Last Three Movies I Watched: The Founder, The Salesman, 20th Century Women

by Norm Gregory on February 26, 2017

in Movies, What I Watched


The Founder – I am going to watch a movie about the guy who invented McDonald’s drive ins? We all know the story . . . right? Wrong. Ray Kroc is the guy who franchised McDonald’s and now the fast-food chain is serving an estimated 68 million customers in 119 countries every day. The real founders of McDonald’s were left in the dust. Keaton plays Kroc with such laser-beam focus that even when we might be appalled by his shady maneuvers, we still lean on his every word and get excited by his energy and capitalism success. Grade: B [ RT ]


The Salesman
Slowly I realize … this is a great film. A quiet, yet overwhelmingly intense production that forces us to rethink our notion of what suspenseful cinema can mean and do. Iran’s Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee deftly captures the universality of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” and parks it within the story of a crime and a husband’s efforts to get justice. Yes, it’s set in Iran . . . but it could be anywhere. I will not be surprised to see a U.S. version. Grade: A- [ RT ]


20th Century Women – Here we have a bunch of ’70s-set vignettes weaved together into a movie. The nature of the relationships, all coalescing under one California roof, wasn’t clarified for me. Annette Bening plays a fifty-something chain-smoking, left-leaning, mother trying adapting with the changing times. Quite a performance… but the story left me puzzled. Grade: C [ RT ]

This is a list of the last three major video items I watched on my home 80 inch screen.


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