Becoming Birdman

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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Second Sun: “2010: The Year We Make Contact”

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2010: The Year We Make Contact is the 1984 sequel to the classic 1968 Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey (sans Kubrick) and answered such burning questions like: “whatever happened to Dave Bowman?” “whatever happened to that space fetus?” “what ever happened to those monoliths?” and “will HAL get his own Saturday morning cartoon show?”

We receive the answers to all of the above and more in 2010, in the process parsing out the then still current Cold War, an intriguing theory regarding a “Second Sun,” and pretty much telling the same story as the same year’s Star Trek III: The Search For Spock.

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Boss Babies And Ascended Masters

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Boss Baby: I’m on a mission from above.
Tim: Huh? Are you the baby Jesus?!
–“The Boss Baby”

The Boss Baby is an enjoyable movie for the most part; certainly not on the level of something like The Incredibles, but fast-paced, often funny, and with decent animation.

But the central premise of the film—that a “fake” baby with an adult soul was sent down from heaven to prevent a conspiracy against humanity—gets into certified religious territory.

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