THE FOUNDER and M. Night Shyamalan’s SPLIT on Episode #132

Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc in THE FOUNDER

Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc in THE FOUNDER

This week Kris excitedly announces the Amazon release of BLOOD OF THE TRIBADES, the sexy lesbian vampire homage to Hammer horror that features him in a villainous role. Before the guys dive into the week’s movies, Kris issues a correction to his description of THE BYE BYE MAN at the request of a listener. With corrections and plugs out of the way, Dave steps up to spoilerpiece THE FOUNDER (at 8:41), a chronicle of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) transformed McDonalds from a small fast food chain owned by hardworking brothers (John Carroll Lynch and Nick Offerman) into a multi-billion-dollar company. Dave shares its unique take on Kroc as a character, revealing how Kroc starts out sympathetic, but becomes an incredible shyster as the film progresses. Then all three guys tackle SPLIT (at 27:16), M. Night Shyamalan’s twisty thriller about a group of teenage girls abducted by man with multiple personalities (James McAvoy). The guys marvel at McAvoy’s dynamite performance as well as great turns by Betty Buckley and Anya Taylor-Joy, although they find the movie’s ending lacking and a little icky. The plus side: Dr. Kris has some ideas for how it could be improved.

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3 thoughts on “THE FOUNDER and M. Night Shyamalan’s SPLIT on Episode #132

  1. Gentlemen: I loved your long review of “Split.” Especially the level of detail you gave highlighting the needless exposition, corny tropes, illogical plot points, and self-indulgent non sequiturs. Yes, the acting sounds very good but who can sit through the superficial story with such juvenile ideas? I’m reminded of something that Damon Knight used to flag in his critiques – “idiot plots,” by which he meant in order for the story to proceed from A to B the characters have to be idiots. Your depth of analysis is something I haven’t read outside of Morgenstein’s reviews in the WSJ. But one thing I disliked – your use of foul language. So sorry. It works to throw me out of your review by calling attention to itself, much like you said M. Night’s hammy cameo did to his movie.

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