Star Focus – Michael Keaton

keatonMichael Keaton

Age: 53

Number of Roles: 70

Biggest Films: Beetlejuice, Batman

Awards:

  • Nomination Golden Globe – 2003 – Live From Baghdad
  • Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards – 1982 – Best Actor for Night Shift
  • National Society of Film Critics’ Awards – 1988 – Best Actor Beetlejuice and Clean and Sober

Debut Role: First role was in TV in 1975 in an episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood. While first film role was in Joan River’s which stared Billy Crystal ‘Rabbit Test’ (1978).

Night Shift

Night Shift

Early Career: In the mid-70s Michael’s career started, he did a string of television roles and TV movies. In 1982 he got his first major film role in ‘Night Shift’ this opened the doors for roles for him. Following this up from that he did ‘Mr. Mom’, ‘Gung Ho’, ‘Touch and Go’ and ‘The Squeeze’. In 1988 things he got his big break.

Television Roles:

  • Mister Rogers Neighbourhood (75)
  • Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (77)
  • Maude (77)
  • All’s Fair (77) 5 Episodes
  • The Tony Randall Show (78) 2 Episodes
  • Working Stiffs (79) 9 Episodes
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Hour (79) 11 Episodes
  • Report to Murphy (82) 6 Episodes
  • The Simpsons (2001)
  • Frasier (2002)
  • King of the Hill (2003)
  • Gary the Rat (2003)
  • The Company (2007) 6 Episodes
  • 30 Rock (2011) 2 Episodes

Break Out Role: Beetlejuice, this Tim Burton directed film put Michael in the limelight and it is still considered one of the best comedies of all time.

Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice

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Batman with the Joker

Jackie Brown

Jackie Brown

Career: Also in 1988 came ‘Clean and Sober’ which got him an award for his work. After ‘The Dream Team’ Michael reunited with Tim Burton for arguable his most famous role ‘Batman’ and he would also come back for the first sequel ‘Batman Returns’. While I am unfamiliar with some of the films in the 90s in 1997 Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Jackie Brown’ offered a new lease of life and role which he reprised in a small part in ‘Out of Sight’. Playing the dark serial killer in ‘Desperate Measures’ opposite Andy Garcia and much loved Christmas tear jerker ‘Jack Frost’ showed his ability to change genre with ease.

Herbie: Fully Loaded

Herbie: Fully Loaded

Ken

Ken

2000 – 2010: This decade was a string of live action films that could easily be forgotten ‘First Daughter’ ‘White Noise’ ‘Herbie: Fully Loaded’ and ‘Post Grad’. It was his voice over work that is from the most memorable films including ‘Cars’ and as Ken in ‘Toy Story 3’.

Recent Years: It wasn’t until 2014 where he made the first steps to a comeback with supporting roles in remake ‘RoboCop’ and video game adaptation ‘Need For Speed’.

Next Big Role: Birdman could put Michael back on the map as a true star this year, it is already getting great reviews and is on many film fans must see films for the end of 2014.

Birdman

Birdman

My Favourite Role: Beetlejuice

My Least Favourite Role: I honestly don’t dislike any of the roles I have seen of his.

Films I Want to See That I Haven’t Seen: Birdman, Clean and Sober

Stars They Work With Often: Has been directed by Tim Burton 3 times.

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Desperate Measures (1998)

logoDirector: Barbet Schroeder

Writer: David Klass (Screenplay)

Starring: Michael Keaton, Andy Garcia, Brian Cox, Marcia Gay Harden, Erik King, Efrain Figueroa, Joseph Cross, Janel Moloney

 

Plot: San Francisco police officer Frank Connor (Garcia) is in frantic search for a compatible bone marrow donor for his gravely ill son. There’s only one catch; the potential donor is convicted multiple murderer Peter McCabe (Keaton) who sees a trip to the hospital as the perfect opportunity to get what he wants most; freedom. With McCabe’s escape, the entire hospital becomes a battleground and Connor must pursue and, ironically, protect the deadly fugitive who is his son’s only hope for survival.

 

Verdict: Tidy thriller

 

Story: When you get a cat and mouse chase like thriller it usually ends up having just one basic rule and that is the good guy will end up going to any means to stop the killer even if it means he kills them. This adds something different to the mix where the good guy can’t kill the bad guy even though everyone else will not stop to kill him. In the end we end up with the two smartest people being the only ones involved and all the rest of the characters almost too dumb to be in the roles they are in.  (7/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Michael Keaton: Peter the killer who will go to extreme lengths to get his freedom even if it costs a young boy his life. Michael is great in the role as the psycho criminal. (8/10)

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Andy Garcia: Frank the detective who will go to any lengths to save his son, even if it ends up costing him his career. Good performance from Garcia but gets overshadowed by Keaton. (7/10)

garcia

Director Review: Barbet Schroeder – Good direction to create an action thriller that pushes characters to the limits. (8/10)

 

Action: Most action is shooting but only in spells after nice build up. (7/10)

Thriller: Most scenes have a good build up and you will be left at the edge of the seat throughout. (9/10)

Settings: Most of the film is set in a hospital which works for the story. (9/10)

Suggestion: This is only one to try as it might be a bit slow for the action fans and might offer too many morale questions for the casual viewer. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Walk way gun scene.

Worst Part: Starts slow.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final chase.

Believability: You can never know how far people will go to save a loved one. (4/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Teases a potential.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $13,806,137

Budget: $50 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Tagline: Desperate times call for ….

 

Overall: Thriller that will ask you how far would you go?

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