and the foundation of the crime family in New York. This film is the best cinematic example of the family business.

  1. It’s a Wonderful Life! by Frank Capra (1946)

One of the few films that shows the good side of the business, where the good guys, for once, win. It is a true Christmas classic that tells the story of George Bailey, a man who always had to sacrifice his dreams and ambitions for other people’s circumstances. Feeling unhappy, the man wishes to die, but then an angel arrives who shows him what would be the life of his relatives if he had not existed. In the end, George succeeds and his small business is afloat. A great film for all those with small and medium businesses that have to compete with the big giants in their sector.

  1. The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola (1972)

“I will make you an offer that you cannot refuse” is one of many famous phrases that have become part of the collective knowledge. The Godfather tells the story of the Corleone family, especially that of Michael, the prodigal son who lived on the fringes of his father’s businesses but who is drawn into the world of the mafia to ensure the safety of his family. Quite a masterpiece about negotiations, power and trust.

  1. Network, an unforgiving world by Sidney Lumet (1976)

This film by the brilliant Sidney Lumet is one of the best descriptions of morality and success in the world of telecommunications. The story centers on the news anchor who, after being warned that he will soon lose his job due to lack of audience, decides to use the few minutes on the air that he has left to rant about life and the television industry. Ironically, his explosive farewell achieves spectacular numbers that make him an overnight success. A very entertaining example of the conflict between quality and success.

  1. The dilemma by Michael Mann (1999)

This film has some points in common with the previous one and tells the story of a biochemist who used to work for a large tobacco company and who decides to explain on television that his company began to put a substance in his tobacco to make it more addictive. Once again, the issue of morality in the media is discussed, but it also touches on conflicts of interest, as well as the power and influence of multinationals.

  1. Glengarry Glen Ross by James Foley (1992)

This movie is based on a play written by David Mamet who also wrote the script. And count the adventures of commission sellers. A real estate company challenges its employees: the one who sells the most will win a Cadillac, the second a collection of knives and the last one will be fired. From here, each seller has a different answer. Some jump into the challenge, while others resist the pressure. A classic for those who are dedicated to sales.

  1. Wall Street from Oliver Stone (1987)

“Money is everything”. Wall Steet is another one of those movies with stone quotes that we’ve heard hundreds of times. It tells the story of Gordon Gecko, played by Michael Douglas, a man who is carried away by the power of Wall Street until he becomes the worst version of himself. At the same time, we have Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), a young man who aspires to follow in Gecko’s footsteps but discovers that his sense of ethics is not entirely compatible with the business model of the American stock market.

  1. Two Scammers and a Woman by Barry Levinson (1987)

This movie is a great example of competitiveness in business. It tells the story of two cold-door salespeople, Ernest and Bill, who sell the same product but work for competing companies. They demonstrate, on a small scale, the lengths to which you go to outperform your business competition. The ending, however, is ironic and satisfying at the same time. Both lose their licenses and decide that “unity is strength.”

  1. Modern Times of Charlie Chaplin (1936)

This film is the portrait of a distant time but that has ideas and thoughts that are as valid today as they were yesterday. Modern Times follows the misadventures of a worker during the time of the Great Depression when mechanization and chain labor shook all previous paradigms and forced people to make a complete mindset shift. As Darwin said, “Adapt or die.” You will not deny that this idea solves something familiar for us.

How Covid-19 Changed Movies in 2020

Here are the first data on the actual consequences of the Covid 19 pandemic on the Italian film sector. Producers and exhibitors were particularly penalized, with the block of 20 film productions. The collapse of the box office, the surge in streaming, and the reduction in advertising investments.

For months there has been talking of the devastating consequences of the coronavirus pandemic in the cinema sector. Especially regarding the long closure of theaters which only began (very gradually) to reopen only from 15 June. But what are the real numbers of this impact? A first study on the subject has arrived in recent days and speaks of a turnover of cinemas dropped to – 40%.

The collapse of the box office

In addition to the block of exhibitors, there are  20 interrupted productions and an inevitable collapse in advertising investments, according to what emerges from the UniCredit study on the effects of Covid 19 on the film industry: the data released by e-Duesse were disclosed by the virtual roadmap The Italian Way. According to the report, the first immediate effect was the slump in box office revenue. It is estimated that the cinema sector may have lost about 40% of its annual turnover in the first half of 2020 alone. Despite some initiatives to support cinemas also through streaming, such as Miocinema. We remind you that cinemas have remained closed from early March until 14 June. The first week of the opening saw only a small part of the theaters actually returning to activity, mostly with the revival of titles already released in recent months (this was the box office on June 15 ). It is naturally hoped that things will slowly change in the coming weeks and with the return of blockbusters like ” Tenet “.

The block of sets

The second effect of Covid was “the interruption of the content supply chain”, since, as already anticipated. As many as 20 film sets in progress and in programming have stopped. And a slowdown in new productions is highly probable. The third effect is the collapse of television advertising investments, with consequent damage to the production of new content. The study also explained that the impact of the pandemic has not been the same in all areas. If distributors feel protected overall because they have the opportunity to enhance their titles on the platforms. The repercussions have inevitably been more burdensome for producers. and merchants. In particular, cinemas are certainly the most vulnerable sector,

The streaming boom

The fourth important consequence of the coronavirus is there for all to see. It is the boom in streaming services, which have seen a surge in new subscribers in the months of the lockdown. Companies such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney + (the latter launched in Italy, coincidentally, precisely in conjunction with the block) have certainly benefited from the situation that has brought Italians locked up at home for a long time. These giants have been joined by various “minor” initiatives. And platforms that have tried to support auteur cinema. Without forgetting the choice of releasing various films destined for theaters directly in streaming on on-demand platforms.

Best inspirational movies of all time

There are movies to excite us, scare us, provoke us and there are also those that can have an effect on us beyond the screens or movie theaters when the end credits have already ended. We move away from these fictional worlds to immerse ourselves in the daily routine of our lives. In this article, you can find a selection of the best inspirational movies of all time that can help you tackle projects with renewed strength. Continue reading

Best short anime series that you must watch

We all know the eternal dilemma of the average adult, and that is that we do not have time to do anything. But, if you have 20 minutes a day free to take advantage of watching some Japanese animation, these short animes are made so as not to make you invest too much in a story that begins and ends in 26 chapters or less.

Best short anime series

We also want to focus on the best short anime series that do not have a second season or continuation, except for an OVA or movie. We take our reader’s time very seriously here. Let’s get started!

1. Another (2012)

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, School

Episodes: 12

Kouichi Sakakibara is the school’s new student, and upon arrival, he discovers a dark and gloomy atmosphere surrounding the class. He is also attracted to the student Mei Misaki, who is treated by her classmates as if she does not exist.

2. Erased (2016)

Genre: Mystery, Supernatural, Seinen

Episodes: 12

Satoru Fujinuma has a special power that allows him to turn back time before a tragedy occurs. However, this does not prevent something terrible from happening to someone important to him. When trying to turn back time, instead of going back 10, 20 minutes, he finds himself 18 years ago, trying to prevent a tragedy that happened in the past to save its future.

3. Violet Evergarden (2018)

Genre: Fantasy, Drama

Episodes: 13

Violet, a young woman who was raised to end her enemies in a war, recovers from her injuries by starting a new life in postal service, fondly remembering the last words spoken to her by the person who mattered most to her in life, without fully understanding them.

4. Zankyou No Terror (2014)

Genres: Mystery, Thriller

Episodes: 11

Zankyou no Terror tells the story of Nine and Twelve, the two young men behind a terrorist organization called Sphinx who have just launched an attack on a nuclear plant in Japan. The government and police are powerless because of their inability to act until Detective Kenjiro Shibazaki gets to the heart of the matter.

5. Paranoia Agent (2004)

Genres: Thriller, Police, Supernatural, Drama, Mystery

Episodes: 13

From the acclaimed Satoshi Kon comes Paranoia Agent, a series that follows the violent attacks of Shounen Bat, a criminal who haunts Musashino City. The criminal appears to be impossible to catch, let alone understand, and detectives Keiichi Ikari and Mitsuhiro Maniwa begin to investigate the attacker’s identity. Paranoia begins to ensnare the city dwellers as rumors about children and adults spread like fire in a fire.

6. Made in Abyss (2017)

Genres: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Mystery, Drama, Fantasy

Episodes: 13

The story centers on Riko, a young orphan who lives in Orth, on an island in the Beoluska Sea. The city surrounds a strange giant hole whose bottom goes deep into the earth. This hole is known as the Abyss. Within the Abyss are mysterious abandoned artifacts and remains of an advanced civilization that disappeared millennia ago and is, therefore, a site explored by bounty hunter excavators called Cave Raiders, who undertake arduous and dangerous descents to obtain all the relics they can find.

7. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun (2014)

Genres: Shoujo, Comedy, Romance

Episodes: 12

Chiyo Sakura, a high school student, is in love with her classmate Umetaro Nozaki. When she plucks up her courage and confesses her love to him, he mistakes her for a fan and gives her an autograph. Wanting to fix the confusion, she tells him that she means that she always wants to be with him, so he invites her to his house and has her help him with some manuscripts. Chiyo discovers that Nozaki is a renowned shōjo mangaka named Sakiko Yumeno, so Chiyo agrees to be his assistant to be closer to him.

8. Devilman Crybaby (2018)

Genres: Action, Horror, Supernatural

Episodes: 10

From the legendary Go Nagai comes this modern adaptation of a classic. Devilman tells the story of Akira Fudou, a soft-hearted boy, who when asked by a childhood friend for help discovering demons, he accepts without hesitation. In this mission, Akira is possessed by the demon Amon and transforms into the Devilman, gaining the power to destroy the remaining demons.

9. Ping Pong the Animation (2014)

Genres: Drama, Seinen, Sports

Episodes: 11

Despite having very different personalities, high school youth Yutaka Hoshino named Peco and Makoto Tsukimoto nicknamed Smile, have been friends since childhood. They are both talented athletes and members of the Katase High School table tennis club. Peco is defeated by an exchange student from China, causing him such devastation that he stops practicing. On the other hand, Smile’s personality prevents him from winning against Peco; but Coach Jō is aware of the young man’s potential and tries to motivate him to overcome all his obstacles.

10. No Game No Life (2014)

Genres: Video Games, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural, Ecchi, Fantasy

Episodes: 12

Brothers Sora and Shiro are the scariest pro-gaming team, called The Blank. When they manage to beat God himself in a chess game, they are sent to a universe where all disputes are settled with one game.

Have you already seen any of these best short anime series? What do you think of our list?

10 Excellent Contemporary Horror Movies No One Can Miss

There are great horror classics that have kept audiences on the edge of their seats for years and have motivated and inspired great filmmakers to explore this genre with current themes and issues that have completely conquered us.

We present to you 10 contemporary horror movies that you cannot miss.

Babadook (2014)

The violent death of her husband six years ago continues to be a traumatic event for Amelia who cannot put her life in order and even less with the indiscipline of her son Samuel, who constantly dreams that a monster will come to kill them.

Amelia is fed up with her present, however, the single mother will not only have to face her reality but also a sinister presence that seems to be the creature that haunts Samuel’s dreams and that is now captured in a disturbing book of stories called ‘The Babadook’.

The Witch (2015)

Robert Eggers’ film debut transports us to the edge of a New England forest in 1630. In this inhospitable setting, Thomasin and his family experience a series of strange phenomena: malevolent animals, the disappearance of his brother, and other disturbing events that he announces. the presence of a wicked being. Keep watching no game no life season 2

As time passes, not only does evil lurk from the forest, but the paranoia and suspicion of Thomasin’s family increase to such a degree that they feel the enemy is among them.

Lights Out (2016)

The fear of the dark was a great burden during Rebecca’s childhood but now that she is an adult she believes that this terror is just a traumatic episode from the past.

However, when her little brother Martin begins to experience disturbing events very similar to the ones that terrified her as a child, Rebecca will have to face again the atrocities that lie behind when she turns off the light.

Get Out (2017)

The acclaimed Jordan Peele’s debut feature introduces us to Chris, an African-American photographer who is about to take an important step in their relationship: meeting the parents of his girlfriend Rose.

However, what seemed to be a quiet weekend at his girlfriend’s parents’ house turns into a nightmare when Chris makes a series of horrible discoveries, mainly related to some African-American employees who live in the house.

A Quiet Place (2018)

Starring and directed by John Krasinski, A Quiet Place transports us to a dystopian 2020 where the sound has become a death sentence.

The Abbott family is one of the few survivors who has managed to live their lives in silence and thus prevent deadly aliens with ultra-sensitive ears from ending their lives. However, despite having all possible measures, these monsters can arrive at any time with the slightest noise.

Hereditary (2018)

Ari Aster’s debut feature introduces us to the tragedy Graham’s experience after the death of Ellen Taper Leigh, the matriarch of the family and Annie’s mother.

Not only does this passing plague Annie, but it also initiates a series of sinister and disturbing discoveries about her lineage and the terrible fate they have apparently inherited.

Midsommar (2019)

Faced with a last effort to prevent their relationship from falling apart, Dani and Christian, an American couple, decide to take a trip with their friends to a small and idyllic island in Sweden to enjoy a summer festival that takes place every 90 years.

However, once in the remote village, the experience of Dani, Christian, and their friends will not be the respite and happiness they hoped for, but rather a bewildering and quite disturbing journey with pagan rituals and cults that even threatens their lives.

The Wretched (2019)

Ben feels involved in a losing streak that goes from the imminent divorce of his parents to have to deal with a group of privileged teenagers every day.

However, he has no idea that his life will turn into a real ordeal when the disappearance of children, the intriguing and sinister personality of his neighbor, and a series of supernatural horrors make him face a malevolent witch.

Us (2019)

Jordan Peele proves that the success of getting Out! It was no coincidence and with Us, he claims his position as the great horror filmmaker that he is.

Adelaide, her husband Gabe, and their two children decide to spend a few days at their childhood home near the beach. However, the quiet getaway turns into a deadly nightmare when Adelaide’s old fears resurface and she and her family are confronted with an evil version of themselves.

The Lighthouse (2019)

After The Witch, Robert Eggers once again demonstrates his mastery of horror with The Lighthouse, the film starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe that makes clear how terrible and disturbing it can be to try to keep your sanity inside an isolated lighthouse in a remote and mysterious island of New England in the 1890s.

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