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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

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Illustrated upon the progress of his latest Broadway play, a former popular actor's struggle to cope with his current life as a wasted actor is shown.
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Actor Riggan Thomson is most famous for his movie role from over twenty years ago of the comic book superhero Birdman in the blockbuster movie of the same name and its two equally popular sequels. His association with the role took over his life, where Birdman is more renowned than "Riggan Thomson" the actor. Now past middle age, Riggan is trying to establish himself as a true artist by writing, directing, starring in and co-producing with his best friend Jake what is his Broadway debut, an adaptation of Raymond Carver's story, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. He is staking his name, what little artistic reputation that comes with that name and his life savings on the project, and as such will do anything needed to make the play a success. As he and Jake go through the process of the previews toward opening night, Riggan runs into several issues: needing to find a replacement for the integral supporting male role the night before the first preview; hiring the talented ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence | See all certifications »

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14 November 2014 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$424,397 (USA) (17 October 2014)

Gross:

$42,335,698 (USA) (10 April 2015)
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Every major lead and supporting character in the film kisses another lead and supporting character. And with each kiss to the lips, it comes unexpectedly. Laura kisses Riggan (before slapping him for not being excited for her pregnancy), Sam kisses Mike (after turning her down sexually), Jake kisses Lesley (after she announces that Mike will be joining the play), Laura kisses Lesley (when Lesley is in tears out of embarrassment), Mike kisses Lesley (while performing in front of a live audience under the bed) and Syvia kisses Riggan (when he admits to trying to kill himself when they were married). See more »

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After the preview screening when Mike freaks out about his gin really being water, Riggan goes upstairs with Jake and they have a conversation. Afterwards, Riggan walks down the hall and is then greeted by Mike. When Riggan yells "Hey, out in front of the theater in ten minutes!", you can see the rest of the hall behind Riggan. Unfortunately, you can also see the pink piece of tape used for Riggan's mark to stop to talk to Jake. See more »

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[first lines]
Young Birdman: How did we end up here? This place is horrible. Smells like balls. We don't belong here.
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Written by Jeff Bernat and Joel Cowell
Performed by Jeff Bernat
Courtesy of Tunecore
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Génial!
28 August 2014 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Great opening at the Venice Film Festival with this must-see movie. The story of an actor persecuted by the role that made him popular, "Birdman", and pressured by the willing of proving himself on stage with his new play.

The characters in the story are all struggling with something: Sam (Emma Stone) with her drug addiction, Mike (Edward Norton) with his sexual problems, Lesley (Naomi Watts) with her self- realization and Michael Keaton with love. What kind of love is he lacking? Is it admiration for his work? The same admiration that chained him to Bridman, who is probably the only one capable of saving him.

The cinematography reminds of that used in Hitchcock's "Rope": it seems to be filmed consequently. The originality of the cinematography, though, may have sacrificed the storyline.

"Birdman" certainly needs to be seen more than one, but likewise certainly it's going to be one of the greatest movies of the year


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