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MINIONS

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The MINIONS 3D computer-animated comedy movie begins from the dawn of time, with the relatively simple-minded MINIONS evolving from single-celled organisms, and then starting with the Jurassic Era becoming fiercely loyal beings who live just to serve history’s most despicable masters. The forever-young goggles-wearing yellow henchmen, from the two delightful ‘Despicable Me’ childrens’ movies, now have starring roles in this latest film produced by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures. Sandra Bullock finally gets the role of a lifetime as the nasty super-villain, ‘Scarlett Overkill’.

‘Scarlett Overkill’ does mention the bard, and to quote William Shakespeare “She vaunted ‘mongst her minions t’ other day” (Henry VI Part 2). This retro ‘Despicable Me’ prequel is set during 1968 initially in New York and Orlando, with wonderful pop culture icons/references throughout. In the Swinging 60s London finale, Scarlett Overkill alongside her inventor husband Herb, wants to steal Queen Elizabeth’s crown from the Tower of London. The trio of Minions – Stuart, Kevin and Bob pass the henchmen recruitment process at Villain-Com International. Scarlett Overkill gives the job to her new henchmen, the trio of Minions, KEVIN (the leader), STUART (the teenage rebel with his ukulele) and the diminutive and very lovable BOB carrying Tim his Teddy Bear, and is easily identifiable with his brown/green “Heterochromia Iridum”. Via the bedtime story of THE THREE LITTLE PIGS, with “Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf” on the soundtrack, Scarlet threatens to kill the minions if they fail to steal the crown.

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Michael Keaton’s Star Turn As Birdman

Michael Keaton delivers a great performance as Birdman in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's new film
Michael Keaton delivers a great performance as Birdman

Sixty three year old actor, Michael Keaton delivers an artistic triumph with the best ever performance of his long, long acting career,

BIRDMAN is a brilliant piece of filmmaking that is unique on many levels. No matter what you may or may not subjectively take away each time from watching this film, it is one of the best films of the last twelve months, an honest-to-goodness delight which improves with each viewing. Michael Keaton delivers an Oscar-worthy performance in his best role since starring as Tim Burton’s BATMAN in 1989 and 1992. Continue reading Michael Keaton’s Star Turn As Birdman