Monday, May 20, 2024

Cannes Bomb (The Movie Kind): Gus van Sant’s “Sea of Trees” Booed, Loudly


It’s been a mixed bag of a day. First Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man” got ovations at its Cannes premiere tonight according to reports from my sources. Now Gus van Sant’s “Sea of Trees” with Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts has been just about booed out of the festival. Gus van Sant has directed terrific movies like “Good Will Hunting” and “Drugstore Cowboy,” but he’s also made terrible ones like “Gerry.” This sounds like it falls into the latter category. The reviews sound pretty bad. Roadside Attractions will try and distribute this one. Doesn’t sound promising. So much for Oscar race. McConaughey will have to hope the “Magic Mike” sequel has something in it for him.

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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