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All-Terrain Movie Star

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

Paul Walker drives again in Vehicle 19 When Jean-Luc Godard showcased his great, long lateral-pan supermarket sequence in 1970’s Tout Va Bien, the metaphor provided an undeniable satire of the consumerist habit that typifies modern middle-class life even though no previous filmmaker had perceived the depth of such banality. Who could imagine that Godard’s memorable [&hellip
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Vamping Pro Life

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

Neil Jordan’s conscientious horror film demands attention   One story isn’t enough for Neil Jordan. Byzantium is full of twists and turns, memories and revelations that zigzag through the tortured history of men, women, birth, death, sexuality as well as the history of Irish and English literature and Catholic guilt. Two female vampires, teenage Eleanor [&hellip
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Sharecropping Sirens

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

A radiant documentary honors the background singer In Greil Marcus’ original review of the Rolling Stones’ 1969 “Gimme Shelter,” he wrote about “women who can shout like Mary [sic] Clayton–gutty, strong, and tougher than any of the delightful leering figures that are jumping out of the old Stones’ orgy. She can stand up to Mick [&hellip
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Serious Fun

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

Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is The Godfather of superhero movies Man of Steel is the first superhero movie to be directed by a real filmmaker since Tim Burton took on Batman in 1989. Unlike Burton, director Zack Snyder’s sensibility derives from comic books and graphic novels yet his visual extravagance also contains the palpably [&hellip
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Willy the Shake

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

Joss Whedon introduces fanboys to the Bard During a public trailer for Much Ado About Nothing, some guy in the theater let out an exasperated yawn: “Oh, Boy!” Having already seen the film, I appreciated his foresight. Joss Whedon’s modern-day, black & white version of Shakespeare’s comedy means to be delightful but falls way short. [&hellip
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Ill-Gotten Booty

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

The Bling Ring translates as Sofia Coppola’s girls’ club Sofia Coppola has finally made an interesting movie. The Bling Ring circles around Sofia’s typical poor-little-rich-girl subject by dramatizing that infamous group of Southern California high-school housebreakers fixated on such tabloid celebrities as Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan who they idolize, envy and then burglarize. It’s [&hellip
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Beauty vs. Beastliness

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

Michael Douglas as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra. Soderbergh’s Liberace pic confuses sympathy with politics From the actors’ perspective, Behind the Candelabra looks like a compassionate portrayal of the pianist and singer Liberace‘s relationship with Scott Thorson. The older established celebrity’s involvement with a younger man, masked for the public from 1977 to Liberace’s death in 1987, gets exposed here as an example [&hellip
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Like Father Like Ingenue

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

Will Smith and Jaden Smith in After Earth. Will Smith guides his son through Hollywood Darwinism in After Earth Boys without fathers are the target audience for Will Smith’s After Earth. Its story of a boy Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) trying to live up to his father Cypher Raige’s (Will Smith) survivalist code is a potential blockbuster, combing futuristic whimsy with street hardness [&hellip
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Accounting for Bad Taste

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

What The Hangover Part III means in terms of Hollywood economics You might laugh at The Hangover Part III but you won’t laugh as hard as Todd Phillips, the film’s director and co-screenwriter, who laughs all the way to his offshore Cayman Island account. The Hangover Part III continues what’s advertised as “The Wolfpack Trilogy” [&hellip
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The Lady in the Glass Booth

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

Hannah Arendt’s biography as an intellectual romance Filmed under the working title “The Controversy,” Margarethe von Trotta’s bio-pic Hannah Arendt (now at Film Forum), about the renown German Jewish critic and philosopher, combines fun, gossipy insight into the New York literary society of the 1960s with a more serious story of political morality. Those seemingly [&hellip
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