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    PODCAST: #HRHappyHour 313 - The HR Happy Hour 2018 Oscars Preview and Predictions Show

    HR Happy Hour 313 - The HR Happy Hour 2018 Oscars Preview and Predictions Show

    Hosts: Steve BoeseTrish McFarlane

    Listen HERE

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, Steve and Trish return with their Annual Academy Awards Preview and Predictions Show, a tradition on the HR Happy Hour from at least 1983. Steve and Trish break down all the important Oscar categories - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Leading and Supporting Actor and Actress, and share some commentary, opinions, and predictions on who will walk away with the statues on Sunday night.

    In addition to sharing who we think will walk away as winners, and who deserves to be recognized, we also shared our top snubs as well as which actors, actresses, and movies don't belong in the Oscar mix.

    Steve also shared he was recording from some mysterious, undisclosed location, (sounded like he was in a closet), we teased a new show coming soon to the HR Happy Hour Podcast Network, we talked about how a great actor or actress can elevate kind of average material, and what makes for a truly memorable movie and movie-going experience.

    You can listen to the show on the show page HERE, or by using the widget player below:

    This was a tremendously fun show, it is every year, and thanks to our loyal HR Happy Hour listeners for hanging out with us as we talk about something other than HR for a change.

    Thanks to show sponsor Virgin Pulse - www.virginpulse.com.

    Subscribe to the HR Happy Hour wherever you get your podcasts - just search for 'HR Happy Hour'.


    PODCAST: #HRHappyHour 305 - Workplace Movie Hall of Fame: 'Big'

    HR Happy Hour 305 - Workplace Movie Hall of Fame - 'Big'

    Hosts: Steve Boese, Trish McFarlane

    Listen to the show HERE

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, it is the return of the popular 'Workplace Movie Hall of Fame' series with a look at 1988's massive hit 'Big' starring Tom Hanks, America's 2nd most popular and acclaimed actor. 

    On the show, Steve and Trish break down the workplace themes and issues that 'Big' explored - ideas of how young people think about work and careers, how incorporating new ideas and creative thinking from diverse sources almost always benefit workplaces, and how office politics and stodgy cultures can often get in the way of progress and innovation.

    'Big' is mostly about the tension and conflict that arises from growing up and a huge part of growing up is finding your career calling and navigating the world of work. 'Big' offers the opportunity to think about modern work and workplaces and to think about what we all expected from work and careers when we were younger.

    Additionally, Steve continued to pitch Tom Cruise as America's greatest actor, we discussed how willingness to adopt new technology has always been a great way to advance your career, and whether or not you need to say 'Spoiler Alert' when discussing plot points of a 30 year-old movie.

    You can listen to the show on the show page HERE, or by using the widget player below:

    This was a fun show and we hope you think so too.

    Thanks to HR Happy Hour Show sponsor Virgin Pulse - www.virginpulse.com.

    Subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, or wherever you get your podcasts.


    The Outsiders characters, ranked

    Over the weekend I caught the news that 'The Outsiders' by S.E. Hinton is 50, that is five-oh years old.

    A classic, and long a staple of middle school reading lists everywhere, I think a fitting honor for the book's 50th is a treatment on the VERY popular 'ranked' series here on the blog.

    Reminder, these rankings are unscientific, unresearched, subjective, ill-informed, and 100% accurate.

    Here goes - (Note: Character name is followed by the actor or actress who played that character in the 1983 movie)

    10. The rest of the nameless Socs (various)

    9. Bob Sheldon (Leif Garrett)

    8. Two-Bit Mathews (Emilio Estevez)

    7. Cherry Valance (Diane Lane)

    6. Steve Randle (Tom Cruise)

    5. Johnny Cade (Ralph Macchio)

    4. Sodapop Curtis (Rob Lowe)

    3. Darrel (Darry) Curtis (Patrick Swayze)

    2. Ponyboy Curtis (C. Thomas Howell)

    1. Dallas Winston (Matt Dillon)

    Of course you could disagree with these rankings but of course, you would be wrong.

    Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.

    Happy Wednesday.


    PODCAST - #HRHappyHour 276 - The HR Happy Hour Oscars 2017 Preview Show

    HR Happy Hour 276 - The HR Happy Hour Oscars 2017 Preview Show

    Hosts: Steve BoeseTrish McFarlane

    Listen to the show HERE

    This week on the HR Happy Hour Show, in what has become a beloved and annual HR Happy Hour Show tradition, hosts Steve Boese and Trish McFarlane break down the major categories for the upcoming Oscars 2017 awards show, share their choices for the big categories, and generally have fun talking about the movies, the themes, and the big ideas in movies in 2017. There was definitely some disagreements and interesting discussions along the way as movies, like any art form, are really personal and impact everyone in a unique way.

    This show is essential prep to get you ready for Oscars 2017, and if you have not yet seen some of the big movies that are up for awards, Steve and Trish offer some ideas as to the 'must sees' of the year.

    You can listen to the show on the show page HERE, or by using the widget player below (email and RSS subscribers click through)

    This is probably our favorite show we do each year, we hope you enjoy it too!

    Remember to subscribe to the HR Happy Hour Show on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or your favorite podcast app - just search for HR Happy Hour to subscribe and never miss a show.


    Movie Batmans, Ranked

    This very subject was discussed in a recent conversation with four or five extremely successful business people, all of whom I would hazard to guess consider themselves very smart persons. Which just proves the world needs to know, Which movie Batman is the best movie Batman? 

    So without delay I present the unscientific, unresearched, completely subjective, and yet 100% accurate list of Movie Batmans, Ranked.

    6. Ben Affleck Batman - "Batman vs. Superman", 2016

    Hard to say for sure until the movie comes out. But if Affleck thinks Batman is a match for Superman then he is insane. Which he is. Batman I mean. Possibly. Also, Affleck was TERRIBLE as Daredevil.

    5. Val Kilmer Batman - "Batman Forever", 1995

    Should have held out for a "Top Gun" remake instead of donning the cape and cowl.

    4. George Clooney Batman - "Batman & Robin", 1997

    Possibly the worst overall movie on this list. Clooney just never seemed to fit the role. Batman shouldn't be so perfectly handsome I think.

    3. Adam West Batman - "Batman: The Movie", 1966

    For a generation, Adam West was Batman. This was before Batman became the Dark Knight of course. West's Batman was more like the Chubby Knight. But is deadpan delivery of some of the most absurd dialogue in the character's history places him in the Top 3.

    2. Christian Bale Batman - "Batman Begins", 2005; "The Dark Knight", 2008;, "The Dark Knight Rises", 2012

    Probably the best overall actor on this list, Bale was just about perfect as the 'modern', darker Batman. Bale's Batman was intense, brooding, and violent. Which is exactly what the best Batman stories were all about. 

    1. Michael Keaton Batman - "Batman", 1989; "Batman Returns", 1992

    Back in 1989, Keaton seemed an unlikely choice to play a vigilante superhero. Better known for comic roles in movies like "Night Shift" and "Mr. Mom", somehow Keaton nailed the Batman role with a mix of dark and witty. His "I'm Batman" line sums it up the best - Keaton was Batman.

    There you have it. Glad to settle an argument you possibly didn't know you were having.

    You can let me know if the comments if you disagree with these rankings, but as I mentioned, you would be wrong.

    Have a great weekend!