Oscar season is upon us, and amidst all the awards-baiting films about white women heroically mentoring minorities and Hobbits going into battle against evil CGI things, there’s one movie that really has us excited.
Birdman, subtitled The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, is the new film from Alejandro González Iñárritu, the venerable director of Babel, 21 Grams, and Amores Perros. It tells the story of Riggan, an aging actor best known for playing a superhero decades ago, who is played by Michael Keaton, an aging actor best known for playing a superhero decades ago. The film follows Riggan’s increasingly desperate attempts to stage a comeback performance on Broadway, reconnect with his family, and hang on to his questionable sanity.
Birdman costars Edward Norton and Emma Stone (no strangers to superhero flicks themselves), as well as Zach Galafianakis, Amy Ryan, and Naomi Watts. In keeping with its protagonist’s distracted state of consciousness, the film reportedly has no discernible cuts, instead panning from shot to shot and scene to scene in a way so seamless it would make Hitchcock jealous enough to hang himself with his own Rope.
Keaton’s unhinged performance has already earned him raves, and the film has been hailed by critics as one of the year’s best. So, you know, maybe check it out.
Birdman opens on October 24, but we’re letting 50 lucky readers see an advance screening at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas on Tuesday, October 21 at 7:00pm. Here’s how to get your tickets:
1) Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “BIRDMAN SCREENING”.
2) We’ll send you a unique RSVP code for the screening.
3) Go to foxsearchlightscreenings.com and enter your unique code to RSVP to the screening.
That’s all there is to it! Hurry and stake a claim on your passes before we run out, and we’ll see you at the screening.
UPDATE: Geez, you guys are fast. All 50 pairs of passes have now been claimed. Thanks for reading!