Celebrate Boss’s Day Like a Boss With These Cinematic Honchos

It’s that time of year again: Boss’s Day. (What’s that, you ask? When is Employee’s Day? Everyday is Employee’s Day! Now shut up and get back to work, you peons!) (Yes, one could say I am blogging like a boss today.) To celebrate, here’s a list of the best bosses in movie history. "Best," of course, is a relative term, but hey, this is the internet and all I know is that I’m the boss of listicles today, so deal with it or you’re fired. 

1. Sigourney Weaver as Katharine Parker in Working Girl

2. Dabney Coleman as Franklin M. Hart, Jr. in 9 to 5

3. Diana Rigg as Lady Holiday in The Great Muppet Caper
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4. Christopher Walken as Max Shreck in Batman Returns

5. Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada

6. Bette Midler as Sadie Shelton in Big Business

7. Michael Keaton as Captain Gene Mauch in The Other Guys

8. Garry Marshall as Walter Harvey in A League of Their Own

9. Dan Hedaya as Richard Nixon in Dick

10. Harvey Keitel as Matthew "Sport" Higgins in Taxi Driver

11. Peter Capaldi as Malcolm Tucker in In the Loop

12. Anthony LaPaglia as Joe Reaves in Empire Records

13. Meg Ryan as Kathleen Kelly in You’ve Got Mail

14. Maggie Smith as Mother Superior in Sister Act

15. John Cusack as Rob Gordon in High Fidelity

16. Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest

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It’s Friday, Go to the Movies!

Now that Inception is old news—everyone I know either hates it, loves it, or is still trying to figure out the fourth level—it’s time for the onslaught of post-blockbuster summer comedies featuring the same revolving cast of actors who seem to star in every new comedy. We just had Dinner For Schmucks, which has one of the greatest film titles in history (though I haven’t found a single person who agrees) and this week we’ve got The Other Guys featuring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as mismatched buddy cops. Maybe its worth actually seeing these flicks before passing judgment, but it seems like we all might be better off if these dudes—Ferrell, Steve Carrell (Date Night, seriously?), Paul Rudd—made a few less movies per year, abandoned some scripts, took the best jokes from the abandoned scripts, added those jokes to better scripts, and created a slightly lesser amount of slightly higher quality movies. Then again, I complain about prissy auteurs like Wes Anderson and P.T. Anderson making us wait three years between movies, when Godard and co. were pumping out classics yearly like clockwork. So you never win.

Speaking of prissy auteurs, the new Todd Solondz—Life During Wartime—is out, and according to the New Yorker’s Anthony Lane (aka the sharpest tool in a shed full of dull film critics), it’s Solondz’s “Best to date.” This is good news. Solondz was on the brink of being amongst that unfortunate cast of directors whose films get progressively worse each time out (I put Wes Anderson in this category, too, though others will strongly disagree). Welcome to the Dollhouse was a bona fide masterpiece of awkward sexual tension, an ugly duckling/not-so-beautiful-swan bildungsroman. Happiness was weird and uncomfortable and almost a classic, but somehow not quite. Storytelling had some funny jokes and a memorable rape scene, but ultimately failed to cohere. And Palindromes was just plain bad. We’ll see if Life During Wartime breaks the spell. It’s named after a great song, so that’s a start.