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Alison Willmore

Armond White’s Interrupting Kanye Moment (photo)

Armond White’s Interrupting Kanye Moment

At the New York Film Critics Circle awards dinner on Monday, this year’s chairman, Armond White, played a particularly churlish master of ceremonies, making his feelings about some of the group’s choices clear as he introduced each award, going as far as suggesting that perhaps Tony Kushner, who presented the top prize to “The Social […]

Trailering: How I Met Your “HappyThankYouMorePlease” (photo)

Trailering: How I Met Your “HappyThankYouMorePlease”

Though it premiered at Sundance last year, “HappyThankYouMorePlease,” the directorial debut of “How I Met Your Mother” star Josh Radnor, is only just getting into theaters on March 4th. A romantic comedy about a group of friends in their late 20s/early 30s struggling with adulthood in New York City (sound familiar?), “HappyThankYouMorePlease” also stars Radnor […]

Bill Murray on Sofia Coppola (photo)

Bill Murray on Sofia Coppola

Bill Murray presented Sofia Coppola with a “Special Filmmaking Achievement” award for “Somewhere” at the National Board of Review Awards last night. Vulture has a full transcript of his speech. A selection: I want the best for her because she’s a lady. She acts like a lady, the women in her movies are ladies, they […]

Watch Quentin Tarantino’s First Film “My Best Friend’s Birthday” (photo)

Watch Quentin Tarantino’s First Film “My Best Friend’s Birthday”

Scott Beale of Laughing Squid points out that the surviving 36 minutes (the original 70 minute rough cut was damaged in a fire) of “My Best Friend’s Birthday,” Quentin Tarantino’s first film, are on YouTube, below. The black and white film was shot on 16mm over several years and finished in 1987 — Tarantino directed […]

Subtitling “True Grit” (photo)

Subtitling “True Grit”

College Humor offers phonetic subtitles for Rooster Cogburn’s distinctively delivered dialogue. [H/t to Slashfilm]

Trailering: John Carpenter’s “The Ward” (photo)

Trailering: John Carpenter’s “The Ward”

With this and “Sucker Punch,” we’re just one feature short of a 2011 nubile-girls-in-scary-asylums trend. “The Ward” is the first film from John Carpenter since 2001’s “Ghosts of Mars,” and it stars “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane”‘s Amber Heard as a girl whose stay in a mental institution in the mid-’60s complicated by a […]

RZA’s Crazy Martial Arts Movie Actually Happening (photo)

RZA’s Crazy Martial Arts Movie Actually Happening

“The Man With The Iron Fist” could be the oddest movie of 2011 — a martial arts flick that Eli Roth co-wrote with RZA, who’s also slated to direct and act in it as “a weapons-making village blacksmith in feudal China,” reportedly alongside Russell Crowe and, according to the IMDb page, Lucy Liu and martial […]

Park Chan-wook’s iPhone Film (photo)

Park Chan-wook’s iPhone Film

The latest film from Park Chan-wook, Korea’s great chronicler of revenge and its accoutrements, is a short shot entirely on the iPhone 4. According to Mobiledia: The South Korean movie director screened his latest work, a short called “Paranmanjang,” which means “ups and downs” in Korean. The 30-minute fantasy-horror short, shot in collaboration with Park’s […]

The State of the Superhero Movie (photo)

The State of the Superhero Movie

The talent getting involved — like Michel Gondry, Darren Aronofsky and others — may be better than ever, but the superhero movie and other comic book adaptations seem to be in a moment of flux, as the studio system runs out of or reboots prominent franchises and struggles with how to adapt more niche series. […]

Armond White’s Annual “Greater Than” List (photo)

Armond White’s Annual “Greater Than” List

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 […]