Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
2014
**½
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Cast: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts

Riggan Thomson, who used to star in a popular Hollywood superhero franchise, attempts a comeback on Broadway. While the opening night of his stage play draws closer, his mental state becomes increasingly fragile. Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s ambitious dark comedy takes a swipe at Hollywood, fame, social media, and critics, among other things, and Michael Keaton gives a strikingly intense performance in the lead. However, I can’t say that I enjoyed the film, or that I connected with anything or anyone on screen. Iñárritu and his cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki have shot the entire film as if it was one continuous take. As a technical achievement, it is exceptional. As a storytelling technique, it is show-offish and incredibly exhausting. Academy Award winner for best picture, director, original screenplay, and cinematography.