Birdman, or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (2014)

Birdman, or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a divisive film, leading this year’s Golden Globe nominees and attracting a suite of five star reviews on one hand and repulsed pans on the other. It’s the sort of film that invites – nay, demands – hyperbole. The screenplay even presents the viewer with two distinct…

Rope (1948)

The conceit of Rope is that it takes place in real time. A recently murdered corpse lies – concealed – in his murderers’ apartment, filmed with a single unbroken shot. The camera gimmick is executed with less panache than I’d expect from Hitchcock, including an unnecessary cut right after the credits. Aside from some unsubtle…