Posts Tagged ‘Armond White’

City Arts: Doing the Right Thing

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

DoingtheRightThing600 Mamet’s ‘The Anarchist’ explores our social divide Debra Winger in The Anarchist. Broadway’s newest drama, The Anarchist, proves that David Mamet has not just become a conservative; he’s become a poet. Taking as his inspiration the 1981 Brinks incident where subversives from the Weatherman Underground were convicted for killing a Nyack, N.J., policeman, Mamet examines the motives [&hellip
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City Arts: Pitt Beats Clooney

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

KillingThemSoftly600 Armond White on how ‘Killing Them Softly’ amps political movie war Brad Pitt in ‘Killing Them Softly’ Killing Them Softly earns a footnote in cultural history for being the first dramatic film to question the Obama cult. It happens in a thrilling climactic moment that is part of director Andrew Dominik’s scheme examining America’s current financial [&hellip
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City Arts: ‘Hitchcock’ is Myopic Bio-Pic

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MyopicBioPic600 ‘Hitchcock’ shows the maestro without humor Sacha Gervasi’s Anvil: The Story of Anvil, the 2010 chronicle of the little-known rock band, was a rare excellent documentary; a film distinguished by its good-hearted recognition of what lies beneath artistic motive. Only a little of that beneficence is apparent in Gervasi’s dramatic debut Hitchcock, which takes a fanciful approach [&hellip
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Armond White: Come Back, Little Buddha

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

Buddha600 PIETY WRECKS ANG LEE’S ‘LIFE OF PI’ By Armond White No one can make a dull film like Ang Lee can. His new Life of Pi doesn’t settle for being a 3D extravaganza. At a reported cost of $70 million and three years in production, it is intended to combine philosophical rumination with a tent-pole thrill ride. [&hellip
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City Arts: The Pageantry of Rhetoric

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film, Our Town Downtown

PageantryRhetoric600 How Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ parlays the ‘great man’ notions of history “You begin your second term with semi-divine status,” the 16th president of the United States is told in Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln. The evidence of that status is in the film’s mythifying visual style that presents Abraham Lincoln as an icon—silhouetted, spectral, sculptural. The people around [&hellip
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On His Majesty’s Secret Service: 007′s “Skyfall” Goes Sky-High

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

Naomie Harris and Daniel Craig in 007's Skyfall. Agent 007 James Bond (Daniel Craig) returns to his roots in Skyfall, defending the MI6 agency to which he’s always had steadfast dedication, even while gallantly enjoying its bachelor benefits. On home turf, Bond restores all of us to our pop culture roots; Skyfall’s national security plot, combining an arch villain’s (Javier Bardem) threats to [&hellip
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For Your Ears Only: The Best James Bond Themes Remembered

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

goldfinger Shirley Eaton Movie theme songs work as souvenirs; they bring the movie back to your heart—through your ears. No movie series has given the world more aural mementos than the James Bond films. Like the lusted-over, fantasized Bond girls, the Bond themes are not just love objects; the songs are timeless, idealized encapsulations of the excitements of [&hellip
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Battle of the Andersons

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

CA-Resident Evil Retribution Resident Evil has fun with 3D, The Master makes fun of religion Compare the unoriginal use of 3D in Hugo–standard diorama compositions with objects poking out toward the viewer–to Paul W.S. Anderson’s astonishingly lively 3D compositions in Resident Evil: Retribution where heroine Alice (Milla Jovovich) fights the Umbrella Corporation’s viral experiments that produced a plague turning mankind into zombies. Anderson’s images [&hellip
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Old Is New Again: Ride the Waves of Film History at Film Forum

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

CA-jean_cocteau_orphee_gallery_7 Film Forum’s current retrospective series, “The French Old Wave” (through Sept. 13), continues with more classic films and film history that you need to catch up with in order to realize—in this awful era of comic- book frivolity—how great cinema can be. Though billed as a tribute to the “quality” films that Truffaut and Godard, [&hellip
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Armond White: Weinstein’s “Lawless” Presents U.S. History as Torture Porn

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

Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain in Lawless. Via City Arts. Harvey Weinstein called for a summit meeting on movie violence soon after the Dark Knight Rises massacre. It hasn’t happened yet but Harvey’s word becomes cultural law. So, instead, The Weinstein Company this week releases John Hillcoat’s Lawless, the most promiscuously violent movie since The Dark Knight Rises. If you go to see Lawless, duck. About [&hellip
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