Screen Junkies » Armond White http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:32:49 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Armond White Thought ‘Jack And Jill’ Was Just Great, Thank You http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/armond-white-thought-jack-and-jill-was-just-great-thank-you/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/armond-white-thought-jack-and-jill-was-just-great-thank-you/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2011 19:01:56 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=236579 He also thought the war in Iraq was our nation's finest hour and P.F. Chang's has pretty authentic Chinese food.

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Not everyone hated Jack and Jill. Renowned critic (and equally renowned contrarian) Armond White of City Arts has published a review praising Adam Sandler’s new film in which he plays his own female twin. White opens up by claiming that Sandler’s films aren’t “dumb fun,” which I guess is technically true since they aren’t fun at all, and goes on to appreciate all the things that we never knew existed in a film whose biggest plot point is the fact that Adam Sandler is sometimes a girl.

Among the things Armond White think Jack and Jill addresses in his review:

  • Sibling Rivalry (eh, maybe)
  • A Style of Comedy (Through Embarrassment) That “Goes Back To The Greeks” (Ugh. Fine. Technically. I guess.)
  • Jack and Jill’s Strength Lying in the Fact That Sandler May Be The “Least Ethnically Abashed Jewish Film Comic outside the Borscht Belt.” (I don’t know where the Borscht Belt is, so I can’t weigh in here. I’m sorry.)
You get the idea. This guy is just operating on a different level of film criticism here (somewhat likely) and/or he’s a crazy asshole who wants people to write articles critiquing his critique (absolutely certain).
Either way, I guess someone liked Jack and Jill. Or claims to have, at least.

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Darren Aronofsky Hates Armond White http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/darren-aronofsky-hates-armond-whit/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/darren-aronofsky-hates-armond-whit/#comments Tue, 11 Jan 2011 18:14:42 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=15302 Darren Aronofsky can add another entry to his fine list of accomplishments: Bitching out Armond White in person at an awards ceremony.

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Darren Aronofsky can add another entry to his fine list of accomplishments: Bitching out Armond White in person at an awards ceremony. According to MovieLine, last night at the New York Film Critics’ Circle Awards ceremony, Aronofsky was presenting the Best Cinematography Award to Matthew Libatique when he unleashed the following tirade on the beloved-by-everyone-else New York Press film critic: “I thought I was giving Armond White the compassion award because if you don’t have something you should get it. Seriously, keep it up because you give all of us another reason not to read New York Press.” If this were a snarky article on the internet, I’d write something like “buuuurrrrrnnnn!” now. Buuuurrrrrnnnn!

Anyway, Aronofsky has a better reason than most to be pissed at Mr. White, after his slam on the director’s latest effort, Black Swan. In it, White unfavorably compares Aronofsky’s movie to Kanye West‘s 30-minute-plus music video for the song “Runaway.” Try and figure out if this is real or a parody:

Our dumbed-down film culture is likely to prefer Black Swan precisely because: 1.) It is insipid; 2.) It glamorizes white petulance without specifically identifying its sociological or cultural sources; 3.) Its nonsense is familiar.

The article also says Aronofsky apologized afterward, but honestly, who cares about that?

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