Here it is…the first Buyer’s Guide of 2017. There haven’t been that many notable Blu-ray releases this year (at least, as far as I’m concerned). Only one release, though. But it’s one of my favorite films of last year.
Here’s my pick for February 28, 2017.
It’s Valentine’s week and romance is in the air. At least a few couples are going to spend their Valentine’s Day curled up with their significant other, and take in a romantic movie.
I love a good romantic story. Not the “lovey-dovey” sort of romances from modern rom-coms, but the hard-scrabble kind – the kind that are believable and compelling. The kind in which the stars have some definite chemistry. Being in a relationship with someone, especially one that is real and lasts, can be difficult at times, and I like it when movies have that approach. Oh sure, I enjoy surface romances, especially fairy tales. But the most compelling to me are the ones that take a more realistic approach.
With that in mind, I thought about my top 5 favorite screen couples. It was difficult, as there are actually quite a few that good ones that fit my parameters. So I have three honorable mentions that I had to talk about before the actual top 5.
In the almost eight decades since its establishment, McDonald’s has become as synonymous with American culture as baseball. And they continue to feed millions of people in America and around the world every day. I like McDonald’s, and I patronize their establishments every so often for my favorites like McGriddles, Chicken McNuggets, hamburgers, and those tasty vanilla ice cream cones.
Lately, the fast food giant has been vilified for supposedly making Americans fatter and lazier (though I think there’s a little personal responsibility that should be tacked on to that). But the story of McDonald’s had humble beginnings, and that is the subject of the outstanding new movie, The Founder.
Directed by John Lee Hancock, this film tells the story of one of the world’s most famous brands in an entertaining and thoughtful way. It’s a story of dreams, broken trust, and endless ambition. It’s not a story of faceless corporations, but one about human beings.
Aside from the great performances and wonderful storytelling, the film has a deep thematic soul to it. The story of McDonald’s is a triumph of the American free market system, and a much-needed love letter to this much-maligned economic system these days. But more importantly, it’s a textbook illustration of what success really means from two very different worldviews.