MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN (2019)

A film by  Edward Norton

Cast:  Edward Norton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe, Bruce Willis

New York in the 1950s. Lionel Essrog, private detective suffering from Tourette syndrome, investigating the murder of his mentor and only friend Frank Minna. Thanks to the rare clues in his possession and his obsessive mind, he discovers secrets whose revelation could have consequences on the city of New York … From jazz clubs from Harlem to the slums of Brooklyn, to the upscale neighborhoods of Manhattan, Lionel will face the most powerful man in the city to save the honor of his missing friend. And perhaps also the woman who will assure him his salvation …

Based on the Novel from  Jonathan Lethem, Ed Norton took on the adaptation , directing , acting and producing this film. It took 20 years to be able to lift off this project. Here Lionel played by Norton is a character with Tourette syndrome where he is going to investigate the murder of his boss who was on something big. The story takes place in the 50’s. Moses Randolph, (Alec Baldwin) is a builder and will crush anyone who gets on his way. Randolph wants to displace a neighborhood mostly where black people lives, to put hospital and new houses. Here comes in the picture Laurie Rose ( Gugu Mbatha-Raw) who is political activist  helping African-Americans resist displacement. Lionel has colleagues who were in the orphanage with him. Norton here was able to play this character with skills . He also make the choice to make it a film noir like the old days. Here is a man who plans to rebuild New York his way but has a secret that he wants buried. Alec Baldwin here shines as well playing this politician who is hungry for power but is a racist, he did have to look to much further for research as he played Trump on many occasions in Saturday Night live. The film is a smart slow burner but to me is a little too long.

BIRDMAN: OR THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE (2014)

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A film by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Cast: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton

This film is more perfect than we think, it won best picture of the year (2014) for god’s sake. It will leave you memorized in Ha! when you leave the theater. This time Iñárritu has done it with the help of his friend he has written a great screenplay. Michael Keaton is brilliant in the role of Riggan Thomson an actor who became a star playing Birman In a movie trilogy. He is trying to restart his career by producing and staring in a play called We Talk About When We Talk About Love written by Raymond Carver . Riga has put every thing in this project he took an other mortgage on the house plus the rest of his savings You sense a sense of desperation as beginning to know more about him. his assistant his is daughter, he needs to find an other actor in the play, he is the director and producer of the play. Plus he had an affair with an actress while he was married. The critics ridicules him to death. And he is trying what os right to lift off this play for opening day where the critics of course will be watching. Nothing like pressure.

Michael Keaton delivers the performance of a life time so as the others actors, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. When giving a great role Keaton delivers in many ways then one. Here  is a wash out actor trying to lift off a play and wants every thing to go right, hr wants to prove to the critics he can act and do something else than Birdman. Alejandro film this beautiful well in a single shot, an idea the director had from the film’s conception. It looks like you are floating from one character to an other without cutting, a brilliant move there. It require hours of rehearsal prior to shooting there is not room for error. The script took 2 years to write. Really cool performance from Edward Norton as the egotistical actor Mike Shiner. Norton shows just how ridiculously far a method actor can go. Naomi Watts plays this insecure actress beautifully well I love her in anything she does and she does her thing well. Amy Stone plays sam Riggan’s daughter who is trying not to fell off the wagon. She choose her role carefully she is this fearless actress who jump at the occasion for a role like that. She is able to transform herself in to anything she wants. To build the tension and desperation the director put this jazz like drum music as  we see Riga’s blood pressure rising, as well as little bit of symphony at the time.

Birdman is a black comedy hilarious but well acted. See it on the big screen. I am going to get this one in my collection.

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THE BOURNE LEGACY (2012)

A fim by Tony Gilroy.
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton.
The events in this movie takes place around the same time that the events in The Bourne Ultimatum. When a British reporter was writing an expose about Black Ops operations Treadstone and Black Briar, and the ones responsible for them are concerned. And when Jason Bourne, former Treadstone operative got the file on Treadstone and Black Briar and gave it to Pamela Landy who them passed it to the media. When the men behind Treadstone and Black Briar learn of this, they’re concerned how this will affects other ops they have. They decide it’s best to shut down all ops and make sure make everyone involved disappears. They try to take out Aaron Cross who is part of another op called Outcome, but he manages to survive. He then seeks out Dr. Marta Shearing who worked on him when he began. It seems part of the program is for all subjects to take medications but he has run out, which is why he seeks her. But people from the program tries to kill her. He saves her and she tells him, he should have stopped taking the pill.
Aroon cross is an agent of The Program, a secret U.S. intelligence project that involves modifying the human genome to produce men with incredible physical and mental agility, and the skill set of an Eagle Scout with nine pounds of merit badges. He is running out of meds and tries to find more as he finds out from Dr. Marta Shearing these meds are a virus that alters genes. You can take booster pills from time to time, or with a new iteration you can be “locked in,” which is what Cross seeks. the cinematography is superb at the beginning of the movie. Nice motorcycle chase in Manila And a foot chase on the roof done before. It leaves it for a sequel will Aroon Cross Meet Jason Bourne?