Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) – Alejandro G. Inarritu

Micheal Keaton shines in Alejandro Innarritu’s Birdman. He brings a level to his performance that you know is based on personal experience, and delivers an Oscar-nominated virtuoso performance as Riggan Thompson, an actor who walked away from a billion dollar superhero franchise and is now worried about his relevance while being haunted by his past….

21 Grams (2003) – Alejandro G. Inarritu

The next title on the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s The Movie Book, following my screening of The Sweet Hereafter is 21 Grams, which has a strong emotional punch to its unique storytelling narrative. Filled with flash forwards and flashbacks, the tale reveals terrible emotional moments throughout, and then lets us build…

King Kong (2005) – Peter Jackson

  I’ve been loving my time with the big gorilla thanks to my exploration of the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, and it was time for me to have a look at director Peter Jackson’s epic-sized remake of the original film. Featuring a grittier New York than the one in the original, the film attempts to ground…

Ringu (1998) – Hideo Nakata

The late 90s saw a huge inflow of Japanese horror into the North American market, spreading and replicating itself, much like the curse in this wicked and delightful ghost story. Remade, successfully, three years later as The Ring with Naomi Watts and directed by Gore Verbinski, the original film was one of the first Japanese…