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“Up in the Air” The Job Terminator, with Benefits



Have you ever fired an employee before? No! Good for you, it must have been painful. But what if you have to and you have no heart to do it, can you believe that a movie can help you do it. You can be Ryan Bingham (Clooney) for half an hour or may be Natalie Keener (Kendrick). The movie can give you the strength to be as merciless as them…the two main characters of the movie are:

  • Name: Ryan Bingham.

Age: 40s.

Home: Airport.

Job: Travelling around the country to fire people, describes himself as a Termination Facilitator.

Life goal: To become the seventh person to earn 10 million frequent flyers with American Airlines.

  • Name: Natalie Keener.

Age: 23.

Home: Where her happiness is, or her boyfriend is.

Job: Promoting a plan to cut costs by conducting layoffs via videoconferencing.

Life Goal: To be happy in her personal and career life.


Up in the air (2009) directed by Jason Reitman, It is a film adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name, written by Walter Kirn. Starring, George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick and Jason Bateman.

George Clooney was nominated best actor for his role in “Up in the air” being Ryan Bingham. Anna Kendrick was also nominated best supporting actress for her role in the movie. The movie has many perspectives. It’s about a man who fires people for a living; it is also about a man who saves miles excessively, only for the sake of saving. In another sense, it’s about a man who meets a woman who’s so similar to him that even though they both believe in the idea of living solo, they begin to fall in love. It is also discussing the life of a man who is married to his work.

The two main characters are Ryan and Natalie; they represent two different life and work visions. On one side Ryan who is assigned to fire people and gives motivational speeches, using the analogy “What’s In Your Backpack?” to extoll the virtues of a life free of burdensome relationships with people as well as things. He doesn’t only want to travel light, he wants to live light, he doesn’t want to get married ever, and he hates family moments; he has sisters who he barely talks to. He is so evolved into his work that he ended up all alone.

Ryan’s life goal is not to have a huge house or a happy family or even a trip around the globe, he wants only to meet the chief pilot, that’s it. He was so satisfied with his life philosophy till Natalie started to question him. He faces a lot of emotional situations through his job, firing people, but he never gets emotional, he never sympathize with any of them, his job is to make the fired employee sees the glass half full, and even this he didn’t accomplish. “Anyone who ever built an empire or changed the world sat where you are right now, and it’s because they sat there that they were able to do it”, a template he says to each employee he fires, saying these words, he is not actually buying what he is selling. Those on Bingham’s receiving end are less than fully persuaded. How, indeed, to make lemonade out of lemons when there are bills to be paid, mortgages to be kept up, mouths to feed? Bingham, conveniently, doesn’t stick around long enough to grapple with the aftermath, having already hopped on a plane to his next destination. It is easily to describe him as a heartless, loner man. His refuge is the skies. What Ryan loves most about his job is living in dead places, like airports and hotels; he never gets attached to anyone. He doesn’t care about the psychological status of the fired employee. People are his last interest, though his work is all about people.

Firing people is not an easy job, firing speech is considered one of the most awkward situation one can face, dozens of reactions are expected, the employees may seem calm, but on one break point, they just jump off a bridge. Depression is the common reaction to job loss. He never thought about giving them the seven basic tips to survive after a losing their career, to avoid; panic, isolation, negative emotions, rigid mindset, “what ifs”, inactivity and going through it all alone. Common reactions to losing a job include feeling shocked, betrayed, confused and humiliated. Loss of a job can be devastating, but Ryan doesn’t care.

There are some rules for firing employees, and that is according to Susan M. Heathfield, Human Resources Expert.  Don’t fire an employee unless you are face to face.  Don’t fire an employee without a warning, and don’t fire an employee without a witness. Don’t Supply Lengthy Rationale and Examples for Why You Are Firing the Employee. Doesn’t Let the Employee Believe That the Decision Is Not Final. Don’t Allow the Employee to Leave With Company Property in His Possession. Don’t Allow the Former Employee to Access His Work Area or Coworkers. Don’t Allow the Employee to Access Information Systems. Don’t End the Meeting on a Low Note. Don’t Fire an Employee without a Checklist in Hand. Ryan barely achieves any of these rules, either he or Natalie.

Middle East lack Ryan’s job, being an emotional society, firing employees is the last thing to be done, HR managers give not only one but ten chances, even if the employee sabotaging the whole firm. Ryan-likes are so needed in such cases, being emotionless, professional, uncaring and being selfish in that situation, may save a lot of companies in Middle East. There are lots of lazy employees taking the place of some energetic ones, who can really help and do their job properly.

On the other side, Natalie, who is very practical in her work, yet very emotional in her personal life, she even brings her own pillow with her through travelling. Dreams of a family of her own, she doesn’t want to die alone. Ironically her boyfriend left her by a text message, the one who prompts for a termination using technology. The irony goes on through the movie, Ryan, the pitiless hates Natalie’s project because it is not emotional, that cold man. The age gap between Ryan and Natalie gave him the right to mock her, but that doesn’t mean he can learn a lot from her, after all she is the only one who questions his life style.

The movie is like a loop it ended pretty much where it began, with Bingham once more staring out into the wide blue yonder and wondering, where do I go from here? “Up in the Air” isn’t a comedy. If it were, it would be hard to laugh. Nor is it a tragedy. It’s an observant look at how a man does a job, not much sufficiently, but may be, professionally, emotionlessly.

By: Abir Yassin



Movie Review: “The Platform” & Corporate Cannibalism – Abir Yassin



Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s horror thriller “The Platform” has been a regular feature on Netflix’s daily Top 10 since it hit the streaming service, and no wonder it is a hit: with its generous cannibalism scenes, suicide, starvation, blood, guts and with a really strong, or may be a young “message”, how could it not be a headliner?


A Spanish science fiction horror thriller film, one can define it as the modern man featuring “ANIMAL FARM” with a unique setting, large vertical tower-style of 200 or more stories where each floor has a small room with two inmates, the residents got transmitted randomly between levels, and are getting fed for two minutes a day through a platform, where they get to eat the leftovers of the level before them.

The film is an actual mind trigger one; it is not a feel-good movie, it can take you to thoughts, may be you have never thought of or even think that this could ever happen. You can see it from a Darwin political view or from a communist view or may be a religious view in a way. What about a realistic point of view…

The movie’s main character Goreng, the new comer, who grabbed a book to the prison where others grab different kind of weapons to such a piece of Hell, to defend themselves or kill each other, for food, not to mention that the book was “don Quixote”, the man who fights the wind mills, significant much! He was addressed by another cellmate, “that’s not a place for a book lover” he has enlightenment thoughts that were not very welcomed with other random prison mates, he wanted to talk, have a reasonable conversation with the lower or the upper floors, and as the film goes on, one can see how his character develops and forget all about the conversation, even started to eat the paper of his only book.

He tried his best to keep the good side in him, but when it gets to deliver his message to all the floors in the prison he made his own weapon and he didn’t mind killing others for the sake of delivering food for all the levels, he seeks equality and be fair to all, just to send a message for the management” up there” that all levels can share and be fair to each other. The character development was perfectly framed with the actor’s paced out eye looks and his language that changed through the movie.

 Reaching the ending of the movie, it is full of mixed ideas and will definitely leave you full handed with so many things going on in your mind…

If you think it is a fiction, can’t be happening, how can ever be such a jail?

Have a closer look at your daily routine please again nowadays. Kept in home in lockdown quarantine right? going out only for your essential needs, can you see the link now, not yet? check the news, people in the first world countries are fighting over toilet paper, reminded me much about those in level 8 devouring the food in the most grotesque way, never in mind how the people in level 100 are doing…

Shall I mention the panic shopping and how greedy people get when they get scared? Remember that viral video of the lady who was crying by the empty shelves looking for her baby’s diapers and can’t find any…” if everyone ate only what they needed” A line said by Goreng or may I say the new comer of the prison, did you think of that when you saw how each and every one was grabbing whatever on the shelves lately, all over the globe?

Look how countries invade other countries medical supplements essentials because they are just panicking about the pandemic disease in the air, and the countries didn’t get hungry yet… Can you imagine how ugly things can get if there is a lack in food essentials?

To deal with business you have to deal with the inner human being thoughts, isn’t that what HR is about. Watch this movie and read William Golding LORD OF FIES and you can definitely understand how hideous MAN can get when his life is in danger, the possible cut in salaries and letting go of the employees will reveal an ugly face in the next few months… be prepared companies, try to think with your minds not with numbers, economy will be affected that’s for sure, everything can be recapped after this scary coronavirus beast be defeated, but your real weapon is the Human Resources… HUMAN.

Written By: Abir Yassin

Director: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia

Writers: David Desola, Pedro Rivero

Stars: Ivan Massagué, Zorion Eguileor, Antonia San Juan, Emilio Buale, Alexandra Masangkay

Running Time: 1h 34m

Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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Breaking Bad ~ How far an Underpaid Employee Can Go?



Written By: Abir Yassin

Breaking Bad is a well-known crime drama television series. The story of the series is about an underestimated, genius, underpaid and depressed high school chemistry teacher, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) who is diagnosed with lung cancer. Along with his former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) white started a crime life cooking and selling crystalized Methamphetamine. White had that extreme career shift from a teacher to a drug producer in order to secure his family financially after his death.

It may sound funny to you, but underpaid employees can go through depression and even have suicidal tendencies, according to some researches. Not all teachers are as dark genius as Walter White, and go to the crime life correspondingly to a personal medical report. Teaching, in particular, is known globally to be one of the most underpaid professions. We all have a friend who works as a teacher and you know exactly what I am talking about, especially when you know that this teacher has so much potential, and is very well talented yet struggles through his/her life because of the low paycheck.

Not only teachers who are struggling with underpayment, in every profession there is THAT boss who don’t appreciate his/her employees and give them their due. There are a lot of signs to know if you are an underpaid or no, for example, when your level of responsibility has increased and your salary hasn’t. Or maybe you get a raise but it is like 1% to 3% of your salary through the last two years. A more obvious sign for being underpaid, that you never asked for a raise, according to an analysis by that failing to negotiate could potentially cost you more than a million dollar over the course of your career. Last but not least you have to ask yourself this question, how fair is what you earn on your job in comparison to others doing the same type of work you do?!

What underpaying can do is that it breeds frustration like what happened with Walter White. His cancer was the last straw, for a man who never had a cigarette, to break down or break bad and start cooking Meth. Not just in drama series that work and being an underpaid can affect your health. Due to some studies the least underpaying can do to a human body that it raises the risks of rating oneself as having pour health, headaches and stomach, back and chest pains. It hurts when you feel that you are under-rated and get less than what (you think) is fair on an emotional and even physical level.

Final word to any business owner, invest in your employees, and you will gain much more when they are well-paid and in good health, emotionally and physically. It affects the productivity and when the employee loses the motivation and enthusiasm, everything in the work station goes down.

And keep in mind that Walter White killed a lot of people who crossed him in the most vicious and brilliant ways!!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN.

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Você já ouviu falar dos Minions? Esses personagens fofos que apareceram em dois filmes antes de se destacarem ao ponto de terem seu próprio filme? Se não conhece, pesquise no Google, você nunca vai se arrepender e eles nunca irão falhar em colocar um sorriso no seu rosto.

Você sabe o que é realmente interessante sobre os Minions, além da fofura e da linguagem esquisita que precisa de um glossário especial? Eles são ótimos trabalhadores. Surpreso? Eles têm o espírito de equipe e seguem seu líder com todo o coração. Eles são tão devotados que podem até sacrificar suas vidas pelo mestre ou chefe.

 “Minion” realmente significa subordinado ou seguidor de uma pessoa poderosa, um ser servil ou sem importância.  Pierre Coffin, o criador dos Minions disse que eles foram feitos para serem estúpidos. Eu não os vejo como estúpidos, eles fazem o trabalho e estão sempre ali quando você precisa. Eles são tão leais que trouxeram à filha adotiva do seu chefe, Agnes, um baboi*, em Meu Malvado Favorito 1 (2010). Como um funcionário você pode achar isso submisso, mas pensando como um Minion, foi muito divertido fantasiar-se e cantar em voz alta em um shopping “Copacabana, uhuuuu”! É tudo uma questão aproveitar oportunidades; não fique desanimado com uma tarefa. Faça. Toda experiência conta, e você nunca vai saber quão benéfico pode ser para seu futuro.


Em Meu malvado favorito 2 (2013), quando o malvado Gru se torna oficialmente um super pai, e muda a sua carreira de Malvado para um doce de pessoa, os Minions estavam lá também. Eles não desistiram dele. Eles até mesmo chamavam ele de “papa”. A coisa mais incrível sobre os Minions como funcionários é a devoção deles. A felicidade e bem estar deles permite aceitar as mudanças e aproveitar isso. Eles se importam com o trabalho, que é o que em nós, seres humanos, realmente falta.

O último filme dos Minions (2015) mostra a história deles com todos os mestres vilões que eles já serviram, começando com o T-Rex até Napoleão. Devido a morte “acidental” dos seus patrões, os Minions ficam depressivos e se isolam na Antártica. Isso soa familiar? Quando você falha num certo trabalho, se tranca no quarto e fica encarando o teto?  Então tudo o que você precisa é Kevin, um dos Minions que decide sair do isolamento e achar um outro chefe ou outro emprego, nos nossos termos. Kevin não desistiu e você também não irá.


Kevin não foi sozinho; ele foi com o entediado e obsessivo por guitarras, Stuart e o jovem faminto Bob. Eles tiveram uma jornada alucinante, que começou em Nova York e terminou com o pequeno Bob se tornando rei da Inglaterra. O que eles fizeram foi realmente inspirador, eles não cederam à depressão, seguiram em frente e aproveitaram as oportunidades que surgiram, enfrentando alguns percalços na estrada. Entregar-se não era uma opção. Lutar por seus destinos fez com que eles conhecessem seu único e malvado chefe Gru, no final do filme.

Sempre que você se sentir para baixo e que não há oportunidades, não desista, seja um Minion e busque. Assista os 3 filmes e imagine que todos os Minions na sua frente dizendo: “Tulaliloo ti amo**” e comendo um “Gelato***” junto com uma “Baple****” e tudo ficará bem.

Tank u*****

Minions glossário:

*Baboi: brinquedo

**Tulaliloo ti amo : nós te amamos

***Gelato: sorvete

****Baple: maçã

*****Tank u: obrigado

Traduzido por: Gabriela Neves

Escrito por: Abir Yassin


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