Posts Tagged ‘Movies’

Built to Last: Jackie Robinson and Hollywood Make History Again

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

CA-42 Review Ford Boseman Jackie Robinson and Hollywood make history again We are fortunate to have been spared Spike Lee’s take on the Jackie Robinson story, which surely would have been spiteful; emphatic about race grievance and loaded with other Spikey tangents. But Brian Helgeland has made a superb tale about Robinson’s groundbreaking desegregation of baseball through the machinations [&hellip
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Cold Case

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

Silence Misery finds plenty of company in ‘The Silence’ The trouble with tragedy is that it is harder than one might think for it to elicit emotion from a third party. Sometimes, an audience remains at a distance despite the harrowing event befalling the characters in front of their eyes. And so it goes with The [&hellip
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On His Majesty’s Secret Service: 007’s “Skyfall” Goes Sky-High

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

Naomie Harris and Daniel Craig in 007's Skyfall. Agent 007 James Bond (Daniel Craig) returns to his roots in Skyfall, defending the MI6 agency to which he’s always had steadfast dedication, even while gallantly enjoying its bachelor benefits. On home turf, Bond restores all of us to our pop culture roots; Skyfall’s national security plot, combining an arch villain’s (Javier Bardem) threats to [&hellip
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For Your Ears Only: The Best James Bond Themes Remembered

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

goldfinger Shirley Eaton Movie theme songs work as souvenirs; they bring the movie back to your heart—through your ears. No movie series has given the world more aural mementos than the James Bond films. Like the lusted-over, fantasized Bond girls, the Bond themes are not just love objects; the songs are timeless, idealized encapsulations of the excitements of [&hellip
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‘Frankenweenie’ vs. ‘ParaNorman’

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

Frankenweenie600 THE TRICK AND TREAT OF HOLLYWOOD HALLOWEEN Tim Burton reaches the outer limits of creepy in Frankenweenie, the 3D remake of his 1984 animated short about a boy who plays Frankenstein and brings his dead dog Sparky back to life. That’s why it was a relief to step from that gothic cliché to the more [&hellip
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At Union Square, Fans Lined for Dark Knight Rises Midnight Showing

Written by NYPress on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

dark-knight-rises6 By Paul Bisceglio It wasn’t the line New York deserved, but the one it had to wait in last night to see Batman. Movie nerds, comic book nerds and their reluctant significant others alike lined 13th Street at Union Square’s Regal Stadium 14 yesterday for the opening of The Dark Knight Rises, the highly anticipated [&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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A Guide to Educational Summer Day Camps

Written by NYPress on . Posted in Continuing Education, Family, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, Special Sections, West Side Spirit

By Meghan Gearino, Kat Harrison and Elizabeth Raymond   We doubt that anyone thinks of New York City as a summer camp mecca—but by most standards, it really is. Consider all the children’s activity centers and enrichment programs that the city is blessed with—some go on hiatus and some slow down in the summertime, offering [&hellip
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