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Armond White: Tennessee’s Quiet Storm

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Transforming the Classic ‘Streetcar’ Nicole Ari Parker has a triumph in A Streetcar Named Desire that our mainstream media and the cli-quish Tony Awards are ill-equipped to handle. Parker’s ravishing, statuesque presence and intelligent skill make the play what it always ought to have been: a genuine contest between America’s sexual and political hypocrisies; social [&hellip
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Remembering Adam Yauch and Gunnin’ for that #1 Spot

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Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot Directed by Adam Yauch Midway through 2008, something surprising has happened: two films with human dimension and artful expression–Adam Yauch’s Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot and Jonathan Levine’s The Wackness–have flushed the toilet of summer movies. Neither is a special effects extravaganza but they stir emotion by emphasizing the human scale [&hellip
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Pavlov’s Franchise

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

Avengers The Delusion of Marvel’s The Avengers Previous Marvel Comics superhero movies such as Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and Thor were like roughly cut puzzle pieces that looked odd and unfinished by themselves—pretend movies derived from already established brands. Most of them, particularly Jon Favreau’s dung-colored Iron Man, were poorly directed. Now, fitted together in [&hellip
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Radical Discipline: James Brown bio gets on The One

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By John Lingan Of course James Brown’s 1986 autobiography, The Godfather of Soul, begins outrageously: “I wasn’t supposed to be alive…I was a stillborn kid.” It’s a contradiction and a medical impossibility, but no bother. When Brown died on Christmas Day 2006, aged 73, he’d played more than 80 shows in the preceding year, many [&hellip
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Armond White: Stealing Statham’s Style

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Boaz Yakin Actioner Plays It Safe Beneath Jason Statham’s chin scruff is a heart of gold. Producer Luc Besson never let it go sentimental in movies like the terrific Transporter series or Besson-influenced productions like War with Jet Li. Neveldine-Taylor took Statham’s violent relentless stoicism to the heights of social satire in the avant-garde Crank [&hellip
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Armond White: The Prophecy of Evita

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

Webber and Rice’s Celebrity Expose Evita is back–and at the right time, too. Celebrity worship wasn’t like it is now when Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice debuted Evita in 1975 as a concept album featuring Julie Covington of Rock Follies fame. There was no irony–or subservience–in their original idea of exploring the dubious sanctity [&hellip
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Armond White: Little Sheba Comes Back

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Darling Companion’s Fetching Marriages The bucolic look of Lawrence Kasdan’s Darling Companion is an indication of its fine sensibility. Kasdan evokes the natural, wooded landscape of Alfred Hitchcock’s idiosyncratic comedy The Trouble with Harry. The colors here are not autumnal nor quite as vibrant yet Kasdan affects a similar tone of respite. His three harried [&hellip
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Armond White: There’s Something About N’yuk

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

The Farrelly Brothers Redeem The Three Stooges “You will always be children!” Steven Spielberg encouraged last year’s Comic-Con gathering when he previewed scenes from The Adventures of Tintin. Infantilization has become contemporary Hollywood’s standard method for making or selling its product but Hollywood rarely deals with that subject as explicitly as in the Farrelly brothers’ [&hellip
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Armond White: Boss Ladies

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The Political Masks of Yeoh, Newton and Streep “You may not think about politics,” Aung San Suu Kyi (portrayed by Michelle Yeoh) tells one of the guards keeping her in house arrest in The Lady. “But politics thinks about you.” Use of that famous quote proves that director Luc Besson thinks about politics even when [&hellip
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Armond White: One-Man Will

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Callow and Bate Pursue Shakespeare Billed as a play rather than a one man show, Being Shakespeare features actor Simon Callow on stage for almost two hours. But he is not alone. British scholar Jonathan Bate has written a “play” whose drama comes from engaging and explicating the works, history and facts of William Shakespeare. [&hellip
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