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Pop History Shines in Whitney Houston’s Sparkle

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

Via City Arts When Whitney Houston sings “His Eye is on the Sparrow” in Sparkle, her performance is unexpectedly good, stirring gospel. Playing the mother of three talented daughters who have formed a singing group that unravels the family, Houston’s heartbroken recitation also seems to be meta-cinematic. Drawing on her character’s professional disappointment, she testifies to something beyond the [&hellip
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G.O.A.T Toppled: Armond White Takes On Classic Films

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

vertigo-8-300x199 Citizen Kane or Vertigo, which is more fun? Now that Sight & Sound’s decadal critics poll has given the #1 spot to Vertigo, toppling Citizen Kane (to #2), it confirms that film culture as we used to know it has toppled as well. Citizen Kane held sway as the “Greatest Film Of All Time” for so long that a lot of people [&hellip
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Armond White: Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises Markets Mediocrity

Written by Armond White on . Posted in A Trip Through the Archives, Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

dark-knight-rises-mano-a-mano-300x168 A better movie than The Dark Knight Rises would invite discussion of its content, but interpretation (“What’s that?” say Avengers fans) isn’t even required of this third entry in Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise. A film of empty spectacle, its actual content (formulaic violence, humorless dialogue, unvarying solemnity) runs second to the blatant process of supplying [&hellip
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Armond White: Knight Rises, Culture Falls

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Anne-Hathaway-in-The-Dark-Knight-Rises-300x177 How Internet fanaticism over The Dark Knight Rises overtakes film culture Already, The Dark Knight Rises has caused movie media to embarrass itself. Those front page headlines in both the Daily News (four stars) and New York Post (four stars) are heralds of film journalism’s decline into boosterism. It’s happened before and will happen again. [&hellip
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Armond White: Margaret’s DVD and Dust Bunnies Attempt to Rescue the Elite

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by Armond White Margaret’s DVD and Dust Bunnies attempt to rescue the elite Advance word on the DVD release of Kenneth Lonergan’s film Margaret hailed it as a “masterpiece” yet no one calls it a good movie because it isn’t even that. It’s the latest event from our era’s perverse herd mentality. A group of media cronies with [&hellip
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Armond White’s Mid-Year Awards

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Carole Bouquet and André Dussollier in Unforgivable. 2012’s best so far and Sarris remembered This year, I want to do the Mid-Year Reckoning differently, as a tribute to film critic Andrew Sarris’ recent passing. It was Sarris, during my grad school years at Columbia, who wisely advised that the percentage of good movies has not changed from the old days; now that [&hellip
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Armond White: Channing Tatum Hides Behind Magic Mike

Written by Armond White on . Posted in A Trip Through the Archives, Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Film, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

channing-tatum-new-magic-mike-stills So what if Channing Tatum started as a stripper? The problem with Magic Mike, the semi-autobiographical melodrama he co-produced, is that he couldn’t find a filmmaker to properly translate that beefcake experience to the screen. Whatever Tatum knows about working-class ambition and exploitation (personal or Hollywood style) gets lost in director Steven Soderbergh’s affectless look [&hellip
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Armond White: A Russian Hack’s Half-Fun History of Abe Lincoln

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film

Two visually lush sequences in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter belong in a great movie. They’d have to be extended a little; building, montaging in ways that work metaphorically as well as viscerally–such as the great horse sprint leading to the barbed wire No Man’s Land sequence of Spielberg‘s War Horse. Yet these sequences work only [&hellip
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Armond White: Adam Sandler’s “That’s My Boy” Exposes a Conspiracy

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ThatsMyBoy-300x300 If you didn’t get the Memo to hate Adam Sandler, his new movie That’s My Boy would seem another likable, if minor, entry in his continuing series of unexpectedly challenging human comedies. The anti-Sandler Memo is a follow-the-leader pact–not literally a missive but an unconscious social ideology that protects Hollywood’s status quo. It perverts honest, [&hellip
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