Latino directors should not have to tell stories about people from their own community or country of origin exclusively, but given the scarcity of films that feature prominent Latino characters, the opportunity to do so feels like a missed one.
Museums such as the Louvre simply would not exist if everyone saw a work of art once, and that's it. Therefore, why would anyone even bother decorating their own house with some art, if only planning to look at it just once? That also, can be the power of film.
Birdman is a feat of technical expertise in search of any real meaning. Its deepest intention seems to be to make us admire Inarritu, and some of the awards the film has won suggest it may have succeeded in that purpose.
Mexican drummer and composer and four time Grammy Award winner, Antonio Sánchez is considered by many critics and musicians alike as one of the most prominent drummers, bandleaders and composers of his generation.
The story rushed headlong into all the hard questions revolving around love, death and what gives life meaning, but they were overlain with the pop culture vagaries that make everything and everyone seem shallow these days.
Charlotte Gainsbourg is quite opposite in person to how she appears in Asia Argento's new dark comedy Misunderstood where she plays a narcissistic, selfish mother who cares more about her sexual exploits and piano-playing than her little girls.
With the deeply soulful performance by Javier Bardem in the central role, director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has created a story that captures the human dilemma at both its most simple and its most complex.