Movies Michael Keaton is BIRDMAN written by Robert Reineke June 12, 2014 Okay, it’s not really a superhero movie, although it certainly takes added weight from familiarity with superhero movies. Michael Keaton portrays an actor attempting to mount a Broadway play that’s haunted by his past portrayal of a movie superhero. That’s called casting to type. The film, supposedly a black comedy, is written and directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (BABEL, 21 GRAMS, AMORES PERROS) and with an October premiere it’s clearly set up to be an Oscar contender. The trailer looks promising which is all that you can ask for at this early stage and shows some real style. It also has Michael Keaton and Ed Norton duking it out. I’m, for one, happy to see Michael Keaton as the leading man in a high profile film again. Especially in a film that looks to show off his acting chops. What do you think? 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Not that much of a Ed Norton fan. Don’t know why. I just hope this isn’t Death to Smoochy II. Since you didn’t cover it here, Robert. What did you think of the Hannibal ending? Lived up to my expectations, anyway. Robert Reineke I like Ed Norton more now that he’s worked with Wes Anderson and doesn’t seem to be taking himself oh so seriously all of the time. I’m a season behind on Hannibal, although I have all of Season 2 on DVR waiting for me to power through. My wife finds Season 1 often gets too intense for her, so we’ve been slowly making our way through the Blu Ray set. The fact that it can be legitimately disturbing for network tv, despite some questionable plotting at times, speaks well for it. Plus, Mads is legitimately great, and Hugh Dancy is at least consistently good. And it has visual style. I’m looking forward to Season 2, which I hope to get through over the summer. stock Then I’ll resist the urge to spoil anything for you, except to say I think it improves with the second season. Still uneven, and often implausible, but Mads is perfect, and the final 4 episodes are especially good. Look forward to hearing what you think. My wife will have nothing to do with it. She doesn’t like to be remotely scared. Me either, which is why I’ll have nothing to do with The Voice. Multiple TVs is the only way to go. Robert Reineke Multiple tvs works, when she just doesn’t want to watch something. But she likes Hannibal, she just needs time between episodes. And I don’t like to watch shows twice, except for if I’m writing an article or something similar. So, we’re going at her pace. As long as I get caught up before the Fall schedule starts, I’m okay. stock I don’t know how familiar you are with the books and previous films. Thomas Harris has nothing to do with the show and won’t even comment on it. But one more thing to pique your interest. Michael Pitt, late of Boardwalk Empire, plays Mason Verger, a sadistic and deranged multi-millionare. See if that performance doesn’t bring to mind another certain psycho we all know and love. Don’t know if it was intentional, but Pitt immediately rose to the top of my list if we are ever to see that clown on screen again. Robert Reineke I’ve heard nothing but good things about Michael Pitt’s performance, so I’m looking forward to seeing him. I’ve read Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal (which I think is Thomas Harris’ middle finger to the idea that Hannibal and Clarice should have a romance, which was apparently the publisher’s idea instead of Will and Clarice team up to hunt down Hannibal) and think the first two are terrific. Especially Red Dragon. Silence of the Lambs is the best movie though. As it is, Hannibal is clearly a very loose adaptation which rearranges things freely. I don’t have a problem with that, as I think it still gets the spirit of what Thomas Harris was writing. Similar to if you were to compare L.A. Confidential the movie to James Ellroy’s novel of the same name. Incidents are rearranged, dialogue is moved around, etc., but it’s clearly in the same spirit. stock I thought they did have a romance (or something) at the end of the book, or is my brain cheesing? I could talk about it all day, but I think Manhunter is the best Hannibal, or at least best Will Graham movie. I know its 80s Miami Vice heritage, but I think the characters are best represented. Hannibal is human, not a superhuman ghost as I thought Hopkins played him, (caveat is he’s incarcerated only 3 years, not 8) Will is a family man who can get inside a killer’s head, but can’t separate the horror from his personal life. (Again, no superhuman ability to close his eyes and “see” exactly what happened) and Tom Noonan is almost heartbreaking as Frances Dolarhyde. If you get past the 80s soundtrack, Cox, Petersen, Farina etc, under Michael Mann’s direction, all deliver a damn good movie. Maybe you can bring it up as a future MMM column. If Hannibal doesn’t qualify as a modern myth…..