I live for good/bad movies of the golden age, and 1977's Welcome To L.A. fits the bill, smog and all. It's an arid story of interlocking romances, all set amidst a bleak, impersonal, unhappy, yearning L.A. landscape where you never see all that many people in any scene. (Maybe there was a low budge ... More >>
SPOILER ALERT! I'm going to give away some lines from Sacha Baron Cohen's new spoof, The Dictator, about a genocidal Wadiyan nitwit who learns some values in Brooklyn. You should see the movie--it's fun--so consider this giveaway a naughty little appetizer tray.
In Corman's World -- the captivating documentary about renegade director Roger Corman, due in December -- Martin Scorsese reveals that he originally brought his 1973 project Mean Streets to Corman. Corman urged the young hotshot to change all the characters and make them black to keep it in ... More >>
Milton Moses Ginsberg on the genesis of his film
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema samples Ceylonese starches at Banana Leaf in Chelsea; Lauren Shockey gets a table at the most-hyped restaurant of the year, The Dutch. Sam Sifton also weighs in on The Dutch, deeming one dish: "the culinary equivalent of Jay-Z playing cards in the kitchen of ... More >>
Seven nights of films, parties, and stars
Let me explain. Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush -- nominated once again, for The King's Speech -- was interviewed onstage at the Directors Guild Theater the other night, and I was there to soak in his wit and wisdom.
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. Sears Catalog, Fall/Winter 1975 Discovered at: Handed down by my grandmother, who tre ... More >>
Ethan Hawke stages A Lie of the Mind
Why can't oh so enlightened New York pass a gay marriage bill? Is it the bible-beaters? The hardcore right? No, says Steve Thrasher, it's the chickenshit Democrats in the state senate. Rob Harvilla goes to Broadway! No, his parents aren't in town: there's a musical called Fela! about the fam ... More >>
For a song that's all about killing certain trends (auto-tune, mostly, and skinny jeans) and jumpstarting other, more presumably acceptable trends (wearing black, Versace sunglasses, etc.), what are we to make of Jay-Z's current haircut in the video for "D.O.A."? What to even call it? Is there a w ... More >>
Usually we're all, "blar, we've been living here 100 years and we don't need an audio tour," even in museums where we don't know shit about shit, but here's something we might actually do: cell-phone audio commentary on city landmarks, performed by local celebrities. For example, "Yoko Ono introduce ... More >>
A little rain couldn't stop the Annual Mermaid Parade on Surf Avenue in Coney Island. This year's King Neptune, actor Harvey Keitel (with his wife Daphna as Mermaid Queen), was pushed along the route in the traditional chariot, and afterwards was escorted to the beach to cut four ribbons symbolizi ... More >>
Latin film is bigger than ever
Double-wide-eyed by an opera trailer at Carnegie Hall and by a Senate race out North Carolina way
The Hit List
Jane Campion's feminist film noir stirs up pheromones and occult mystery in a malevolent East Village
What the Devil Made Adam Sandler Do
Thrillers! Satires! Westerns! Indies! Blockbusters! Sequels!
Hardest Movie Quiz Answers Revealed!
Fear and Desires
Sundance Takes a Tumble