How Hollywood’s toxic (and worsening) addiction to franchises changed movies forever in 2014.
I did not begin 2014 by imagining that the most resonant movie moment of the 12 months to come would be a quiet, resigned stare-down in a bathroom. But it has been that kind of year. Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman tells the story of an actor trying to outrun a character that threatens to devour him. Birdman is his support system, his claim to fame, the devil on his shoulder, and the demolisher of his soul. In short, it’s his best and worst self, depending on his mood.