commented on The Incredible Performances, Total Confusion, and Zero Apologies of Birdman
@12 I might have misunderstood your post, but I did read it. It seemed to me that you did not want to look up "postmodern", yet you didn't know what it meant. Quote: "When something is postmodern, to me-it means something that is from the future, could not be theoretically made, but engineered into something that fits the present." I don't think that this matches the general meaning of the term, or maybe I just don't understand what you are saying.
Thus, I suggested you review the standard definition before critiquing it's use in this review, which I think was a pretty standard usage.
I would summarize the term "postmodern" as "self-referential". Based on Paul's summary (I have not seen the movie), the movies is self-referential, and thus, "postmodern": Example 1) Michael Keaton (best known for playing Batman in the 90s) plays an actor who is best known for playing a superhero in the 90s. Example 2) "Birdman" sounds like "Batman" and stars the star of "Batman". These are self-referential because anyone who knows about movies will not be able to avoid seeing the connection between "Batman" and "Birdman", and it is apparently intentional.
By the way, you need to develop a thicker skin, like Batman.
Or maybe you are making a clever, post-modern parody. Your suggestion that I am a "quintessential passive aggressive person this town doesn't need anymore" sounds like a reference to Batman kicking the villains out of Gotham!
Have a good day (seriously).
commented on Tao Lin Accused of Abuse and Literary Theft
Considering that he's a writer, I am surprised how hard it is to parse Lin's quotes. Who said who who doesn't want to talk about it more than who has? Maybe this is just a rushed off email but still...