Poditive Screwcast Ep.03: Birdman or, the Meaning of the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

Introduction to Ep.03

Birdman, or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is one of those films that leaves an impression long after its over. Just that first subliminal shot of dead jellyfish on the beach is worth noting, but I digress.

The Podcast progresses as follows:

  • Introductions
  • The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance meaning
  • The cinematography, i.e. one long panning shot and scene transitions
  • What does the ending mean
  • Real world impact/meaning
  • Conclusion
  • Sean Penn is a d-bag


Chandelier by Sia
Fly like an Eagle by the Steve Miller Band
Learn to Fly by Foo Fighters

In Chandelier there’s a line about “I want to learn how to fly–” and then we go into part 2, so there’s a lot of flying afoot in this music list.

Post PS Analysis

DEREK: Just clarifying one thing I said. I mentioned the “hypothetical Incredible Hulk” and that’s based entirely off hear-say. From what I was told (from people I trust, but are in no way connected to Hollywood or this film’s production), Edward Norton rewrote much of the script and the original film was 3.25 hours and the powers-that-be tore it apart to include a wider audience.

I mention this movie, based off Birdman because, since they’re going metatextual anyway, Norton’s character mentions only being “real” and experiencing raw emotions on-stage. I wondered if that was his take on Bruce Banner? That his emotions are only real as the Hulk, so even if Bruce Banner did get hot and heavy with some chicks… if the emotions weren’t real, then he wouldn’t transform — you know, rather than just looking at his heart rate.


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