Alan Scherstuhl

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    10 Memorable Posthumous Film Performances of the Past Decade

    By the time Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker in Christopher Nolan's 2008 The Dark Knight was finally seen by critics and audiences, talk of a posthumous Oscar reached a fever pitch. Naturally, the inclination to compare Ledger's work to past posthumous landmarks proved tempting, and many list ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    10 Things to Do for Less Than $10 in NYC This Week

    Disclaimer: Everything in this post is not some bogus attempt at making an April Fools' joke, that's not how we roll. We don't mess around when it comes to social activities. Spend this evening with real comedians including Janeane Garofalo at Union Hall, and Colin Quinn at Housing Works Bookstore, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    American Flag Edited Out Of White House Down

    Conservatives hate White House Down. called it "unrelenting liberal propaganda disguised as popcorn entertainment." The American Conservative dismissed it as "A Hollywood-White House-Democratic Party Production." "Obama-Porn" the blog Republican Party Animals crowed. Hell, even Mothe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    How Much of The Hobbit Can You Read During the Running Time of The Hobbit?

    With the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Peter Jackson has given the world 162 minutes of imaginative visions never before realized on a movie screen, save for those in Jackson's previous 12 hours of Middle Earth adventures. It's not bad; it's just stubbornly pokey and almost never gran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    Damien Echols Tells Us How Stephen King Novels Taught Him to Write

    Free but still not quite exonerated, Damien Echols spent half his life in prison -- much on death row -- as punishment for a crime that he has never been linked to with, say, evidence. Many of those years he suffered in solitary confinement, even as the documentaries Paradise Lost and its sequels r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    NYFF: Alan Berliner's Wrenching First Cousin, Once Removed

    First Cousin Once Removed Directed by Alan Berliner Screens Tuesday, October 9, Thursday, October 11, and Friday, October 12 As upsetting a documentary as you're ever likely to see, Alan Berliner's portrait of the life of poet Edwin Honig after the onset of Alzheimer's is the rare film that truly w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    The 20 Most-Read Village Voice Stories of 2009

    Barring a massive surge of readership between now and Thursday night (and with Michael Musto half-naked on this week's cover, anything is possible), we can safely say that the following stories generated the most interest from our readers this year. (And watch out for #3 -- it's definitely Not Safe ... More >>