Birdman

Birdman

Or, (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

DVD - 2015
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A black comedy story of an actor famous for portraying an iconic superhero as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself

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akirakato
Dec 13, 2017

Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu in 2014, this American black comedy depicts a life of Riggan Thomson (Keaton)---a faded Hollywood actor best known for playing the superhero "Birdman".
Althou it contains some black humours, this film seems like a flop because there exist so much confusion and nonsensical dialogues.

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MartineVK
Oct 26, 2017

I liked the scene where the excellent actor Lindsay Duncan (playing a drama critic) tells the lead character why she will give his play a bad review. She tells him it's because he is not an actor but a celebrity who hasn't put in the time to study the craft of acting. Pretty much sums up how I feel about Hollywood stars who get a headshot and head out to the West Coast looking for work, without having gone to drama school, or maybe not even having been in a school play.

Thought this was really pretentious. I kept checking to see how many minutes were left on the disc. Also, there is something like a 25 year age gap between Michael Keaton and Andrea Risborough and yet she is supposed to have slept with him. Stop it, Hollywood. Just stop it.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 19, 2017

Reminding me a lot of the show Bojack Horseman, this movie is about a star who wants to show the world he is still Hollywood material. He plans a risky acting job, but then a cast member is hurt, and he has to deal with his family. I liked this movie because of the humor and its deep exploration into 'ignorance'
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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kyc14
Aug 22, 2017

stage vs hollywood!
dinosaur vs new-kid-on-the-block?
slick dolly shots (mostly from behind) & continuous camera movements (thru barriers or aerial), but way too repetitive, hence boring!
some pointed dialogs are well written & acted out that clearly out-beats woody allen!
what really matters is the inner self who speaks the loudest & acts the boldest?
cannot deny that this film has brought the extinct "stage films" to new heights.

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johnnyknuckles
May 06, 2017

One of the greatest films of the last decade. Stellar performances, with writing that must have been a joy for the actors to deliver. An absolute tour de force from writer-director Innaritu.

Whenever I need to be reminded that human beings have redeeming qualities, lol, I search out this film. It reminds me that being part of the human race is an enormous gift, which is something that in today's world can be easy to forget. 'Birdman' is imbued with joy from beginning to end.

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uncommonreader
Mar 14, 2017

This is an interesting film that operates on many levels. Great music, great cinematography, great casting and great courage of Keaton to take on this role. The play within the film is based on Raymond Carver's "What We Talk About When We Talk about Love". A very enjoyable experience.

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JOSEPH SARDO
Jan 11, 2017

Highly unique, great moviegoing experience. Great performances (Edward Norton stood out to me). Did hit home with some stellar insights but I didn't connect with some of the oddity of the movie, like the appearances of the "alter-ego" Birdman and the ending. The theatre and its surrounding halls and rooftops made for a sleek kind of setting for the film (as well as the city streets). I definitely need to watch it at least another time to digest all of the levels

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sertaoprincess
Jan 05, 2017

another film for lovers of film. amazing & very creative. I had to see it twice to catch it all as there is a lot going on, at times quickly, in the present dealing with egos, the movie industry & getting the play produced. but there is the other story/conversations about love and what is love. a great one on all levels.

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DragynWulf
Dec 23, 2016

This movie was outstanding. It is a drama based movie that can be viewed as complex at times, by making the viewer think one thing is happening, yet in the end, you discover the truth of the character. The performance by Michael Keaton is spectacular and shows the depth of his versatile acting.

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Nursebob
Nov 10, 2016

Alejandro G. Iñarritu’s highly polished film within a play within a film is a study in contradiction. Even as his protagonist provides that too familiar metaphor of the imaginative soul railing against artifice and conformity his film revels in its own gimmickry: a dangerously unstable Thomson may or may not have real superpowers and an ongoing inner dialogue with his feathered alter ego is highlighted by glossy passages of magical realism. The film itself is a vertiginous swirl of steadicam shots cleverly edited to appear as one continuous take even though it spans three days, and a handful of too obvious references to "Phantom of the Opera" and "Macbeth" (a crazed actor screams out the “Sound and Fury” monologue just off of Times Square) drive their points home with theatrical zeal. But this is a film about egos, creativity, and the stage after all which makes Iñarritu’s dramaturgical flourishes not only germane, but indispensable. The fact that it went on to win four Academy Awards is a delicious irony.

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jimg2000
Mar 18, 2015

Riggan: It's important to me! Alright?...

Sam: Means something to who? You had a career before the third comic book movie, before people began to forget who was inside the bird costume. You're doing a play based on a book that was written 60 years ago, for a thousand rich old white people whose only real concern is gonna be where they go to have their cake and coffee when it's over. And let's face it, Dad, it's not for the sake of art. It's because you want to feel relevant again. ... You're doing this because you're scared to death, like the rest of us, that you don't matter. And you know what? You're right. You don't. It's not important. You're not important. Get used to it.

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jimg2000
Mar 18, 2015

Pages of quotes in IMDb:

[Riggan snaps fingers, and explosions occur, shooting starts, soldiers get shot, choppers fly and shoot, one gets shot down]

Young Birdman: That's what I'm talking about. Bones rattling! Big, loud, fast! Look at these people, at their eyes... they're sparkling. They love this shit. They love blood. They love action. Not this talky, depressing, philosophical bullshit.

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Mike Shiner: Popularity is the slutty little cousin of prestige.

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