The B-Movie Podcast: Glamorous – Velvet Goldmine (1998)
For this double feature we have a special guest; Fellow Film Dispenser staff writer Marie! We’re taking it back to the UK in the 1970’s and a tumultuous but Glamorous time where Glam Rock brought Gay Rights and Gender issues to the forefront.
As people praised Todd Haynes Carol in 2015, I was left to wonder why there were no critics to champion his great 70’s Glam Rock semi-biopic Velvet Goldmine back in ’98. Forgotten by most critics, with the exception of a vocal minority. This is Haynes at his most relaxed and fun. The story of David Bo… I mean Brian Slade (Rhys Meyers) as told by the people that knew and loved him. Bale is great as a tightly wound journalist tasked on the 10 year anniversary of Slades disappearance to do a PR piece. McGreggor is on fire as Lou Re… I mean Kurt Wild the American singer with a health amount of love for Slade and heroin. Eddie Izzard shows up in a brilliant visual ode to Oliver Reed and Toni Collette shows why she’s an international treasure. Haynes gives everything (including the sexuality) a very matter-of-factly tone that benefits the film a great deal. Sharply directed and astutely observed the film gets small moments right as much as it does the larger moments.
Release Year: 1998
Director: Todd Haynes
Writer(s): Todd Haynes
Cast of Note: Christian Bale, Ewan McGreggor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Toni Collette, Eddie Izzard, Janet McTeer