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    ‘Birdman’ wins 2015 Oscars; Full recap and winners

      87 years into the ceremony, the Oscars are still unabashedly about the movies. Host Neil Patrick Harris along with Anna Kendrick performed a whizzbang ode to “moving pictures” in perfect Broadway musical style. And despite the fresh songwriting that seemed to give a nod to last year’s winners for Frozen and “Let it Go”, […] More

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    4 Things Movies Taught Us In 2014

    On the face of it, 2014 has been a rather strange year for film, a step down from an annum of classics and simultaneously a slalom dodge into the realms of adventure and discord. Here I take a look at five movies and the four lessons they taught us in 2014, for better or for worse. More

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    Video of the Day: Making ‘Birdman’ Look Like One Long Shot

    Much has been said and written about Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman, an ambitious technical showcase powered by outstanding performances from Michael Keaton and Edward Norton. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, best known for his work on Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and Children of Men, has shot the film to feel as if it’s comprised of one long take. So how did […] More

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    ‘Birdman’ soars high with stellar performances and brazen cinematography

    The cast and crew, fly high in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), directed by visionary Alejandro González Iñárritu. Michael Keaton stars as Riggan Thomson, a washed-up actor who never bounced back from his peak stardom days as part of a 1990s superhero franchise, and who is desperate to gain back some spark for his faded career. Riggan attempts to jolt himself back into the limelight through the triple threat of writing, directing and starring in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. More

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    Watch two clips from ‘Birdman’, starring Michael Keaton and Edward Norton

      Birdman, the new film from Alejandro González Iñárritu, has been one of our most anticipated films of 2014. The movie, which opens limited on October 17, has released two new clips which we’ve embedded below. We caught our first screening of Birdman over at Telluride last month. In her amazing review, Lane Scarberry writes, “ Birdman is director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s […] More

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    NYFF 2014: Grandeur Delusions – ‘Birdman’

    His use of natural lighting, the gorgeous compositions he creates often on the fly, those long takes. This is what we talk about when we talk about Emmanuel Lubezki, the Mexican cinematographer responsible for such arresting imagery in the films of Terrence Malick (The New World, The Tree of Life, To the Wonder), Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Y tu mamá también, Gravity), the Brothers Coen (Burn After Reading), and Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Anna”, a short in the anthology To Each His Own Cinema). He is the only cinematographer in recent memory, possibly next to Roger Deakins, that pushes the form to its limits and has name recognition for such. The naturalistic beauty of The Tree of Life was nothing compared to the – wait for it – physics-defying work in Gravity. And here he is again, using a simulated long take for Iñárritu’s Birdman. “But isn’t it just a gimmick?”, you might ask. Well, yes. And that’s probably the point. More

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    Series of ‘Birdman’ Posters Set in Ten North American Cities

      Birdman, the new film from Alejandro González Iñárritu, has been one of our most anticiapted films of 2014. The movie, which opens limited on October 17, has recieved a series of great posters placeing the hero himself in watchful positions on landmarks from cities across North America. We caught our first screening of Birdman […] More

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    NYFF ’14: Kyle’s 5 Most Anticipated Films

    Though I did get to attend the TCM Classic Film Festival earlier this year (which was an amazing experience, and well worth your time), the New York Film Festival, in its 52nd year this time around, will be the first time I will have attended a festival as press. So, I’m very giddy about it. […] More

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    Telluride 2014: ‘Birdman’ is a mad, rambling masterpiece about egotism and salvation

    Birdman is highly reminiscent of Noises Off, a play by Michael Frayn, about the insanity of actors as they weave in and out of doing scenes live in front of an audience on-stage. The unpredictable actor Mike Shiner (Edward Norton) throws Riggan Thomson’s life even more into chaos by his refusal to bend to his wishes. Emma Stone plays Sam, Riggan’s recovering addict daughter who has long been put on the back-burner by her dad. Stone and Norton’s challenging forces irritate but eventually bring Riggan face to face with some hard truths about himself. More

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