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Armond White published his 13th “Better Than” list, the only counter-cultural idea in year-end, awards-season fawning over the same overpraised film-making, usually in undercooked film criticism. Here’s the list! He joined me to talk about the sorry state of film criticism, as well as about three worthwhile movies. We discuss where they touch on greatness: Greta Gerwing’s teenage girl’s coming of age story, Lady Bird, Terence Davies’s Emily Dickinson biopic, A Quiet Passion, and the indefatigable Luc Besson’s dazzling, startlingly insightful galactic 3-D blockbuster, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Worlds.
Armond White at Comicon!
How partisan blindness gets liberal film critics to both love a movie and ignore the ways it criticizes liberalism!
The worst hack who wrote E.M. Forster adaptations for the screen decades back is back for awards season, with more sentimentality and visions of class privilege!Published in