• The New York Press’s Armond White on Made in U.S.A and 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her—by way of Michael Bay (we knew it would happen someday!):

    “Both these widescreen spectacles can help remind moviegoers how important it is to appreciate movies as a visual art form that represents the world and the imagination with creativity and integrity. That’s what is missing from the Harry Potter junk, where imagery is corrupted into tired, overfamiliar, nonvisceral special effects. Made in U.S.A and 2 or 3 Things have more in common with the visual wit of Michael Bay’s Transformers 2. It is Godard’s bold example that taught Bay to love sound and image. All these films share a visual language and a way of seeing the world that is rooted in an artistic use of technology. What a triple bill.”

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  • By Troppmann
    August 14, 2009
    02:10 AM

    I imagine that any somewhat intelligent student of film should find the above quote rather painful to read. Yes, all of us probably prefer Godard's films to the Harry Potter series. Mr. White shouldn't feel too proud of himself for making this aesthetic judgment. In fact, he should probably feel embarassed about bombarding us with meaningless superlatives instead of offering some kind of analysis of Godard's films. What do these words - "imagination", "creativity", 'integrity", "artistic use of technology" - tell us about the nature of film art? Did he actually get paid for writing this?
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  • By c.k.
    October 23, 2009
    05:48 AM

    Armond White surely knows more about the Films than the guy above (TROPPMAN) does.
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    • By JETyler
      May 14, 2012
      03:53 AM

      Perhaps..but based on his statement above...its NOT evident.
  • By Godardimaniac
    March 27, 2010
    06:26 PM

    Very funny, White. They have so much in common. Right. When so many of Godard's films are about the evils of advertising and the Trannyformers series is practically five witless hours of General Motors advertising and product placement. Not to mention Godard's own hatred of Hollyweird and Spielberg, Executive Producer. The very insightful, very wise Armond White strikes again!
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  • By MA
    January 14, 2011
    12:08 AM

    To top the ignominy of having Bay's film's in the collection, you miss the irony - or deliberate foolishness - in the quote and actually bring the titles together below it?
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  • By Izodrik
    January 14, 2011
    02:51 PM

    Loving great film and the Criterion Collection doesn't make one an uptight snob, a pompous asshole, if you will. Stop it already. We're in good hands. Look closely. Get out of your own way.
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  • By HAHAHAHAHA
    January 29, 2011
    08:32 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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  • By Batzomon
    December 03, 2011
    11:20 AM

    Brother, just when I think I've heard all the foolish thing White has to say, he tops himself. I would feign to believe that Michael Bay takes his style from Godard as Brett Ratner takes his style from Jodorowsky.
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