Tag Archives: Michael Keaton

My 12 Favorite Superhero Movies

Ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe started dominating the global box office, superheroes have become a safe bet. You may say you’ve grown tired of the genre, but it’s made important cultural advances over the years. They have become more inclusive when it comes to women and minorities, even if the safe basic formulas  really … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Superhero Movies

Spider-Man: Homecoming

As Peter Parker (Tom Holland) tries to juggle high school with serving as Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey, Jr.) apprentice, a new villain (Michael Keaton) emerges who’s taken advantage of alien technology. Another indie filmmaker gets a chance to shine in the Marvel factory. Jon Watts brings a humorous, light touch and a bit of cheeky … Continue reading Spider-Man: Homecoming

The Founder

HE TOOK SOMEONE ELSE’S IDEA AND AMERICA ATE IT UP.  In 1954, mediocre salesman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) meets the McDonald brothers (Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch) who’ve come up with novel ideas for their hamburger restaurant in San Bernardino; Ray immediately sees a chance to make money. The birth of the world’s biggest chain … Continue reading The Founder

Minions

BEFORE GRU, THEY HAD A HISTORY OF BAD BOSSES.  After two Despicable Me films, we got a spin-off focusing on the lovable minions, their history of supporting villains through the ages and how they ended up in New York City in the 1960s, met a new boss – and then tried to rob Queen Elizabeth … Continue reading Minions

Jackie Brown

SIX PLAYERS ON THE TRAIL OF A HALF A MILLION IN CASH. THERE’S ONLY ONE QUESTION… WHO’S PLAYING WHO? At the same time as she’s having an affair with her bondsman (Robert Forster), flight attendant Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) makes deals with a gun runner (Samuel L. Jackson) and an ATF agent (Michael Keaton). Quentin … Continue reading Jackie Brown

Spotlight: Breaking a Catholic Curse

BREAK THE STORY. BREAK THE SILENCE.  There’s a scene near the end of the film that will get the adrenaline pumping in any journalist. That’s when the Boston Globe printing presses start rolling and the scoop everybody’s been working on is finally published. The film takes place in 2001-2002, before the Internet started killing printed … Continue reading Spotlight: Breaking a Catholic Curse

Birdman: A Box-Office Lion in Winter

  Director Alejandro González Iñárritu reportedly sat down with the legendary Mike Nichols for dinner to discuss his next project, a comedy that would be shot as one long take. Nichols warned him not to go ahead with this idea since editing has always been a key ingredient in how you make comedy work in … Continue reading Birdman: A Box-Office Lion in Winter

RoboCop

WE’VE GOT THE FUTURE UNDER CONTROL. In 2028, a corporation that specializes in robot technology finds the perfect candidate for their new part-man/part-machine product in a cop (Joel Kinnaman) who was almost killed by a bomb. This remake of the 1987 classic purported to take a more scientific approach, which it does to some extent. … Continue reading RoboCop

Clear History

A STORY OF WEALTH, FAME, POWER… AND THIS GUY. Nathan Flomm (Larry David), who’s moved to Martha’s Vineyard and assumed a new identity after botching the greatest business deal in history, suddenly sees his former partner (Jon Hamm) there and plots revenge… This HBO project was made in the same vein as David’s Curb Your … Continue reading Clear History

Toy Story 3: Beyond Andy

NO TOY GETS LEFT BEHIND. It may seem strange to see the name Lee Unkrich attached to this Pixar extravaganza as director. This is his directing debut, but he’s actually no newcomer, having been part of the Pixar crew for many years and worked on several films, primarily as editor. Toy Story 3 was his chance to … Continue reading Toy Story 3: Beyond Andy

The Other Guys

When two hot-shot NYC cops are killed in action, it is up to desk-bound colleagues Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz (Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg) to pick up the baton. Adam McKay’s buddy-cop spoof is a definite improvement on his Step Brothers (2008); it may be loud and dumb, but at least it’s got plenty of … Continue reading The Other Guys