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Velvet Goldmine ~ 1998 ~ Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Christian Bale

I am a big fan of Ewan and Christian, and how I came about this movie is actually quite funny. I was on, which I am a total junkie of, and searching for some pictures of Ewan McGregor. Then I started seeing these pictures of him in bed with another man. I immediately scrambled over to because I knew I HAD to see this movie. I came to learn that the movie was Velvet Goldmine, a movie that examines the rise and self-inflicted fall of a glamrock superstar.  When one of my friends explained to me that Ewan McGregor wears tiny leather pants, rips them off, pours oil and glitter over himself AND kisses glamrocker men, little more was needed to convince me to watch it IMMEDIATELY.

I wasn’t disappointed.  Although there is some confusing subplot and some dizzying flashbacks, the movie was beautiful to watch.  All three of the male leads shone, as did Toni Collette who played character Brian Slade’s (Jonathan Rhys Meyers, pictured above in all of his glory) wife.  It’s actually very hard to describe all of my feelings about this movie because it was so multifaceted.  That sounds like a cop-out, but it’s true: the relationships and romance between the men, the examination of desired and then unwanted stardom, the evolution of the music world during the glamrock era, and it’s subsequent listening generation – there’s just a lot going on.

The underlying current of destruction of greatness is intoxicating in this movie, and I found myself wanting to know more about all of the characters, more of their past and future – I’m pretty sure that’s the sign of a really fucking successful movie.

My conclusion: Watch it. Yesterday.