The NY Press‘ Armond White, our favorite contrarian critic, has posted his yearly list of the films he believes are not just underappreciated but better than titles that have the consensus behind them. And he uses math! Or at least a “greater than” symbol. It’s a fascinating summary of White’s frequently confounding and always confrontational movie preferences, with “The Social Network” really taking it on the chin this round. A selection of some of his picks:
Wild Grass > The Social Network
Alain Resnais concocted one of the year’s two best films with a constantly inventive fantasia on our common idiosyncrasy not polarized like the high-tech bullying that David Fincher burnishes and sentimentalizes.
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole > Toy Story 3
Zack Snyder’s such a compelling visionary he can credibly turn owls into human surrogates while resurrecting the moral meaning of narrative; Toy Story 3 is a full-length commercial for dupes who mistake merchandizing for culture.
Jonah Hex > True Grit
Jimmy Hayward’s neo-Western written by unsung geniuses Neveldine-Tayloris more stirring than even the Coen Brothers’ very-good remake.