Re: RARA-AVIS: HOLLYWOODLAND ., . . UGH, first went by accident

Date: 11 Sep 2006

In a message dated 9/11/06 11:24:52 AM, writes:

> I didn't even know this film would exist a month
> ago, and I thought it was pretty interesting that
> two retro-noir films would be out at the same
> time--THE BLACK DAHLIA opens next weekend.
> Most reviews said that the acting was teriffic.
> I'm not sure. Maybe, but it was hard to get past
> an absolutely terrible script.
> It was funcitionally two movies. One about the
> life of George Reeves, TV's Superman, and the
> other about the PI, who got involved for the cash
> and stayed, even when the woman how hired him
> backed out, because he felt a compulsion to prove
> it a murder. (The client was Reeve's mother.)
> The story offers not one solution to Reeve's
> death but three, or was it four?
> The personal story of the PI was too burdened
> with the PI's personal life, ex-wife, son who
> loves/hates him, etc.
> THE BLACK DAHLIA must be better.

couldn't disagree with you more, Jack. saw an advance screening a week ago and have been haunted by it to this day. terrific performances by fine actors playing tragic characters. and it very much captures the pitiless nature of "Hollywood" the idea, and how it chews up and spits out people's dreams. I found it a terrific and organic blend of Chinatown and Sunset Boulevard, two of my favorite films. they do present 3 theories, in a linear fashion, as the fictional detective considers them. but in deciding which theory the hero believes, and it is clear in the storytelling which one this is, is where the ultimate tragedy lies and what gives the film its power

John Lau

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