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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Urkel, Is That You?


This is a repost of a piece I did 2 years ago on crazy critic Armond White. I reposted it so you can get a bit more of a feel of what I'm talking about on the post above...

I thought that Armond White was a bit rough on "Talk To Me" and Kasi Lemmons....sure, it wasn't the greatest film, but it was no "Soul Plane" either. (I posted his review yesterday).

So I did a bit of snoopin' around on dude, and found some interesting tidbits. Even though they kinda speak for themselves, I will give up a bit of commentary:

-He is known for his support of Steven Spielberg, Brian DePalma, D.W. Griffith (?!!), and Charles Stone III (who directed the classics "Mr. 3000", "Drumline", and "Paid In Full") *1

-He started at the New York Black weekly newspaper "The City Sun" extolling the virtues of Morrisey, The Pet Shop Boys, and Erasure. *2

-Goes on about people like Spike Lee "sullying the Black Experience". *3

-Gave high praises to the films "Torque", "Little Man" (?), "Sahara", and "Against The Ropes" *4

-Had the audacity to write a book about Tupac. *5


*1 He gives big love to the richest man in Hollywood, a misogynist director who has never featured anyone black in his films, the director who made "Birth of a Nation", the most racist film in history, and some bootleg director to show he is "down"? Dude seriously knows what side his bread is buttered on.

*2 That's like your grandmother buying Jet magazine to find out about all the latest going-ons of Lindsey Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Jessica Simpson.

*3 Huh?

*4 No comment necessary

*5 Do we really want someone who was writing reviews before I was born and who emulated Pauline Kael to write a book about the effects of Tupac on the world?


He reminds me of another mainstream "expert" who also had his origins in the non-black world decades ago, whose "expertise" is also questionable, but not his ability to generate controversy. "Stylist" Andre Leon Talley:


4 comments:

Lenox Ave said...

Anyone who would extol the virtues of the craptacular,(I laughed so hard because it was so bad)Torque, is batshit crazy and needs to be removed from the streets. That is all.

ALT is looney, but not THAT looney.

Wow Jones said...

For those interested, Armond White is hosting a special presentation on the music videos of Michael Jackson. Specifically, it deals with Michael's innovations in the music video genre.

It takes place in New York City over at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center at the end of August. Here's the link.

http://www.filmlinc.com/wrt/onsale/mj.html

Armond White made a similar presentation in January of 2008.

Invisible Woman said...

@lenox: yeah, you're right, ALT is pretty smart and savvy. he fit in against all odds...and he does seem like a nice guy

@wow jones: thanks!

Wow Jones said...

IW,

You are welcome. Hope the information is helpful.

By the way,

Armond White made a similar presentation on Michael Jackson in January 2008.

Here's a review:

http://wowjonesreport.blogspot.com/2008/01/michael-jackson-subject-of-state-of-art.html

Here are two clips from that presentation

(Part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pdb5jEDFxSM

(Part 2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBe0Aeh_jO4


Here's to trying to get the word out...

Best,
Wow Jones