By Bill Dudley

With all the social media buzz about accused murderer Robert Durst perhaps finally being punished for no less than 3 murders over a 30 year span, I was reminded of a very good film that very few people saw back in 2010 titled All Good Things.

This is not to be confused with the recent HBO documentary, The Jinx, in which Durst allegedly confessed to all 3 murders. As they used to say on Dragnet,”The names were changed to protect the innocent,” but it was definitely Robert Durst that All Good Things was based on.

One of the best young actors of his generation, Ryan Gosling (The Notebook, Drive, Murder By Numbers) portrays the fictional David Marks, firstborn son of a wealthy family who owns much of Times Square in New York cica 1971. His wife mysteriously disappears without a trace, and is never found.

Decades later, while living as a woman, Gosling’s character kills a neighbor, who may have helped him kill the only witness who knows anything about his long missing wife. The neighbor was chopped to bits and thrown into the waters off the coast of Galveston, Texas.

Gosling is so adept at playing this tortured, complex character, that one almost has sympathy for him. I said “almost.”

Frank Langella plays his millionaire hard-nosed father, who may have contributed to his son’s mental problems by forcing him (as a child) to watch his mother commit suicide. Tough stuff for sure, but Gosling, Langella, and Kirsten Dunst bring these charcters to life in a neglected film crafted by director Andrew Jarecki.

You can find All Good Things on Netflix. The dvd has many special features that a great character study of the title charcter, and what makes him tick.


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