|By Mira Harber
Here's the movie to see if you really
want to know what it feels like when Bill Murray says "I've been slimed".
Auto-Focus is about the sleazy life and grimy descent towards death of
Hogan's Heroes TV star Bob Crane. We first meet Bob (Greg Kinnear) the
family man, happily married, father of three, working in radio, when he
wins the lead role in Hogan's Heroes. Being star of a hit TV series is
like nothing he'd experienced. There are all kinds of new people
to meet, including John Carpenter, a techno/gizmo wizard (for his time)
a desperate, hipster wannabee, played with relish by Willem DeFoe who encourages,
incites and joins Crane onto a drug addled, sex obsessed road that ends
in Cranes bloody, unsolved death/murder.
Their respective roles are played
to perfection, and I found the movie absorbing, but so distasteful that
I could hardly wait to go home and take a shower. Was it true? Yes, probably.
Did I feel enlightened or sympathetic? Hardly - watching two men masturbate
together (or should I say side by side) as they watch hidden videos
of themselves having sex with numerous women - yuk. The period décor
is perfect. Kinnear is brilliant in his portrayal but ultimately I have
to ask myself 'What's the point?' Wait for it on cable.