Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman is the latest film to join our MPLC Collection, joining other recent additions; David Fincher’s much talked about Gone Girl and James Gandolfini’s final film, the noir crime drama The Drop.
Birdman stars Micheal Keaton in a role that draws amusing comparisons with his own career. Keaton is Riggan Thomson, a washed up actor who’s career has largely been in freefall ever since he hung up the cape and went serious: leaving his super hero alter ego, Birdman, languishing in the past while Riggan attempts to mount a production of an Raymond Carver play. In the run up to opening night, Riggan encounters problem after problem – from the injury of one his leading men to battles with the actor’s replacement (a fiery Edward Norton) his daughter (Emma Stone), ex-wife (Amy Ryan) and his manager (Zach Galifianakis). As Riggan starts to break down, Birdman tries to take over.
A bravura piece of filmmaking, Birdman takes place within a single carefully staged take, ramping up the pace and drama. Keaton’s performance has drawn many plaudits, and Birdman has been nominated for 9 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
Birdman will be available to screen from the date of its DVD/Blu-ray release, currently TBC.
Also joining the MPLC Collection this month is Gone Girl, David Fincher’s adaptation of the best selling book by Gillian Glynn. Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star as Nick and Amy Dunne – a couple who should be celebrating their five-year anniversary – but on the eve of the anniversary Amy disappears. Nick informs the police and soon a large scale investigation is underway, with a media circus building around the case. Though Nick initially portrays his relationship with Amy as blissful, his claims are soon torn apart, leading to speculation that he may have played some part in the disappearance.
A dark and intelligent thriller Gone Girl ranks as one of Fincher’s finest films.
The final addition to the MPLC Collection this spring is The Drop, a slow burn crime drama adapted from a Dennis Lehane (Gone, Baby, Gone; Shutter Island) short story. Bob, a lonely, quiet man tends the bar owned by his cousin Marv (James Gandolfini) a semi-retired gangster who finds himself in debt to old associates. He agrees to let them use his bar for money drops, a situation that implicates Bob in the eyes of the police.
The Drop is available to screen from 23 March.