Saturday, May 18, 2024

Madonna Thanks Anti-Semites at End of Panned Film


Madonna, ever clueless and ridiculous, thanks noted anti-Semite designer John “I love Hitler” Galliano and Hitler’s personal filmmaker, Leni Reifenstahl, at the end of her new film. This, according to Variety reviewer Leslie Felperin, from the Venice Film Festival. The film, “W.E.” is panned not only by Variety today, but by all the reviewers who saw it at its premiere.

The Variety review: “it’s in focus, which is more than be said for its script.” Felperin notes that Madonna has tried to smooth over the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s extremely annotated affection for the Nazis, too. The movie “conveniently ignores matters of historical record, such as the fact that the duke and duchess were honored guests of Hitler…as late as 1937.”

The fact is, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were self absorbed, vain boobs. They were perfectly depicted in “The King’s Speech.” which is why it’s so weird that Madonna has ignored this and embraced them. The director-popstar-performer is vain, certainly, but not stupid. But she’s very good at rationalizing when she wants something she wants. And that’s what “W.E.” sounds like, fer sure.

The movie is described by those who saw it as visually very good, but insubstantial and lacking in coherence. Variety also notes “risible dialgoue and weak performances.” The film was also panned by the UK Guardian and the Grazia Daily website.

Todd McCarthy wrote in The Hollywood Reporter that the movie is “embalmed from any dramatic point of view” and calls it a documentary about a young woman’s extending shopping trip.

Meantime, Women’s Wear Daily is reporting that Madonna will wind up in a Los Angeles court this October. She’s being sued by a garment company that claims she infringed their use of the Material Girl name for a clothing line. The firm has been selling clothes under that name since 1997.

But Madonna didn’t care and used the name anyway saying that since she sang a song with that name in 1984, the name is hers. However: she didn’t write the song “Material Girl” so materially, it’s not hers. The song was written by Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg, who were honored for their life’s work at this year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame.

And still there investigations into Madonna’s Raising Malawi charity for the cultish Kabbalah Centre. Millions of dollars are missing, and the school Madonna promised to build in that impoverished country–from which she controversially adopted to children–never happened.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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