In a tweet: In “Birdman,” Inarritu offers a striking dark comedy about an actor famous for portraying a superhero trying to launch a Broadway play.
What it’s really about: Michael Keaton, as former superhero movie star Riggan Thomson, has to battle his ego while attempting to recover his family, his career and himself.
Why it’s good: Alejandro Inarritu, who also “Babel” and “Biutiful,” working off first-timer Alexander Dinelaris’s script, is more ambitious this time, telling a riveting story with Oscar-worthy camera work that presents the two-hour film as if it’s done in one continuous shot.
Who you’ll remember: In his best starring role ever, Michael Keaton leads a cast of A-List talent—Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone and Zach Galifanakis—with a film that makes you question the character’s sanity, even as it weaves a tale that, on the surface, seems like art imitating life.
How it’ll surprise you: Parts of the film are very surreal, concerning the Birdman character, breathing life back into Riggan’s dead soul.
Bonus points: The score works beautifully considering it’s only drums throughout the whole film, and the neon backgrounds perfectly compliment New York City, the film’s setting.
I saw “Birdman” at The Nightlight Cinema and when I’m in downtown, there’s one place I almost always have to eat. Famous, if even just locally, for its creative touches on the classic grilled cheese sandwich, The Lockview offers a wide range of ingredients from artichoke to roasted red peppers to smoked gouda and fresh basil on sourdough. Each served with tater tots and/or Goldfish. A full appetizer menu, plus soups and salads, rounds out a field of options perfect for complimenting with one of their tasty cocktails or a pint from their selection of brews.
Film Freak’s suggestion: Start with the basket of deep fried pepperoni served with marinara sauce. Make the main event a “Number Ten,” a Havarti dill cheese with pickles, grilled red onions and a spicy brown mustard on rye bread.
Chris Kessinger is the Film Freak, a film reviewer and restaurant frequenter born and raised in the greatest city in the world, Akron, Ohio. It’s his mission to dissect the best and worst that Hollywood offers, while recommending the most delicious food to pair with every screening.[/su_box]