THE FOUNDER (2016)

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A film by John Lee Hancock

Cast: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch

Here is an entertaining biography  of this ruthless business man who wanted to make McDonalds a household name and entrepreneurship at its most purest form.  Andthe founder is born.

Every business has a beginning, a blue print where satisfaction is meet. Ray Kroc is a man with a vision not an original idea, a vision from an original idea. Kroc’s claim to fame was taking a popular local hamburger restaurant  and turn it into a franchise with a symbol of American excellence: fast, efficient, one of a kind. Well we are talking about McDonalds. So how did it start?

It is a fascinating story here about it all came together. Personally I am not crazy about McDonalds back in the day it was good at some point but I come from where my culture is fine dining great food that taste good , now days some McDonalds are not clean enough and the food is no longer quality even their fries, like I said back in the day it was good. McDonald’s creator brothers Dick (Nick Offerman) and Mac (John Carroll Lynch) McDonald You will se how they started with this ingenious idea to deliver food fast and efficiently. In the end shit happens and friction between the owners and ray is going to start and it is not going to be pretty. Great performance by Michael Keaton who incarnated Ray beautifully well and it is a joy to see him having a good time doing it. Potential and opportunity are the things that drove Ray to success plus other thing and no spoiler here. Laura Dean here shine as Ray’s wife. My thing here if you have an idea you better act on it have the vision of seeing big and take care of it yourself or someone will. To me here the film stand out and is very entertaining and fun to watch how it was back in the day the decor the first McDonalds and of course the cars. And by the way you can make a better burger at home. I do.

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SPOTLIGHT (2015)

 

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A film by Tom McCarthy

Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams 

On January 6, 2002, Boston Globe subscribers picked up their local paper and saw the front page headline: “Church Allowed Abuse by Priest for Years. And yes it had an impact all over the world. Cardinal Bernard Law, the Archbishop of Boston, stepped down in disgrace, he is now in Rome to this day thanks to pope john Paul II. I was still in the US when the story broke out and did it make news not only it made news but other victims called the globe to tell the story after it broke out.

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Spotlight is about the investigation, it is wonderfully written and filmed old school a la classic mode as I call it. If remember correctly there was a film named All President’s men  but a different story this one about watergate. The Spotlight team is editor Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton), and three reporters, Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams), and Matty Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James). John Slattery plays Globe managing deputy editor Ben Bradlee Jr. Keep in mind it is an all-star cast and what a beautiful job they have done here. When a new editor, Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), comes on board bring the abuse from the priests and wants spotlight to make it their next story. Here are the reporters who are going to go full force and discover it is more common than they think. They soon discover that there were 90 priest who abuse children but still remain priest at their church. They tried to keep it quite for so long even they discover that 50% of the clergy had sex with adults who took an oath to god to be celibate. Why is that not surprising me at all. As the discover more atrocities McCarthy build the tension a bit. Spotlight also shows a deeper truth, the level of psychological trauma brought on by abuse, not just to the victims, but to horrified Catholics everywhere. And trust me when the news got out I knew some friends who were religious Catholic who was sick to their stomach after they read the news. They soon encounters more sources who were willing to talk. Here is a great film that show with perseverance and great work ethics mix with the passion reporters who has done an excellent job.

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BIRDMAN: OR THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE (2014)

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A film by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Cast: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton

This film is more perfect than we think, it won best picture of the year (2014) for god’s sake. It will leave you memorized in Ha! when you leave the theater. This time Iñárritu has done it with the help of his friend he has written a great screenplay. Michael Keaton is brilliant in the role of Riggan Thomson an actor who became a star playing Birman In a movie trilogy. He is trying to restart his career by producing and staring in a play called We Talk About When We Talk About Love written by Raymond Carver . Riga has put every thing in this project he took an other mortgage on the house plus the rest of his savings You sense a sense of desperation as beginning to know more about him. his assistant his is daughter, he needs to find an other actor in the play, he is the director and producer of the play. Plus he had an affair with an actress while he was married. The critics ridicules him to death. And he is trying what os right to lift off this play for opening day where the critics of course will be watching. Nothing like pressure.

Michael Keaton delivers the performance of a life time so as the others actors, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. When giving a great role Keaton delivers in many ways then one. Here  is a wash out actor trying to lift off a play and wants every thing to go right, hr wants to prove to the critics he can act and do something else than Birdman. Alejandro film this beautiful well in a single shot, an idea the director had from the film’s conception. It looks like you are floating from one character to an other without cutting, a brilliant move there. It require hours of rehearsal prior to shooting there is not room for error. The script took 2 years to write. Really cool performance from Edward Norton as the egotistical actor Mike Shiner. Norton shows just how ridiculously far a method actor can go. Naomi Watts plays this insecure actress beautifully well I love her in anything she does and she does her thing well. Amy Stone plays sam Riggan’s daughter who is trying not to fell off the wagon. She choose her role carefully she is this fearless actress who jump at the occasion for a role like that. She is able to transform herself in to anything she wants. To build the tension and desperation the director put this jazz like drum music as  we see Riga’s blood pressure rising, as well as little bit of symphony at the time.

Birdman is a black comedy hilarious but well acted. See it on the big screen. I am going to get this one in my collection.

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