Posts Tagged ‘Film’

Carlos

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By Armond White Politics don’t matter to directors David Fincher, Steven Soderbergh and Olivier Assayas, whose Carlos, a lavish, gracefully-paced depiction of the terrorist Ilich “Carlos” Ramirez is strangely apolitical, even amoral. It’s part of the new affectless style—derived from hipster cool and leftist guilt that condemns the capitalist West for its culpability in colonialism and [&hellip
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Life as We Know It

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By Armond White We can’t pretend that anything is more important in film culture than the Internet humiliation-death of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi taking place the same week as the media hype for The Social Network. After that human tragedy, the media’s celebration of the Facebook movie (a cinematic calamity) shows an alarming disregard [&hellip
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Let Me In

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By Armond White Let Me In ought to be rated NC-17 due to the problematic nature of its vague concept: Spooky Abby (Chloe Grace Moretz), a child vampire, encourages her wimpy neighbor Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) to emulate some of her bloodthirsty rage in response to his school bullies. It’s a morbidly grim Afterschool Special. Yet [&hellip
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The Social Network

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By Armond White The Social Network glamorizes a new paradigm: How the Internet’s basic disconnect characterizes contemporary public discourse. Director David Fincher’s lustrous video images make instant, stylish mythology out of the way Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg re-popularized the Internet by founding the Facebook in 2003. This brainy, insular 19-year-old pinpointed the Internet as a [&hellip
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City Week: September 30 – October 7

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A Selective Listing of Recommended Cultural & Community Events FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1 Forbidden Passion—A highly theatrical adaptation of the classic weepie Brief Encounter (itself based on a Noel Coward short play), this production has prestige and theatrical magic written all over it. Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St., 212-719-1300; times vary, $37-$
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Movie Man

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The cinematic life of William Wolf By Allen Houston William Wolf is a walking encyclopedia of film theory and history. Whether interviewing Ingmar Bergman, Charlie Chaplin or screening the latest indie flick, Wolf, a famed film critic, president of the Drama Desk and NYU professor, has been documenting the highs and lows of the New [&hellip
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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

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By Armond White Not a zeitgeist filmmaker, Oliver Stone is, rather, our swiftest, most politically responsive filmmaker, and those attributes make Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps dazzling. It’s less a sequel to the 1987 stock-trading drama Wall Street (where Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko articulated the 1980s mantra “Greed is Good”) than it is a [&hellip
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I'm Here & Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole

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By Armond White Almost a hundred years ago, short story paragon O. Henry wrote “The Gift of the Magi,” a poignant and penetrating love story that was as much a religious allegory as a penetrating commentary on industrial age values. Spike Jonze’s new short film “I’m Here” joins that tradition. Its romance between robots quirkily [&hellip
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Feasting on Cinema

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Higher-Profile films at New York Film Festival By Jerry Portwood The New York Film Festival, the city’s premiere film fest, has been lambasted over the years for being too exclusive, academic and, as A.O. Scott wrote in the New York Times last year, “as the grimmest in memory.” But recent additions to the programming staff—many [&hellip
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Q&A: Marni Nixon

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The voice behind some of Hollywood’s greatest musicals By Shilpa Agrawal and Hannah O’Grady “I’m not wearing any makeup so I have to tell the truth,” the lively 80-year-old Marni Nixon said as she made her way through her living room, filled with books, photographs of family members and a well-worn piano by the wall. [&hellip
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