Friday, May 25, 2012

SOMETHING STUPID:  Maureen Ryan did not care for this weekend's HBO biopic Hemingway and Gellhorn, starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman:
Now that the first season of "Smash" has ended, this is the best hate-watching fodder we'll probably have for many months. 
Why is hate-watching the only realistic option? Because loving or even liking this expensive misfire is simply not possible. Even more than last year's turgid "Mildred Pierce," "Hemingway and Gellhorn" is a gigantic missed opportunity, a jaw-droppingly trying waste of time. Don't let the fancy names in the cast fool you: This is a stupid, stupid movie. 
We don't hate-watch Syfy's Saturday movie offerings -- "Sharktopus," "Mansquito" and the like -- because they know they're trash and they good-naturedly embrace their energetic lack of quality. Not only is "Hemingway and Gellhorn" wretched, it is bathed in pretentiousness and pseudo-intellectual delusions of grandeur. It's not just crap, it's expensive, painfully "artistic" crap starring a lot of actors who should have known better once they took a look at the script, which is hilariously awful.
Yes, but does it feature a scene in which Ms. Kidman urinates on one of the stars of High School Musical?


  1. Meghan3:43 PM

    Huh, Nicole Kidman in something pretentious?  Go figure.

  2. Anonymous4:03 PM

    I liked that bit at the very end where Macy Gray explainedx the experience of acting for Lee Daniels in terms of an intense, mandatory, and prolonged dissociative episode.

  3. That was me.

  4. Joseph J. Finn9:25 PM

    Man, I can't stand Hemingway (and living in Oak Park makes it slightly more annoying), but it doesn't sound like even he deserved this.

  5. Ranhorn3:14 PM

    I will say Kidman's plastic surgery seems to have finally settled in and she looks pretty hot again