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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Sure, we’re looking forward to superhero movies from Marvel and DC in the coming months and years, but one of the most intriguing comes from a very unlikely source. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, best known for serious fare like Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel, blends drama with heroics in Birdman.

This isn’t a conventional superhero movie. In fact, it’s not really a superhero movie at all. But it does use lots of those conventions to tell the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) who once played a superhero and is struggling to mount a new play. Co-starring Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan and Zach GalifianakisBirdman open October 17.

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Rodrigo Garcia is going to direct an ensemble drama titled Mother and Child. Why should you care? Here are a few reasons:

  • The movie is being produced by “The Three Amigos”, Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) and Alejandro Gonzalez (Babel)
  • The film is based on an original screenplay by Garcia, who developed and wrote the hit HBO series In Treatment
  • Rodrigo made a name for himself as a cinematographer, and went on to direct episodes of Six Feet Under, Carnivale, In Treatment and The Sopranos, also Gia (which starred Angelina Jolie), the 2005 film Nine Lives, and Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her.

So what is the movie about? The story follows the intersecting lives of a 50-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 earlier and a black woman who is looking to adopt a baby. Production on the $4.5 million film is set to begin late December or early January in Los Angeles.

source: THR