As Mary Harron's shrewd adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's infamous American Psycho
hits theaters, it's as good a time as any for a critical reevaluation of the '80s literary wunderkind, whose novels captured everything survivors now claim was wrong with
that glitzy decade: the passionless hedonism, the shallow glamour, the rampant consumerism, the selfishness, the drugs. In lieu of anything critical, this documentary puff piece from ITV's South Bank Show
which never goes any deeper than its subject warrants will have to do.
Director Gilbert Fox's profile covers everything you ever wanted to know about Ellis but, frankly, couldn't be both...