“New York City — two artists, two opening nights, two rival figures, and one center stage. Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman bares many striking resemblances to Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, in terms of plot, characters, and on-screen imagery. Having seen both films beforehand is highly recommended.”
So says Miguel Branco, who has kindly edited shots from both Birdman and Black Swan into a side-by-side comparison video for us to scrutinize. What is it about theatrical madness that appeals to the Academy so much? Rhetorical question – I don’t care. I like both of these movies.