Hopper at the Movies

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How modern sensibility went from canvas to screen  In the Museum of Modern Art’s current exhibit “American Modern: Hopper to O’Keefe” viewers can survey the creation of modern sensibility and realize its impact from one medium to another. If the art of cinematography is, as film critic Armond White succinctly put it, “the idea of [&hellip
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Trash, Rehash and Innovation

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Late DePalma, Early Fassbinder in new releases After decades of inspired, always modern, genre-revising work, Brian DePalma finally goes derivative in Passion. His remake of Alain Corneau’s 2010 Crime d’amore isn’t up to the level of that well-cast but trashy film. DePalma merely rehashes its plot–moving the story from Paris to Berlin where a diabolical, [&hellip
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Its Name Is Mud

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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints misremembers the aesthetic of 70s films Like molasses in January, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is a slow-moving, dull cliché, an art cliché. Director David Lowery tediously imitates the style of 1970s American Renaissance movies in this agonizing tale of an outlaw couple Bob (Casey Affleck) and Ruth (Rooney Mara) in 1930s [&hellip
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Six Degrees of Collaboration

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Ballet Collective’s present-tense dance at the Joyce Adopting a film festival model, the Joyce recently presented a twelve-day dance festival showcasing independent artists working outside large established institutions.  The festival, called “v6.0,” gave New Yorkers unprecedented opportunity to enjoy six ballet-based companies, ranging from neoclassical to contemporary, from across the US. On August 14 Troy [&hellip
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From Ghetto to Gallery

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

Jay-Z bifurcates performance art in Picasso Baby Rappers were always welcomed by the art world–a fact of the downtown avant-garde as captured in Blondie’s 1981 Rapture music video–even before Kanye West and Jay-Z deliberately sought art world approval. Jay-Z’s new music video Picasso Baby not only crosses the Black Curtain of limited, ghettoized knowledge, it [&hellip
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The Six Eschateers

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Edgar Wright arrives at The World’s End “Bluebloods!” Simon Pegg and Nick Frost shout, standing beneath the bright light of realization in The World’s End. At the climax of their pub crawl over “the golden mile” of their hometown Newton Haven, these British lads Gary King (Pegg) and Andy (Frost) retrace their youth along with [&hellip
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Triumph of an Iconoclast

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Llyn Foulkes’s brilliant retrospective at New Museum Among the first works in Llyn Foulkes’ current retrospective at the New Museum is a video of the artist/musician singing and playing his “Machine,” a home-built contraption of car horns, cow bells, drums, and xylophone. Ornery, cynical, rebellious, and most of all honest, his music sets the tone [&hellip
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