February 7, 2015 at 12:19 pm #177228
Just want to hear thoughts from people who adore both Birdman and Boyhood, and why. And if you have to choose, which one would you rank above the other and why.February 7, 2015 at 12:43 pm #177230
I love both of these films very much. But if I was an oscar voter I would vote for Birdman. Birdman hit all the right notes. The film blended drama and comedy very well, the film was perfectly cast and it was more outside the box. And I thought it was better then Boyhood which is a great film but I don’t think it took as much risks and dares like Birdman did. I relate to Boyhood more but I can’t say that it’s a masterpiece like I can Birdman.February 7, 2015 at 1:24 pm #177231
Neither should be nominated for picture or screenplay.February 7, 2015 at 1:56 pm #177232
I love those two films equally. But if I had a ballot, I would choose Birdman. I love how it manages to weave in many themes at once. Some of which are relevant to today’s society: Superheroes, franchises, social media, LA vs. NY, family, self-awareness, mental illness, ego, etc. Plus, this film is every type of filmmaker’s dream: Directing, writing, editing, acting, cinematography, you name it. But while I am passionate about Birdman, I am enjoying the praise Boyhood is getting.February 7, 2015 at 1:57 pm #177233
Both are excellent films and worthy of Best Picture and screenplay wins. I prefer Birdman for its ensemble work and technical achievement. If all goes well both films will enjoy acting wins on the 22nd.February 7, 2015 at 3:07 pm #177234
I like both films, for very different reasons. Boyhood is great at capturing reality, Birdman is filled with meaning and has great performances. I would rank Boyhood higher by an inch, but it’s really hard to compare them.
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Neither should be nominated for picture or screenplay.
I kind of agree with this. I really liked Boyhood and I liked Birdman but there are many more movies above them I would have personaly nominatedFebruary 7, 2015 at 6:11 pm #177236
I love and applaud both of them! As a Texan, I especially admire Boyhood’s immaculate sense of authenticity (likewise, I’m a huge fan of Bradley Cooper in American Sniper). Birdman’s hyper-realism is a magnificent highwire act. I think Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is the biggest achievement of all, but my heart goes with Boyhood.February 7, 2015 at 6:17 pm #177237
This is a thread for people who loved both films and yet people come here to say they disliked both. Seriously, I don’t get it. Even Boyhood’s Official Hater Dead Like Me and I, who hated Birdman deeply, managed to say nothing here.February 7, 2015 at 7:15 pm #177238
I also loved both films. They were wonderfully different and both completely engrossed me. Art is subjective and so are the Oscars. I, like most in this thread, would probably give a slight edge to Birdman but would probably split Director & Screeplay between the 2, although right now I’m not sure which one would get which yet lolFebruary 7, 2015 at 7:29 pm #177239
I liked them both, too. Boyhood and Whiplash flip-flop for my 2014 top spot, and Birdman is just outside of my top 10. The former really managed to get me emotionally, and the latter was just a fun ride most of the way through.
Sad to see so many people just doing what they can to sling mud in each film’s respective camps, but that comes with the Oscar territory, I guess. Just a shame it gets so reductive after a while.February 7, 2015 at 10:48 pm #177240
Both are excellent films, and will surely stand the test of time. I’ll pick Boyhood, because I watched that five times, and haven’t been nearly as passionate about Birdman.February 7, 2015 at 10:55 pm #177241
Love boyhood to death. Admire Birdman, I need to see it again. So much of it I loved (Keaton, Norton, the direction) but the whole didn’t come together for me, yet I don’t know why. Congrats to its fans tonight.February 7, 2015 at 11:04 pm #177242
I really loved watching both. Neither would make my top 3 of the year, but Birdman strikes me as the more flawed movie (kinda blatant themes, oversimplifying the nature of both critics and superhero movies, supporting characters’ stories kinda left hanging in the final act).