The rumors of Madonna being caught in bed with Harvey Weinstein are not exactly true, but they are not exactly false either. News comes from the material girl’s camp that her sophomore directorial effort has been picked up by The Weinstein Company. W.E., a modernist take on the “scandal of the century”—-the affair between King Edward VIII and the American commoner Wallis Simpson—-will star Abbie Cornish, Oscar Isaac, Richard Coyle, James D’Arcy and Andrea Riseborough. In addition to directing, she co-wrote the screenplay to with Alek Keshishian (who directed her revealing documentary TRUTH OR DARE) and is co-composing the score with Polish musician Abel Korzeniowski. The film looks destined to be one of the hot events at this year’s Venice Film Festival later this summer. The only question left is: what will she wear to her own premiere?
Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. An alternately comedic and heartbreaking tale of divorce, Marriage Story begins with two passionate declarations of love, from each participant in the impending drama. Charlie (Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman) goes first, delivering … Continue reading
The Irishman (Martin Scorsese, 2019) 1 out of 4 stars. Based on Charles Brandt’s 2004 true-crime nonfiction book I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa, Martin Scorsese’s latest sprawling mob epic, … Continue reading
Parasite (Bong Joon-ho, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Parasite, from South Korean director Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer), is a film with, and about, many layers. A parable about the wages of capitalist sins masquerading as a story of a long … Continue reading