The Britten Season and More

Written by Jay Nordlinger on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

A few bets on the ‘first semester’ of the classical-music season    The classical-music season is divided into two semesters, in a sense—though the second semester is far longer than the first. At any rate, I will make some recommendations for the first semester. We will begin with the New York Philharmonic. In concerts starting [&hellip
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Messin’ with Texas

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

David Gordon Green’s growing pain in Prince Avalanche Prince Avalanche kicked off the IFC Center’s ongoing regionally-focused film series, “Lone Star Cinema: Texas on Screen,” and almost kicks the bucket. Although based on the 2011 Swedish movie Either Way, Prince Avalanche is director David Gordon Green’s first feature set in his native state. It returns [&hellip
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Salinger in the Meat Grinder

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

Bio-doc turns J.D. Salinger into Big Foot The Weinstein Company (formerly Miramax) really knows how to sell its product. They even sell a movie while you’re watching it which is the first problem with Shane Salerno’s Salinger. This bio-doc of the fiction writer J.D. Salinger, who became something of a recluse in the years following [&hellip
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Up and Down at NewFest

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

What’s missing, what’s visionary and what’s wrong at LGBT event Why isn’t Julian Hernandez’s new movie I Am the Hope of This World part of NewFest? The 25th annual showcase of LGBT films (at Lincoln Center, Sept 6 to 11) should be centered on work by world-class filmmakers like Hernandez whose first three previous films [&hellip
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Hopper at the Movies

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

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

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

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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