The minute December 1st was upon us, the Internet and print media alike began to fill its shelves and papers with content-heavy, link-heavy and rank-heavy lists, all of which give the reader some sort of guidance as to what actually happened over the past 365 days. Of course, we here at the Voice we ... More >>
LMFAO w/Far East Movement, The Quest Crew, Sidney Samson, Eva Simons and Natalia Kills The Prudential Center Friday, June 29 Better than: You'd expect. The problem with an LMFAO concert, I realize three songs into the LMFAO concert, is that even the biggest of LMFAO fans don't want to hear more th ... More >>
The best movie of the year (that you haven't been able to see). And 9 more picks.
Sure, The Tree of Life won, but did it really win?
Everybody knows that today is Valentine's Day. But did you know that it's also Mayor Bloomberg's birthday? Today he is 69 (Hey you, in the back of the class, what's so funny?). We contacted his press office to find out what 'ol Mikey will be doing, but they never got back to us. Don't worry, ... More >>
After the year Roger Ebert has had, it's no surprise that he's getting a chance to spearhead the comeback of his storied public TV review show At the Movies. In February, a moving Esquire profile chronicled Ebert's struggles with cancer, which resulted in the removal of his jaw and loss of t ... More >>
A few months back, we noted an interesting discrepancy in the New York Times coverage of the last New York Film Festival. While critics A.O. Scott and Stephen Holden were unusually harsh in their characterization of the festival as a whole -- the "grimmest in memory," "a high-minded form of ... More >>
If you're the kind of person who sometimes asks themselves why some people hate Sex and the City so much, you are either (A) not living in New York or (B) one of the imported creatures or various changes in New York City that Sex and the City is responsible for. Well, in the new movie, Carrie ... More >>
After 20 years on NBC, Law & Order has been cancelled (though it may get picked up by TNT). The show had an extraordinary run -- one season shy of a TV drama-series record. So it would seem reasonable to blame its demise on old age and a superfluity of L&O spin-offs, right? Not in rightblogger wor ... More >>
Hot Tub Time MachineYou might say that most pieces in the New York Times are, at least on some level, about generational conflict. Sometimes it's a struggle between two generations, and it's about defining the state of our world. Other times, it's an internal struggle: Where are we going? Whe ... More >>
As film journalists gird for next week's Tribeca Film Festival, it's useful to recall the invective recently inspired by the city's other major film fest. The 2009 New York Film Festival, presented last fall by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, was the first under the administrative leaders ... More >>
It's that magical time of year again when the uppity nerds of Columbia University bestow upon the people their picks for this year's Best Writing Stuff. And we're going to attempt to add some context to these proceedings as they happen. So, here, we're live-blogging the Pulitzer Prizes. Unfor ... More >>
Big "Mazel tov!" to the Village Voice's theater critic Michael Feingold for his nomination as a Pulitzer finalist for criticism.
Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward offer more sweet optimism—and why not?
In the interest of full disclosure, James Toback owes me money. At a party in 1992, he assured me that if Evander Holyfield ever met Mike Tyson, Tyson would surely destroy him. We made a $100 bet. You know how that one turned out. At a memorial service for Pauline Kael in the winter of 2 ... More >>
I hate to do this to you kids again--in fact, I feel like a parent pulling a teen's favorite drug out of his mouth with bare hands--but I'm taking another week off the blog. See, I've accumulated vacation time and want to make sure I use it up by the end of the year just in case it doesn't roll over ... More >>
In honor of Election Day, the New York Times has been featuring for the last week a video "Critic's Picks" from A.O. Scott on the subject of Michael Ritchie's The Candidate (1972). "I don't think there's any movie that captures the chaos and intensity of Democratic politics quite as well," Scott say ... More >>
Francis Ford Coppola romanticizes his source material in the not entirely terrible Youth Without Youth
Team America's critical mess: How reviewers misread the year's most potent political satire
Happy Birthday, Lingua Franca
'Slate' Gets Self-Critical