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Hollywoodland (2006)

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Commentary 1: Director Alan Coulter Rating:8.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on January 13th, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
After listening to another commentary by Coulter, I sought out this one, having enjoyed this film years ago, in simpler times, when Batman was merely Superman and having an affair with Martha Kent. Enough retrospective digression... Coulter provides an enlightening and thorough commentary. He points out how they endeavored to hold off the reveal of Affleck until it could be a proper entrance for the actor as George Reeves. He notes that Adrien Brody knew lenses and framing better than any other actor he had ever worked with due to the mother of Brody being a photographer. Coulter elaborates how they strove to provide very deliberate points of view with the camera, particularly for the Brody character. Coulter usually succeeds on the tightrope walk of
character motivations vs plot narration, but sometimes falters. He points out how specifically extras were used and instructed to behave in certain scenes. He notes that the film was period accurate for 1959 but they tried to be understated with this by just establishing it not flaunting it. Coulter discusses his disdain for insert shots and establishing shots, calling this lazy filmmaking. For sound design, they aimed to distinctly contrast the background sounds for Affleck and Brody characters. Finally, surprisingly, Toronto actually stood in for Hollywood much of the time, thanks to a talented greens crew. A well done commentary, just like the commentary for Remember Me, which inspired me to the listen to this one.