In the movie ‘Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)’, Riggan Thomson desperately wants to be taken seriously as a Broadway actor, spending a tremendous amount of time, effort and money to mount a seemingly impossible play adaptation of a Raymond Carver story.  As his mental state starts to deteriorate, Riggan is plagued by visions of Birdman, the superhero he used to play in the movies.  The fact that Riggan himself is portrayed by Michael Keaton, who did two turns as Batman on film, adds a little extra nerd cred to a story that straddles the line between black comedy and quiet, existential horror.  (I recommend the film, so long as you aren’t expecting a superhero adventure.

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    Good list! When I saw the topic, the Brown Hornet was the first thing to pop into my mind.

    One fun also-ran that just popped into my head:

    Captain Avenger – the character played by John Ritter’s character in the 1980 film Hero At Large. The story is about an actor playing a hero who stops a robbery in real life while wearing his hero costume, and all the things that fall out from that.

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