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Birdman

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Monday, November 24, 2014 5:46 PM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.


An absolutely brilliant film on all levels. I don't care about any of the awards anymore, but if there's any justice then Michael Keaton will get his first Oscar nomination, if not the win. Edward Norton should also be a given for Supporting Actor, and Emma Stone did an excellent job as well. Writing, direction, camera-work, sound and production design, are all near perfect.

It edges out Boyhood for my favorite of the year.



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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 5:59 PM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.

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Friday, November 28, 2014 11:52 AM

MAL4PREZ


Really? I know absolutely nothing about this movie besides its title. Never made my radar except vaguely negative feelings.

Hey - I know why! Colbert went to comic con dressed as some freakish and ridiculous superhero that was Bird-Man-ish. I don't recall the details. But I've been associating this movie with that silliness. Too funny!

Thanks for the course correction. I respect your movie opinions. I'll try to get to this one - but until then I will preserve my ignorance. I prefer to go to movies knowing nothing if I can mange it.


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Friday, November 28, 2014 12:19 PM

WHOZIT


I haven't seen this flick yet, but it's already getting plenty of "Oscar" buzz. I'd love to see Keaton win some awards.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014 4:42 PM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.


Thanks. I'm sure there was some FX and CGI involved with those shots, but as with everything else it was done so well as to seem natural.


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Monday, February 23, 2015 5:54 AM

SHINYGOODGUY


Well EC, you were right on the money. Best Picture, Keaton was nominated, as was Norton. Also Best Director.

Bravo!


SGG


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Originally posted by ecgordon:
An absolutely brilliant film on all levels. I don't care about any of the awards anymore, but if there's any justice then Michael Keaton will get his first Oscar nomination, if not the win. Edward Norton should also be a given for Supporting Actor, and Emma Stone did an excellent job as well. Writing, direction, camera-work, sound and production design, are all near perfect.

It edges out Boyhood for my favorite of the year.




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Monday, February 23, 2015 10:33 AM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.


Yeah, overall I was pleased with the awards this year, in spite of the fact that Keaton didn't win. Redmayne also did an incredible job in The Theory of Everything.



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Monday, February 23, 2015 10:41 AM

ZEEK


So is it just great cinematography and acting or does it have a good plot as well? Note: I'm not a hollywood insider. I don't have any particular connection or deep rooted feelings about the industry.

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Monday, February 23, 2015 12:05 PM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.


Quote:

Originally posted by Zeek:
So is it just great cinematography and acting or does it have a good plot as well? Note: I'm not a hollywood insider. I don't have any particular connection or deep rooted feelings about the industry.


I'm far from an insider myself, just a long time film buff. Did you read my review - http://templetongate.net/birdman.htm - ? I think I did a good job of detailing the story without spoiling too much. I cannot recommend it highly enough, but my taste in films might not correspond with yours.



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Monday, February 23, 2015 7:58 PM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.


Just watched it again. Still fantastic. When I opened the package I had an odd feeling that HD-DVD was making a comeback since the case is red instead of blue.

I'm going to watch the extras after Gotham.



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Thursday, April 9, 2015 3:32 AM

SHINYGOODGUY


Just finished watching it. Bravo. This is art for art's sake, poetry, metaphor and abstract, slightly off kilter (I was reminded of Synecdoche, New York, 2008), but I believe that Birdman was better in getting it's message across than Synecdoche, NY.

The acting, writing and cinematography were all spot on, but it was the direction that drove this movie. Every time that I thought it would zig, it would zag. It was commentary, as well as storytelling, but brilliant in it's execution, all due to the director's vision and deft hand. I got the feeling that each actor was at play in the fields of the Lord, especially Norton and Keaton, who played off each other with such joy and aplomb, that you could almost see their joy in each scene. Norton, at times, would chew up the scenery and devoured his scenes with such relish, like a starving man on death row enjoying his last meal, only subtle.

This was no ordinary Hollywood film with predictable scenes and formulaic drudgery. This was art for art's sake. Innovative and askew, but never betraying the story.
It was lovingly unfurled. The fantasy sequences liberally sprinkled throughout and carefully orchestrated, woven into the fabric of the film. My take on those self-same fantasy sequences was the director's storytelling choices, but it was also Riggan's response to his alter-ego Birdman. The happiness and the power of his alter-ego's persona, once he was allowed to take over. To me it was more than mere fantasy, but his soul soaring high above and celebrating his true spirit, although Birdman was both a blessing and a curse to Riggan.

Spoiler Alert!

At the end, what Sam saw was her dad finally being happy. Another zig when I thought it would zag. Bravo.


SGG


Quote:

Originally posted by ecgordon:
Just watched it again. Still fantastic. When I opened the package I had an odd feeling that HD-DVD was making a comeback since the case is red instead of blue.

I'm going to watch the extras after Gotham.




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