Sierra Crest Business Law Group February 2019



February 2019

A CINEMATIC INVENTORY My List of Knockout Films

Despite the fact that most meteorologists place little value on a furry marmot’s ability to predict an early spring, the annual tradition of Groundhog Day is still one that millions of people love to celebrate. While I don’t believe the weather can be determined through the expertise of a groundweller, I do have an affinity for Groundhog Day — primarily due to the 1993 film by the same name. Every year on Feb. 2, I think of Bill Murray and his eccentric performance in one my favorite films of all time. For this reason, I decided to make a list of films I think everyone should watch at some point in their lifetime. While I tend to like every film starring Bill Murray, one of the main reasons I consistently return to this film is its relation to philosophy —more specifically, its portrayal of Nietzsche’s theory of eternal return. Because Phil Conners wakes up at the same time, to the same song, in the same bed, in the same hotel, in the same small American town, on the same day every day, he faces the prospect of a life with no future. He therefore embodies Nietzsche’s nonlinear approach to the meaning of life. Plus, you can’t go wrong with Bill Murray! 1.‘GROUNDHOG DAY’

I skipped classes to watch a double feature of “Hard to Hold” (featuring Rick Springfield!) and “This Is Spinal Tap.”


Another great film—which follows a vastly different storyline — is the 1986 musical satire, “True Stories.” Directed by and starring David Byrne of the band Talking Heads, this comedy is presented as a series of vignettes centered on Byrne’s character. He plays an unnamed stranger who visits a fictional town in Texas, where he observes the locals preparing to celebrate the anniversary of their town’s founding. In the years before my wife and I were married, I remember recommending that she and her sister watch this film. Her sister called afterward and yelled, “Why did you make me watch that?” Still, its eclectic nature and great soundtrack keep it at the top of my list. My friends from church might want to skip to the next one. Similar to “True Stories,” this film tops my list primarily due to its bizarre storyline and exceptional soundtrack. “This Is Spinal Tap” is a rockumentary about a heavy metal band struggling to get back on the charts, and it’s not for the faint of heart. It stands out to me in particular because the first time I watched it was the first and only time I played hooky from school. I was a senior in high school, and a good friend and 3.‘THIS IS SPINAL TAP’


I grew up reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy in high school, so when the films came out, I watched them all immediately. I still love them. In fact, I read the trilogy with my oldest daughter, Rachel, when she was 10. I remember that my mom overheard us reading a battle scene and was outraged; she thought it was a bit too much! Even though a lot of people don’t see the merit in this quirky comedy, I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed it. Like “True Stories” and “This Is Spinal Tap,” it has a great soundtrack, and the characters are quite relatable. I think the people who didn’t enjoy the film or understand its humor were probably the cool and popular kids in high school. Like most viewers, I’ve always had an affinity for this Disney classic, but as I’ve grown older, I’ve grown to appreciate it even more. As more of my friends or family members have passed away, particularly my wife’s parents, the emotions associated with the life lessons in this film resonate on a much deeper level. Whether you’re gearing up for Groundhog Day or the Academy Awards this month, be sure to check on these films. They all have my stamp of approval! 5.‘NAPOLEON DYNAMITE’ 6.‘THE LION KING’

CHECK OUT OUR QUARTER ONE RISK ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP! Starting this quarter, we will be hosting quarterly risk assessments on different legal risk topics in order to help our clients understand and build their best legal practices —which can save them a lot of time and loads of money! Our Quarter One Topic is: Fiduciary Liability Issues and Shareholder Agreements

Date: Feb. 20, 2019 Time: 12 P.M. Location: Community Room of Plumas Bank

5050 Meadowood Mall Circle, Reno, NV 89502

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