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The Boys Season 1

Always start with a song. Or your lead character using a laser visioned infant like a flamethrower. Either’s good. The Boys does NOT play around. In the slightest. However, unlike the comic it’s based on it’s vastly successful in dealing with issues of everything from sexual abuse to corporate malpractice. Also Karl Urban spends eight episodes playing the …

The Boys Season 1

Birdman Week-The Denial of Closure

It’s only after Birdman’s finished that you realize something; only one story ends. The entire movie is built on the spiky, frantic ensemble and their desperate attempts to survive long enough to finish the play but, in the end, the only story we see conclude is Riggan’s. That’s both immensely frustrating and completely intentional. Here’s …

Birdman Week-The Denial of Closure

Birdman Week-The Drums

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI9E8zwx0ck] Birdman is an intensely complex, often frustrating collision of three separate levels of reality. First off there’s us, the audience, watching the movie through the constantly uneasy camera. Then there’s Riggan and the cast’s struggle to get the play staged which in turn splinters into the action on stage and the action off. …

Birdman Week-The Drums

Birdman Week: The Restless Camera

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJfLoE6hanc] It takes you about ten minutes to notice that there are no cuts in Birdman. The camera is a constant, roving presence throughout the movie that has no respect for the few borders that do exist in the movie. It’s in Riggan’s dressing room, on stage, prowls the streets of New York, never …

Birdman Week: The Restless Camera

Birdman Week: Superhuman

The first movie I saw for the first time in 2015 was Birdman. It’s a really, really odd piece following a former superhero actor trying to stage a self-penned adaptation of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. He’s also directing and starring in the play which, inside the first ten …

Birdman Week: Superhuman

Where’s Al?-The Bigger on the Inside Edition Part 2

Journalism I filed my first story for a national newspaper this month. The Guardian are producing two ‘Guides to the Night’ at the end of October and the Guide editor, Phil Daoust, contacted me about writing a piece about telling ghost stories to live audiences. It was massive fun to do, covering environment, story, audience …

Where’s Al?-The Bigger on the Inside Edition Part 2

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