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12 Years a Slave was my favorite film of the year, so I was pretty disappointed when I read in outlets such as The Guardian and Variety  that former /Filmcast guest Armond White had heckled Steve McQueen during the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Sure, White was no fan of 12 Years a Slave, as demonstrated in our /Filmcast review of the film with him. But shouting down a man during an evening meant to praise him? It struck me as wildly inappropriate. The Chair of the NYFCC, Joshua Rothkopf, agreed and issued a public apology. 

You can listen to some low-quality audio of the incident at Filmlinc.

I asked Armond White to respond to the allegations. I have recorded our conversation and I am releasing it in its entirety as a bonus /Filmcast episode. After the jump, you can download the episode and find some transcribed excerpts from our conversation. Note that this audio file is a combination of two separate recorded files, but none of Armond’s remarks were abridged. You can read Armond’s latest “Better Than” list at CityArts. See also Luke O’Neill’s essay on “The Year We Broke The Internet.”
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This podcast contains spoilers for Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty.

Dave, Devindra, and Adam chat with film critic Armond White about Quentin Tarantino’s work in Django Unchained, as well as why Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Taken 2 are better films than Zero Dark Thirty. Be sure to check out Armond’s Django review, as well as his “Better Than” list for 2012. 

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993.
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I have nothing but respect for Armond White, but to say his opinions are unpopular is like saying the Sun will rise. It’s a foregone conclusion, and two of his most recent posts fit that bill and then some. In one post, he argues that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is better than Raiders of the Lost Ark and in another he says Paul W.S. Anderson is a better filmmaker than both Martin Scorsese and Paul Thomas Anderson, comparing Resident Evil: Retribution and The Master. (That one is a few weeks old but we hadn’t written about it yet.)

The scary thing is, White is such a talented, smart writer and has such confidence in his outlandish arguments you almost want to believe them. Can he convince you? Read some excerts and link to the full articles after the jump. Read More »

Has Armond White Been Kicked Off Rotten Tomatoes?

Thanks to Adam Sandler, Armond White is back in the news. The former New York Press film critic who notoriously loves almost universally panned movies like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Jonah Hex while hating, and often being the sole voice of opposition against, beloved films like Inception and Toy Story 3, last week published a rave review for Jack & Jill, Sandler’s latest film which has gotten some of the worst reviews of his career. That film currently stands at a putrid 3% on Rotten Tomatoes but White’s review has not been included. In fact, he hasn’t been featured on the site for a few months. Has Rotten Tomatoes finally kicked off Armond White for being controversially contrary? It depends on who you ask. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley chat with film critic Armond White about this year’s New York Film Critics Circle controversy, the online reaction to his persona, his thoughts on Toy Story 3, and the state of film criticism in general. You can find Armond’s reviews at CityArts.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. We’ll be back on Slashfilm’s live page on Sunday (10/23) at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST to hear us discuss Paranormal Activity 3.

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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The man who famously panned Toy Story 3 and Inception but loved Grown Ups and Jonah Hex once again finds himself at the center of a huge controversy. This time, though, it’s a bit more serious than his unconventional taste in movies. Famously contrarian New York Press film critic Armond White got national attention last week after getting into a public war of words with Darren Aronofsky and reportedly making Annette Bening cry at the New York Critics Circle Awards. Now White has accused that group of attempting to smear his reputation because of racism.

In addition to a brand new essay on the topic, which describes the events in detail, White appeared on Sirius XM’s Ron Bennington Interviews to not only comment on the events at the Awards but to air his beef with Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman and Entertainment Weekly critic Lisa Schwartzbaum. The full interview will air at 2 p.m. Sunday on Sirius Stars Too, XM 139, Sirius 108 but Bennington played some clips from the interview on his regular show, The Ron and Fez Show, which airs at 11 a.m. weekdays on XM 202, Sirius 197 .

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the-social-network-posterThis week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss the passing of several great cinema icons, praise the brilliance of Louis CK, and delve into the state of online journalism and film criticism. Special guest Anthony Ha joins us from VentureBeat.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us on Sunday (10/10) at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Let Me In.

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