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Re: Last Movie You Watched

Postby RDMacQ » Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:39 am

Checked out "The Founder" earlier this week on Netflix, a 2016 film starring Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, the man who established the McDonald's corporation as the massive franchise that it is today. It's an interesting film that looks at what it took to make McDonald's into the global megachain, and it does not shy away from the uglier side of the business. Make no mistake, this is not a feel good "Man overcomes the odds to realize his dream." Keaton's Ray Kroc is someone that starts out relatively sympathetic, but over the course of the film degrades into someone that is tough to stomach. No lie- Keaton's Vulture is a far more sympathetic and likeable character that Ray Kroc.

The film is also an interesting one if you have any interest in business, as the films shows what it takes to not just be a successful business, but also a successful franchise, and the little things along the way that can help build an empire. Things that many may not even realize or even consider, but that go a long way to helping a business stand apart from the rest. And the revelation as to the most important one of these factors is another instance that shows Keaton's Kroc as the manipulative and duplicitous schemer that he is, but also shows the insight he had that helped him realize what an asset that was being wasted.

If you have Netflix, I'd strongly suggest checking it out. Especially if you liked Keaton's performance in Homecoming.
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Re: Last Movie You Watched

Postby Cheesedique » Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:46 pm

Life (2017) - This Alien-like horror flick takes place on a space station where the crew process a new life form. It escapes and all hell breaks loose of course. Generally effective but with the usual story beats these movies have. When it slows down to allow some quieter moments, it gets considerably boring, inducing sleep. Not bad but not essential viewing. 6/10.

Batman & Harley Quinn (2017) - Today is the 25th anniversary of the first airing of B:TAS. A lot of the same team produced this latest direct to disc animated flick. Seems like Bruce Timm and company are really pushing to live up to this feature's PG-13 rating, with some blood, sexiness and some decidedly vulgar humor. Starts out interesting, but bogs down towards the middle with a couple of ill-advised musical numbers that go on way too long (though it's nice to see a Captain Clown cameo). By the end, it's clear this isn't meant to be taken seriously, and that's a shame because it features Kevin Conroy and some others of the original voice cast. The new voice actress for Harley Quinn does an okay job. But this release feels too much like a piss-take that doesn't live up to the greatness of the original series. 5/10.
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Re: Last Movie You Watched

Postby Cheesedique » Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:47 am

Caught IT (2017) last night---very unsettling and effective adaptation of the King novel. This film version jettisons the narrative framework of the book, and just features the kid's story (updated from the 50's of the novel to the late 1980's). Otherwise, this seems pretty faithful to the source material, and is a bit like Stranger Things with more gore, terror and swearing. Some remarkably disturbing horror scenes and effects, and Skarsgård’s Pennywise is mind-bendingly scary. Can't wait for the next chapter. 9/10
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