Birdman/ The Lockview

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Film Freak : “Birdman” with a side of grilled cheese and goldfish

By Chris Kessinger (The Film Freak)

In a tweet: In “Birdman,” Inarritu offers a striking dark comedy about an actor famous for portraying a superhero trying to launch a Broadway play.

What it’s really about: Michael Keaton, as former superhero movie star Riggan Thomson, has to battle his ego while attempting to recover his family, his career and himself.

Why it’s good:  Director Alejandro Inarritu, who also “Babel” and “Biutiful,” working off first-timer Alexander Dinelaris’s script, is more ambitious this time, telling a riveting story with Oscar-worthy camera work that presents the two-hour film as if it’s done in one continuous shot.

Who you’ll remember: In his best starring role ever, Michael Keaton leads a cast of A-List talent—Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone and Zach Galifanakis—with a film that makes you question the character’s sanity, even as it weaves a tale that, on the surface, seems like art imitating life.

How it’ll surprise you: Parts of the film are very surreal, concerning the Birdman character, breathing life back into Riggan’s dead soul.

Bonus points: The score works beautifully considering it’s only drums throughout the whole film, and the neon backgrounds perfectly compliment New York City, the film’s setting.

Restaurant Recommendation :

I saw “Birdman” at The Nightlight Cinema, and when I’m in downtown, there’s one place I almost always have to eat. Famous, if even just locally, for its creative touches on the classic grilled cheese sandwich, The Lockview offers a wide range of ingredients from artichoke to roasted red peppers to smoked gouda and fresh basil on sourdough. Each served with tater tots and/or Goldfish. A full appetizer menu, plus soups and salads, rounds out a field of options perfect for complimenting with one of their tasty cocktails or a pint from their selection of brews.

Film Freak’s suggestion: Start with the basket of deep fried pepperoni served with marinara sauce. Make the main event a “Number Ten,” a Havarti dill cheese with pickles, grilled red onions and a spicy brown mustard on rye bread.

The Lockview

207 South Main Street

Akron, Ohio, 44308