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FlixChatter Review: Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

It’s been nearly a month since I saw this film, but I’m still thinking about it. In fact, I was just telling a friend over coffee this weekend how the more I think about this film, the more I like it. 828 more words

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In The Frame: Birdman (2014)

“Popular? POPULAR?… Oh God, popularity is just the slutty little cousin of prestige.”

Celebrity is a dirty word. Actors cringe at the sound of it, singers pointedly repudiate it, and reality stars… well… reality stars wear it on their heads like a bloody crown.

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REVIEW: Breathe In

Writer/director Drake Doremus’ “Breathe In” begins with obvious symbols abounding: a carefully curated family photoshoot, a tower of Jenga blocks, the copy of… 276 more words

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A parlor trick of a film, "Birdman" perches between style and near-substance

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” is ambitious in every aspect except its central story, which is thin, slow, and drenched in obnoxious meta references. Innarritu’s film pounds its fist, demanding to be a timeless essay on the purpose and nature of art while simultaneously shooting Justin Bieber references at the audience with a  wink. 403 more words

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Out of the Box: Look of the Week

Award shows and end of year celebrations are upon us which means fancy frocks aplenty. This week’s “Out of the Box” also includes a magazine editorial with someone who is making the style round up for an immense fourth week in a row. 352 more words

Out Of The Box: Look Of The Week

Birdman -- a movie by Alejandro González Iñárritu

The spirit of Samuel Taylor Coleridge has to be invoked practically every minute Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman” digitally projects on the screen.

While Michael Keaton, in his best role of this century, does a manly job of expressing his character’s frustration, angst, and desires, his character, Riggan Thomson, a name that already screams “fake,” an actor seeking a grand comeback in an earthy Broadway play 20 years after being a pop culture idol as a superhero called Birdman, elicits no sympathy. 3,146 more words

Comedy

Keaton Can't Be Pigeonholed

     Michael Keaton, that zany, absurdist comedian who burst on the scene in the late 80’s, and through the 90’s became just as talented with drama, has returned to the realm of relevant cinema in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” a brilliant exploration of the cult of celebrity, and a character that confirms Keaton is immune to typecasting. 799 more words

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