Tag: Alejandro González Iñárritu


The main reason I started this blog was to make me watch more movies, and to vary the kinds of movies I watched. The first part of that has been well and truly accomplished with me watching hundreds of movies for the first time, instead of falling back on old favourites over and over again.   But l’m not sure if I’ve varied my selections enough. I still watch mainly American movies, with directors, writers and actors that make them a pretty safe bet. So this year, I’m forcing myself to seek out more international movies. With Foreign Language Weekends, every weekend(ish) during 2016, I’ll review two(ish) non-English language movies.
 Amores 1
“I wanted to set the world right, and then share it with you. I failed, as you can see.”

As I write this, director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is on the verge of winning his second Best Picture Oscar in as many years.  That’s a pretty big deal.  Birdman wasn’t my favourite movie of 2014, but I had no problem with it winning.  The Revenant on the other hand, is in my opinion, no Best Picture contender.  It’s a spectacle, it’s thrilling and it’s hard hitting, but I feel like its impact is immediate and quickly forgotten.  Although, what I can’t argue with, is Inarritu’s technical skill.  I might not always like the material he chooses to make, but I’m always blown away by how he makes it.  Which got me interested in seeing where it all started, with his debut, Amores Perros.

A car races through the streets of Mexico City, being chased by a gang of thugs.  After a serious accident, the story flashes back to how the driver of the car, Octavio (Gael Garcia Bernal), came to be in a car chase in the first place.  Sharing a home with his mother, brother and brother’s wife (Vanessa Bauche as Susana), Octavio is in love with his sister in law, and dreams of a way of running away with her.  When his brother’s dog kills another from the local dog fights, Octavio decides to enter the fights officially, to make the money he needs to run away with Susana. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Birdman (2014)


“People, they love blood. They love action. Not this talky, depressing, philosophical bullshit.”

It’s that time of year when Oscar style moves are coming thick and fast. There are prestige biopics, like The Theory of Everything, Selma and The Imitation Game. There’s intellectual, character stuff like Boyhood. And then there’s the token weird one. The movie that’s a little experimental and trying something different.   This year it’s also the Oscar movie I’ve been most excited about and the first one I can remember getting Oscar buzz months and months ago. This year, that weird experiment is Birdman.

Two decades ago, Riggan Thompson (Michael Keaton) was the star of a mega budget superhero franchise. After refusing to star in Birdman 4, he has slipped further and further into obscurity. Now, in an attempt to find legitimacy and reinvigorate his career, this time as a serious thespian, he’s mounting a Broadway play. A play he’s written, is starring in, is directing and producing. The day before their first preview performance, one of his cast is injured, and Riggan needs a replacement. His leading lady (Naomi Watts as Lesley) suggests her friend / sometimes lover, Mike (Edward Norton). (more…)