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Michael Keaton plays Riggan, an actor who used to be the star of a lucrative and well-known movie franchise, Birdman. At this point in his life, he wants to create “art” and is directing and starring in a Raymond Carver play. He seems to have split into two different personalities inhabiting the same body – the man who wants to create art and the man who longs for the Birdman days of fame and success. I really liked this movie: a) the acting is top-rate – Michael Keaton deserves an Oscar nomination for his performance; Edward Norton is incredibly funny …

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Awake: The Life of Yogananda

A biography of the life of Paramahansa Yogananda, the first yogi to come from India to America, stay in America, and bring the science of meditation and yoga to the West. The Autobiography of a Yogi is one of those books in my top 10 that completely changed the direction of my life, and I have been involved with the church he started – the Self Realization Fellowship – for many years. I really enjoyed the movie, particularly the numerous still and video clips of him from his speeches during his early travels in America; the directors also did a …

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Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a slick thief who is looking for a job and seems to manage to make money (mostly illegally) as he needs it. One night, he happens on the scene of an accident and learns that people make good money by being first at crime and accident scenes to film them and then sell the footage to the news stations (nightcrawlers). The rest of the movie is about Lou Bloom’s journey as a nightcrawler. The movie struck me as a contemporary cross between the films Network (and its depiction of the supreme focus on news ratings …

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