By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Juvenile Cinephile On 2016

“Talked about on release, promptly torn apart, and seemingly disposed album of Lady Gaga’s transparent persona swap into country pop, ‘Joanne’ was an album that hit [personal] pleasure sensors. I appreciate belting, which Lady Gaga gives generously, I appreciate kitsch, I appreciate cheese, and I appreciate an artist just going there. Say what you will about Lady Gaga, but she has the gamesmanship and commitment of making a fool while still hitting whatever goal she sought, no matter how weird that goal was. This was the artist that gave us, ‘Venus,’ lest we forget. People’s problem with Lady Gaga is that her movements, turns, and persona swaps are again, so indicating, so transparent, and so seemingly inauthentic. Yet, in all of her work, somebody who is this music school-trained theater kid, postmodern artist hits either a point that is either transcendence or surrender against what we view as her approach, and embraces everything she could possibly be doing.”
~ Juvenile Cinephile On 2016

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A Spirited Exchange

“In some ways Christopher Nolan has become our Stanley Kubrick,” reads the first sentence of David Bordwell’s latest blog post–none of which I want or intend to read after that desperate opening sentence. If he’d written “my” or “some people’s” instead of “our”, I might have read further. Instead, I can only surmise that in some ways David Bordwell may have become our Lars von Trier.”
~ Jonathan Rosenbaum On Facebook

“Jonathan has written a despicable thing in comparing me to Trump. He’s free to read or not read what I write, and even to judge arguments without reading them. It’s not what you’d expect from a sensible critic, but it’s what Jonathan has chosen to do, for reasons of a private nature he has confided to me in an email What I request from him is an apology for comparing my ideas to Trump’s.”
~ David Bordwell Replies

“Yes, I do apologize, sincerely, for such a ridiculous and quite unwarranted comparison. The private nature of my grievance with David probably fueled my post, but it didn’t dictate it, even though I’m willing to concede that I overreacted. Part of what spurred me to post something in the first place is actually related to a positive development in David’s work–an improvement in his prose style ever since he wrote (and wrote very well) about such elegant prose stylists as James Agee and Manny Farber. But this also brought a journalistic edge to his prose, including a dramatic flair for journalistic ‘hooks’ and attention-grabbers, that is part of what I was responding to. Although I realize now that David justifies his opening sentence with what follows, and far less egregiously than I implied he might have, I was responding to the drum roll of that opening sentence as a provocation, which it certainly was and is.”
~ Jonathan Rosenbaum Replies

“In my own mind, I’ve always been a writer and the fact that I act is, well… it’s been very enjoyable and I love doing it. It has been good for me, but in my own mind I’m just a writer with a bizarre activity—acting—that I undertake.”
~ Wallace Shawn