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 >>
[Editor's Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] This game is very simple: Look at the pictures and guess what Kanye West song each one represents. Boom. That's it. That's all. You're done. That's a little thing called res ... More >>
A rough and inevitably incomplete guide to the taxonomy of spoilers
Still nursing a holiday hangover and trying to fend off the heat? Here's a look at our favorite reasons to venture out this week, sure to keep you cool and cushion the blow of your post-long-weekend return to responsibility.
You'll believe a man can fly -- and is mostly worth watching
The Follies of 1832
The way we die now
The summer's big old buzzy Dark Knight Rises has risen up at two hours and 44 minutes, and I'll be on CNN International tomorrow to talk about. But let me give you a little preview of my thoughts.
This week in the Voice, out today, Araceli Cruz and Steven Thrasher tell the tale of landlord Moshe Samovha's bad Upper Manhattan building and the lone resident who fought for better living conditions: "This is a landlord who has acted with impunity for decades, content to let the city repair his bo ... More >>
Normally, reviews and mentions of a movie are embargoed by the film studio until a few days before the opening, but in the case of The Dark Night Rises, participating press have been warned by Warner Brothers to not tweet, review, or mention the film in any way until opening day (July 20)! There is ... More >>
On last night's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Keith and I chewed over the weird way TV and movie cameras have been diving onto Occupy Wall Street, from the Real World casting notice looking for activists to the alleged Dark Knight Rises flirtation with marching extras.
Old timers, newcomers, and even Leo make the list
Who ever thought that little Leonardo DiCaprio from Growing Pains would emerge as one of the most sought-after actors of his generation? After showing enough quirk appeal to get an Oscar nomination with What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, he developed into heartthrob material, almost making us bel ... More >>
Every summer, Coney Island gets taken over for a Saturday by a mass of incredible music, and the mass of fans who hop on the F or the Q to get to one of the furthest edges of Brooklyn to hear them. The best part? It's free, and it's ours: The Siren Fest is here again. This year's headliner? Mod-r ... More >>
Ted Leo, blowing a vuvuzela. Photo by Mark Hewko.In this week's Village Voice, we get ready for Siren Festival by talking to Ted Leo about the rumors of his impending retirement (not true!), while Rob Harvilla attempts to sort through former Siren headliner M.I.A.'s new Maya, Chuck Eddy round ... More >>
Critics turn into optimists, pick WALL-E as year's best.
Comics come out on Wednesday, and so does Richard Gehr's Pulp Fictions. "Batman R.I.P." Grant Morrison DC Comics Hardcover "Come on, hit me," taunts the Joker as the Batcycle bears down on him during the brain-rattling climax to The Dark Knight. Can do—and can identify. Critical opinion on the ... More >>
Christopher Nolan's blockbuster is also shilling a jumbled message of the paranoia of our age and the politics of fear.
Christopher Nolan's blockbuster is selling ticketsand a jumbled message on the paranoia of our age and the politics of fear
Christopher Nolan's Batman returns, delivers the kick-ass goods
Nicolas Cage sells his soul for another Hollywood hit
Memento director takes his bag of tricks to the Victorian era
A lapsed superhero fanatic suddenly finds himself living in a world of fantasists
Batman and sobbin': Orphan grief and existential questions in a grim franchise retake
Moviegoers Avoid Big-Budget Pitfalls
Troubled Buyers and True Believers
A First-Time Director on His Stalking Picture
Rotterdam Gets Racy