Thursday, January 6, 2011

Review: All Good Things

All Good Things inhabits the uncomfortable realm of things stranger than fiction.  Yet, it is, in fact spun off of the bizarre details of a very true tale.  Capturing the Friedmans director Andrew Jarecki chose this twisted American nightmare for his first narrative feature, and one might venture a guess that he opted to fictionalize after not wanting to dare cross paths with his still living subject.  The real-life basis for Ryan Gosling's on-screen character David Marks is Robert Durst (now 67), the son of a real estate titan who has been a suspect in disappearances and murders of several individuals beginning with his wife Kathleen McCormick in 1983.  Where in reality Durst's involvement in the crimes themselves has never been proven, many of the other odd behaviors exhibited by Gosling's Marks are explicitly factual, and need to be seen to be believed...

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