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(Variety)   OK dude, you are taking your job as a film critic just a little too far   (variety.com ) divider line
    More: Asinine, Too Far, New York Film Critics Circle, Armond White, Harry Belafonte, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Annette Bening, humans  
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2014-01-07 01:20:04 PM  
That this man is an idiot troll is a given, but when you are a White guy (literally) calling a black man who is accepting and award for a widely praised film about extremely racially charged issues, and you call him "a doorman and a garbage man"  that crosses the line from "obnoxiously trolling" to "Michael Richards-style career killing racist comment"


I wouldn't be surprised if this has career implications for Mr. White
 
2014-01-07 01:22:19 PM  

Magorn: That this man is an idiot troll is a given, but when you are a White guy (literally) calling a black man who is accepting and award for a widely praised film about extremely racially charged issues, and you call him "a doorman and a garbage man"  that crosses the line from "obnoxiously trolling" to "Michael Richards-style career killing racist comment"


I wouldn't be surprised if this has career implications for Mr. White


If we're reading about this in Variety rather than on CNN.... no.

If he were an actual critic instead of a despised piece of sh*t, then no.  People will assume it's an act and say f*ck it.
 
2014-01-07 01:39:46 PM  

empres77: jaylectricity: empres77: jaylectricity: When I was 17...I had a very good beer...

Did you purchase it with a fake ID?

Nah, it was just a horrible reference that I think of every time I hear the name Steve McQueen. It doesn't even really make sense and I shouldn't have typed.

OH LAWD...

"When I was seventeen
I drank some very good beer
I drank some very good beer
I purchased with a fake ID
My name was Brian McGee
I stayed up listening to Queen
When I was seventeen"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0GAjK64VZg
 
2014-01-07 02:04:01 PM  

coeyagi: Armond White is such a contrarian, self-aggrandizing piece of sh*t that RottenTomatoes dropped him.  And they still carry TONS of obscure asshat blog reviews.


Which is kind-of the problem with RT--unless you select their "Top Critic" list, you're getting a lot of reviews from blogs written by Joe Schmoes.  Which (in and of itself) can be fine for a wider cross-section of reviews, but you're also more likely to get an average score highly influenced by film-criticism versions of Fark Politics Tab trolls.  I find Metacritic's methodology to be a little more useful for that reason (and a few minor others).

Strange year for movies.  Almost all of the films mentioned for Best Picture at the Oscars have wound up on at least one "Worst Films of 2013" list (with the exceptions of Philomena and Gravity, IIRC).  I don't recall there being so much divisiveness among critics, at least not for quite a long time.  Part of that may well be, as you say, the obscure asshat blog reviews, or perhaps the desire for a lot of younger critics to try to make a name for themselves in the wake of Ebert's death.

Or not.  I don't farking know.
 
2014-01-07 03:02:40 PM  

Blame Hofmann: Armond White is fantastic.  I don't often agree with him, but his knowledge of movies and application of that to his reviews is an interesting, refreshing perspective on film.  fark you if you can't handle some educated guy criticizing a film you like. (I'm not condoning his heckling however.)


On the off chance you are trying to be serious, I think you should research a little more about his opinions.  He is clearly educated and understands movies.  And yet most of his reviews are plain troll bait.  Most people can handle someone criticizing one of their favorite films, but when, for example, you rank Toy Story 3, a movie with 99% favorable ratings, as one of the worst films you have reviewed and write, "Toy Story 3 is so besotted with brand names and product-placement that it stops being about the innocent pleasures of imagination -- the usefulness of toys -- and strictly celebrates consumerism,"you are going to raise some eyebrows, at least.  I mean, while I can maybe understand someone not liking Toy Story 3 (maybe), that quote isn't an interesting, refreshing, or accurate perspective on the film at all.  And when The Kids Are All Right and and Inception (not a fan) are also on your list of worst films, people might be fair to suggest that you might have a pretty poor understanding of film.

But when you do all those things and then rank Grown Ups as a top 10 film, and write, "Cheerful and surprisingly heartfelt," about it, you remove any doubt that you are providing your genuine thoughts about the movies you review.
 
2014-01-07 03:03:57 PM  

Magorn: That this man is an idiot troll is a given, but when you are a White guy (literally) calling a black man who is accepting and award for a widely praised film about extremely racially charged issues, and you call him "a doorman and a garbage man"  that crosses the line from "obnoxiously trolling" to "Michael Richards-style career killing racist comment"


I wouldn't be surprised if this has career implications for Mr. White


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Literally. Yup.
 
2014-01-07 03:39:19 PM  

LesserEvil: Magorn: That this man is an idiot troll is a given, but when you are a White guy (literally) calling a black man who is accepting and award for a widely praised film about extremely racially charged issues, and you call him "a doorman and a garbage man"  that crosses the line from "obnoxiously trolling" to "Michael Richards-style career killing racist comment"


I wouldn't be surprised if this has career implications for Mr. White

Literally. Yup.


Cue "that's the joke" pic... Notice the capital "W" in "White man". He IS literally a "White man". A man named "White".
 
2014-01-07 03:56:18 PM  
Mr. White,
i37.photobucket.com

...you new shoes are ready...
 
2014-01-07 05:00:26 PM  

thefatbasturd: LesserEvil: Magorn: That this man is an idiot troll is a given, but when you are a White guy (literally) calling a black man who is accepting and award for a widely praised film about extremely racially charged issues, and you call him "a doorman and a garbage man"  that crosses the line from "obnoxiously trolling" to "Michael Richards-style career killing racist comment"


I wouldn't be surprised if this has career implications for Mr. White

Literally. Yup.

Cue "that's the joke" pic... Notice the capital "W" in "White man". He IS literally a "White man". A man named "White".


Yes, that's what I thought... but it was pointless to ramble on about "career killing racism" just to make the joke. It seemed like the poster didn't quite know what he was talking about.
 
2014-01-07 07:38:19 PM  
When he was still writing for the New York Press (a now-defunct rag most people used as a subway time-killer), there was a solid year or so where every single review he wrote was a comparison to Munich.  I don't remember what the connection was between it and Madea's Family Reunion, but he saw it.  Whether that makes him a genius, insane or a troll, I can't say.
 
2014-01-07 09:16:05 PM  
his review of 12 Years was one of the best prices of film criticism I've ever read, and I cut my teeth on James Agee. It's that significant and it cuts the movie right to proper size: pornographic white-guilt-whitewashing from a commercial sellout.

Armond writes some shifty reviews and he's trolling a lot of the time, but in return, every once in a while we get a pearl of brilliance like that review.

He is singlehandedly keeping cinema as an art form and critical discourse alive at this point. Its his goddamn job to harass phonies and insincere hucksters and if that means humiliating them at an industry fog and pony awards show, so much the better.

There is not a single other critic outside of academia (or gonzo amateur) I ever look for, bit I regularly revisit Armond just to see what he's come up with.
 
2014-01-07 09:16:40 PM  
Armond White is what happens when a Farker farks a thesaurus and then frequently molests him with a Criterion catalogue.
 
2014-01-07 09:46:07 PM  
Wow, a lot of Farkers trying to channel Armond White and failing miserably.
 
2014-01-07 10:23:34 PM  
i.imgur.com

You went full troll, man. You never go full troll.
 
2014-01-08 12:45:42 AM  
I'm convinced at this point that Armond White's entire persona is some elaborate performance art, created as a commentary on modern criticism.   No one can be this big of a dick, for no apparent reason at all.
 
2014-01-08 10:17:03 AM  
Yeah! There is no room whatsoever for negativity like this. Everyone needs to be lock step together as we unanimously fawn over every chosen Hollywood feature and fellate the careers of these brave, hard working souls.
 
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