“Citizen K” traces the rise and fall and rise of Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky

“Citizen K” traces the rise and fall and rise of Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Source:  Film Threat

Alex Gibney has created another David vs. Goliath tale in “Citizen K.”

The acclaimed filmmaker’s “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” dealt with the massive self-combustion of the titular corrupt corporation.  Gibney scrutinized the U.S. military’s interrogation practices during the war in Afghanistan in “Taxi to the Dark Side.”  He revealed the machinations behind Scientology in the mesmerizing “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.”

With “Citizen K,” Gibney focuses his attention on the ongoing battle between two major Goliaths: Russian President Vladimir Putin and oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Gibney traces the rise and fall – and a Phoenix-like reemergence – of Khodorkovsky, once the wealthiest man in Russia, now an unlikely martyr for the anti-Putin movement.  The result is a supremely entertaining documentary that sheds light on a tumultuous period in Russia’s history.

“Citizen K” will be released in Los Angeles on November 22 and will expand to other cities in early 2020.  Following its North American theatrical release, the documentary will be available worldwide on Amazon Prime.

Read the story at Film Threat.


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The Rise of Chick-fil-A: Chicken Sandwiches and Culture Wars

The Rise of Chick-fil-A: Chicken Sandwiches and Culture Wars

Source:  CNBC

Chick-fil-A is now the third largest restaurant chain by total sales in the U.S. after overtaking KFC, Wendy’s, and Burger King.

Its ascent has occurred so rapidly that other fast-food brands are taking note of its unique business model.

Popeyes recently launched its own chicken sandwich leading the two brands into a social media war.

But how is it that a restaurant that’s ensnared in controversy, and closed on Sundays, is next in line to overtake Starbucks and McDonald’s?

Watch “The Rise of Chick-fil-A: Chicken Sandwiches and Culture Wars” above and read the story at CNBC.


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In the wake of hurricanes, crisis investors see opportunity

In the wake of hurricanes, crisis investors see opportunity

Source:  The Wall Street Journal

As the frequency of costly natural disasters rises in the U.S., real-estate speculators are seeing opportunity.

One such investor has found a profitable niche in the region hit hardest by Hurricane Michael.

The Wall Street Journal recently followed Eugene Ursu as he drove around Panama City, Florida searching for damaged homes to flip.

Watch the video above and read the story at The Wall Street Journal.

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The Business of Amazon’s Shipping Boxes

The Business of Amazon’s Shipping Boxes

Source:  CNBC on YouTube

Cardboard boxes are a really big deal in the U.S.  Amazon alone shipped over 5 billion packages through its Prime service  in 2017.

But as Amazon moves to plastic mailers and paper mailers, the corrugated box market is bracing for the fallout.

Watch “The Business of Amazon Shipping Boxes” above and read the story at CNBC on YouTube. 

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