Faith, Hope and Cinema

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

Makhmalbaf’s new masterpiece explores religious need The secular tendency that dominates today’s movies makes the spiritual inquiry in The Gardener even more remarkable. It is the bold new film by one of the great international moviemakers, Iran’s Mohsen Makhmalbaf, who typically, transcends genre; here mixing the religious feeling of Biblical epics like Frank Borzage’s The [&hellip
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It’s a Nerd, Nerd, Nerd, Nerd World

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

Computer Chess is Mumblecore’s first gear shift Whatever else is going on in Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess, it is also–unmistakably–a satire on film culture’s extinction. The weird weekend gathering of chess and computer geeks at an early 80s conference (they’re testing whether a machine can outplay a human being) is deliberately antique-looking; it becomes a [&hellip
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Key Krazy

Written by Jay Nordlinger on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Notes from a piano extravaganza  Jerome Rose presides over the annual piano extravaganza at Mannes College. More formally, this extravaganza is the International Keyboard Institute & Festival, or IKIF. Rose is its founder and director. IKIF takes place in the second half of July. And, every year, Rose gives the opening recital. This year, he [&hellip
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Blues For Mr. Allen

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

A Madoff parody that’s ripe for sniping Cate Blanchett’s singularly obnoxious character in Blue Jasmine blocks our empathy. First because she’s such a phony–having changed her name from the mundane Jeanette to the pretentious Jasmine (“My mother’s favorite flower”), next because she embodies superciliousness (comically indifferent to everyone’s interest besides her own love of couture-brands [&hellip
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It’s Time for Kronos

Written by Valerie Gladstone on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit

Popular Quartet begins three-week season at Lincoln Center Out of Doors “It’s our biggest festival,” says David Harrington, the Kronos Quartet founder and violinist, referring to Lincoln Center Out of Doors. It opens a three- week season on July 24 with a five-day program celebrating the famed music group’s 40th anniversary.  He is on the [&hellip
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Toys Are Rust

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

Dusting off Del Toro’s fatally childish Pacific Rim After Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel brought visual ingenuity, emotion and moral gravity to the sci-fi spectacular, it’s hard to settle for over-the-top childishness like Pacific Rim. Director Guillermo del Toro favors frivolous exaggeration–the world under attack by Kaiju, gargantuan sea monsters. Mankind fights back by building [&hellip
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Praise Yeezus

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

Idylls of Self-Projection It’s fitting Kanye West kicked off the promotional campaign for his new album Yeezus with a series of 66 projections, many of which were reportedly unsanctioned by authorities, of the New Slaves video onto landmark buildings throughout the world. Yeezus is all about projection. Just ask Lou Reed, whose July 3 review [&hellip
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