Sheila Pell 11 a.m., Oct. 22
"Keep dreaming, kid."
Maybe you didn't need David Elliott to tell you that J. Edgar was "a story already bound, shelved, and turning dusty at the Library of Congress," featuring a "dossier portrait" lead performance from Leo "Marty Who?" DiCaprio. But in case you did need him to tell you, here you go. It really is a delightful bit of critical savaging - though perhaps not as savage a savaging as what he delivers to Lars "Godwin" Von Trier's Melancholia: "Reputedly, Von Trier discovered the works of Thomas Mann and Fyodor Dostoevsky rather lately, but he is already far beyond them in piling bricks of pretension. Melancholia is strangely awful, like a dazed Ingmar Bergman picture lost at a sci-fi convention." What your people call mashups, my people call mush.
(Yes, there is some mutual back-slappery going on this week, as Elliott has a kind word for Ye Olde Blog and its humble correspondents. But you already knew we liked each other. Top o' the world, Duncan!)