What is the Best Film of 2013?

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

Bellocchio and Antonioni films answer important questions If Michelangelo Antonioni’s La Notte opened today, it would be the best film of 2013–and the most relevant. Though originally released in 1962, Antonioni’s masterpiece speaks to the crisis of affluence and license that also describe our contemporary social conundrum where the acceptance of capitalist privilege (and the [&hellip
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Morality Never Sleeps

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

Costa-Gavras returns to form in Capital In a third of the time it took Olivier Assayas to turn 70s terrorism into a epic hipster rave (replete with post-punk soundtrack) in Carlos, Costa-Gavras exposes the nature of social and financial compromise–moral terrorism–in Capital. This timely story of how Phenix Bank, a French financial institution, replaces its [&hellip
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Headless Hacks

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

Director and writer hacks behead The Counselor Novelist Cormac McCarthy must have been a fan of Breaking Bad since he steals its plot–its essence–for The Counselor, the film billed as his “first original screenplay.” The combination cynicism-and-pretense that motivates this crime film about a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) who gains wealth from assisting clients in drug [&hellip
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Arts That Unites

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

The UN and Gabarron Foundation bring international art to local attention The remarkable institution that parented the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 65 years ago and has been campaigning for human rights ever since—the UN, of course—will be turning 70 in 2015. To celebrate, they’ve mounted a superb exhibit of art culled from their massive [&hellip
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Slippery Keyboard King

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Terry Waldo swings the blues for locals at JALC Midway through the second session of keyboardist/writer/producer/author Terry Waldo’s four-part course on early 20th century ragtime pianist James P. Johnson (Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 at Jazz at Lincoln Center), he scans the room from his perch at the piano. “Is there anybody here who wants to play the [&hellip
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Before the Revolution

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Asia Society’s “Modern Iran” takes us back in history With Iran’s nuclear program and new president in the news, taking a step back to the country’s art prior to 1979 may enlighten the current headlines. “Iran Modern” at Asia Society includes pieces of breathtaking beauty as well as provocative religious and political commentary. The show [&hellip
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Why Glass Menagerie Persists

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Zachary Quinto wants to be the Tom Wingfield for his era. In the new Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ 1945 play The Glass Menagerie at the Booth Theater, Quinto presumes a modern Sad Young Man interpretation of the play as Williams’ autobiographical gay memoir, making Tom (Williams’ nickname) an archetype of the regret-filled gay youth [&hellip
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Stop Carrie-ing On

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

DePalma’s classic trashed in remake It was impossible for Kimberly Peirce to direct a remake of Carrie that could live up to Brian DePalma’s 1976 original. Two cultural events got in the way.  First, political correctness so dominates our culture that the mythological aspects in Carrie’s reverse-Cinderella story (a repressed, unpopular high school girl goes [&hellip
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