The Great Train Robbery is a two-part British television miniseries that was first broadcast in 2013 (Currently available on Amazon Prime, Netflix, and others). It tells the story of the robbery of £2.6 million (£53.5 today) from a Royal Mail train heading from Glasgow to London on 8 August 1963, first from the perspective of the robbers, and then from the perspective of the police. Episode one, A Robber’s Tale, details the organization and successful completion of the robbery. Episode two, A Copper’s Tale, follows the police investigation into the crime and subsequent arrest of many of the perpetrators. It is a fascinating look at two leadership styles, similar in some aspects, very different in others. In this second article, the leadership style of Detective Chief Superintendent Tommy Butler, the “Copper” will be examined.
At the end of the original IT movie, the Losers Club (Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Martell), Ben Hanscom (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Beverly Marsh (Sophia Lillis), Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard), Mike Hanlon (Chosen Jacobs), Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack Dylan Grazer), and Stanley Uris (Wyatt Oleff)) believe they have defeated the evil clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård). In It: Chapter Two, we learn they only wounded Pennywise. He makes a violent return 27 years later to the town of Derry, Maine.
It: Chapter Two reunites the Losers Club 27 years to Derry. Mike had stayed in Derry to keep watch over the town. He knew he had to watch for Pennywise’s return. He was wise to do so.
When Pennywise returned, Mike (Isaiah Mustafa) began to call the old Losers (Bev (Jessica Chastain), Bill (James McAvoy), Richie (Bill Hader), Eddie (James Ransone), and Stanley (Andy Bean). He knew they had to make good on their commitment to return to Derry if ever Pennywise returned.
Overcomer is the latest film from the Kendrick brothers, Alex and Stephen. They produce movies under the company of Kendrick Brothers Productions. Since they’ve begun working on movies, the Kendrick brothers have released multiple films including War Room, Courageous, Fireproof, and Facing The Giants.
Their faith-based approach to movie making is astonishing. They began creating movies with their church, Sherwood Baptist Church because they discovered many people said a movie leaves a more lasting impact than a church sermon. This is also one of the reasons I created the Reel Leadership series. Passing on leadership lessons from movies because a movie is easier to remember than a seminar or leadership conference.
Overcomer tells the story of Coach John Harrison (Alex Kendrick) as his basketball program shuts down at Brookshire Christian School. He is then recruited by principal Olivia Brooks (Priscilla Shirer) to take over the cross country team.
Gerard Butler has become a favorite actor of mine. Ever since I saw him in the great movie Machine Gun Preacher, I try to keep an eye out for new movies from him. I’ve missed a few, like the previous movies in the Has Fallen series. These movies include Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen. I’m glad I didn’t miss Angel Has Fallen.
Angel Has Fallen picks up after London Has Fallen and sees Butler return as Secret Service agent Mike Banning and Morgan Freeman as President Trumbull. The two play well off of one another when they’re both on screen together. Their co-stars also bring energy to their roles.
Angel Has Fallen tells the story of a disgraced Mike Banning as he has been framed for an assassination attempt on President Trumbull. The rest of Banning’s Secret Service team did not survive the attempt and all the evidence points back at Banning.
Brian Banks was a rising football star at Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, California. He had what it would take to make it into the NFL. Then tragedy struck. In 2002, Brian Banks (Aldis Hodge) was wrongfully convicted of rape through a plea of no contest.
Sadly, his wrongful conviction would sideline his hopes and dreams. He wouldn’t go to college and play football in the NFL. Instead, Banks would six years imprisoned and another five years on parole. Through all of this, he maintained his innocence.
Brian Banks the movie tells Brian’s moving story. Viewers are treated to a story of wrongful imprisonment, lies, and wrongs being overcome.
Brians Banks is a powerful movie. One every person, especially every leader, should watch at least once. Your eyes will be opened to the injustice in the legal system. More than that, you will see how the truth can prevail.