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And the screeners kept coming and coming and coming!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Hooray! It’s screener season, which means my annual SAG dues are put to very good use.  I didn’t do this last year, but in light of my shameful lack of contributions this year, I’ve decided to take keyboard in hand and do mini-reviews much the same way I did for the Thirty Movies In Thirty Days page. 

And holy Jesus, I just checked that page, and the date was about SIX YEARS AGO. Are you fucking kidding me? Was I even alive then?!?!

So yeah, that format was kinda fun.  And I’m gonna recreate that here, only minus the jpgs of the dancing elephants.  Cannot be bothered cutting and pasting those little fat fuckers again.

First up!

BIRDMAN

Directed by / Written by: Alejandro González Iñárritu did both! Co-written by Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo

Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Andrea Riseborough

First Impression: Oh yeah, this is that film that everyone swears is Emma Stone’s “tour de force,” and that she’s a “revelation,” or some such nonsense.  By the guy that did Amores Perros, right? Cool. Wonder what Keaton looks like now?

Final Impression: What an incredible, modern film Iñárritu has made. The drum score as performed throughout by Antonio Sanchez, combined with the staccato dialogue, really keeps the tension jagged throughout the entire film, with the only reprieves allowed during moments onstage, when you get a burst of strings and calm.  Emma Stone is a capable actress.  She does a fine job.  It is nothing to get excited about., and in my opinion Watts (who worked with Iñárritu on 21 Grams)  still kicks her butt in this film, but Watts is always so good that she tends to be overlooked.  Keaton, on the other hand, is amazing.  Not once does he fall back on the old…Keaton…Beetlejuice…thing he used to do all the time.  He’s downright heartbreaking.  Galifianakis is another standout for me.  And the film gives the impression that it’s all shot one take, which is quite an undertaking.  Quick trivia: Iñárritu did originally want to actually SHOOT the film all in one take, but the late, great Mike Nichols convinced him that would be a terrible idea, as it would potentially kill comedy in the editing.

Overall: A highly entertaining film, and exciting to watch as an experiment in filmmaking.  Won’t change your life.  And Emma Stone was not THAT great.  For fuck’s sake people, get a hold of yourselves.

 

 

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6 Responses to “And the screeners kept coming and coming and coming!!!”

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