Birdman: or the (expected) brilliance of magical realism and metacinema

One last Oscar nom reblog before the Oscars kick off tonight! This one’s a biggie. It’s nominated for a whopping NINE Oscars: Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen), Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, and Best Achievement in Sound Editing. So let’s talk about one of my favorites, Birdman!

Silver Screen Serenade

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Is using terms like “metacinema” and “magical realism” a little pretentious? If so, I apologize. I just get excited when I can use all those fancy lit terms I learned in school! Because Birdman is definitely a film worthy of fancy lit terms. This is one that I honestly didn’t expect to see for awhile.

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