Posts Tagged ‘City Arts’

Doing Time in Manhattan

Written by Kate Prengel on . Posted in Arts & Film, Museums

New Museum_02_2013_NYC 1993_Benoit Pailley The New Museum’s 1993 show narrows the past The New Museum has put together a time capsule: a collection of dozens of works produced in New York in the year 1993. If you were a teenager in 1993, the exhibit “1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star” will probably act on you like a [&hellip
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How Do You Pronounce Quvenzhané?

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

How-Do-You-Pronounce-Quvenzhane600 Celebrated indie film ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ confuses pandering with empathy In answer to the above question, “pickaninny” would be a viable option. Nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, from the film Beasts of the Southern Wild, has become the youngest person ever nominated for a lead-actor Academy Award but not because her untrained performance is extraordinary acting; it’s [&hellip
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City Arts: Frack You!

Written by City Arts on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

promised-land-mcdormand-and-damon-300x224 Documentary ‘Fracknation’ debates ‘Gasland,’ ‘Promised Land’ and the greenshirts—and wins. By Gregory Solman In Fracknation, Irish investigative journalist Phelim McAleer finds a combustible metaphor for the contrived controversy of hydraulic fracturing in the footage of the Sautner family hustlers of Pennsylvania. McAleer couldn’t politely interview the couple without Craig threatening a lawsuit (apparently emboldened by the radical National [&hellip
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A Second Coming Out

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

A-Second-Coming-Out600 The artistic advance of Eytan Fox’s ‘Yossi’ Oz Zehavi in Yossi. In the new Yossi, Israeli filmmaker Eytan Fox revisits the protagonist from his 2004 military love story Yossi & Jagger. A slight narrative shift shows the former army medic (played by Ohad Knoller) in his mid-30s, now an overweight cardiologist still mourning his lover’s death more than 10 [&hellip
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Top Ten EPs of 2012

Written by City Arts on . Posted in Arts & Film, Music

Top-Ten-EPs-of-2012600 By Ben Kessler The Best in Order of Preference 1. “Late,” Florrie 2. “Super Ultra,” Charli XCX 3. “Cold Summer,” CJ Hilton 4. “Warrior,” Queen of Hearts 5. “Skitszo Pt. 1,” Colette Carr 6. “Iconic,” Icona Pop 7. “True,” Solange 8. “Cityswitch,” SRH 9. “Ghost,” Sky Ferreira 10. “Against the Wall,” Kat Graham The release [&hellip
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Armond White’s Better-Than List 2012

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

Better-Than-List-2012600 Armond White takes stock of the past movie year in annual list In 2012, politics became personal fantasy. Movies weren’t just entertainment but were used to justify escapist (possibly even anti-social) points of view. Critics misread films to suit their politics, but they could do so only because filmmakers were similarly biased. The year’s movies [&hellip
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Still Not a Brother: Armond White on ‘Django Unchained’

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

django-jackson How SamJack stole Tarantino’s epithet orgy ‘Django Unchained’ Uncle Tom, the black overseer created by Harriet Beecher Stowe and despised ever after, reappears to spy on and punish other slaves in Django Unchained. It is the role Samuel L. Jackson was born to play. Here named Stephen, Jackson’s Uncle Tom-style shuck-and-jive is prototypical–even atavistic–climaxing the profane, [&hellip
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City Arts: Matisse Lights Up the Met

Written by City Arts on . Posted in Arts & Film, Museums

LuminousGravity600 By John Goodrich Henri Matisse, “Young Sailor II,” 1906 © 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York At age 20, recuperating in a hospital bed, Henri Matisse was given a paintbox by his mother as a diversion. It was Matisse’s first stab at painting, and it changed the course of art. [&hellip
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Winter Guide to the Movies

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

Looking back at Martin Scorsese’s 1981 speech to the National Board of Review is relevant to the upcoming film season. Scorsese praised the venerable film group for its attention and preservation of the national film legacy, saying, “You care about movies, and to care about movies is to care about people and history.” Those words [&hellip
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