LA Weekly Soars For Superheroes


Run don’t walk to these six AFI Fest musts
By L.A. Weekly Film Critics
Wednesday, October 31, 2007 – 4:00 pm

CONFESSIONS OF A SUPERHERO (USA) A more beautiful documentary you’re unlikely to find — director Matthew Ogens has composed every scene as though it could be freeze-framed and hung on a wall. But beneath its shimmering beauty is the kind of ugly truth about Hollywood Boulevard panhandlers — the struggling actors and daydream believers and other assorted losers and lifers — who dress up in shabby blockbuster attire, hoping to collect tourists’ spare change in exchange for a gag Polaroid. Ogens focuses on a low-rent Justice League: Superman fetishist Chris Dennis (who says his mom is actress Sandy—dubious), Batman rage-aholic Max Allen, small-town prom queen turned Wonder Woman Jennifer Gehrt, and a homeless Hulk named Joe McQueen. Ogens, an ad man, treats his subjects with considerable kindness and care, so what could have been a condescending descent into bottom feeding turns into a rather loving, often heartbreaking portrait of decent people just trying to scrape by. Dennis emerges as the star of the movie as he battles for truth, justice, and the American way on his own little piece of real estate, where evildoers smoking cigarettes in Wolverine costumes threaten the enterprise. By the time he meets up with Margot Kidder at a costume contest, you’ll believe the man can fly. (Fri., Nov. 2, 9:45 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 4, 3:30 p.m.) (Robert Wilonsky)


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