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Harry visits HOLLYWOODLAND, it wasn't a very happy place, but it sure was worth the visit.

Untimely meaningless deaths are the hardest to face.

I’ve known two people that committed suicide and in both cases… having known them, I could not imagine that deciding moment. That point where you just decide for that period of time necessary to actually get the gun, write a note and pull a trigger… that there was no better option to pursue.

With someone like GEORGE REEVES – MARILYN MONROE… it’s a far better thing to look at conspiracy and hold on to the maybes and whatifs. It’s simply more comforting to believe in murder than suicide. That life was taken from us, rather than believing they choose that path. There’s a lot of theories as to what happened to George Reeves all those years ago, and in HOLLYWOODLAND, Adrien Brody’s character is going to crack each of them open for a perusal. Take them out for a drive. Kick their tires. Get excited about them. Get some people pissed and then we’re going to leave the theater with no more answers than we went in with. What you believe, will be what you believe.

Me? By the end of the film, I believe George Reeves killed himself. I also believe that decisions he made led him to it, that the forces that piled up against his career led him to it and lastly I believe everyone that believed in him as being just SUPERMAN – led him to it. It’s that sense of melancholy that you’re left with at the end of the film. Or at least that I was left with at the end. It isn’t a film to make you feel good. This isn’t a happy tale.

This is a film that leads you in the direction of accepting and facing a lonely bedroom with a drunken depressed out of work actor and a luger that was a present from someone he once loved. That makes us understand that George Reeves – while forever a Superman to all of us, was… after all… just a man, a man with faults and problems, a man of charm and wit and crushed dreams. That George Reeves was a lot more complicated than anyone watching his television show could have ever imagined.

I came out of the film sad, in a bit of a funk. I think I wanted to see a film that made me believe that Superman was living still in Argentina or somewhere. Anything but on a slab at an L.A. Morgue.

Coming away from this film, I couldn’t help but be impressed by Allen Coulter – a first time feature film director – that comes from television shows like SEX IN THE CITY, ROME and THE SOPRANOS. The film is told without a lot of razzle dazzle. It’s lush and gorgeous. There’s a wonderful mix of classic music from the period – and wonderful performances throughout.

The highlight performance comes from Ben Affleck. If any actor could understand the sadness of having outside forces affecting your career, I suppose it is Ben Affleck. It seems people like to root against him. With George Reeves, it wasn’t his tie to a A-level Actress… it was the public’s in-ability to see him as anything, but SUPERMAN… and a rather bitter executive, whose wife was having a long term affair with the man of steel. However, in the scene depicting the test screening of FROM HERE TO ETERNITY – we see Ben’s Reeves as he watches his scenes being snickered at by an audience that just couldn’t stop giggling, “Look Superman,” “He’ll save them from the Japanese!,” etc. It’s the moment when his character realizes that his career is going to be limited. It’s a heart-breaking scene in the film.

There’s a lot of heartache in the film. You see, this is a mystery. A film noir with a detective that sees the worst in the world. Whose kid is depressed and heart broken upon hearing the news that Superman killed himself with “a Nazi gun”.

This film is so good at showing how this news affected a generation, showing what George Reeves’ SUPERMAN meant to kids, to Reeves, to the women he slept with… and how his death affected them all. It explores all the conspiracies. Honestly, it’s just a wonderful film that doesn’t at all feel exploitive. Yet doesn’t feel like some cheapo biopic. This is a wonderful mystery, one that’s solution is left for you to decide what happened.

I love that about this film. They don’t make up some proof that doesn’t exist. Instead, they present the questions, the odd threads that don’t add up. Then, in a wonderful bit towards the end of the film. Adrien Brody’s character sits down with Reeves’ manager and goes over the options. Could his fiancé have done it? Yeah. Could Mannix have arranged it? Yeah. And could George Reeves kill himself? And for that answer, he hands Adrien a film shot on 8mm and asks Adrien to tell him what he sees. It shows George tumbling in his backyard – prepping for a possible wrestling touring act. It’s Affleck, but he’s playing it with a sense of humor, but with a tinge of embarrassment and sadness. The footage is a Rorschach test. To me – I see a man that wasn’t happy with the idea of growing old as a “circus act”. Someone sad. Someone that wasn't as nimble or flexible or strong as he once was.

It’s a wonderful film filled with great performances by not just Affleck and Brody, but a stunning performance from Diane Lane, a solid piece of work from Bob Hoskins and a sexy turn by Robin Tunney. It has moments of wonderful nostalgia, but more importantly – it presents a complex well rounded portrayal of a man that many saw as a comic book. The film is a bitter pill, a sad story – but it’s one well worth watching and enjoying. Not all movies need to make you happy, sometimes they can make you contemplate the inherent sadness to the world.

Ultimately all of the options to how Reeves died… well, they’re all unpleasant. They all end the same way, with a talented, charming role-model to millions dead in a bed. No matter how you slice it. George Reeves died on June 16, 1959. And he’ll never come back.

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  • Aug. 29, 2006, 6 a.m. CST

    Excellent review, excellent.

    by Ridge

    Kudos, the reviews just keep getting better and better. I'm looking forward to this movie very much. I think my interest with actors of previous years deaths started with Auto-Focus, as soon as I heard about this, I knew it was something I wanted to see. I wanted to find out about my childhood icons and what drove them to their deaths. This truly does sound like it was handled with a care and consideration not seen in a lot of movies. Affleck, I've already heard' gives a great performance, possibly the best of his ever, and I hope that when I slap down my 13.50 to see this movie (Im in australia... its expensive...) I have the experience I want to have...

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Looked crap but i'm interested

    by Foxman

    Affleck has a lot of ground to make up as an 'actor'....Matt Damon is smoking him right now!!

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Apart from X-Men 3...

    by C Legion

    when was the last time Harry didn't love a film? Sorry, I can't trust a critic who has loads of friends in the industry and also happens to give everything a glowing review.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 6:27 a.m. CST

    I like the look of the film...

    by OneintenMan

    but i still don't like the title. It just doesn't seem to have much to do with the plot.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 6:34 a.m. CST

    RE: C Legion -

    by HEADGEEK

    C Legion - I know. Fact is I've been picky about the films I've been heading to see, as I don't have near the spare time I used to have. I see the films, that I've gotten good reports on - or that I'm personally anticipating. Having said that - I also don't have near the time I used to have for writing, and I'd rather concentrate on the movies I liked and would recommend, then tell you about shit movies that I suffered through... Like BARNYARD, ANT BULLY, THE LAKE HOUSE, PULSE and ZOOM. All of which were excruciatingly dreadful. That said - I have no friends in HOLLYWOODLAND in front of or behind the scenes of. Though I did meet Ben Affleck a couple of times - while he fondled me, it wasn't to completion, so I don't owe him a reach around.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Harry best review in an age

    by DirkD13"

    That was more like the old-school Harry reviews, no 4 paragraph lead-in, product placement, bizarre syntax oroverkill. Really want to see this now.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Oh - That said

    by HEADGEEK

    There have also been films I loved that I haven't had a chance to write about yet - like INVINCIBLE, THE HOST, SEVERENCE, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING, THE PROTECTOR, FEARLESS, CALVAIRE, etc. But you have to understand - I tend to try to focus on the films I'm passionate about - and I do attempt to go into every film wanting to like it. Ok - time to sleep.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Affleck

    by sayanything9

    I actually think Affleck is a good actor who has made some bad choices and I have been thinking ,since first hearing about this project, that this may be the peformance that proves it

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Question for Harry or anyone who has seen the film

    by sayanything9

    Do we see Affleck in the suit.I remember hearing somewhere that he does not play Superman but a hero invented for the film

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 6:57 a.m. CST

    HEADGEEK.

    by C Legion

    So you don't bother reviewing films you don't like? I can understand you'd rather concentrate on the positive than the negative, but I believe you need more balance. I like the fact that your reviewing style is quite different to the norm, but we need to see you reviewing films you don't like, otherwise we get the impression that you rate every film you see, which looks more than a little bit suspect.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Am I imagining things...

    by zacdilone

    ...or did Harry call Jennifer Lopez an "A-list actress?"

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 7:17 a.m. CST

    This Review

    by Otter

    Harry, I haven't read a review this deep and insightful from you in a long time. The subject matter in this movie hits me hard, because even though I was born a year later, hearing that "Superman" killed himself was very traumatic to me as a child. I've been waiting for this movie for a while, and I think Affleck has stepped up a notch with this one.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Like BARNYARD, ANT BULLY, THE LAKE HOUSE, PULSE, ZOOM

    by Drcool975

    Heh. Way to call out those big Hollywood Blockbusters after the fact. "Uh, I didn't like those box office flops! Credibility restored, see?"

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 7:29 a.m. CST

    HEADGEEK

    by antonphd

    I'm happy to hear that you are planning on only reviewing movies you are passionate about. That's what we like about your reviews. The passion you have. Glad that it won't be diluted by having it be just a job to write about another movie. I found you back when you gushed over Titanic and I've been a fan of your reviews ever since. Always loved that finally, there was a reviewer that spoke from his heart about movies. Glad to have that back in a more focused way. :) Now, have you SEEN Soap twice and how did you like it?! I'm trying to decide to see it again. :P

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Two Deaths Of Superman This Year

    by ZombieSolutions

    One: a film about the death of George Reeves. The other: a catastrophic box office failure that literally "died" at the box office. And Singer pwnt by Ratner. RATNER?! Wow. I'm sure the cocaine and bathhouse sex will pull you through, though, Singer. If you beg really hard, maybe they'll give you a second unit directors chair on X4: The New Mutants.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Superman Vs. ZOMBIES

    by kidjingo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Azo8heDmNoQ

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 7:37 a.m. CST

    HEADGEEK...

    by Dolph

    ...great review. Tell me, do you think this film will silence the Affleck-bashers? Oh, and that MEGATRON design...going down great, isn't it!

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Shut up Harry.

    by Kevin Bosch

    I mean, good job Harry. I also rather only see Harry's positive reviews. They're the most interesting and get me excited about going to see a movie, which is really what going to the movies should be about. Why do people seem to expect more from him? If he were a full time film critic, that reviews every movie that comes out for a living, I'd understand. But Harry's job is to run this site, and he talks about the films he wants to talk about. Anyway, if there's a movie he truly doesn't like, I'm sure we're bound to hear about it in someway.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 7:42 a.m. CST

    zacdilone-

    by RenoNevada2000

    Don't confuse popularity with quality. Lopez is an A-list actress/celebrity, while we all know she isn't an A-list talent.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Im just saying we better see lots of Supes in costume.

    by jabberwookie

    I dont care how shitty any film, cartoon, show, comic, medium is... if i see someone in superman's costume I automatically get a jizz fit. I'd sell my own mother for a one night stand with the man of steel.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 7:45 a.m. CST

    That's as solid a review as they come. Good job Harry.

    by thatpeterguy

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Harry, your thoughts on THE PROTECTOR

    by RenoNevada2000

    Having seen both the longer Thai cut of the movie and the shorter "International Cut", I've found the story to be at times muddled. Great action, but the plot is just a mess.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Funny you mention Argentina

    by Argentino

    The guy who played Zorro in the disney series retired and came to Argentina. Did you make the reference on purpose? He fell inlove with my country during a visit. Everybody loved him over here. I think he passed away alredy

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 9 a.m. CST

    Complaining about the plot of a Tony Jaa flick, Reno...

    by The Wrong Guy

    ...is pointless. Seriously. No one goes to see these movies for any semblance of plot. In fact, the worse and least coherent it is, the more it adds to the enjoyment. Who cares about plot in a Jaa flick, honestly? ;)

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Somebody has to Say it

    by evolution1085

    "Affleck, you the bomb in Phantoms yo"

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 9:45 a.m. CST

    trailer looked good

    by jimmy_009

    except for the overuse of the Barbara Walters soft focus

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Robin Tunney

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    She is so damn beautiful!! And why DO people seem to have it in for Affleck all the time? Sure he makes bad movies, who doesn't. It is a JOB...not every movie is a worthwhile project. However, this one sounds very worthwhile indeed, can't wait to see it--even with simpering Adrian Brody as the lead.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Saw this last night...

    by fathergeek

    Its a downer... buuut I loved it ! You see ol' Fathergeek here was about 12 years old when Reeves died. When you see this motion picture, and you should, you'll see tons of kids just like I was at the time... a raving Superman maniac. I watched the TV series and its reruns when ever they were on. (not that often because San Antonio only had 2 stations back then, CBS & NBC) Supes only came on once a week at about 4 or 4:30 in the afternoon before dinner and after Mickey Mouse Club. But I never missed it. Shortly after George's death I started watching something else... American Bandstand. When the news of his "Suicide" hit the frontpage of the San Antonio Express News (a Hearst newspaper) with huge 2" headlines. I was hit hard, the breath knocked out of me. It was all we kids would talk about for weeks. I wouldn't learn of the possibility that it was a murder until late in my college career years later. I remember a talk I had with my Dad about it at the time it hit the papers and TV news. He explained that sometimes life becomes so hard, with so much piled up against you that some people can see no way out of their problems and feel that death is the only cure. However he pointed out that that really solves nothing and in fact only creates more, even more difficult problems for those they leave behind. I feel that HOLLYWOODLAND captures the spirit and feelings of these events and their time extremely well. I enjoyed it alot, but was saddened at the same time. It was a moving, emotional trip down memorylane for me.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 10:03 a.m. CST

    re: CarmillaVonDoom

    by BobParr

    People don't like Ben Affleck because he overexposed himself. He also used a relationship to hype his career. He also appeared in a bunch of crappy movies where he did not challenge himself as an actor. He does parrallel George Reeves because people have a difficult time seeing him as anything other than Ben Affleck on the screen. He does seem to be a nice guy but if you compare his career choices to Matt Damon you can see where he went wrong. Damon picked a lot of challenging and dark roles. His blockbuster role of Bourne was also unique. Affleck took the easy path with high paying, boring roles. He also went too public with his relationships, rehab, and politics. I think Colin Farrell may become the next Ben Affleck. He's another likable actor who continues to appear in crappy movies and lives in the tabloids.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 10:07 a.m. CST

    The suit question.

    by Kraken

    Yes, you see him in the "red a blues" and it's awesome. This is a good movie.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 10:13 a.m. CST

    That was a very nicely written, thoughtful review.

    by Village Idiot

    Nice job, Harry.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 10:16 a.m. CST

    You know I dont like Affleck either but...

    by Lovecraftfan

    it really does look like he knocks it out of the park with a quality film. I know its hard but I think some of you are going to have to accept it.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Harry!

    by BobParr

    Harry, I usually hate your reviews but you did OK this time. I'm glad you kept the boring personal details to a minimum. I also have a better understanding why 95% of your reviews are positive. But you need to find the time to include the negative ones. You won't have any credibility if you only focus on the good ones. Also, I still find some of your reviews very suspicious. Reviews for "Lady in the Water" and "Idlewild" were questionable. You claimed to like those movies but can't for the life of you explain why. Maybe it's because you're not objective. You wanted to like them so bad you convinced yourself you did even though everything you saw on the screen was shit.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 10:25 a.m. CST

    good review

    by Soma Imp

    thank you.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Confused

    by PwnedByStallone

    How come it's George Reeves but its Christopher Reeve? Aren't the yrelated or is that just a huge coincidence? And how come Harry doesn't have an Avatar?

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Allen Coulter

    by Deandome

    Who woulda thunk that the insane announcer from Letterman could pull off something this emotional. Maybe his gay Asian minions helped him find his feminine side. JK, GFY!!

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Confused

    by PwnedByStallone

    How come it's George Reeves but its Christopher Reeve? Aren't the yrelated or is that just a huge coincidence? And how come Harry doesn't have an Avatar?

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 10:44 a.m. CST

    AK-47

    by RenoNevada2000

    Just a coincidence

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Harry - Very Nice Review...

    by hipcheck13

    ...this is on my MUST see list. I'm there.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Father Geek / Head Geek

    by MRJONZ72

    FatherGeek, I was just doing the math, I never new your were that old. Not that, that is old. Harry, now correct me if I'm wrong but at the time of George Reeves death, he was not out of work. I like 99% for sure that The Adventures of Superman, was not cancelled and they was about to start shooting a new season. Granted yes, Reeves appearently was tired of the character and apparently resented the way he got typecast, but techincally I believe at the time of his death he was not out of work perse.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 10:55 a.m. CST

    HeadGeek - By The Way Great Review

    by MRJONZ72

    I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 10:58 a.m. CST

    RenoNevada - The Protector

    by MRJONZ72

    While I dont expect much plot wise from a Tony Jaa Movie just yet. Can you clarify which version has the less muddled plot, or hell is the better movie overall. I might just skip the version being released in the US and get the International version, if the International Version is the better version. Thanks.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms, yoe!

    by Kentucky Colonel

    It just bears repeating once again. And again I ask...Hey Harry, got any gum, motherfucker? (I know you do. ORBITZ from TARGET...riiight?)

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 11:25 a.m. CST

    GREAT Review

    by Everett Robert

    Harry seriously this is a wonderful review, well thought out explained with all the information that makes me want to see this even more. on an unrelated note, I love the fact that the promotional department is NOT pimping Afflecks name. We see him in the trailers but they are really focusing on Brody and Lane, just makes me smile

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Sad that George died, glad that Ben didn't...

    by Billyeveryteen

    How weird is that?

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Gapewoman.........

    by supermonkey

    Look...down in the grass.....it's a snake....it's some shit......it's, it's JAYJEW REBORN!!! Different name, same moronic waste of Jizz. Do us all a favor...go fuck yourself!! Oh, and Hollywoodland looks like a great movie. I'm hoping like hell that Affleck gets shown some love for this.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 11:41 a.m. CST

    "And he

    by TheBaxter

    oh yeah? tell that to Zombie George Reeves!

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Deandome

    by waggy

    i snicker to myself and think the same thing everytime i read allen coulter's name. but joel goddard from conan is the one with gay asian minions. alan kalter is all man.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Gapewoman

    by reaper28

    WOW ... your compassion knows no bounds ... So what - you didn't like C.Reeve or his movies - so in your warped fucking mind he deserved to fall from a horse, get paralyzed and ultimately his family watched him die way before his time ...? What makes you so fucking perfect? Turn around ... hear that noise ...? That's karma coming to get you and it sounds like the Langoliers ...

  • Aug. 29, 2006, noon CST

    Hopefully Affleck will take a cue from Goerge Reeves

    by mattw

    And stick a gun in his mouth. Then in 50 years some washed up actor can play him in a biopic and Harry and Yoshi's redheaded asian grandson can write a good revie about it.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, noon CST

    You'd think just this once...

    by GuyLombardo

    they would have filled the Superman suit with a real man - like George Reeve. Affleck is bitch same as Routh -- now who will play Dean Cain in the next installment?

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 12:15 p.m. CST

    MRJONZ72-

    by RenoNevada2000

    The Thai edit of THE PROTECTOR was 110 minutes long while the "International Cut" was about 90 minutes long. The Thai cut emphasizes some of the history, which is good, but some of the scenes involving the crooked cop drag on too long, taking the audience away from Jaa for long stretches. The shorter version edits down some of the the cop's scenes, but doesn't do anything in the way of solidifying the character's motivations outside of doing what the script needs the character to do. From what I've heard, and I could be partially mistaken, the Weinsteins have slapped a new dub track and music by the RZA onto the shorter cut of film. What the new dub will do for the story is anyone's guess.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 12:41 p.m. CST

    really looking forward to this

    by CoffeeAndCinema

    I love Superman, I love the noir style, and I love when Ben Affleck actually acts - so I've pretty much been looking forward to this movie since I first heard it was being made.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 12:51 p.m. CST

    HARRY!! That is the BEST animation you have EVER had

    by BendersShinyAss

    I mean that man. Keep it up there for a decent length of time ;) Take it easy big guy

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 12:55 p.m. CST

    HARRY!! IS THE SHROUD OF TURIN....

    by thebearovingian

    the background/wallpaper of AICN? You're down with the G-O-D.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 1:03 p.m. CST

    RenoNevada - Thanks

    by MRJONZ72

    Hey thanks for the info. I guess this will just be an instance where I check out both and go from there. There been some movies where I do like some of the changes/edits done for the US release. But most of them just like Drunken Master 2. I prefer the Hong Kong release by far outside of the better picture quality, but I saw Legend of Drunken Master 1 time and I havent seen it since. Again outside of video quality, there was nothing about it that I liked over the HK version. I still prefer my VHS copy of Drunken Master 2 I got back in 96 to this day.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Adrien Brody is great...

    by El Scorcho

    so I will be seeing this. Also, great to hear you liked the new Texax Chainsaw Harry.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Hear! Hear! Well said, gapewoman!

    by StrangeCo

    Too bad about ol' George! I feel sorry for Christopher Reeves the Human. Don't really give a rat's hairy ass about C. Reeves the Political Activist. Good riddance and karma can go fuck itself. Oh, wait! It already does.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Zombie Solutions, speaking of Singer's abortion

    by StrangeCo

    Have you heard (from Singer's interviews) how it's all the marketing department's fault? Then he bitches about how hard Superman is to write for and how great the Super Bastard is and how he wants to explore THAT character. Great, Singer, explore Super Bastard; just don't make another Superman movie. Ever! Muthafucka can't even admit that he created a turd that few wanted to see. It's APPARENTLY everbody's fault but his - marketing, Superman, etc. Damn! I thought Kanye West was full of himself...

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Nice review, Moriarty!!

    by godoffireinhell

    That didn't read like one of Harry's reviews. Must be mis-labelled.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 3:21 p.m. CST

    And he

    by batzilla

    *sniff*......this movie was good but it needed more cowbell.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 4:29 p.m. CST

    I liked the personal story from Father Geek,

    by nomihs

    Not to mention that review by Harry. I think the previews make the film out to look like a pretty good movie. I like the era and the cast. As to those who ask why the title Hollywoodland? I think it makes perfect sense. The Hollywood sign from 1924, year of its construction, read Hollywoodland. By the late 40s early 50s, it was in a total state of disrepair. Just like sign, Reeves felt like he was in total state of disrepair. Plus, the name ties in with that era of Hollywood and after ditching "Truth Justice and the American Way" they had to find something.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Nice Review Harry, but I have a question

    by Acappellaman

    First off, very nice review, HeadGeek! I actually had to scroll back up to the top of the page to make sure it wasn't a Moriarty review I just read. Well done! Secondly, I find it interesting that you prefer to only write reviews about movies you're passionate about. Are you saying then that you enjoyed writing that hate-filled review for X-men 3? That one was brutal, but since you wrote it, I guess it means you got some satisfaction out of laying a big turd on Mr. Ratner. Interesting...

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 4:40 p.m. CST

    this will be better than Singerman Returns

    by b3mike

    Nuff' said.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Wait wait wait...

    by Ridge

    Texas CHainsaw : The beginning is good??? I remember a few moments in the original that were decent, like the sawing of the leg followed by the salting of the leg... but overall couldn't stand it. Now, damn it, I'm looking forward to both Harry and Mori's review of these movies to see if loggerheads collide again as they have on a number of movies over the last few years so I can get a balanced idea of it...

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Creative Screenwriting

    by CoffeeAndCinema

    On the subject of X-Men 3, I've been listening to the Creative Screenwriting Magzine podcasts lately. It's basically just interviews with screenwriters about their movies. It was interesting listening to the one of the screenwriters of X-Men 3 talk about the fights with the studio and how it didn't turn out at all to be the movie he wanted to write. One of those most memorable lines was when he was talking about the character of Pheonix in regards to what the studio wanted and why she doesn't speak for most of the second half - he says something along the lines of "I would rather have her seem complicated in her silence than see her spout cliched bad guys lines like 'I will destroy you!'" I thought it was interesting hearing the screenwriter's view of why X-Men 3 turned out so poorly, rather than just "X-Men 3 sucked"

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Marilyn Monroe Was Murdered

    by BlankGeneration

    She did not commit suicide. Bobby Kennedy's Justice Department goons waited until she was drunk on mimosas and then they crammed barbituate suppositories up her ass while she was passed out. Death by anal insertion. It happens all the time in Hollyweird.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 7:28 p.m. CST

    You are so wrong BlankGeneration

    by GuyLombardo

    It is impossible to die from anal insertion. I was listening to a podcast on creative screenwriting and Brian Singer himself was speaking about this very subject. He claims he keeps Moriarty's original review, two writers, Brandon Routh, Spacey, a 62 inch plasm and a Freddie Mercury lifetime achievment award all in his fortr-ass of shittitude.

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 7:34 p.m. CST

    the way Affleck could revive his film career

    by Orbots Commander

    He could just imitate what his buddy Matt Damon has been doing: besides choosing interesting scripts, even interesting and different action scripts like the Bourne flicks, he would also do well by keeping a low profile and staying out of the tabloid press. Ben, I'm sorry to say this means no more drunken nights at the Playboy mansion, no flocking to nightspots where celebrity photographers are known to congregate and no hanging out with MTV teen pop stars. Normal folks eventually get tired of seeing certain mugs splashed all over all forms of media known to man (see, Tom Cruise).

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Warners must be rolling their eyes

    by Kenny8

    I bet they can't wait until people see what a proper Superman costume looks like. "Why didn't we do that?" somebody has to be asking Singer!

  • Aug. 29, 2006, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Robin Tunney

    by Runs with a Gut

    Why the heck didn't Bryan Singer cast Robin Tunney in the role of Lois Lane? Margot Kidder and her share the same eyes and smile. It's an eerie likeness.

  • Aug. 30, 2006, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Reeves..

    by Droogie Alex

    was in good spirits when he died. The series was starting up for a new season, and he was looking forward to developing a directing career.

  • Aug. 30, 2006, 9:12 a.m. CST

    THE COMMERCIALISM OF THIS SITE CONTINUES...

    by guyincognito27

    I have posted this rant on every review of Harry's and i will continue to do so until one comes back as "negative." He loves every movie he sees. Folks, i saw idlewild and he was right-it was a mess-but for THAT VERY REASON i didnt like it. Now, he raves about this one. I am posting my thoughts again in this thread as it is more appropriate. K seriously- this site has become one big fucking commercial. Granted i have read this site since 1999, and it has obviously influenced the choices that i make when going to the movies. However, that was when the site told me about little known titles like "memento," and "city of god." Harry and crew got me excited to see movies off of the beaten path. Now, all of the movies that Harry reviews, have became the greatest movies he's ever seen (unless of course the movie was made by Fox). For example, War of the Worlds, Hustle and Flow reviews from Harry came out pretty close together. And i quote: "This is the very best film I

  • Aug. 30, 2006, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Good Review... A Question Though

    by ComicBookGeek77

    I kinda wanted to see this but now I really do want to see this. Thanks for the solid review. Always been an Affleck fan, but only when he's cast in the right roles, and this looks like a great fit. Likable, yet very flawed at the same time. Someone earlier asked this and I'm also very curious, do we see Affleck in the Superman suit? I read somewhere that he's in it, but they weren't allowed to use the S-shield on his chest. Can someone answer this

  • Aug. 30, 2006, 10:15 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Pa Kent

    by Bubba Gillman

    Glenn Ford has passed away. And while I'm here, I'll say it again - SR rules!

  • Aug. 31, 2006, 1:09 a.m. CST

    I am dying to see this fucker

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    And by the way, that was the single best review I think I've ever read of yours, Harry. In the past you've gotten knocked for your off-the-wall descriptions of John Holmes-sized hot dogs and vomity theater floors -- all the extra shit you like to describe in your reviews -- and also your frequent usage of incorrect capitalization and punctuation, but this proves that you really can write when you set your mind to it, big boy. I already wanted to see the movie, but your review definitely sealed the deal for me. HOLLYWOODLAND just went from "I want to see this" to "I fucking MUST see this and will kill if I have to in order to see this." So thank you, Harry.

  • Aug. 31, 2006, 1:09 a.m. CST

    I am dying to see this fucker

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    And by the way, that was the single best review I think I've ever read of yours, Harry. In the past you've gotten knocked for your off-the-wall descriptions of John Holmes-sized hot dogs and vomity theater floors -- all the extra shit you like to describe in your reviews -- and also your frequent usage of incorrect capitalization and punctuation, but this proves that you really can write when you set your mind to it, big boy. I already wanted to see the movie, but your review definitely sealed the deal for me. HOLLYWOODLAND just went from "I want to see this" to "I fucking MUST see this and will kill if I have to in order to see this." So thank you, Harry.

  • Aug. 31, 2006, 1:09 a.m. CST

    I am dying to see this fucker

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    And by the way, that was the single best review I think I've ever read of yours, Harry. In the past you've gotten knocked for your off-the-wall descriptions of John Holmes-sized hot dogs and vomity theater floors -- all the extra shit you like to describe in your reviews -- and also your frequent usage of incorrect capitalization and punctuation, but this proves that you really can write when you set your mind to it, big boy. I already wanted to see the movie, but your review definitely sealed the deal for me. HOLLYWOODLAND just went from "I want to see this" to "I fucking MUST see this and will kill if I have to in order to see this." So thank you, Harry.

  • Aug. 31, 2006, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Harry so badly wants to be Kevin Smith

    by Huffy_Henry

  • Aug. 31, 2006, 9:10 a.m. CST

    So Die Already, Motherfucking Cruel Cunt

    by BlankGeneration

    underacheiving cocksucker.

  • Aug. 31, 2006, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Give it a rest

    by SuperJAMF

    "George Reeves

  • Aug. 31, 2006, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Background

    by tbrosz

    The background wallpaper appears to be the scene when the White House is destroyed in Independence Day.

  • Aug. 31, 2006, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Affleck is a piece of shit.

    by HERCULESisaPUSSY

    He can't act and his whole J-Lo thing overexposed him for life. He could stay away ten years and most people STILL wouldn't want to see him in a movie again. They should have had the balls to cast Kyle MacLachlan, somebody who can act, has a low enough profile to help the audience suspend disbelief, and the guy fucking LOOKS like George Reeves. Fucking Hollywood.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 10:43 a.m. CST

    DIANE LANE is awesome in this

    by starman7

    Saw this at a special screening. A really good film with a heartbreaking storyline of damaged lives. While EVERYONE is talking about Affleck. It is infact Brody and Diane Lane's film. Diane Lane is awesome in it and yet again she is getting overlooked for her performance. When will this actress get some recognition!?? Good movie, see it for Lane's perf.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Why does Harry even have talkbacks anymore?

    by Mr.F.N.Sunshine

    Why pay for a forum that most people use to tell him how much they hate him? I don't give a rat's ass if you like him or not. That's not what I visit this site for. Quit spamming the fucking talkbacks with everything other than reviews or news of the film in question. Get a fucking mod Harry and 86 some of these douchebags.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 4:23 p.m. CST

    HOLLYWOODLAND looks great

    by deadlegend

    AND FUCK ALL WHO SHIT ON CHRIS REEVE. YOU PEOPLE ARE SO HATEFUL, IT'S SICKENING. Without Christopher Reeve, no superhero movie would exist. THAT'S A FACT ASSHOLES. The original Superman movies are the archetypes for all superhero movies made since. GET USED TO IT. Batman, X-Men, Spiderman, Punisher, goddamned Daredevil - NONE WOULD EXIST WITHOUT THE SUPERMAN COMICS AND THE SUPERMAN MOVIES. FUCKING PERIOD. SUPERMAN RETURNS, BITCHES.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 5:15 p.m. CST

    my impression of deadlegend

    by Quin the Eskimo

    COCK! COCK! GISM! GRANDMA! COCK!

  • Sept. 12, 2006, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Loved It

    by kbass

    I saw this movie last weekend and thought it was great. I've been tough on Affleck for years for some of his career choices..and frankly at times for his acting. But this time he absolutely nails it. It's the best performance of his career. Good movie.

  • Sept. 16, 2006, 5 a.m. CST

    Great film!

    by b3mike

    What's up with the lack of love for this film?

  • Sept. 24, 2006, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Affleck deserves an Oscar nomination.

    by WONKABAR

    He really is the soul of this film. Harry you nailed this review. This is sad tale, but a haunting one. There are moments that have stayed with me...that last bit with Affleck at the very end of the film-reel...fuck, really nice work. See this rather than Black Dahlia folks, you won't be let down.

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 10:03 p.m. CST

    As long as it don't do what Superman II did. . .

    by Mutant Leader

    leave me with "you can be HURT like an ordinary man" and "They need machines to FLY!" crap WITHIN the Superman universe-which broke my heart at age 12, to be quite honest, this sounds cool. Thanks, Harry. :-)

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Classic Noir

    by Rock Icon

    A well written and to the point review, which is exactly what this picture deserved.

  • Jan. 10, 2007, 2 a.m. CST

    Way to go Ben Affleck!

    by WONKABAR

    Good to see awards-season hasn't forgotten you