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Thread: Hollywoodland vs. Black Dahlia

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    I saw Hollywoodland tonight. It was good but I agree, it was a little frustrating because you never get any real answers about George Reeves' death, just possible scenarios.

    Diane Lane is so fricken OLD. She looks so tired and ragged. She needs a moisturizer, she has such dry skin.

    It was by far, the best character Ben Affleck has ever played. It was about time his agent got him a role with some substance. Ben held his own but I can't say he gave an Academy Award winning performance...but it was a step up for him. He at least let the world know he's capable of doing some real acting. Good for him.... *applause*

    The star of the movie was Adrien Brody. God, I love that man! Skinny, funky looking, huge nose, but what an actor. He outshined everyone.

    The Black Dahlia I was planning to see but I keep reading such bad reviews on it. I think I'm holding out. I plan to see The Illusionist first. I keep reading how great it is so that's the next one on my list.

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    Black Dahlia. I like how it looks really stylized, the sort of "film noir" and old hollywood glamour style.

    Hollywoodland is a "never gonna see it" movie. I'm just not that interested and it seems a little boring. But mostly because I can't stand Affleck.

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    I saw Black Dahlia yesterday and the critics were right. That movie may have been "film noir" but it sucked alot of ass. THere was this one actress (Fiona Shaw) who acted all crazy and over-the-top that I had to just up and leave the movie because it got on my damn nerves.

    I don't think I would see Hollywoodland because this BD erased my motivation to watch a similar movie. Oh well.

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    What a shame Black Dahlia sucked; its such a good story.

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    Hollywoodland was great. Ben Affleck actually didn't suck and Adrien Brody was stunning as usual.

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    I wish they'd look outside of L.A. and Hollywood lore for their stories.
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    I rented Black Dahlia tonight...it was way over the top. I give it a C-. I think Hollywoodland was better, more realistic.

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    I will wait to see Black Dahlia on dvd when it comes out. As for Hollywoodland, I have never heard of it. Someone used it in a sentence here the other day and I thought they were being funny about Hollywood so I laughed. I didn't know it was a movie though?

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    Hey Voodoo that was me... I grew up in L.A. and we-uns knew about that former handle. I'm glad to see this thread. I had wanted to see both of these flicks but now I'm thinking only the Affleck/Brody movie.

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    I havent seen black dahlia, but I wasnt a huge fan of Hollywoodland. It was like, 2 hours later and I still have the same questions I had at the beginning?? I just paid $9 to be as confused as I was when I walked in the theater.

    Its like, the acting was good, the story was interesting, but the ending(s?) left something to be desired for me....like say, an actual one. There are plenty of movies out there based on true stories/mysteries that just give you one theory of what happened and thats the ending, but hollywoodland giving you every conceivable theory of what happened and then leaving you with no (even hollywood made) closure was annoying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haggard View Post
    I havent seen black dahlia, but I wasnt a huge fan of Hollywoodland. It was like, 2 hours later and I still have the same questions I had at the beginning?? I just paid $9 to be as confused as I was when I walked in the theater.

    Its like, the acting was good, the story was interesting, but the ending(s?) left something to be desired for me....like say, an actual one. There are plenty of movies out there based on true stories/mysteries that just give you one theory of what happened and thats the ending, but hollywoodland giving you every conceivable theory of what happened and then leaving you with no (even hollywood made) closure was annoying.

    Yea, that's a pet peeve of mine's, at least BD wasn't like that, they had one theory and stuck to it. Haven't seen hollywoodland yet.

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    I was all excited to see black dahlia...I waited til it came out on dvd (cuz I hardly ever go to the movies anymore) and even then waited til my friend rented it and I borrowed it from her. I gotta say, I was a little disappointed. I thought it was sorta hard to follow and boring in some parts. Still, with all that one of the things that annoyed the piss outta me was Hilary Swanks stupid stupid stupid accent in the movie. Stupid! It sucks b/c I really wanted this to be an awesome movie...

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    Just finished reading the book "The Black Dahlia" and I have to say it sucked on too many levels. It required suspension of disbelief too many times for anyone who knows much of anything about the murder, the story was needlessly convoluted and it was unsatisfying. I read it and thought, "Is that it?" Not going to see the movie since movies usually suck ass compared to the book and if the book blew I just know the movie is going to suck worse.

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    I rented Black Dahlia last weekend, the ending sucked. It's not DVD worthy, wait until it comes out on cable.
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