Summer 2013 was a strong season for that oft-maligned genre, the romantic comedy. Excellent films like The Spectacular Now and Drinking Buddies for the most part avoided rom-com cliches, and reinventions like Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing made timeless story lines seem fresh. Still other on-s ... More >>
Playing evil is more fun than playing good anyway, right?
No one plays a legendary movie star like another movie star--I mean, they really know how it's done, or at least they're willing to trot out their best mannerisms and try. Here are some of the most memorable examples (some because they're brilliant, others because they're glittery trash) of filmla ... More >>
Uncle Vanya with star power
If she can raise the money, that is. And it's pretty shocking that she's having trouble doing so considering that Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Colin Firth are attached to star in the film, which is called Skinny and Cat. Is it about Kate Hepburn and a very thin stutterer?
In Albert Nobbs, Glenn Close (above) convincingly plays a woman who dresses like a man in order to nab some employment in 19th-century Ireland. But it's the kind of stunt that can also nab you awards consideration.
I mean they're so cool that they're actually uncool, which is very cool. Got it? See, the British electronica duo did the pulsing soundtrack for the arty action-slash-coming-of-age flick Hanna by director Joe Wright (known for Pride and Prejudice and Atonement). At the premiere last night ... More >>
Or at least since the Rob Lowe/Snow White one. Here's why: *ZERO suspense. Any random person on the street has known the winners for months. *The tug between "young and hip personalities" and ancient film references was as schizo as Cate Blanchett's dress. *The acceptance speeches were either da ... More >>
Oh my dogg, the Oscars were terrible this year: Anyone who is not Trent Reznor, Randy Newman, or Cate Blanchett ("That's gross") is invited to take a seat. The only other entity that came out ahead: Staten Island's own PS22 Chorus, taking a break from prettying up tunes from Katy Perry, MGMT, Arie ... More >>
Who cares about the men? They always wear suits or sweaty T-shirts. But from the beginning of cinema, Hollywood's ladies have gotten swathed and feathered and dressed and undressed in ways that have made the fashion world rock with diversity and delight. My 10 all-time fave looks are:
The New York Times review asks that very question and concludes, "Kind of, though that description makes the movie sound both more fun and more provocative than it actually is." I had a couple of problems with the film. The added backstory and increased action sequences seem a little too cal ... More >>
In the "top five" list I'm about to share, I wish I could have squeezed in some more of my old favorites, but their filmographies had some holes in them. I also wish I could have included a few more current names, but I can't honestly say Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman, or Cate Blanchett have e ... More >>
Phil Kline gets into the holiday spirit. Photo by Tom JarmuichIn this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla does the thing that probably everybody with a masochistic streak should probably do at least once, which is go to a Phish show at Madison Square Garden, while Brandon Soderberg meets up wi ... More >>
Cate Blanchett tries to stay alive
For those who did not get enough Forrest Gump . . .
Russell Banks discusses his new novel
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, "Cold Son" (MP3) Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, "Baltimore" (MP3) Guess which one of these people has a man-crush on Caron Butler? Pavement questions are like "getting questions about the giant monsoon you survived but [that] killed your whole family" Stephen Malkmus' ... More >>
Rather than add to the chorus of media people moaning "What a brave and wondrously diverse talent trapped in a pretty boy's body," I was planning to instead quote some realer comments from posters on the hideously skank and dishonorable yet ever-readable gay gossip site, datalounge.com. But they're ... More >>
From the seer, suckers: The nominees, plus trash talk about some non-nominees
It may seem strange but we have a harder time seeing David Cross as Allen Ginsburg than we do seeing Cate Blanchett as Dylan. Tucked inside Sunday's sprawling New York Times Magazine cover story on Todd Haynes, the director, and his forthcoming Bob Dylan film I'm Not There was this interesting nugg ... More >>
Queen Hard with a Vengeance's golden age and porcelain throne
Everyone's miserable in Patrick Marber's latest, and it feels so good
Steven Soderbergh tries, and largely fails, to make 'em like they used to
Narrative gimmickry can't save vapid, globally conscious puzzle-film
An anti-oater searches for the Man With No Name, who happens to be in town this week
Schumacher and Grisham both found guilty as charged in crime-drama-cliché festivals
Definitely honor-free will be Joseph Fiennes for Shakespeare (sorry, but the Bard didn't look like Rob Lowe).