Michael Keaton (And Edward Norton) Agonistes: Another Look At Birdman

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That’s what I’m talking about. Bones rattling! Big, loud, fast! Look at these people, at their eyes… they’re sparkling. They love this shit. They love blood. They love action. Not this talky, depressing, philosophical bullshit.
–Birdman

About 5 minutes into 2014’s Birdman, you realize that this is all really a narrative about Michael Keaton turning down Batman Forever. About 15 minutes in, you also realize that this is all really a narrative about Edward Norton getting essentially kicked out of the Marvel movie franchise. Keaton and Norton: “heretics” of the modern Age Of The Capes and Masks.

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Who Owns James Dean? (Or: How They’re Going To Digitally Bring Back Dead Actors)

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You have no doubt heard of by now the upcoming Vietnam War movie Finding Jackwhich will (as of this writing) star a CGI-resurrected James Dean.

Dean’s “casting”—and the public furor that followed—brought up an interesting question.

Who “owns” James Dean?

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Rick And Morty Season 4 Episode 1 Recap: “Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat”

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“Honestly, you’re doing me a huge favor being shrimps instead of fascists.”
–Shrimp Rick

Recently, Renegade Cut released a video entitled, “The Problem With Rick And Morty,” the basic hypothesis being that the Adult Swim cartoon glorified Rick’s bad behavior. In the process, a requisite link to a legion of angry squirmy largely male Rick and Morty fans was made.

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Room 237, A Documentary About The Shining That’s Almost Creepier Than The Original Movie

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The Shining, like director Stanley Kubrick’s other masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, seems to offer up as many meanings as there are willing interpreters to expound them. Is there any inherent “darker” message to The Shining than the darkness already on display? Or perhaps is it, like 2001, simply a “mirror” to the ideologies and subconscious drives of those who view it?

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Comic Review: I Pledge Allegiance To The Mask #1

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The last time I ever fully read a comic book starring The Mask—whom some of you might know best from a decent 1994 movie starring a youngish Jim Carrey—was all the way back in 1991, with the original mini-series from Dark Horse. Conceived of as a type of ultra-gory anti-hero with a cartoony Tex Averyesque vibe, I thought this character was AWESOME!

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