On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek returns from the Berlin Film Festival and joins the group to discuss the state of the movie musical.
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl and L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson are joined by the Washington, D.C.-based critic Chris Klimek, a contributor to the Voice, NPR, Washington City Paper, and The Dissolve. (Voice film critic the pod's co-host Stephanie Z ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, this paper's film critics begin by honoring the career of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who tragically died on Sunday at the age of 46. Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl, after calling Hoffman "one of the best actors the screen has ever known," goes on to explain wh ... More >>
Pay attention to newspapers long enough, and you'll realize that they assign obituaries in advance so that they're ready to go when some august presence exits this planet. That's possible because the arc of a life, even a great one, usually has become apparent by the years before its end. (Of course ... More >>
A favorite pastime of critics and serious filmgoers, perhaps the most idiotic and fruitless one, is to complain about how bad the movies have gotten. The complaint is meaningless, because no matter how "bad" the movies get, there are always, always actors. There's no such thing as a golden age of mo ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, this paper's film critics kick things off with something of a "potpourri segment," to borrow a phrase from Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl. Echoing a common sentiment in the movie world, Scherstuhl describes the month of January as a "grim, featureless lands ... More >>
It's been a big month for marijuana-rights activists. Colorado and Washington become the first two states to legalize the drug for recreational use. And, perhaps more importantly, rapper Mighty Casey (of "BET Un:Cut" and "White Girls" fame) and his new band Knight Blade released "I Got That Weed." T ... More >>
America's liberal class and Main Stream Media are abuzz right now over Narco Cultura, a documentary about Mexico's horrific drug war and the musical movement that has risen around it. These libs (and more than a few conservatives) are telling each other and the two Mexicans they know about how Mexic ... More >>
Justin Timberlake is currently touring his immaculately conceived three-hour 20/20 Experience extravaganza. It is the perfect pop show, utterly devoid of commentary--just the larger-than-life presence of a star and his silky-smooth musical meal. Lest we sound disparaging here, it should be said: You ... More >>
Download this week's Voice Film Club podcast before you get on the plane or maybe listen to it on your way to a restaurant where you'll eat turkey and get a little drunk on red wine."I was appalled and disappointed," says Village Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek of Spike Lee's Oldboy on this wee ... More >>
Meanwhile Tom Hanks is just so noble in Captain Phillips
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 >>
[Editor's note: LA Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on our sister paper's music blog every Wednesday. His archives are available here.] When we look back on 2013, we'll consider it the year of the event album. What's less clear is whether we'll remember the music or simply ... More >>
Broadly speaking, if you're an electronic music fan over 40, you probably dig Danny Tenaglia more than Skrillex. And chances are, if you're a Skrillex fan under the age of 30, you're like, "Who the hell is Danny Tenaglia?" Coachella 2013 exemplified the generation gap in the world of dance music. O ... More >>
In this week's music writing round-up, we share an account of a night with Dave Navarro, how the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs got free, and why hip-hop may be getting stagnant. If you see a piece of writing you'd think should be included, please let us know.
We present this free compilation of music writing that Voice writers are into this week, all by writers we presume were paid for their efforts. If you have a story you'd like to see here, drop us a line.
Rub your hands together for this round-up of music stories Voice music writers are reading this week. Have one that should be on our radar? Get in touch.
In early spring, a Twitter beef erupted between DJ Sneak, a Chicago house music legend, and Steve Angello, one-third of the DJ supergroup Swedish House Mafia. Sneak called SHM's music "fake shit" and said they "do not play house music" -- as in, real house music. On Friday, in front of a huge crow ... More >>
Last week, a trial in Brooklyn started off with a strange twist. At the federal criminal trial of James Rosemond -- a/k/a Jimmy Henchman -- one of the first things Rosemond's attorney did was kick an unemployed journalist named Chuck Philips out of the courtroom by naming him a witness in the case. ... More >>
Ben Campbell is taking food art to a whole other level. The Texan artist is currently in the process of creating an art show featuring a wide variety of work created with McDonald's food. His goal: to get sued by the fast food chain.
Take a trip to Brooklyn to see films from East Asia
Jaw dropping news came down around noon Park City time Monday, when Sundance issued a press release confirming that Bingham Ray -- indie film legend, co-founder of seminal 90s indie distribution outlet October Films and current executive director of the San Francisco Film Society -- had died. Ray ... More >>
Sidney Harman, the audio equipment billionaire, philanthropist and Executive Chairman of Newsweek since purchasing the struggling weekly magazine about six months ago, died on Tuesday after a brief fight with acute myeloid leukemia, his family announced today in a brief statement. He was 92. ... More >>
Did you hear about the USC college students caught having sex on the rooftop of Waite Phillips Hall, a venerable university building? Someone stayed around to take photos (a lot of photos) amid all the shock and horror and how dare they?! On the roof of a building, in front of God and everyon ... More >>
viaWe always love to say that "tragedy brings out the best in people." Unfortunately, that's not always the case. As we documented earlier, people flocked to Twitter and Facebook in droves to celebrate the Japanese earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which have been responsible for thousands u ... More >>
Barbara FairchildBarbara Fairchild may have ceded Bon Appétit's reigns to Adam Rapoport, but she's got still plenty to occupy her appetites. In an interview with LA Weekly's Squid Ink blog, the former ed-in-chief discusses the food site she's planning to launch "probably right after th ... More >>
Facebook just released their newest innovation that furthers the social network's reputation as a product meant to track your every move like the digital shock-collar we all know it is but have yet to fully come to terms with as (or have already given up on fighting). Which is also perfectly ... More >>
Pictured: Village Voice editor Tony Ortega hoists Runnin' Scared's Atl-Weekly Award, flanked by staff.Not that you didn't already know, dear reader, but as the young people would say, "game recognize game," because we have just been officially told we are what the young people would call ... More >>
Jonathan Gold, a restaurant critic at our sister publication LA Weekly, is heavily quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about the Department of Health letter grades that will be posted on restaurants starting in July. Los Angeles has had a similar system since 1998.
Don't bother asking John Mayer about this though. Real McQueen obit by a more qualified peer over here. Our sisters at the LA Weekly point out McQueen's unique role in rock and roll fashion; he worked with Lady Gaga, who made his shoes famous, and with Bjork, whose Homogenic cover he designed ... More >>
Manson's mug shot from 2001, after rubbing his pelvis on a security guard's head Even funnier than that Best Music Writing-feted piece in the Onion from 2001--"Marilyn Manson Now Going Door-To-Door Trying To Shock People," a classic you should reread immediately--is that it's threatening to come tr ... More >>
At this point we're drowning in both Michael Jackson eulogies and carefully curated roundups of Michael Jackson eulogies, and while there's plenty of that to go around -- here are excellent dispatches from Voice sister papers in St. Louis and Nashville, just for starters -- the best stuff I've r ... More >>
You may know bass player Duff McKagan from his work in Guns 'N Roses, Velvet Revolver, or Neurotic Outsiders. Next Tuesday, May 19, he brings his band, Loaded, to the Gramercy Theater for their local debut. In honor of this milestone, Duff asked us if he could share some of his New York experiences ... More >>
While naturally the current edition of the Village Voice will be of prime interest to you, thanks to the magic of the internet our other publications around the country are available to you, too. The Miami New Times has a great story about R. Allen Stanford, white-collar crook extraordinaire, on wh ... More >>
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