How people work, in films
Do you like to see people do different types of work in movies?
This weekend, as we celebrate Labor Day, take a look at the many occupations that come to life on the screen.
And, thanks to broadcast and cable television stations, these films are easy to find, too.
Check them out.
Ever wonder about life in the boxing ring? Of the many Hollywood movies about this sport, this surprise Oscar winner hit a chord when released to a country filled with malaise. Its message of hope – no matter how familiar the specifics – made a star of Sylvestor Stallone, gave Philadelphia a new statue, and launched endless sequels and a Broadway musical, too! Here’s the original in all its simplistic glory.
Friday, September 4, 3:30 p.m., Bravo
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
How would you like to work in a bookstore? In this remake of The Shop Around the Corner, Meg Ryan learns the professional hazards and personal opportunities this arrangement can bring, especially with a nemesis named Tom Hanks. While Nora Ephron shows her efforts to update the story of romance through the mail to the virtual world, Ryan and Hanks make on-screen chemistry look natural as people trying to survive business and romantic challenges.
Friday, September 4, 8 p.m., TVLand
Air Force One (1997)
Want to be the President of the United States? This thriller from Wolfgang Peterson shows the biggest hazard a Chief Executive faces may not be political enemies in Washington. Harrison Ford effectively makes this leader into an action hero as he battles the bad guys on his fancy airplane. With Glenn Close as a convincing second-in-command, the film actually makes it easy to believe the leader of the free world can take care of himself.
Saturday, September 5, 1:30 p.m., AMC
Thinking about a career in hospitality? While this classic thriller from director Alfred Hitchcock may not promote the glamorous side of the motel business, it does create its own convincing world of people who can’t quite grasp the realities of the moment. With Anthony Perkins in a career-defining role, and Janet Leigh as a woman of mysterious intent, the film is also remembered as the first Hollywood movie to show a flushing toilet.
Saturday, September 5, 11:30 a.m., BBC
Can Can (1960)
Considering a career in show business? Shirley MacLaine – in one of her rare movie musicals – portrays a lady who promotes (and performs) what is considered a most inappropriate dance in the Paris of the 1890s. With Frank Sinatra, Louis Jordan and Maurice Chevalier, this film version of Cole Porter’s Broadway hit may not work as well on screen, but it does give MacLaine a chance to sing and dance.
Saturday, September 5, 10:30 a.m., FXM
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
If you are curious about a life of white-collar crime – or, at minium, questionable actions – take a look at this delightful tale from Steven Speilberg about a man who pretends to be everything his imagination can create. Leonardo di Caprio perfectly captures the energy, enthusiasm and eariness of a man who is better at impersonation than anyone should be. Except at the movies.
Sunday, September 6, 5 p.m., TBS
Sharing movies can be as easy as turning on the television or going online.
And, when you watch as a family, take the time to chat about what you’re seeing. That makes it even more fun.