Armond: I’ve been reading your work religiously for several years, and even though I don’t always agree with you, I appreciate your fiercely non-conformist approach to film viewing/criticism. I agree with many of your choices, but I have to take issue with your trouncing of Wall-E (“Better-Than List,” Jan. 7-13).
Intelligent family films are increasingly hard to come by, and though I see where you might mistake the film’s plea for personal responsibility as cynicism, I fail to comprehend how you can so flippantly dismiss the sincerity of its point and the hope it ultimately finds in humanity. Do you disagree that overconsumption in every form, as well as an increased reliance on technology, is crushing the human spirit? Are we not ruining our planet, our relationships and our minds and bodies with the garbage that we take in and discard on a minute-by-minute basis? And doesn’t the film ultimately acknowledge the resilience of humanity? I myself cannot find a more uplifting, optimistic and moral film this year… It just seems so pertinent to the life that we all live… It’s also gorgeous… Not to mention the fact that it’s age-appropriate without pandering. I really wish you would write an actual review of the film. Please, please explain if you feel so inclined. Hell, email me. As an aspiring film critic, you’re one of my heroes. I need more! —Josh K.
Regarding Flavor of the Week: “Don’t Hit Me With Your Best Shot (Jan. 7-13): As a man, I don’t see why someone would want to cum on a woman’s face. It is demeaning and degrading to most. In fact, I would be downright embarrassed to even broach the subject with a woman. The porn industry has created a fantasy that is not shared by many women in the real world. Call me old fashioned, but I believe that the majority of women would like our cum to be deposited in their vaginas. No, I’ve never cummed on a woman’s face, and no woman I’ve been with would agree to do it. —John Doe, NY
The Good, the Bad, the Stupid
I like to read movie reviews by movie critics. But I loathed your movie reviews… As much as I like New York Press, I can’t stand to read your movie reviews by Armond White. I’m really questioning Armond White’s taste in movies (and his sanity). He hates great movies like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,Revolutionary Road and The Wrestler, while he’s praising a pile of crap like Transporter 3 (Trust me, I’ve watched this garbage; although I love action movies, I think this one is a stinker). He also always trashed great filmmakers such as David Fincher and Sam Mendes for being pretentious, yet judging from his reviews, I think Armond White is the most pretentious man I’ve ever known. So please re-educate his tastes in films (or his sanity). I won’t go as far as some readers to ask him to be fired, I know it’s not fair, especially in this economic downturn we’re in; but please, if Armond White keeps trashing good films and pimping bad films, I’m sure it’s not just me who will stay away from NYPress’ movie reviews.
—Robert Ronny, Elmhurst
Moving Image Evolution
This article [“The Year in Digital,” Jan. 7-13, by Eric Kohn] would be as timely as it is now as it would be in the ’60s, when Hollywood was facing an equally challenging opposition thanks to the television. As we already know, the challenge didn’t really kill cinema because ultimately both provided for different forms of experiences. And the same will happen to the Internet and cinema (and television, for that matter): the experiences will diverge and cinema will continue to exist as its own form, and Internet/mobile video as another.
In addition, I think you’re hyping the idea of “new gadgets” a little excessively. Sure, art may now be a co-op project, or new knickknacks may have made the process of creation of art radically different, or new systems may have made distribution easier for some and harder for the establishment pogs. But is the art of the moving image really any different? Not really. And as long as our perception of the moving image and what it does to us is unchanged, revolution (or evolution) is not possible.