Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thursday Movie Picks: Work Place Movies


It's time for this week's Thursday Movie Picks!  This has been such a fun project to be a part of, and as another month begins, we leave a month behind, so let's refresh our memories at the previous posts for this particular series.

April:
Dance Movies (excluding all musicals or movies based on musicals)

March:
Black & White Movies (made since 1970)

February:

January:

So, now it's time to kick May off with the theme:


Work.  UGH.  I won't say I hate my job, but I don't love it.  I do it because I have to.  I have a family.  I don't have a choice, at this point.  ANYWAYS...I chose three very different films here because they all make me happy in varying ways.  One is a classic comedy from the 60's, one is a crude outlandish comedy from the 90's and one is the first modern masterpiece of the current decade (first, not the most recent).  Oh, and it's not a comedy (although there is humor).

The Apartment

Wilder + Lemmon + MacLaine + Innuendo = Perfection!

Office Space

I'm not lying when I say that this is one of the funniest movies of all time.  Every time...EVERY TIME, I laugh my ass off!

The Social Network
Yup, the first official masterpiece of the 2010's!  It still holds.  It's still glorious.  It's still intense and sarcastic and etched into every scene.  It's not the best film of the aughts, but it's the first great one.  

38 comments:

  1. Yeah.....

    If everyone could stop picking Office Space, that'll be great.

    Haha. I picked it too, and so has quite a few other people. Great film, perfectly captures the mundaneness of an office job.

    Haven't seen The Apartment but Lemmon made an appearance in my list

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    1. Yeah, Office Space was almost too perfect not to pass up!

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  2. Great picks, as always. All of these appear on our lists!

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  3. I haven't seen Office Space, but it seems to be a really popular pick. I always see references to it in TV shows and I already get the jokes, ahha. I remember a friend talking about it in elementary school and talking about wanting a red stapler(?) like one of the characters in the movie...

    That still for The Apartment reminds me of a Jean-Luc Godard film.

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    1. The jokes are super memorable, not only the verbal ones but the physical gags are just so spot on and stay with you.

      I'd love for an Apartment style flick from Godard!

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  4. Am I the only one who never got the appeal of The Social Network. I mean, I don't hate it, I just never really got invested in it the same way everyone else seemed to. I remember I used to joke around the time it came out about how they should start making movies about other websites, like maybe there should be a movie about the origins of YouTube or they could go full meta with a movie about the creation of the Internet Movie Database.

    I really should see Office Space at some point. I just found out that was on Netflix so maybe I should take care of that.

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    1. Oh no, John, I also never quite got all the adoration of The Social Network. It's fine and all, but it's not some miracle of cinema or anything. I do like the score, and the script sure is quotable, too. But it doesn't all come together for me the way it seemed to for everyone else on the planet. But then, I've felt this way about every Fincher film since this one, so...

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    2. I just had the Social Network conversation with Josh a few weeks ago and he's with you guys. He doesn't love it and doesn't understand the hype/status either, and he said the same thing you said, Daniel, about not liking any of his films post-Social (or at least not loving them). He prefers 90's Fincher.

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    3. I remember after the movie dropped and they were talking about the WikiLeaks movie and I honestly, for a split second, thought it was a movie about Wikipedia :-P

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  5. I love that you went with The Social Network too. I also love Office Space, but I haven't seen The Apartment. (I'm putting that on my Blind Spot list next year)

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  6. The Apartment is a fantastic choice, all the acting is wonderful and Wilder's direction so assured. Of course the fact that they are working with such a strong script helps enormously. Still it's Jack and Shirley that sell it.

    Wow Office Space is everywhere today! It has a fun, warped sense of humor. Rob Livingston being paced by the old lady in the walker cracks me up every time.

    Sorry I'm with John above, The Social Network never blew me away. It was okay but once was enough, and I really don't care for Jesse Eisenberg. But I know it has its devout fans and it's a good choice for this weeks theme.

    My first thought was 9 to 5, which I love. But with the new Jane Fonda/Lily Tomlin series starting on Netflix this week and Nathaniel over on The Film Experience doing a best shot on it a couple weeks ago I was sure it would turn up in multiple lists. That spot seems to have fallen to Office Space this time. I haven’t looked at all the entries yet so hopefully it will show, it’s such a perfect fit and a terrific film.

    My three for the week:

    Soapdish (1991)-It's high time for hilarity on the set of "The Sun Also Sets". Taking place mostly in the offices and sets of the soap with a cast that any show would kill for this shows the day by day insanity that sometimes goes on behind the scenes. Kevin Kline, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Shue, Robert Downey, Jr., Carrie Fisher, Kathy Najimy and Teri Hatcher are all brilliant in parts large and small but the two true standouts are Sally Field as Celeste Talbert, the rapidly unspooling America's Sweetheart and Cathy Moriarty as grasping diva Montana Moorehead, she's positively unhinged.

    Desk Set (1957)-Tracy & Hepburn comedy set right at the dawn of the computer age. Kate is the head of a reference department for TV network when efficiency expert Spencer shows up with a proposal to install an electronic brain, as computers were referred to at the time, it takes up an entire room! They spar and do the dance they do so well as they circle each other. One of their best with a delightful, peppery performance by Joan Blondell in support.

    Executive Suite (1954)-When the head of a large furniture manufacturing firm dies suddenly his vice-presidents scramble to see who will assume the presidency. A sharp drama of corporate maneuvering with an all-star cast including William Holden, Fredric March, June Allyson, Shelley Winters and Barbara Stanwyck.

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    1. SOAPDISH!!!! Love that movie. Hilarious performances, one of Field's best! I haven't seen your other two choices, but I have seen 9 to 5 and I'm shocked it hasn't turned up on any lists yet, especially when Nate just used it for his Hit Me With Your Best Shot series, so it's fresh on a lot of blogger's minds.

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    2. Yes Soapdish is so nutty and so well cast down to the smallest role. Love Carrie Fisher's brief bit especially that scene where Elisabeth Shue barges in to her office saying "I'm Laurie Craven and I'm an actress" and she responds "An actress! Really! How nice for you! I'm Betsy Faye Sharon and I'm a bitch. Now get out!" Teri Hatcher's response when Kevin Kline compliments her eyes "Ooh there nothing compared to my tits!" always cracks me up and then of course the whole "live" final performance when Kline tries to do the scene without his glasses...and on and on.

      Don't know why but I'm surprised you haven't seen the Tracy/Hepburn movie. It doesn't have quite the reputation some of their others do but it's my favorite from the pair.

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    3. UGH, now I want to watch the film again!

      And, I've always meant to see Desk Set, but it looked rather stuffy and boring from a distance and so I kept putting it off for something else :-P

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    4. It's not stuffy nor boring, it's actually a pert little comedy. Make sure to see it in letterbox, widescreen or whatever they call it now. I saw if in Pan & Scan (I HATE P&S!!!!!!) the first time and missed so much. It also has that ultra sleek look that 50's studio movies have (I LOVE that). A small aside which really has nothing to do with the film's content it was where I discovered Floating Island which is now one of my favorite things in the world and definitely my favorite dessert!

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    5. Well now I'm intrigued by two things...a movie and a dessert!

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  7. Nice picks! I love these all so much. Office Space is one of the best quotable movies ever. "I have people skills; I am good at dealing with people. Can't you understand that?! What the hell is wrong with you people?!"

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    1. It really is! I saw it when I was like 15 and I haven't stopped raving about it since.

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  8. I have seen all the films you picked. Love The Apartment-It has everything. Office Clerks is flat out hilarious and I can relate to that fax machine. I am not a lover of the Social Network. It's Ok but nothing major, for me that is:) I have to pick "His Girl Friday". You may see the work place only a couple of times but it is all about the work of the newsmen and Rosalind Russell is in top notch form. Great remake of The Front Page.I love "9 To 5". Thye 3 of them no longer putting up with their boss is just brilliant especially that Jane Fonda plays the naive one. The last one is a newer one-"Horrible Bosses" I actually just saw that film this past weekend for the first time and thought it was just so funny even with Jennifer Aniston

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    1. LOL, Horrible Bosses is far funnier than I thought it was going to be!

      I'm not here for all this Social Network hate :-P

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  9. Like The Apartment pick, even if it feels like most of it takes place away from the office. Lemmon is so great - the most crush-worthy he's ever been. I LOVE parts of Office Space, but not the whole thing so much. It's absolutely perfect for this theme, though.

    I like The Social Network just fine, but... a masterpiece? I've never understood that level of adoration for this film.

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    1. Yeah, most of it does take place outside work...but all the characters do work together and their 'business arrangements' are work based...and like...I guess his apartment is kind of like his work place, right, or an extension of it?

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    2. lol the way he uses it, it certainly is! He should have charged for using it. I also love that the whole idea for the movie came out of a minor character in Brief Encounter.

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    3. I did not know that, but now that you mention it, I think I know who you're talking about and I love that!

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  10. Great post! I'd forgotten about those business cards in The Social Network. And the scene where they go all gangster and smash the copier is my favorite scene in Office Space.

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    1. My friend and I did that to his shitty VCR back when I was 15...LOL!

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  11. YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES.... to all three of those films.

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  12. The one I like, but am not quite so high on is The Apartment. It's a very good movie, I just don't feel like it's one of the all-time great comedies. I do love the other two movies, though. Excellent "work."

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    1. Really? I haven't met anyone who doesn't adore The Apartment. Even my wife, who actively hates when I watch 'old movies' really loved that one.

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  13. Office Space really is perfect for this category! Have yet to watch your other two picks!

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    1. It really is the first movie that comes to mind!

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  14. Great discussion here.

    I'm totally with Office Space. Need to seelse the Apartment asap. Lemmon makes everything better.

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  15. Love it! You always make such interesting choices. The Apartment forever!

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    1. Thanks buddy! I try :-D

      And yes, forever!

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