On His Majesty’s Secret Service: 007′s “Skyfall” Goes Sky-High

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Naomie Harris and Daniel Craig in 007's Skyfall. Agent 007 James Bond (Daniel Craig) returns to his roots in Skyfall, defending the MI6 agency to which he’s always had steadfast dedication, even while gallantly enjoying its bachelor benefits. On home turf, Bond restores all of us to our pop culture roots; Skyfall’s national security plot, combining an arch villain’s (Javier Bardem) threats to [&hellip
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For Your Ears Only: The Best James Bond Themes Remembered

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goldfinger Shirley Eaton Movie theme songs work as souvenirs; they bring the movie back to your heart—through your ears. No movie series has given the world more aural mementos than the James Bond films. Like the lusted-over, fantasized Bond girls, the Bond themes are not just love objects; the songs are timeless, idealized encapsulations of the excitements of [&hellip
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West Bank Story: Lorraine Lévy’s The Other Son

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otherson-cohenmediagroup Right on time for Halloween arrives Lorraine Lévy’s The Other Son, involving that most nightmarish conceit of all time: children switched at birth and raised by the “wrong” parents.Though the film takes place in the Middle East, its strength lies in the emotional undercurrent of a story that could happen anywhere. Joseph Silberg (Jules Sitruk), [&hellip
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The Miseducation of Viola Davis

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Film, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

‘Won’t-Back-Down-300x210 ‘WON’T BACK DOWN’ CONTRIBUTES TO THE EDUCATION CRISIS A dyslexic child looks into the camera at the end of Won’t Back Down and correctly pronounces a word she had previously stumbled over: “Hope.” Thank God for the smart-aleck in the audience who loudly responded: “Boo!” Whether or not that raspberry came from a member of [&hellip
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‘Frankenweenie’ vs. ‘ParaNorman’

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit, Film, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Frankenweenie600 THE TRICK AND TREAT OF HOLLYWOOD HALLOWEEN Tim Burton reaches the outer limits of creepy in Frankenweenie, the 3D remake of his 1984 animated short about a boy who plays Frankenstein and brings his dead dog Sparky back to life. That’s why it was a relief to step from that gothic cliché to the more [&hellip
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Blood and Celluloid

Written by City Arts on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit, Film, Our Town, West Side Spirit

CA-side-by-side-keanu-reev copy Keanu Reeves—who better?—Parses the Digital Revolution by GREGORY SOLMAN Chris Kenneally’s Side by Side represents the rare “industrial” that’s not promoting any particular point of view, and should give pause to cinephiles as well as visual and dramatic artists with only a passing interest in that moribund art form, the movies. It curates a thoughtfully chosen collection of [&hellip
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Battle of the Andersons

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

CA-Resident Evil Retribution Resident Evil has fun with 3D, The Master makes fun of religion Compare the unoriginal use of 3D in Hugo–standard diorama compositions with objects poking out toward the viewer–to Paul W.S. Anderson’s astonishingly lively 3D compositions in Resident Evil: Retribution where heroine Alice (Milla Jovovich) fights the Umbrella Corporation’s viral experiments that produced a plague turning mankind into zombies. Anderson’s images [&hellip
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Old Is New Again: Ride the Waves of Film History at Film Forum

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CA-jean_cocteau_orphee_gallery_7 Film Forum’s current retrospective series, “The French Old Wave” (through Sept. 13), continues with more classic films and film history that you need to catch up with in order to realize—in this awful era of comic- book frivolity—how great cinema can be. Though billed as a tribute to the “quality” films that Truffaut and Godard, [&hellip
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Tribeca Film Acquires Ed Burns’s The Fitzgerald Family Christmas

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Tribeca Film has acquired rights to Director Edward Burns’s The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, which will premiere this weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Tribeca Film anticipates a late-November release of the film, to coincide with the holiday season. Burns’s last release was the 2011 Newlyweds, a top selling title, according to a statement [&hellip
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Armond White: Weinstein’s “Lawless” Presents U.S. History as Torture Porn

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Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain in Lawless. Via City Arts. Harvey Weinstein called for a summit meeting on movie violence soon after the Dark Knight Rises massacre. It hasn’t happened yet but Harvey’s word becomes cultural law. So, instead, The Weinstein Company this week releases John Hillcoat’s Lawless, the most promiscuously violent movie since The Dark Knight Rises. If you go to see Lawless, duck. About [&hellip
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