‘The Founder’ serves up supersized performances

By: Sam Martini ~Staff Writer~ The Founder follows the story of Ray Kroc and his idea to transform a local restaurant into one of the biggest restaurant franchises in the world. Leading the cast is the magnificent Michael Keaton as Kroc, an out-of-his-luck salesman who happens to wonder upon the McDonald’s restaurant. Keaton encapsulates the aspirations of Kroc as well as a blend of his greed and compassion for the McDonald’s ideals. Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch play the McDonald brothers, Dick and Mac. Both Offerman and Carroll provide the emotional backing to the story, having their idea stolen … Continue reading ‘The Founder’ serves up supersized performances

Top five films at TIFF

Nick Bergeman ~Staff Writer~ There are clear seasons in the cinematic year, though most of them go unnoticed by the general public. Sure, everyone knows about the summer movie season, which is rich in blockbusters and high-octane entertainment. The weather may be about to cool down, but the movies are about to heat up for the critical season, which is kicks off with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Yes, there is a critical season, or Oscar season, when most of the movies that will be nominated or win big awards will be released. Most critics point to the TIFF, … Continue reading Top five films at TIFF

“Birdman” soars successfully

By: Grant Vance ~Staff Writer~ Darkly comedic and relentlessly satirical, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” is a masterpiece of film. “Birdman” follows the formerly successful movie star, Riggan Thompson (played appropriately by the magnificent Michael Keaton), on his bitter journey of redemption in the eyes of his once-beloved fans. Years after the massive commercial, critical and career-ending flop of “Birdman 3,” the third film in the Birdman franchise, Riggan sets his sights to the stage, where he aims to write, direct and star as the lead in his very own Broadway play in the hopes of recovering his career. Though there are countless reasons why “Birdman” is a great film, its strongest quality lies in the introspection of … Continue reading “Birdman” soars successfully