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(110259) 7.2 115 min 2016

The Founder is a movie starring Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, and John Carroll Lynch. The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers' innovative fast food eatery, McDonald's, into the biggest restaurant business in the...

John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini, Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman
Drama, Biography, History
John Lee Hancock

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Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres Drama, Biography, History
Director John Lee Hancock
Writer Robert Siegel
Stars John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini, Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman
Country USA, Greece
Also Known As El fundador, Fome de Poder, Hambre de poder, Fondatorul, O Fundador, Ha'meyased, Ο ιδρυτής μιας αυτοκρατορίας, Az alapító, Zakladatel, 大创业家, Le fondateur, 速食遊戲, ファウンダー ハンバーガー帝国のヒミツ, McImperium, Ο Ιδρυτής μιας Αυτοκρατορίας, Osnivač
Runtime 1H 55M
Description 1954. Having worked as a salesman most of his adult life, Ray Kroc has been a hustler in most senses of the word. That hustling has made him the target of derision among certain circles for peddling what have ended up being more novelty or faddish than useful products, but it has also placed more than a comfortable roof in Arlington Heights, Illinois over his and his wife Ethel's heads. Ethel, however, wishes that he placed as much effort into being at home with her than he is in selling, his current job of peddling five-spindle milkshake makers for Prince Castle which has him constantly on the road going from one drive-in restaurant to another. It is because of the beefs he has with the whole drive-in experience (bad food, bad service) in constantly eating at such establishments while on the road that he becomes enthralled with the concept of McDonald's Restaurant in San Bernardino, California, it owned and operated by brothers Richard McDonald and Maurice McDonald - Dick and Mac. Unlike most of Ray's customers who will only require one five-spindle milkshake maker at any given time, the McDonald brothers end up purchasing eight machines for their single restaurant. Primarily on Dick's initiative, the brothers have redesigned the whole concept of the drive-in restaurant to focus on quality food through a smaller menu of only the most popular items (hamburgers, fries, sodas), consistency in product so that customers know what to expect from time to time, change in the target market from lounging teenagers to families, and perhaps most importantly speed in having any order ready within seconds, many of these goals achievable through assembly line styled production. They had tried franchising previously, but failed in that they lost control over many of those aspects which made their San Bernardino restaurant successful. Despite believing Ray a bit off kilter (in other words, crazy), the McDonald brothers somewhat hesitantly enter into a contract with him to be their head of franchising. Ray's experience in the job is not without its problems, especially as his franchisees seem to be making more money than he is, he who is only breaking even. He is not averse to advancing ideas provided to him to get ahead - original ideas which are not his forte - he seeing the brothers as his biggest problem in they thinking small. These differences lead to a standoff between Ray and the brothers, the former who has a different goal for "his" business in profit and stoking his own ego seemingly his main priorities.

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Friday, 15 May 2020 23:18

Two other movies directed by Hayao Miyazaki about the founders of Japan's traditional food cults, The Return of the King (which I already saw) and Princess Mononoke (which is a silent anime film in my opinion), were better for me in the long run. I think this one was good for me as well, but also because of the many people who had access to the film. I certainly enjoyed this movie as a film. I wasn't expecting much in the sense of cinematography, but I felt that the art and craftsmanship of this film far surpasses most other productions that I have seen. The story follows a young lad named Nao (Fukuda Fumiko), who has lived in Japan for more than two decades. The story is that Nao has been studying in Japan as a member of the art society. He is a good student and a good cook. When a friend from his art society invites him to a meal, he accepts, and asks his best friend to bring the best dish. When the meal comes, Nao becomes suspicious and inquires if he can share his food with his friend, who is a good cook. To his surprise, the friend who had brought the dish says no, and then tells that the dish was the best dish ever. Now Nao is looking for the truth. When Nao learns that the friend is actually a member of a society to which Nao belonged, he becomes determined to find out who really was responsible for this dish. And then, the story becomes really interesting. I haven't seen any of the Miyazaki's works, and I'm not particularly a big fan of them. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that this film was almost perfect for me. It is well directed, has a great plot, has excellent photography, and it is perfectly done. The only problem that I have with this film is that it has a length that I would never like to watch it over again, but as I said before, I would definitely recommend it. It's really something special, and I feel like it would be a very good movie for any fan of Miyazaki's works. I give this film 7 out of 10 stars.
Thursday, 16 Apr 2020 16:13

Hollywood's star power tends to blinds one to the importance of the real historical events that triggered the most important revolutions in the last century. This is especially true with movies about the history of our time such as "Citizen Kane" and "Glengarry Glen Ross." "The Founder" takes us in the early 1800s where a Dutch immigrant named Martin Van Buren (the underrated Ben Affleck) worked as a lawyer and eventually became President of the United States. The film starts in 1817 with Van Buren's rise to the presidency. The American people were divided over the issue of slavery but the future president was determined to end it. Van Buren was instrumental in passing the Nineteenth Amendment which abolished slavery in the United States. Van Buren's nemesis and most powerful opponent was abolitionist Senator John C. Calhoun. Calhoun was a passionate advocate of the abolition of slavery who led a crusade to persuade Congress to pass the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States. Van Buren defeated Calhoun and the 13th Amendment passed. Van Buren remained loyal to the United States and the Union. He was a very well liked man and he still enjoys the respect of his fellow citizens. For Van Buren, winning was all about winning. That is why his success in the White House was an utter victory. The viewer learns a lot about Van Buren's struggle for democracy and the United States' alliance with England. The first half of the film focuses on Van Buren's life. His first move to the White House was with the help of his political adviser, Phineas Van Allen. The former slave-owning plantation owner was a great advocate of slavery but was challenged in his efforts to get Congress to abolish it. After some foreshadowing to what would happen when he was elected, we know that he would be very successful at getting the United States to become a republic. The second half of the film focuses on his struggles in Congress. He is treated by a couple of senators, John Quincy Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Adams is an eloquent speaker and Jefferson is a skilled politician. They managed to convince most of the Senate to ratify the Constitution. Jefferson was a slave owner but he and Van Buren had a high regard for each other. Jefferson had the support of most of the Founding Fathers. The three of them were particularly opposed to abolitionism, in particular to abolition of slavery. It was their insistence on it that ultimately cost the country its independence. As a result of his opponents, Van Buren lost the elections for Congress and had to retire. The historian Allan Nevins, in his "Answering the Call: The Lives and Morals of the Founders of the United States," found that the three men were not the heroic patriots that had been portrayed in the history books. The war for independence was lost. The Jeffersonian myth was shattered. The United States was transformed into the nation we know today. Although the movie has an engaging storyline and good performances, I wish it had more time devoted to the many debates and conversations among the Founders about the Constitution and other matters. I also wish that the movie had more time devoted to discussion of the political world of the time. The debates between Adams and Jefferson took place in the White House, in the Senate and at the Senate Chamber. This was of particular importance to Jefferson because he was a member of the committee investigating the violence of the anti-Jeffersonian men. The documentary does not mention the debates and speeches between John Quincy Adams and Stephen Douglas. What was the point of that? Perhaps Adams was trying to demonstrate that Thomas Jefferson was not so much a political extremist as a liberal who would fight to make the United States a republic. The movie's final half of the movie spends a lot of time on the great debate between Adams and Douglas. It was the last time the Senate debated the issues of slavery and the amendments. In that debate, Douglas argued that the Amendment had been

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