P.C. Ping Pong

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

Philomena sentimentalizes motherhood and chips away at religion Philomena reveals its cynicism when BBC political journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) initially refuses to take on an assignment: “Human interest stories are for weak-minded, vulgar, ignorant people” says the supercilious Brit professional (a Coogan specialty but worn out after 24 Hour Party People). He invites a [&hellip
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Eye on Auctions

Written by Caroline Birenbaum on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Quiet and quality on the rise for aficionados The next few weeks are relatively quiet in the NY auction world. Much of the activity takes place at Swann Galleries as indicated below, and the previews merit a visit. Refer to the websites for schedules, illustrated catalogues–and sometimes videos, blogs, and press releases about highlights.    [&hellip
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Jubilation in the Jungle

Written by July Gelman Myers on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Javier Dzul’s Mayan rituals rewrite life out of chaos Mexico Maya, the latest work from choreographer Javier Dzul, would be unfathomable without knowing that Dzul grew up in the jungle.  The title of the work refers to the Mayan tribal community in Mexico where Dzul was raised and learned Mayan ritual dance. Conceived in three [&hellip
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A Piece of Resistance

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

The Lego Movie tour de force restores satire to animation A $60 million animated film that looks as cheap as The Lego Movie must be some kind of avant-garde prank. Styled to resemble the textured, interlocking plastic chips kids play with to build crude, child-proof versions of…everything, the trademark bright primary colors are muted and [&hellip
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Obliviots, or Deeper Into Solipsism

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

Spike Jonze dehumanizes women and love in Her Until Her, Spike Jonze was a favorite of the American Eccentrics. His brazen artiness was usually redeemed by youthful goofiness and the goofiness had a certain conceptual finesse–best demonstrated in his 2000 Weapon of Choice music video for Fatboy Slim where Christopher Walken’s song-and-dance pantomime jeteed into [&hellip
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Awkward and Uncertain

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

That Awkward Moment’s frat comedy lacks the Lubitsch Touch The three best friends of That Awkward Moment, graphic artists Jason and Daniel (Zac Efron, Miles Teller) and medical intern Mike (Michael B. Jordan), are cynical about increasing their sexual activity, enjoying their young middle-class professional prerogative on the loose in New York City. Encouraging each [&hellip
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Perfecting the Storm

Written by Valerie Gladstone on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Local photos memorialize the historic Hurricane Sandy A dramatic shot by Harvey Stein shows the twisted and mangled Jet Star Roller Coaster in Seaside Hts., N. J., standing several feet in water. In another by Catherine Nance, desperate notices of lost cats are scribbled across a door in Staten Island, while Paul Moakley’s image of [&hellip
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Lively Still Lifes

Written by Joe Bendik on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Daniele Marin’s various techniques combine at Noho Gallery in Chelsea At NOHO gallery, Daniele M. Marin is showing her new series of still-lifes entitled “Interaction”.  Marin examines her association with this medium and explores various eras of art history. Indeed, there appears to be references to James Ensor and traditional still-life along with more contemporary [&hellip
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Over-acting-Out

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

August: Osage County bashes red states and Chekhov As the film version of August: Osage County finally, mechanically winds down, it reveals playwright Tracy Letts’ goal: His unoriginal view of domestic squabbling goes from warmed-over Edward Albee to room-temperature Chekhov in a scene where three adult sisters Barbara, Karen, Ivy (Julia Roberts, Julianne Nicholson, Juliette [&hellip
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