More Bad News For Madonna

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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.

Says Schaefer:

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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CMG
CMG

What did Abbie Cornish do to make her agent hate her so much?  To go from such a fine performance in Bright Star to being an accessory in Limitless, a non-registering prisoner lady martyr in fishnets, and now this?  

candy
candy

The film is by Madonna and Alek Keshishian, love how she leave his name out and he was not invited to venice. judging by the reviews he probably wants to keep it this way.

Lost Weekend
Lost Weekend

Personally, I think we saw (and learned) enough of W.E. in "The King's English."

Movielover
Movielover

And that painted creep in the photo above looks like she smelt a fart!

Melinda9
Melinda9

I liked Abbie Cornish in Bright Star. Just an unfortunate picture choice for the ad.

Ving
Ving

That's probably Andrea Riseborough in the ad. She plays wallis, Abbie plays the modern woman.

Melinda9
Melinda9

I should have read MM's post more carefully.

JessDelfino
JessDelfino

Well, with her super career, there's bound to be a stinker or two in there now and again. 

Paw
Paw

Who's That Girl?, Body of Evidence, Next Best Thing, Swept Away, the crappy sex film she directed, and now this.

Dnarg
Dnarg

I am still looking forward to it. It has also received some good press, and M is such a slave to every stylized detail, at the very least it will be a feast for the eyes and a modest meal for the soul. Also, hydrangeas are rather dreadful, a bougie carnation if you will.

Andy.S
Andy.S

But have you actually seen the movie yourself Musto? Or are you simply following yet another plump rectum?

Musto
Musto

Gee, sorry, I didn't happen to be in Venice this past week. But it was seen there by critics assigned to cover it and the consensus was rather negative. It's all on the record, since they are accredited critics and their reviews appeared in publications. And yes, I will see it and judge for myself, but in the meantime, reviews are totally reportable.

candy
candy

I watched the trailers for WE and it looks as bad as they say.

Andy.S
Andy.S

Ah! Reporting on the reports of reports of how a creative artist wasn't creative enough for you, or at least you are lead to believe based upon what you were told to believe. How pedestrian. Poor Musto. Will you be wearing wool this fall, or are you already a little tired of wearing it all summer, dear? 

Rule Brittania
Rule Brittania

"steve" is so intelligent, we should all take note of his elegant prose!

steve
steve

If Musto was a sycophant he would be sucking up to Madonna, not a film critic...douche

Andy.S
Andy.S

The lady doth protest too much, methinks! As to you making yet further unqualified statements about the intellect or ability of others, I believe you have already proven your own deficit in this respect.

There is an obvious difference between having respect for another's work, and the sort of sycophancy you display in being so gleefully willing to misally yourself against a creative process and outcome you know little or nothing about. Further, to mechanically echo another's words without first having qualified them would make you the "Idiot" sweetie, a rather genuine 'Village Idiot.'  

Loins
Loins

Musto, relax. Andy S. probably works for Harvey Weinstein and has been told to try to discredit the thousands of critics who said W.E. stinks, one by one.

Good luck, Andy! You've got your work cut out for you!

Musto
Musto

You're an idiot. I respect critics like Stephen Schaefer as much as I respect pop stars. Their work has value just like singer/actress/directors do. He's been a longtime film scholar/teacher/analyst who knows his stuff. His reviews are definitely reportable. And if you think I follow trends in fashion, then you're more of an idiot than I thought. 

Hefty23
Hefty23

Gawd, these militant Madonna defenders commenting on every post that even mentions their talentless has-been high priestess are as bad as the Scientologists!

MartinNYID
MartinNYID

Ya know.......She could just age gracefully....with her money she could sponsor arts organizations, who knows own her own ballet company....orchestra.....centres for young musicians....charter schools for kids from the Lower East Side whe likes ot exploit so much in her myths....something..... *sigh*

jonster
jonster

Wrong wrong wrong.  If you're gonna do a thing about the Duke and Duchess it should be set around 1955, when that rich Woolworth queen Jimmy Donahue ended his bitter relationship with them by kicking her and drawing blood.  I'd start the movie during Edith Baker's party in Oyster Bay, the night Ann Woodward (The Two Mrs. Grenvilles) murdered her millionaire husband.  D&D were there and prepped everyone what to say about the murder. 

HollandReader
HollandReader

My aunt was at a dinner at the Sherry Netherland sometime in the 50s with Jimmy Donahue and the Windsors.  She says that Jimmy and the Duchess slipped away during dinner and got up to something....

jonster
jonster

Wow.  I definitely recommend "Dancing with the Devil."  It's a stunning portrait of this pack of horny sociopaths.

Melinda9
Melinda9

I wish I could see your movie.

Saw
Saw

The woman has got to stop.

Desiree
Desiree

Madonna will probably say "Bland, boring, and inane." That's just what I was going for!!! This critic really got it!!!

Walden
Walden

Oh, Madonna. What hath though wrought????

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