Melissa Anderson is the senior film critic at the Village Voice, for which she first began writing in 2000. She is also a contributor to Artforum and Bookforum.
2 days ago | Film and TV
A kick for those who've distractedly thumbed through Hollywood Babylon, Joel and Ethan Coen's bustling comedy Hail, Caesar! looks back to the waning days of moviedom's golden age: specifically, to 1951, when big-studio fixers were still tidying up...
4 days ago | Film and TV
"I considered myself an energy that had not been classified." Grace Jones's I'll Never Write My Memoirs, published last fall, abounds with spot-on self-assessments like that one. Here the disco deity/singer/actress/supernova is appraising her perf...
7 days ago | Film and TV
Jacques Rivette, one of the pentad of critics-turned-filmmakers who became the architects of the French Nouvelle Vague, died at his home in Paris today, at age 87. (Of those five auteurs, only Jean-Luc Godard remains.) Open-ended, destabilizing, a...
10 days ago | Film and TV
Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg are, without question, the most provocative distaff screen-acting dynasty of any era or nation. Their early notoriety was shaped by their nuclear bond with France's foremost louche polymath: Birkin made many re...
Dance Dance Revolution: MoMA Celebrates the Films of Jack Cole, Whose Choreography Shaped His Century17 days ago | Film and TV
Though his name has largely been forgotten, Jack Cole had a profound influence on many of the best-known American stage and/or screen choreographers: Alvin Ailey, Jerome Robbins, Michael Bennett, and especially Bob Fosse. Cole pioneered what would...
Few filmmakers explore the mysteries of coupledom as touchingly as post–Nouvelle Vague maestro Philippe Garrel, who specializes in mapping out romantic triangles (whether acute, obtuse or oblique). The rich enigmas of his latest movie,...