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The Midge Maisel Journey of Transformation

I just finished watching the first two seasons of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”.   This is a dynamically written show, with impressive acting, and a killer soundtrack.   In previous posts, I have been highly critical of poorly written television series, but I can’t stop thinking about the complex undertones present in this exclusive show (Amazon Prime).   Spoiler Alert!! I don’t plan on going through a synopsis of the show, but there are certain nuances embedded in both the minor and major story arcs that can spoil certain details for those who haven’t seen it.   So if you are still interested, follow me down my obscure middle management rabbit hole. How does this show tie-in with middle management?   Throughout the series, the main character travels a whimsical journey through her own creativity; both physically and emotionally.   She finds herself one night drunk, heartbroken, and on the same stage that she watched her husband perform open-mic stand-up comedy just a few days

Movie Remakes. Where is the Imagination? Why was Papillon remade at all?

` It has been a while since I have posted, and for that I profusely apologize.  It's not that I haven't written, but I have ignored this blog too long. This particular post is a diversion from my normal managerial anecdotes, but I feel there is an important point regarding senseless remakes and reboots of films that were perfectly great to begin with. Please don't get me wrong; I think that advances in special effects and cinematography allow for a clearer representation of a director's vision.  However, I can think of only a few remakes that even come close to the original in quality, and perhaps "The Bounty" with Anthony Hopkins and a young Mel Gibson is one of them.  Unfortunately, remaking the 1973 "Papillon" that starred Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman is not one of them. Dustin Hoffman's Louis Dega McQueen as Charriere (Papillon) I remember watching the original with my brother over 40 years ago. Steve McQuee