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BIRDMAN (2014) – My rating: 8.5/10

BirdmanBirdman tells a powerful story about a has been, washed up actor who was renown as a super hero called The Birdman.  Michael Keaton (The Birdman/Riggan Thomas) played the heck out of this role.  Riggan, a father and divorcee is feeling the pain of age and abandonment of a once robust and exciting crowd, known as his world,  and so decides to show the world that after 20 years, he’s not washed up but a big time Broadway theater director putting on a play of the short story, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” that was written over 60 years ago.  Everything was going south, mostly because he hadn’t cast a good enough actor in the lead role.  In comes Ed Norton, who saves the day with his super talented acting abilities.  Of course, extraordinary comes with a price.  Between Riggen’s screw-up of a daughter (Sam) played by Emma Stone, the critic (Tabitha) played by Lindsay Duncan,  who could render his play it’s doomsday exit on the very first day and Ed Norton’s shenanigans, Riggan has his hands full — perhaps more full than he can handle.  Birdman is an extremely well acted movie with a touch of crazy that makes for an entertaining day at the cinema.  Naomi Watts (Lesley) gave a brilliant performance as the love interest for Ed Norton and the lead actress in the play.  I don’t want to reveal anything that would be considered a spoiler so I’ll just say the ending was my only pet peeve.  Things were not clear enough for me but I loved that I could use my imagination.  It’s possible that Birdman could get an Oscar nod.  Since this movie has flown under the radar, it’ll be out on DVD soon.  Pick it up and see what I’m talking about — it’s worth your time.

[BIRDMAN is nominated for Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress, Sound Editing, Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Original Screenplay (writing)]

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (2013) – My rating 9.5/10

AugustOsageCountyWhy oh why didn’t this movie get a nomination for Best Picture? There are 10 slots for Best Picture. August: Osage County, “AOC” or The Butler could have filled the last slot which remains blank. I can’t say enough about this extremely well acted and well told story. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and seeing. Before I saw “AOC” I had my sights set on a different actress for the Best Actress award. After seeing “AOC”, hands down, Meryl Streep deserves that Oscar. Over all, the movie almost resembled a play but was so well done, it just didn’t matter. I don’t think “AOC” has gotten it’s just desserts. Additionally, I don’t think it was well marketed. I was amazed at both the direction and the acting. A cast of veteran actors really makes this movie among the best for me. Contributing to the brilliant performances in “AOC” are Julia Roberts who plays Barbara Weston, Chris Cooper who plays Charlie Aiken, Juliette Lewis who plays Karen Weston and Margo Martindale who plays Mattie Fae Aiken. The film is about a highly dysfunctional family who got that way because of their highly dysfunctional parents, brilliantly played by Meryl Streep who plays Violet Weston) and Sam Shepard who plays Beverly Weston.

Drop everything and go see August: Osage County — it’s really worth your time and money. For me, this may be Meryl’s best performance, to date! Check it out.

[AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress]