Posted on Friday, October 24th, 2014 by David Chen
I saw Birdman Wednesday night at an advanced screening in downtown Seattle. I don’t think my audience knew what to make of it. It definitely suffers from many of the issues that Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s films typically fall prey to: overwrought dialogue; characters who serve as symbols or ideas nothing more; and a bit too much fixation on misery and regret.
Still, I loved Birdman and can’t stop thinking about it. Hit the jump for my video review, and share your thoughts on the film in the comments below.
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Birdman, the new film from Alejandro González Iñárritu, opens limited on October 17. Then we’ll see Michael Keaton as an actor who fears that his image may be permanently tied to one character, the hero Birdman. As he struggles to mount a new play, all his anxieties play upon his character in dramatic fashion. Now a series of great Birdman posters places the hero himself in watchful positions on landmarks from cities across the United States (and, briefly, Canada). See them all below. Read More »
As we get into the full swing of the fall movie season, one of the films we’re most interested in is Birdman, from Alejandro González Iñárritu, also the director of Amores Perros and 21 Grams. We’ve already seen some head over heels reviews of the movie thanks to early festival appearances. Now there’s a great new Birdman poster, which reminds us of the film’s subtitle: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Check out that one-sheet along with a batch of new Birdman images below. Read More »
When we heard Michael Keaton was doing a new superhero movie, everyone got interested. When we heard he’d be joined by Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts, the film became anticipated. Then we heard it would be directed by Alejandro González Inarritu, in one single take, it became one of our most anticipated films of the year. (That trailer didn’t hurt either.)
Now that film, Birdman, is out there. It had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival and the reviews were overwhelmingly, almost embarrassingly positive. Read some early Birdman reviews below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has revealed its first trailer. John Madden‘s follow-up to his 2012 sleeper hit once again picks up with the colorful residents of the titular retirement center — all of whom, proprietor Sonny (Dev Patel) is careful to confirm, are still alive.
Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Diana Hardcastle, and Ronald Pickup all reprise their roles from the first film. Joining the gang this time around are Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig), both of whom want the only vacant room left. Watch The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel trailer after the jump.
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Normally when discussing a movie, you don’t get to have a conversation about how science can potentially explain religion and the impact that has on the world. But not every movie discussion is with director Mike Cahill about his new movie, I Origins. The film is now in theaters and if you like intellectual sci-fi, you should check it out. It’s an engaging, mysterious love story that evolves over the course of its run time to be about the entire nature of life itself. Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire), Brit Marling (The East), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean 4) star in the film.
This is Cahill’s second feature. Much as in his first one, Another Earth, Cahill takes a mind-blowing sci-fi conceit and filters it through a human story. This time it’s about a scientist who, while doing research about iris recognition, falls in love with a girl because of her eyes. But it’s about much more than that.
In person, Cahill is engaging, eloquent and easy to talk to. He has big ideas about his films, not just their content but their presentation and marketing too. In our interview with him (which we’ve highlighted twice already) we talk a little about the spoiler-filled marketing for the film before getting deep into a conversation about the implications of the film’s scientific and religious philosophy, how the magnificent end credits scene leads into a potential sequel, the real science that went into writing. and finally the new Hollywood model of taking filmmakers like Cahill, and giving them massive blockbusters.
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Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by Angie Han
Forget Guardians of the Galaxy — this year’s most unusual superhero movie has got to be Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman. Though to be fair, it’s not so much a superhero movie as it is a superhero movie movie.
Former Batman Michael Keaton plays a washed-up actor who got famous years ago playing an iconic superhero. In a bid to recapture his former glory, he decides to put on a Broadway show. On his way to opening night, he struggles with everything from egotistical actors to an unhappy family to his own troubled soul. Watch the new Birdman international trailer after the jump.
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The movie I Origins, now in theaters, isn’t called that just to be clever. Writer/director Mike Cahill originally sold a film called I to Fox Searchlight, but it was too big to make at the time. So he looked at the backstory to that film and made I Origins in hopes that he’d eventually get to make I. That struggle is detailed at this link.
Now that the movie has opened in a good amount of theaters (and hopefully some of you checked it out) we wanted to dig deep into some spoilers. Specifically, how the end credits tag of I Origins (yes, there’s mind blowing, must-see Nick Fury tag on the film) would directly lead into I. Below, read what Cahill had to say about how about the super spoilery coda scene leads directly into I. Read More »