Brokedown Palace, Perfect Blue

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Prison Dames I’ve always had trouble getting into movies about beautiful Americans being brutalized by evil, faceless governments overseas because the movies rarely acknowledge that the Americans aren’t just individuals, but emblems of a rich country’s arrogance, and that their punishment has as much to do wrvation is that while Hollywood likes innocent-American-in-trouble-overseas movies, it [&hellip
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Thomas Crown

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

  Rich & Lovely People The Thomas Crown Affair is wealth porn–an advertisement for escapist moviegoing. Every frame is packed with lovely, expensive objects and beautiful people who are rich enough to afford those objects and confident enough to possess them without making a big deal of their acquisition. Pierce Brosnan, who plays billionaire investor [&hellip
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Those Who Love Me…

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

A Dream Bestirred  “Our lives could be more inventive,” says Francois (Pascal Greggory), a scowling, handsome art critic defining the failures of his set in Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train. They’re a mean bunch–drug addicts, homosexuals, clinging wives, cheating husbands, cruel parents and crueler children–all traveling from Paris to Limoges for the funeral of a painter-professor, Jean-Baptiste Emmerich, [&hellip
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Jack Valenti’s Ass

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

This catastrophe was confirmed by last week’s letter from a majority of the New York Film Critics Circle to Warner Bros. about the Motion Picture Association of America (the organization that administers movie ratings) requiring that Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut be altered to qualify for an R rating. The letter charged the ratings board had “become a punitive and [&hellip
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Part Two of The Death of Film/The Decay of Cinema

Written by Godfrey Cheshire on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Part Two of The Death of Film/The Decay of Cinema Sometime within the next few years–it may take a decade or more, though a nearer date is more likely–the last commercial movie theater in the U.S. to adopt digital projection will make the switch, and the medium of film will reach its effective end. Thereafter, to see actual films displayed, [&hellip
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William Shatner Interview; A Phony Critic’s Controversy

Written by George Tabb on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Captain Fantastic Free Enterprise is a new film directed by Robert Meyer Burnett, and it’s playing at the Art Greenwich starting Aug. 6. The film is a sort of coming-of-age story about a couple of Trekkies and their misadventures with wine, women and more women. The movie features Eric McCormack, who also stars in a television show called Will [&hellip
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Runaway Bride

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Running on Empty Julia Roberts now chooses material that seems designed to play off her public image, and that’s not a bad thing. It shows she’s done some serious thinking about her image and wants to play around with it; she’s turning into the movie star equivalent of Madonna, in that every new project is both a stand-alone piece of [&hellip
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The Wood Reclaims Black Youth Culture

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

Turn Back The Hands of Hiphop Vinyl records are used as souvenirs of childhood in The Wood, linking memories of growing up in the 1980s to contemporary trials of friendship faced by three responsible young men. Reading the record label logos as they spin on a turntable is enough to make those artifacts numinous, to recall the time of [&hellip
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