The Last Word: Armond White Dares to Connect Nolan’s Batman to the Colorado Shootings
What you are about to read is Armond White’s commentary on the Colorado Theater Shooting.
First a preface.
Much has been said of Armond White. People seem to find it hard to make up their minds about him; either he’s a deliberate contrarian or a fearless revolutionary, a brilliant critic or a lunatic elitist, a silly troll or a renegade prophet.
If you’ve been accustomed to reading posts from this film blog, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that the people behind the scenes here at Film-Cycle are admirers/students of Armond White’s film criticism/cultural commentary.
We find his intuitive explorations into pop culture and society via film to be the most intelligent, provocative, uncompromising and “truthful” (ringing truer than most) forms of film criticism today.
A word of caution; to approach the work of Armond White one requires not only an “open” but mature mind. You must also have, or endeavor to seek and obtain, a more enlightened, deeper look at cinema, far beyond mere entertainment or product, but as a potential and sometimes literal (often transcendent) reflection of society/humanity (i.e. and interpretive form of expression or explanation).
I feel it is important, when viewing the work of someone such as Armond White, to approach it with this frame of mind. You will find you are not as quick, as others have been, to lazily mislabel his prose as the machinations of a deliberately contrarian troll. I think that if you manage to escape this trap of backwards thinking, you’ll find that you’ve come upon a truly enlightened brand of dynamic film criticism.
Now, without any further ado, here is the aforementioned article about the tragedy.
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An Archive of White’s work, dating back to 2000 can be found here:
Posted on July 26, 2012, in Film and tagged Armond White, Christopher Nolan, Colorado Shooting, Colorado Theater Shooting, Colorado Tragedy, Dark Knight, Dark Knight Rises, James Egan Holmes, Roger Ebert, The Dark Knight Rises. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.