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Happy New Year, fellow Ricochetti. The ACF is introducing, along with our flagship movie podcast and the Middlebrow series, a Critic series. Our first guest is one of my favorites, Armond White, of NRO and Out magazine, formerly of City Arts and other venues. He is the gritty reboot of American criticism–the hero we need even, if not necessarily the one we deserve. No one is more counter-cultural and there is nothing more needful, because it is absent, than counter-cultural voices and thoughts. If you want to get to know a man who thinks of criticism as a vocation and whose love of American pop culture is both deep and spontaneous, he’s your guy.
We talk about lots of different topics in film criticism and society and ultimately we appeal to consumers to drive the change. Conservatives are not happy with popular culture and rightly complain it’s often not even popular and it’s not clear how often it’s art, either. But they too often follow the liberal impulses and are driven in their judgment by them. Here we come to save the day.
As for our discussion of tragedy in American pop culture, The Godfather takes pride of place (here’s my podcast) and nowadays we have the DC movies made by the Nolan brothers, David S. Goyer, and Zack Snyder. See my essay on Justice League, as well as my podcasts on the Nolans, on Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, and of course on Nolan’s latest, Dunkirk. (That was one of my picks for best movie in my essay on stoicism at the movies in 2017.)Published in