Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

synopsis

“Michael Keaton delivers the best performance of his career” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) in this “funny, frenetic…” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times) film from co-writer director Alejandro G. Iñarrito. When a has-been movie superhero (Keaton) risks everything for Broadway, he faces harsh critics, a deranged alter ego, his estranged daughter (Emma Stone) and a difficult stage star (Edward Norton). Also starring Naomi Watts, and Zach Galifinakis, (Birdman is “audacious, corginal, and bold” (Leonard Maltin, Indiewire.com).

review

I had seen this on DVD previously, after it had been released for general audience viewing in theaters. I think I might have been high, but I distinctly remember falling asleep through it, blaming what I called a vignette-based movie with no connections.

This time I noticed the unedited telling of the story through scene-vignettes, telling a story. I managed to stay awake…and engaged. I truly enjoyed the cinematic artistry. The unediting, played well with the setting of this movie. The performances were gritty and quirky enough to garner praise from the pretentious set, which boosted this movie up.

The more exciting scenes, of course, included those where Edward Norton was revealed. Even Michael Keaton was revealed.

While I am far from qualified to judge, I did find the movie entertaining, artistic, sad.

La La Land

La La Land (2016)

synopsis

Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

movie website

review

I lust Ryan Gosling <3

Being a true gay, I <3 a good musical

I loved La La Land’s production design and cinematography. The colors were outrageously combined and so vibrant.

The music of jazz has always been a favorite of mine. I loved the breakdown of the definition, only adding to my enjoyment of this music genre.

I was not a fan of the multiple reprise of the main theme and the key(?) of the music sounded off to me.

sorry, ry, but I wasn’t expecting much to “sing” with you

If I still believed in romance, I would’ve only like La La Land more, but sadly, I just felt over-saturated by emotion.

One viewing was enough.