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Category Archives: White Collar

Trading Places (1983)

116m; U.S.

Director: John Landis

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd and Ralph Bellamy

Synopsis (IMDB): Louis Winthorpe is a businessman who works for commodities brokerage firm of Duke and Duke owned by the brothers Mortimer and Randolph Duke. Now they bicker over the most trivial of matters and what they are bickering about is whether it’s a person’s environment or heredity that determines how well they will do in life. When Winthorpe bumps into Billy Ray Valentine, a street hustler and assumes he is trying to rob him, he has him arrested. Upon seeing how different the two men are, the brothers decide to make a wager as to what would happen if Winthorpe loses his job, his home and is shunned by everyone he knows and if Valentine was given Winthorpe’s job. So they proceed to have Winthorpe arrested and to be placed in a compromising position in front of his girlfriend. So all he has to rely on is the hooker who was hired to ruin him.

 

 

Two Family House (2000)

108m; U.S.

Director: Raymond De Felitta

Cast: Michael Rispoli, Kelly Macdonald and Kathrine Narducci

Synopsis (IMDB): An unseen narrator looks back to 1956, on Staten Island, when Buddy, an Italian guy with big dreams, buys a house planning to live upstairs with his wife Estelle and run a bar downstairs. The first problem is Estelle’s lack of confidence in Buddy. Then, Irish tenants upstairs refuse to move and won’t pay rent; plus, the woman upstairs is about to have a baby. The next problem is the baby: once he’s born, it’s clear his father was Black. The Irish guy splits; Buddy evicts mother and child, then feels guilt and sets her up in a flat while she sorts out an adoption. Estelle’s lack of faith, the Irish lass’s spirit, Buddy’s dream, racial prejudice, and the baby’s fate play out.

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Drama, White Collar, Working Class

 

Up In The Air (2010)

108m; U.S.

Director: Jason Reitman

Cast: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick

Synopsis: With a job that has him traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham leads an empty life out of a suitcase, until his company does the unexpected: ground him.

 

Wellness (2008)

90m; U.S.

Director: Jake Mahaffy

Cast: Jeff Clark and Paul Mahaffy

Synopsis: an independent feature about a man trying to succeed in a business that doesn’t exist.

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Drama, White Collar

 

Who’s Getting Rich and Why Aren’t You? (1996)

60m; U.S.

Synopsis: The eleventh CBS Report since 1993 provides an intimate look at the changing US economy and the middle class it is affecting, interviewing people whose stories represent the human aspects of profound economic change, from the entrepreneurs and specialists who became successful to the workers holding on to ideals that may no longer apply.

Contact: Available in 6 parts on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfJcpO-pCdc&feature=plcp

 

Severance

96m

Director: Christopher Smith

Cast: Danny Dyer, Laura Harris and Tim McInnerny

Synopsis (IMDB): A team-building weekend in the mountains of Eastern Europe goes horribly wrong for the sales division of the multi-national weapons company Palisade Defence when they become the victims of a group of crazed killers who will stop at nothing to see them dead.

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Horror, White Collar

 

Situations Vacant

97m; Ireland

Director: Lisa Mulcahy

Cast: Diarmuid Noyes, Lynette Callaghan and Martha Christie

Synopsis: 20-something, recent business graduate Dave is in the middle of a full-blown quarter life crisis. By now Dave thought he’d be living the corporate high life by day and loving a babe in a penthouse by night. But the boom’s bust. So instead, Dave’s living with his Ma, terrorised by his creepy Dole Inspector and seriously considering a career in plastic pellet packing…. Dave’s mates, Tom and Vinny are no better off. Tom’s got serious medical worries re his tackle and Vinny’s painting walls for auld ones at the rate of a fiver an hour. So when a codger down their local claims all they need do is “follow the 2 pint plan – drink 2 pints, then lie!” the lads decide they’ve nothing to lose. They down the pints and move swiftly onto telling the lies, big lies, lies that somehow, strangely seem to pay off…. Suddenly Dave and his mates are “living the dream”. Right up until the moment when the first lie starts to unravel, then the next….then the next…

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Drama, White Collar

 

Smoking Room (2002)

92m

Director: Roger Gual and Julio D. Wallovits

Cast:  Miguel Ángel González, Francesc Orella and Francesc Garrido

Synopsis (IMDB): A combative office-worker is recollecting signatures. People are not allowed to smoke in the building, so he wants to ask the bosses to habilitate a smoking room. It seems logical and his colleagues praise the initiative. But actually what comes next reveals the fierce individualism, selfishness and cowardice that each one hide under their white collar.

 
 

The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)

99m; U.S.

Director: Richard Quine

Cast: Judy Holliday, John Williams and Paul Douglas

Synopsis (IMDB): Laura Partridge is a very enthusiastic small stockholder of 10 shares in International Projects, a large corporation based in New York. She attends her first stockholder meeting ready to question the board of directors from their salaries to their operations. These are not the questions which the board expected to be asked of them, especially since they are all crooked, except for Edward McKeever, the current CEO who has resigned in order to take an advisory position at the Pentagon. Following the meeting, he bumps into Laura and offers to drive her home. On the way there, Laura displays her enthusiasm for being a stockholder, as a result, Edward takes a liking to her. With Edward in Washington, John Blessington and Clifford Snell establish their hold on International Projects – They see greater riches now that Edward has influence with the US senate, especially with the awarding of federal contracts.

 

Startup.com (2001)

107m; U.S.

Director: Chris Hegedus, Jehane Noujaim

Cast: Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, Tom Herman and Kenneth Austin

Synopsis (IMDB): Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman have had a dream since they became friends at age fifteen: get rich by developing their own dot com company, in some aspect of computer technology interface. Now in their late twenties, they have now come up with the idea they believe will make their riches, namely as Tom refers to it, “parking tickets”: the company will be the on-line revenue collection interface for municipal governments. GovWorks.com came into existence in May 1999 with only an idea. The process of building the business focuses on obtaining venture capital based solely on the idea, with the actual mechanics of the website seemingly almost an afterthought, or at least one left primarily to the hired help. Regardless of the strength of the idea itself in raising this capital, another initial problem they face is what they see as non-commitment by a third partner, Kaleil’s friend Chieh Cheung.