Superman dies under mysterious circumstances. Is it his girlfriend's studio mogul husband? The flaky fiancée? Or is it suicide? Sounds like the perfect subject for a sophisticated meditation on Hollywood circa 1950. Which is just what Allen Coulter's "Hollywoodland" aims to be. It's hard to dismiss something so ambitious, especially coming at the end of Hollywood's Big Dumb Summer. The cast is good, too. Adrien Brody (the best actor working today?), Diane Lane, Bob Hoskins and a spectacular Robin Tunney all give good performances. As for the movie itself -- and Ben Affleck's portrayal of TV's first Superman, George Reeves? Well, talking about "Hollywoodland" got Adam and Sam thinking about "Chinatown" and "Sunset Boulevard," and all of a sudden Coulter's film was up against some pretty stiff competition.
Also on the show: Massacre Theatre, Listener Feedback, our 'Griffin Mill Memorial' Top 5 Movies About Hollywood, and the first film in our six-week Documentary Marathon -- D.A. Pennebaker's 1967 Bob Dylan tour chronicle "Don't Look Back."
Music by Dan Bern from the new album "Breathe" courtesy of Messenger Records.
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