THURSDAY UP IN THE AIR
7.30PM, FOXTEL DRAMA/ ROMANCE Corporate “transition specialist” Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) travels all over the US sacking people. He is very good at what he does – and aware enough to recognise a great day for him will always be the worst day of someone else’s life. A sophisticated melding of subtle, contemplative comedy and meaningful modern drama, this is mustsee. It might sound like heavy going, but it is blessed with a rare lightness of touch to keep the blues at bay.
Keaton delivers a stunning performance as Riggan Thomson, a former movie star battling to reinvent himself as a legitimate stage actor. The cramped backstage setting of Birdman becomes crucial to our understanding of Riggan’s plight. For back-up, Keaton draws from an impeccably cast support ensemble (Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Edward Norton) which is never less than crucial.