Pop History Shines in Whitney Houston’s Sparkle

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Via City Arts When Whitney Houston sings “His Eye is on the Sparrow” in Sparkle, her performance is unexpectedly good, stirring gospel. Playing the mother of three talented daughters who have formed a singing group that unravels the family, Houston’s heartbroken recitation also seems to be meta-cinematic. Drawing on her character’s professional disappointment, she testifies to something beyond the [&hellip
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G.O.A.T Toppled: Armond White Takes On Classic Films

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vertigo-8-300x199 Citizen Kane or Vertigo, which is more fun? Now that Sight & Sound’s decadal critics poll has given the #1 spot to Vertigo, toppling Citizen Kane (to #2), it confirms that film culture as we used to know it has toppled as well. Citizen Kane held sway as the “Greatest Film Of All Time” for so long that a lot of people [&hellip
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From Roots to Toots

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cliff-in-harder-they-fall-300x170 By Elena Oumano BAM’s ‘Do the Reggae’ series explores music on screen Jamaican music came into its own in the early ’60s, thanks to the advent of cheap transistor radios and the country’s 1962 release from British rule. The island’s 2.7 million descendants of African captives could now tune in more easily to Miami, New [&hellip
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Sitting Down with Director Stephen Gyllenhaal

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Nick Gallinelli chats with the indefatigable Grassroots writer and director Stephen Gyllenhaal is one of those people that doesn’t really ever seem to get tired. Since his television debut in 1980, Gyllenhaal has directing credits on shows from Numb3rs to The Shield to Felicity to ABC children’s stuff. The guy who opened the Hollywood door for his children, [&hellip
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Film Fest Journal: Rooftop Films

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Rooftop Films hits Coney Island, but is a bit disappointing If you think about it on paper, Rooftop Films, a film festival that makes stops throughout the city over the course of the summer, made a great choice selecting Coney Island as one of its venues. Who wouldn’t want to spend a warm summer night [&hellip
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Armond White: Channing Tatum Hides Behind Magic Mike

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channing-tatum-new-magic-mike-stills So what if Channing Tatum started as a stripper? The problem with Magic Mike, the semi-autobiographical melodrama he co-produced, is that he couldn’t find a filmmaker to properly translate that beefcake experience to the screen. Whatever Tatum knows about working-class ambition and exploitation (personal or Hollywood style) gets lost in director Steven Soderbergh’s affectless look [&hellip
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The CityArts Interview: Mathieu Demy

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CA-Interview mathieu.demy Americano Out of Paris The son of the late French filmmaker Jacques Demy (Lola, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and his formerly estranged wife Agnes Varda (Far from Vietnam, The Gleaners and I), Mathieu Demy sees his first directorial feature Americano as a riposte to his mother’s 1981 film Documenteur: An Emotion Picture. One of Varda’s [&hellip
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Bryant Park Film Fest’s First Day a Delight

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Great movies and atmosphere deliver a huge, friendly picnic Bryant Park was bustling once again, as a mass picnic of many-a-film-fan pitched its blankets on the park’s large lawn for the first Monday of the summer-long Bryant Park Film Festival. “I’ve come out every year for the past four years,” said one girl and her [&hellip
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