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  • Apr 27, 2018

    did a good job of showing - without the usual Hollywood sympathy - of a person caught in a downward moral spiral

    did a good job of showing - without the usual Hollywood sympathy - of a person caught in a downward moral spiral

  • Nov 21, 2016

    + A look at how the devil gets in through the cracks and then leads even those who are reluctant, at first, toward the slippery oily slope and away from all that's anchored & good. + Maybe not Kinnear's best - & he's usually terrific in even modest productions - but still good, if sad, since we already know the ending at the beginning. + The cinematography is great at the beginning, really good. But then, per the director, it becomes cliché from a hundred TV movies - life & decisions become more shaky, so does the increasingly handheld camera as the lighting also flattens-out. It would be interesting to see a different take on this pseudo Soderbergh motif.

    + A look at how the devil gets in through the cracks and then leads even those who are reluctant, at first, toward the slippery oily slope and away from all that's anchored & good. + Maybe not Kinnear's best - & he's usually terrific in even modest productions - but still good, if sad, since we already know the ending at the beginning. + The cinematography is great at the beginning, really good. But then, per the director, it becomes cliché from a hundred TV movies - life & decisions become more shaky, so does the increasingly handheld camera as the lighting also flattens-out. It would be interesting to see a different take on this pseudo Soderbergh motif.

  • Jul 03, 2016

    Not really what I was expecting. This is a biopic of the man who created Hogan's hereoes, a TV show I have barely heard of. The story is fairly interesting but probably overexaggerated depiction of this blokes addiction to sex and women.

    Not really what I was expecting. This is a biopic of the man who created Hogan's hereoes, a TV show I have barely heard of. The story is fairly interesting but probably overexaggerated depiction of this blokes addiction to sex and women.

  • Sep 07, 2015

    Interesting, somewhat disturbing.

    Interesting, somewhat disturbing.

  • Jun 14, 2015

    The two leads are very strong and the implosion that was Crane's life is sad.Excellent acting in a good,downer of a story but one well told.

    The two leads are very strong and the implosion that was Crane's life is sad.Excellent acting in a good,downer of a story but one well told.

  • Apr 25, 2015

    .. William Defoe at his sleazy best. Kurt Fuller great as Klink.

    .. William Defoe at his sleazy best. Kurt Fuller great as Klink.

  • Nov 06, 2014

    A movie that looks in to the perverted life of Bob Crane. The movie is well acted. However, the life of Bob Crane is not that interesting other than he was a sex addict and a loser.

    A movie that looks in to the perverted life of Bob Crane. The movie is well acted. However, the life of Bob Crane is not that interesting other than he was a sex addict and a loser.

  • Sep 24, 2014

    This memorable bio-pic of sex-addicted Hogan's Heroes star Bob Crane features beguiling performances from Greg Kinnear and Willem Dafoe, but Paul Schrader's dour, didactic direction combines with the already dark subject matter to create a viewing experience both graphic and grim. Like a clumsy Addie Bundren, Schrader uses images of addiction to condemn Crane's addiction to images, almost as if daring the audience to likewise denounce his film. I took him up on it. Rent it--at your own peril.

    This memorable bio-pic of sex-addicted Hogan's Heroes star Bob Crane features beguiling performances from Greg Kinnear and Willem Dafoe, but Paul Schrader's dour, didactic direction combines with the already dark subject matter to create a viewing experience both graphic and grim. Like a clumsy Addie Bundren, Schrader uses images of addiction to condemn Crane's addiction to images, almost as if daring the audience to likewise denounce his film. I took him up on it. Rent it--at your own peril.

  • Apr 21, 2014

    Great biopic. Definitely worth a watch.

    Great biopic. Definitely worth a watch.

  • Apr 20, 2014

    Strong performances by Greg Kinnear and Willem Defoe bring to the forefront this look at a life on the skids caused by sex and pornography addiction typified by the tragic story of the likable star of TV's popular Hogan's Heroes.

    Strong performances by Greg Kinnear and Willem Defoe bring to the forefront this look at a life on the skids caused by sex and pornography addiction typified by the tragic story of the likable star of TV's popular Hogan's Heroes.