Head outdoors for a slice of Americana
At 8:30 a.m., this year's Oscar nominations will be announced, also known as national Gah! What Were Those Idiot Voters Thinking Day. We can't wait, so in the meantime, we give you this:
A new Coen brothers movie and Folkways box set shed light on artist's storied career
Take a class (sort of) with Fred Armisen
Beware: Nicolas Cage wants your offspring
If you had thought that bizarre, bath salts-related news would have subsided by now, you certainly would have thought wrong: Bath salts-dealing gangs are apparently a thing in Muncie, Indiana; Cops found a Utica man, reportedly under the influence of bath salts, hiding on the roof of his girlfriend' ... More >>
Ethan Coen takes it to the bar
Don't read this if you don't want to know what happens in Honeymoon Motel, the Woody Allen playlet that appears in the Broadway evening Relatively Speaking, alongside works by Elaine May and the Coen brothers.
Can the real Lebowski please stand up?
A blend of Coen brothers and Shakespeare
In another February 2 ritual, the 2010 Oscar Nominees were announced this morning. The Best Picture list, expanded to ten nominees this year, are: An Education Avatar The Blind Side District 9 The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire A Serious Man Up U ... More >>
10! 10! 10! What happens when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences radically shakes things up, nominating not five but TEN films for best picture? A Sandra Bullock movie makes the list. So: Which five of the ten are the real nominees, and which are just padding? Let's make an u ... More >>
That's just one of many spicy items in this week's column, a smorgasboard of earthly delights, pink tights, and quick bites, all served sans remorse. CLICK HERE and you'll also be asked to wonder:
As the '00s become history, an Iraq war movie finally wins us over. How fitting.
The Dude abides for Thanksgiving
A Serious Man, the new Coen brothers film, is a darkly funny, Kafkaesque tale of a Jewish man in Minnesota, whose marriage, job, and life are all simultaneously in jeopardy. It's a keenly observed, absurdist gem--though it's so odd I have a feeling it'll be a lot of people's second or third ... More >>
Self-hating or just everyone-hating?
Critics turn into optimists, pick WALL-E as year's best.
Raise a White Russian to a Coen brothers classic
In this week's Village Voice, Matthew Shaer plays witness as the Brooklyn Book Festival becomes a "destination event," thanks to Didion, Lethem, Klosterman, MacKaye, et al. Annie Fischer visits the Brooklyn Flea Market and reports on the upcoming Superstar DJ Record Fair. Karla Starr investigates ... More >>
Remarkably consistent, there's nothing these boys can't hold up to ridicule
The Gruesome Threesome showcased at the MOMA
Another (yes, another) cool outdoor film festival
And stunning, where Bardem and the Coens are concerned. Plus other dark visions, and peaceful chats with Mamet and Lauper.
Coen Brothers transcend themselves with No Country for Old Men
Our one-man jury bestows honors on the best of Cannes 2007
Cannes jury spreads out awards, giving Romanian the big prize
Or, How We Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the 'Burbs
The Coens dispense incidental gospel music and diarrhea jokes in a desperate remake
The United States of Anxiety
Why Jingles Died and Licensed Pop Rules