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      Velvet Goldmine

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      62% Tomatometer 50 Reviews 80% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings Glam rock star Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Myers) plays a character on stage named Maxwell Demon who predicts his death on stage. Shortly after he announces his prediction, he fakes his own death and is exposed as a fraud. A decade later in 1984, a reporter and former fan, Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale), tracks down the former rocker to do an article on his life and downfall. Arthur interviews the man who discovered Slade and a peer (Ewan McGregor) to understand Slade's motivations. Read More Read Less Now in Theaters Now Playing Buy Tickets

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      Velvet Goldmine takes a visual and narrative approach befitting its larger-than-life subject, although it's still disappointingly less than the sum of its parts.

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      Kristy Puchko Pajiba Haynes makes the dream so sweet, you can't help but return again and again to crushing glamor and gorgeousness of Velvet Goldmine. Jun 23, 2019 Full Review Paul Tatara CNN.com I'm telling you, I was bored stiff. Feb 8, 2018 Full Review Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: B+ Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Kevin Harley Radio Times Todd Haynes's valentine to glam rock adopts the genre's styles and strategies with wit, ingenuity and exuberance. Rated: 4/5 Aug 24, 2023 Full Review Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand ... filmmaker Todd Haynes reimagines the Glam rock era and the iconic influence of David Bowie through the kaleidoscopic lens of Citizen Kane. Jul 1, 2023 Full Review Charlotte Harrison Charlotte Sometimes Goes to the Movies ...this film is camptstic and so delicious... Nov 9, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Alec B A biopic that's both fake and real (which allows for several "Citizen Kane" references) with a number of earth shattering performances. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/24 Full Review Zuzka H Nice memory of glamrock, Bowie and others, but Christian Bale was so boring there. This character was inconsequential in this film. Ewan was given little space and I think that this theme could have been worked on more. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 07/27/23 Full Review Shioka O Good or bad, it's like a 2 hour hallucinate music video. It's a nostalgia of glam rock in 70s, but now watched in 2022, it appears like a pure 90s film with those talented actors from UK. Directed in the Citizen Kane style. It's not a bio, the main character is fictional, a mixture of the iconic figures of that era, and I kinda feel cheated to hear those iconic songs played at once. (and no Bowie) BTW, the director made a documentary about Velvet Underground in 2021. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 12/11/22 Full Review Bah B Where have I been? This film is a gem! I love the sociological insights of the story. I love its amazing casts. Jonathan Rhys, Ewan Mcgregor, Christian Bale really gave very beautiful, raw and soulful performance in this vivid film. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/21/22 Full Review isla s The most memorable performances in this film, I felt, were from Christian Bale and Toni Collette. It was also nice seeing Eddie Izzard in this film too - he also does well in his role as Jerry Devine. Its a diverting, entertaining enough watch I suppose, with some amusing moments but I didn't feel there was very much in the way of a clear plot narrative/structure as such. Its alright but not a film I'd personally speciffically recommend as such, no. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Connects "Citizen Kane" to "Rocky Horror Picture Show", and had the "Hedwig" ending before "Hedwig" was on screen. The music is great, Rhys Meyers is at his Dorian Gray-beautiful-best, and for those who need to know...McGregor lets it all hang out like Iggy Pop. Might I suggest "The Ballad of Maxwell Demon"? Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Glam rock star Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Myers) plays a character on stage named Maxwell Demon who predicts his death on stage. Shortly after he announces his prediction, he fakes his own death and is exposed as a fraud. A decade later in 1984, a reporter and former fan, Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale), tracks down the former rocker to do an article on his life and downfall. Arthur interviews the man who discovered Slade and a peer (Ewan McGregor) to understand Slade's motivations.
      Director
      Todd Haynes
      Producer
      Christine Vachon
      Screenwriter
      Todd Haynes, Todd Haynes, James Lyons
      Distributor
      Miramax Films
      Production Co
      Single Cell Pictures, Zenith Productions, Miramax Films, Goldwyn Films, Newmarket Capital Group, Killer Films
      Rating
      R (Language|Drug Use|Nudity|Strong Sexual Content)
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 6, 1998, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 20, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $1.0M
      Runtime
      2h 3m
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby Digital, Dolby A, Dolby SR
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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