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Armond White: Joseph Kahn’s Detention vs. the World of Pop

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

High, Low, Surreal Pop culture moves fast but not as fast as Joseph Kahn’s Detention, a rampage through recent pop history that is so delirious–and so sharp about the cynicism ingrained in commercial pop’s almost hateful seductions of youth–that it sometimes seems one and the same with the target Kahn is satirizing. Students at Grizzly [&hellip
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Armond White: Bouquet of Eccentrics

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

Whit Stillman’s Damsels in the Clouds “I like my characters to walk in clouds,” said the great comedy director Leo McCarey. “I like a little bit of the fairy tale.” That confession well describes the McCarey classics that execute a precarious balance between realism and fantasy—The Awful Truth, Make Way for Tomorrow, Love Affair, The [&hellip
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Not-So Brilliant Disguise: Bruce Springsteen’s ballyhooed new album Wrecking Ball is considered by Editor Armond White and critic Ben Kessler

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

Springsteen’s New Album Wrecks Faith “Why does he sing like that, he’s from New Jersey!” a friend cracked when Bruce Springsteen‘s Nebraska debuted in 1982. Nebraska’s affected Oakie drawl–fashioning a down-home, pessimistic response to President Reagan’s “Morning in America”–has since become Springsteen’s formal vocal register. His method-acted empathy with our mythic depressed underclass marked the [&hellip
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City Arts: The Also-Rans: Must We Talk About Kevin?

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Film

we.need_.to_.talk_.about_.kevin_.tilda_.swinton This exclusive CityArts series will chart the recent peculiar releases that failed to get Oscar nominations. Yet, just like the Oscar-nominated fare, these movies are not a part of film culture but exist outside what moviegoers patronize and talk about. The films’ staggered release from December 2011 to early 2012 delays the effects of film on the [&hellip
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City Arts: Ghost Rider Redeems and Critiques

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

ghost.rider_.spirit.of_.vengeance If the filmmaking team Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor wrote out their thoughts on how contemporary pop has traduced fun, warped thrills and debased energy in the art form they love, it would be a great provocative piece of criticism—although few film publications would want such a principled view of the destructive entertainment that’s routinely [&hellip
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Tiresome Threesome

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

08_Film-ThisMeansWar_1 In the stultifying Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, British actor Tom Hardy briefly appeared in a romantic subplot as a heartbroken, repentant operative who laments all the impenetrable death and subterfuge simply because it cost him the woman he loved. For a few fleeting moments, Hardy’s alert eyes, sensual lips and magnetic ruddiness broke through film’s [&hellip
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Denzel Goes Rogue in Safe House

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

safe-house Safe House, an espionage chase film set in South Africa, is rotten enough to be a sequel to District 9, where South African racial issues were treated to a dumb sci-fi alien allegory. Here, the alien is Denzel Washington, who first appears walking down a Johannesburg street in a Malcolm X beard and fedora. But [&hellip
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Theory vs. Practice

Written by Marissa Maier on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

A dazzling allegory in ‘Chronicle’ | By Armond White “Ever hear of Plato’s allegory of the cave?” one teenager asks another in Chronicle. This philosophy quiz was unexpected in the midst of a thrill ride movie, but Chronicle is so surprisingly interesting I wondered if its makers ever saw The Conformist (1970), where Bernardo Bertolucci [&hellip
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Broken Down Franchise: Twilight Disappoints…Again

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Film

twilight Update: In Breaking Dawn, Part 1, Bella marries Edward, gives birth to a demon baby and Jacob stops moping long enough to “implant” with the infant. These predictable plot details are not spoilers; the film itself is a spoiler. All the potential of the Twilight vampire series is squandered. Part 2 may already be in the can, but [&hellip
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