Sex, Secrets and Videotape

Auto Focus tells Bob Crane's sad tale, 8 Women features fab femmes, and The Ring is awfully creepy

In the '60s, Bob Crane (Greg Kinnear) was an L.A. disc jockey. Then he became the star of the TV series Hogan's Heroes. In due course, abetted by a video geek named John Carpenter (Willem Dafoe), he became a sex addict. This destroyed his career. Reduced to the dinner-theater circuit, he met lots of willing women and took pictures of them in flagrante with the equipment Carpenter supplied. Then he was murdered, almost certainly by Carpenter. Auto Focus tells this story as affectlessly as we just have. It's a conscious aesthetic choice by director Paul Schrader, not an accident of ineptitude....

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