Like prepping for a doctorate dissertation on historic genetics impersonation, another exhausting Meryl Streep research job with new facial prostheses, liver spots, dewlaps, wigs and lockjaw elocution lessons, makes her imitation of England’s longest-running prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, the only thing about The Iron Lady worth recommending. Critics are tossing around words like astonishing and incredible, and she stands a strong chance of winning another Oscar, but what’s so unusual about that? We’ve come to expect nothing less from the unimpeachable talents of a leading lady who only yesterday was doing such a spot-on (and, in my opinion, vastly superior) job of mimicking Julia Child. Otherwise, The Iron Lady is something of a bore. I found it dreary and pedestrian, her performance polished but predictable and almost two hours of Margaret Thatcher more than I could stand with my eyes open. There’s nothing even Ms. Streep’s craft and resourcefulness can do to make this cold, humorless woman of iron likeable, and the whole thing is too dry to sustain so much screen time.
From where I sit, The Iron Lady almost seems like an apology by director Phyllida Lloyd for making a fool of Majestic Meryl in their previous collaboration, the dismal Mamma Mia!
Like Crazy is an endearing film about intelligent young people (what a relief) and the resilience it takes for their love to overcome geography. Anna (enchanting Felicity Jones) is a British college student with the most beguiling eyes since Jean Simmons’s, earning credits for a series of writing courses in California. Jacob (Anton Yelchin) studies furniture design and lives with his widowed mom. They’re both only children who find in each other the humor, caring, togetherness and sense of belonging they never had before. Refreshingly languid in giving the two students time to think and grow and get to know each other, the film moves into their hearts and so will you.
Earlier today, Rolls-Royce after Rolls-Royce crawled into an ancient church in Little Farrington, deep in the English countryside, for a wedding ceremony dubbed, alternately, “Mosstock” or “Glastonbury Meets The Ritz.” The guests had come to see Kate Moss marry Jamie Hince, the guitarist for The Kills, thus ending her two husband-less decades in the Read More
Do not despair that you cannot view the royal wedding in 3D. High-tech visual trickery has nothing on old-fashion kitsch anyway.
And there’s nothing like a wedding between a future monarch and his steady to get the ceramic flowing.
With the blessed event a mere 76 days away (which means these Read More
Pride and Prejudice
If a British TV star was going to start an international incident, we’d have thought it’d be Ricky Gervais. No such luck: Mexico’s ambassador in London is demanding an apology over a Sunday episode of the automotive show Top Gear in which the stars criticized a Mexican sports car, and Mexico. Host Richard Read More
Kate Middleton: How did she do it? What happenstance of childhood moments conspired to bring about this prince-bagging commoner? Was there a specific element, a key to this alluring concoction of shiny smile and shiny hair? Perhaps the hamlet that bore her — could that be the defining reason for Kate’s magnetism, a look and Read More
Don’t get your knickers in a knot, Londoners, but the Tube queue come the day of your prince and princess’ holy matrimony may be longer than the one at a pub loo during a big football match.
The ASLEF union of underground drivers is threatening to strike on April 29, that fateful day of marriage, Read More
It’s all fairy-tale storybook windswept romance for Prince William and Kate Middleton, his pretty pretty princess. And judging by their his faultless smile and her blindingly shiny hair you’d think the royal couple have never once exchanged a sour glance. It’s been all Edenic all the time! Look at their barely touched-up official portraits Read More
The red hot Brooklyn rap duo Das Racist was detained and deported from the U.K.’s Gatwick airport yesterday. From their blog,
Yesterday, because of some sticklerism on the part of UK Customs regarding paperwork, we were denied entry, detained for 8+ hours in the airport, and deported back to Switzerland.
We were held Read More
In the weeks since Prince William decided to put a ring on it and pop the question to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton, they’ve seen their every move obsessed over and chronicled. England has embraced Kate Middleton as their bright-eyed heiress to the throne. She’s a pretty pretty Read More