Class Clowns and Cop Clowns: Jump Street Reboot is Junk

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Film, On Topic OTDT, Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

21jump “You shot him in the dick! I’ve never seen that!” Channing Tatum exclaims as Jenks, a rookie cop partnered with the doughy, uncool Schmidt (Jonah Hill) in 21 Jump Street. The duo have not outgrown their adolescent rivalry or immature sense of amusement that began in high school. Seven years later (after a police academy training session ridiculously scored to The Clash’s version of Junior Murvin’s reggae classic “Police [&hellip
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Audrey Tautou Shines in Delicacy

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Film, NY Press Exclusive

Delicacy, the title of the new French film David Foenkinos adapted from his own best-seller, could easily refer to the dance that the movie does between heartbreak and humor. Audrey Tautou (Amelie) is Nathalie, a young woman who we see meet and marry her husband in a dream-like state. Embarking on a new career and [&hellip
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Occupied Comedy: Marino waxes, Rudd wanes in ‘Wanderlust’

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Wanderlust starts with an idea borrowed from Albert Brooks’ 1986 Lost in America—a yuppie couple responds to career setbacks by embarking on a cross-country journey that tests their mettle. Here, George (Paul Rudd) and Linda (Jennifer Aniston) leave their tiny, expensive Manhattan studio apartment and fall in among a collective of retrograde slackers in an [&hellip
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Truth of the Matter

Written by Jennifer Merin on . Posted in Film

Gore heats up global warming issue on-screen An Inconvenient Truth Directed by David Guggenheim   Predictions of impending hurricanes along the eastern seaboard come as no surprise to An Inconvenient Truth director David Guggenheim, nor for that matter, to the film’s principal protagonist, Al Gore, whose current mission is to inform the public about the [&hellip
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An Interview With Ric Burns

Written by Jennifer Merin on . Posted in Film

“New York Historical Society, a Celebration” airs on PBS. Wednesday, November 23,2005 Emmy Award–winner Ric Burns’ latest is his homage to the Society, where behind the beautiful-but-almost-blank neo-classical exterior exist paintings, photographs, maps, manuscripts, diaries and objects. As a kid, Martin Scorsese wandered uptown from Little Italy and discovered the archive, which became a lifelong [&hellip
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See the World Through Max Weinman's Lens

Written by Noah Wunsch on . Posted in Film, NY Press Exclusive

IMG_1550 There are no explosions in Max Weinman’s films. There is no sex, except perhaps a sudden caught breath in a forest scene, which subconsciously represents the first flicker of lust. There’s no cursing. No drugs. Very few people. Talking. Sound. And with those qualities stripped we’re left with a beautiful commentary on wanderlust and an [&hellip
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Doug Strassler's Oscar Recap

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Film, NY Press Exclusive

meryl Well, here it is, my last Oscar column for months to come. When all was said and done, The Artist and Hugo, two remarkably well-done films that wore their love for the movies on their sleeves, were the big winners, taking home five golden men apiece. But there were other standout moments throughout the night [&hellip
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Movies in Search of an Author

Written by Tomas Hachard on . Posted in Film

citizenkane A new series at the Anthology Film Archives explores the role of the screenwriter in the history of film. Plays have playwrights, TV series have creators, and movies have directors. It’s a structure of artistic credit that seems to come naturally, even though it hides the group driven nature of each art. One particular consequence [&hellip
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City Arts: The Also-Rans: Must We Talk About Kevin?

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Film

we.need_.to_.talk_.about_.kevin_.tilda_.swinton This exclusive CityArts series will chart the recent peculiar releases that failed to get Oscar nominations. Yet, just like the Oscar-nominated fare, these movies are not a part of film culture but exist outside what moviegoers patronize and talk about. The films’ staggered release from December 2011 to early 2012 delays the effects of film on the [&hellip
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