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Movie Review: Hollywoodland

Alternate Title: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Mediocre Movie!

Story: TV's Superman, George Reeves committed suicide on June 16, 1959. Or did he? I, as a young conspiracist in the making, always had doubts that he offed himself. This docu-drama about the life and struggles of George Reeves covers the three existing theories about his death and ultimately comes to no definitive conclusion.

a) He committed suicide

b) He was murdered by his soon to be ex-finance Leonore Lemming

c) He was murdered by Eddie Mannix' men. Mannix was a Vice-President at MGM.He was an unsavory character with mob ties. He was also accused of having murdered his wife Beatrice (in a make-believe high speed car crash) in 1937. He was also accused of having murdered producer Paul Bern. His wife, Toni Mannix was having a long time affair with Reeves with Mannix' consent.

All of this true life stuff makes for great story telling. However, director Allen Coulter makes the fictitious PI as important as the real compelling story and for me, took away some of the oomph. The time line goes back and forth between speculation about Reeves' life before the murder/suicide and the life of the fictitious PI. I was always more interested in Reeves and was annoyed when the scenes traded places.

The story unfolds at an evolutionary pace. But if you like Superman, like a bit of noir, like to escape, check out this fall film.

Acting: Adrian Brody is always good. Ben Affleck did a fine job as Superman. Bob Hoskins and Diane Lane can never be bad.

Predilection: I like all things Superman

Critters: None

Food: Just lots and lots of booze.

Blatant Product Placement: Jack Daniels

Soundtrack: Overdone

Theater Audience: About 30 other Superman fans.

Weather: It's LA. It is always 72 and sunny.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I started to look at my watch after 90 minutes.

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Either would do.

Length: A bit over two hours.