Saturday, September 09, 2006

Hollywoodland: the Good, the Bad, & the Indifferent

Good: Hollywoodland is an excellent modern film-noir...the dirty underbelly of America is certainly exposed. I believe Billy Wilder would've been proud.

Bad: Adrian Brody kept on reminding me of Sean Penn (maybe it's because his hair is just like Sean Penn's in the preview for All The King's Men)

Indifferent: The film is not very emotional, but I think that comes with the film-noir territory.

Good: The story is told in a unique way, but not overly sensational.

Bad: I did look at my watch twice and was slightly confused a few times.

Indifferent: What can you expect from a person (Paul Bernbaum) who's writing credits include writing for the television series "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures".


Good: Ben did a pretty good job, but I don't know if it's enough for an academy award nomination or to salvage his deminishing career. But who knows, by the end of the year, this might pick up the right type of Oscar buzz?

Bad: I definitly had no desire to see Ben Affleck's butt.

Indifferent: Ben's portrayl is somewhat flat, but it also seems to fit the part.

Good: Robin Tunney (pictured right) and Diane Lane by far have the standout roles in this film. I couldn't figure out why Robin Tunney was familiar, but she's the main hospital person in the pilot to House MD. (Yikes, My 2nd House reference in a week)

Bad: Some of the characters in the film seemed to have "interesting potential" and yet were never developed and carried out.

Indifferent: Unsolved mysteries make for interesting movies, for the most part the ending is tasteful but may be unsatisfying for many.

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15 comments:

Mike Scott said...

I had one of those moments with Robin. She is also one of the principles in Prison Break and, get this, The Craft. (How time flies!)

SpookyRach said...

Thanks for the review. I've been wondering if I would like this film. Perhaps if taken as an experiment with contemporary film noir,it might work.

Naim Peress said...

It seems that this film is worth the price of admission. I always thought Robin Tunney was a rather unappreciated actress.

Naim Peress

Anonymous said...

Affleck just won Best Actor at Venice. WTH?

andrea said...

Affleck is flat, because...well he can't act and we are seeing his personality. Does he cry in this movie, because he likes doing that.

TR said...

I thought Brody's performance was sensational and right for the role. I think he took what was a blandly written character and turned it into something special that we haven't seen from him since THE PIANIST...

...And what's wrong with being compared to Sean Penn? The man is one of the best film actors out there today (his performances in MYSTIC RIVER, 21 GRAMS, SWEET & LOWDOWN, ASSASSINATION OF RICHARD NIXON, and even I AM SAM were exceptional).

Mercurie said...

I've been looking forward to Hollywoodland. I always have been fascinated by the life and death of George Reeves. Sadly, it looks like the movie could be a disappointment to me.

Ellen Aim said...

I love ambiguous endings, and this one was almost ok. I thought the thing that swayed Brody's character to his conclusion was hardly solid. Infact, I wish they had left it a little more open-ended.

But dude, with you on that butt thing. Ew.

RWA said...

That's amazing. Two posts that end up referencing House M.D. in one week.

Attila The Mom said...

"I did look at my watch twice and was slightly confused a few times."

That's cause you looked at your watch! All the action happened then! Just kidding.

Anonymous said...

looking forward to seeing this. Didn't read the review or the comments bc "I like to go in fresh" - Marty Seinfeld.

Jack at Black Coffee Reflections

themarina said...

Oi. It sounds like I may be in for a long hawl tonight. This has been quite high on my list of movies to see but I'm starting to get the distinct feeling that I may not enjoy it as much as I originally hoped I would...

mae said...

We went and saw this last night. As I am sitting there, your comments came to mind. I WISHED that I had my watch on, some of it was slow, and confusing. Although I am not the movie critic that you are, I have to say that it was not the best movie that I have ever seen, nor had I ever seen Ben's bottom 2 1/2 times.
I like Adrian Brody, but I agree his hairdo reminded me of Sean Penn. I liked him also in "The Jacket", did you see that?

Anonymous said...

I meant Frank Costanza.

All those old guys look the same to me.

Jack

Emma said...

Alright! Can't wait for it to arrive in the UK. :D

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