More Bad News For Madonna
First she got that loathsome batch of hydrangeas and now comes Boston Herald critic Stephen Schaefer's pan of the Madonna-directed W.E., which he saw at the Venice Film Festival.
The film is "beautifully bland and boring, not to say inane."
"The Wallis we see expertly evokes the actual image but remains a hollow entity.
"Even worse is the tacked-on contemporary story of a miserably married New Yorker named Wally (Abbie Cornish, curiously inexpressive, with black witch colored hair to match Simpson's) ..."
Schaefer says we watch Wally as she "monotonously view[s] the Windsors 1998 estate sale day after day after day. You'll be dazed."
Sorry, Madge. At least you have a CD coming out.
The bright side from Venice?
David Croneberg's A Dangerous Method is a wow, says Schaefer.
It's "gorgeously shot, brilliantly acted, intelligently written, and incisively detailed."
Michael Fassbender [as Carl Jung] is "magnetic," and Keira Knightley is "dazzling, simply dazzling."
Send her the hydrangeas?
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