Sunday, March 8, 2015

Birdman (2014)

Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
Written by:
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Nicolás Giacobone
Alexander Dinelaris
Armando Bo

Michael Keaton as Riggan (Birdman)
Emma Stone as Sam

My rating: 5

Per imdb:

A washed-up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of his Broadway play.

Neat-o trivia bits from imdb:

* The words seen in the opening credits are the words written on Raymond Carver's tombstone in real life: "And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth."

* This film is edited to look like one continuous shot.

*The concept of shooting a feature-length film in one, continuous take was actually accomplished twelve years before Birdman's release in the film Russian Ark (2002), which was shot in a single 96-minute Steadicam sequence.


My two-bits:

Loved how this story went into soul searching and passion for art told in a magical realism style.


Based on this story...

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
by Raymond Carver
-short story
Amazon | Goodreads

In his second collection of stories, as in his first, Carver's characters are peripheral people--people without education, insight or prospects, people too unimaginative to even give up. Carver celebrates these men and women.


  1. I'm going to check out the book. I didn't like Birdman at all.

  2. I really liked Birdman, and Russian Ark was pretty cool!

  3. I always try to watch all of the films nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. While I'm not surprised Birdman won, I wouldn't give it 5 stars - maybe 3, 4 for the second half and 2 for the first half for an average of 3. Once I figured out what the point of the movie was - an appreciation for "real" art, I liked it a lot more, but still found some parts too predictable and over the top.
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