Posts Tagged ‘Reviews’

Doug’s Top 12 Theatre Picks for 2012, Pt 2

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

thewhale Below, find the top 6 theatrical contributions of the first half of the 2012-2013 season! Read Part 1 here. 6. Golden Boy Bartlett Sher’s impassioned revival proved Clifford Odets morality play to be completely accessible. In a sterling ensemble, Seth Numrich stood out with a breakout performance as the boxer caught between two professions and [&hellip
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Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson

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

Photo by Chris Bennion. Carolee Carmello gets the star treatment she deserves in an underwhelming new musical Life stories are a tricky business. Every individual weathers enough ups and downs to have their own experience merit the telling – but that doesn’t mean that all lives translate to cogent dramatic arcs. Aimee Semple McPherson, however, one of the more [&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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Armond White: Theory vs. Practice

Written by Our Town Downtown on . Posted in Film, Our Town Downtown

“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 visualized Plato’s allegory. When it’s good, Chronicle is less [&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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Garbo the Spy: Remaking Movie History

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Film

garbo In a healthier film culture, Garbo the Spy would make history. Its great pleasure is that it remakes history: telling the real life story of a WWII counterspy Joan Pujol Garcia through the sophisticated use of fictional film footage. It was Garcia who misled the Nazis about a planned maneuver at Calais—misdirection that facilitated the American’s D-Day landing on [&hellip
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City Arts Exclusive: Embargo Blues

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Film

rooney-tattoo-300x300 CityArts Editor Armond White addresses the current controversy between critics and Hollywood about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The issue industry-forced “embargoes” on reviews is not “inside baseball” shop talk. It effects the way movies are sold and received in the entire culture. White rips away the naivete that has confused journalists, bloggers, gossip columnists [&hellip
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