I’m always a little late with this list (as well as my Top 10 of the Year list, which never seems to happen). In years past, John and I have done this list as an episode on the podcast but he’s told me he hates doing this list and since his computer has died, I figured I’d just go ahead and type mine up. So click through, check out my list and tell me what you think.
Michael Keaton is on a roll! After starring in two back-to-back Best Picture winners, Keaton aims high with his new role as Ray Kroc, the main who took McDonald’s and turned it into the fast food empire that it is today.
If that synopsis sounds boring, I assure you it’s not.
The film opens in 1954 and Ray Kroc is a struggling milkshake machine salesman. He ends up in San Bernadino, CA and visits a new type of restaurant called McDonald’s, run by the McDonald brothers (Nick Offerman and John Carrol Lynch). The restaurant is innovative in that it serves food quickly. In a time when Drive-Ins were popular, food took forever and your order was rarely correct, the McDonald brothers changed the game. Ray Kroc saw dollar signs but the brothers weren’t all that interested. They had very high standards and when they tried to franchise in the past, it failed. Kroc assures them that he is the man to oversee the franchises and make McDonald’s a national name.
I think it’s safe to say M. Night Shyamalan’s films are hit and miss. There was a time when that wasn’t the case. The Sixth Sense, followed by the superb Unbreakable made it seem like Shyamalan was the next big thing, the director to keep an eye on. But the next few films he released seem to falter in quality. Once The Happening and The Last Airbender were released, it seemed Shyamalan was washed up. Even his Will Smith starring vehicle After Earth didn’t revive his career.
Well, after his last film The Visit and now Split, Shyamalan is finally headed in the right direction again.
After winning the Oscar for Best Picture for his film Argo, Ben Affleck is finally back in the director’s chair again. And he’s gone back to his directing roots, if you will, adapting another Dennis Lehane novel (Gone, Baby, Gone was also a Lehane book).
In 2001, Peter Jackson brought to life the first chapter of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy masterpiece The Lord of the Rings. Now, fifteen years later, the guys discuss what works and what doesn’t, if anything. Check it out below and let us know what you think!