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.

Spotlight (2015)

Spotlightsynopsis

Starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Billy Crudup and Stanley Tucci, SPOTLIGHT tells the riveting true story behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions.

When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world.

~ Official Movie Website

review

Another sad movie, but very informative and explosive. Required much attention, but the subject matter was fascinating, requiring less effort to stay engaged with the story.

Left me feeling sad that so much injustice and wrong-doing exists in our world. I lost my faith when I discovered I was homosexual and could not make my learned spirituality jive with my lifestyle. A friend of mine taught me how to seek a god of my understanding, and ever since, I am whole. The anonymous program taught me that spirituality is personal; that I need not be a sheep to be in line with a god of my understanding.

John SlatteryI thought Mark Ruffalo’s performance stood out from the rest of the cast and I now have a new crush on John Slattery. That man is a frikkin’ hottie! I am familiar with Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup, but for the life of me I could not place the names, especially with the make-up on Liev.

Good movie!