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Hollywoodland

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By falcon
Format:DVD
the basic premise of this movie is as as follows.In 1959,freelance
investigator Louis Simo(Adrien Brody) investigates the death of Goerge
reeves,who played Superman on TV.through flashbacks,we meet Reeves(Ben
Affleck) years before his Death and before he would play superman.We
are also introduced to others who played a role in Reeves life(and
later,possibly his death)the film is based on actual events,but that is
as far as it goes.the filmmakers offer several different possibilities
regarding Reeves's Death,but do not favour any one scenario.the ending
of the film is ambiguous,letting the viewer form their own
opinions.there are some high profile names in this film,including Bob
Hoskins and Diane Lane.the very talented Robin Tunney also plays a role
in the movie.this movie is not meant to be a conspiracy theory,but more
as entertainment,a sort of what if?.i enjoyed the movie,though it is a
bit slow at times.Hollywoodland is rated R for strong language,violence
and sexual content. 3.5/5
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywoodland June 21 2007
By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Okay I admit I liked the movie partly because i watched Supreman as a kid and because I was in Hollywood for a day this spring. I love the nostolgia element of Hollywood in the golden era because i remember it but more than that I liked the movie.

Adrien Brody is an impressive actor. He reminds me of a young Nicolas Cage. He says so much with his expressions and doesn't waste words. He plays a slezy P.I. to perfection but I suspect he could play anyone.

I don't mind the open-ended finale because Brody (privite dick) gave me options through his eyes. No one knows how Reeves died but I identified with Brody's devestated son when Superman was said to commit suicide. A child can deal with murder easier. Was that part of Brody's motivation? It wasn't money altho it started that way. He got involved in the case and understood how devestated his son was at the death and wanted to solve the case for his own satisfaction in the end. Nice motive.

Perhaps Reeves was a mediocre actor. He certainly was typecast and that ruined his career as it almost did Leonard Nemoy's. Was it drugs, depression, alcohol, failure in his career or murder by person or persons unknown? Clearly the head of the studio (the husband of Superman's lover) was capable and had the power. I can't see his mother killing him. His new lover?

Why were there catholic cards everywhere? I love a good mystery and good acting. Eventhough I'm not a fan of drama I'll buy this one because I just became a fan of Adriene Brody, he's fresh and unpolished but he has talent. I also love L.A. Confidential for the Hollywoodland of the '50's and I even watched the specials in this one (something I seldom do)for the Hollywooodland of the '50's. When did they take the "land" off the sign?
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By Andre Lawrence TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
HOLLYWOODLAND. There's something here that shouldn't be missed. Is it the story surrounding the controversial death of tv's Superman, George Reeves? Is it the possible cover-up for/by Hollywood playmaker/ producer/ thug Eddie Maddix and complicated relationship with his wife, Toni Maddix, the Hollywood police department and the press? Is it a naïve actor, unsophisticated in true affairs of the Hollywood elite? Is it the acting by such renowned legends as Bob Hoskins, Diane Lane and Adrian Brody...with Ben Affleck giving a very credible performance as Reeves?

Or is it, at the heart of this tale, a simple and understandable relationship that was appealing from many sides yet complicated by those who held privileges from the periphery?

To me HOLLYWOODLAND, the biopic of the death of George Reeves in 1959 from very suspicious circumstances and most likely not from his own hands, is all of the above with the weight of truth being a simple and understandable tale of an endearing, but complicated relationship between a younger man and an older woman.

Let's set aside the fact that Toni Maddix was already married. Let's also set aside the fact that her husband, studio chief, Eddie Maddix was a game player and a game changer and wouldn't think twice to assert his influence even if it meant someone liberties were compromised, to put it mildly.

It's been exactly 51 years since his passing and all of the people connected with Mr. Reeves' death had also passed away. With the exception of Noel Neill, who played Lois Lane and Jack Larson who played Jimmy Olson, no one can objectively tells us what the man was like. From the interviews I've read about Ms. Neill and Mr.
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