Up until last year’s “Birdman,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was mostly known for making gritty, dour dramas with sprawling ensembles. Though the Best Picture nominee does have its own introspective moments, most of the runtime is filled with a dizzying madcap energy that makes the Inarritu of “Amores Perros” seem lightyears away from the Oscar frontrunner of today. With this year’s Academy Awards only days away, it’s time to take a look back at the filmography of the Oscar nominee.
Thanks to our pals over at Press Play, there’s a short video essay from Steven Thomas being floated around that tracks the Mexican director from his debut feature-length film 15 years ago to last year’s triumphant (CG-assisted) one-take wonder.
Watch Thomas’ “Focus” below and pick up “Birdman” on DVD or Blu-ray starting today.