This week in Cheap Laughs, we have movie stars, trashy bars, improv legends, characters with edges, comic-book hits, tasseled tits, retired cops and exhilarated immigrants. It's like a Scorsese film, but funnier. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly remember Robin Williams, who died on Monday. He was 63. They also recommend We Are Mari Pepa, a slight movie about growing up punk in Mexico, the Daniel Radcliffe and ... More >>
[Summer Guide 2014]
Snikt-ing in the '70s
For Robert Redford, Sundance's opening day was a bummer. He woke up to learn the Academy had snubbed him for a (deserved) Best Actor nod for the sparse yachting drama All Is Lost, and had to spend his typically triumphant morning press conference swatting down questions about being sad. Luckily for ... More >>
2013 was a good year to be bad. This year's best villains weren't just goons with guns -- although there were a few great examples of those. (Here's looking at you, Sean Penn.) We also hissed at slave-owners, inventors, seducers, producers, and a couple amazing women who left an impression without b ... More >>
Steve McQueen's new film challenges audiences to view slavery from the inside out
Courtney Love recently revealed to Bust Magazine that she had placed an advertisement on Craigslist seeking a female bassist to play in her new (read: renamed) band, Courtney. She requested a musician interested in performing in a "band in the style of Hole" and "in the style of Melissa Auf der Maur ... More >>
According to Glamour UK's reader poll. I'll give them to you in ascending order of popularity.
Someone has shed more light on the topic of Michael Fassbender's nudity in the movie Shame--literally.
The thriller boasts impressive horror, but its ideas? Not so much.
I've said that before, but now someone has gone to the trouble of finding multiple pictorial examples of both slender, surreal stars being sad clowns, pompadoured crooners, mimes, and otherworldly aliens.
38 cinematic reasons why I dread the lights going down
Zero -- count 'em, zero -- Academy Award nominations were given to a quartet of films that made lots of other peoples' lists, and I know exactly why. The films are Shame, with Michael Fassbender as a pussy hound who can only get it up for quick, anonymous sex;
The nominations will be announced tomorrow morning, but you might as well just go by this list, which has been officially certified by the Dionne Warwick Psychic Hotline. BEST PICTURE (Ranked in descending order of likelihood) 1--The Artist 2--The Descendants 3--The Help 4--Hugo 5--Mo ... More >>
I talk to her about her method, spank you very much
Far away, in a place known to some as "La-La Land," the region's princes and princesses are preparing for a big magical celebration. Yeah, no. It's just that the Golden Globes are happening tonight in Los Angeles. Will you watch? Will you not watch now that you know that Ryan Gosling will not be att ... More >>
Last night's National Board of Review dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street was a long but rewarding evening filled with gratitude and sass. Presenter Rosie O'Donnell ripped into Lars von Trier's movies and said it was OK for her to trash him; "I'll never work for him--or Woody Allen. Pedophile? Wh ... More >>
Critics elaborate on their votes, their favorite movie moments of the year and OK OK WE GET IT YOU LIKE MARGARET
Or: The Netflix meltdown, the resurrection of Harvey Weinstein, and Kristen Wiig's box office coup all in one list
Contenders are piling up in the theaters-here are the ones to watch
The big news to emerge from yesterday's New York Film Critics Circle voting--held early this year to scoop the other year end awards--is, of course, the second coming of homeboy Harvey Weinstein. Not only was The Artist voted best picture and its director Michel Hazanavicius anointed Best Director ... More >>
SPOILERS! SPOILERS! "Sex without connection is bad for you" is not exactly an original theme, or something the liberal media (or me and my friends) want to readily embrace. But Steve McQueen's new film, Shame -- which I saw at the New York Film Festival -- is at least a provocative look at the all ... More >>
5 complex female characters, 5 remarkable performances
Just like it's already Christmas in certain department stores, the Oscar predix business happens to be in full swing, with goldderby.com asking us pundits for our premature (I mean extremely mature) guesses as to who will get nominated. Here are mine as of this very moment. Bear in mind tha ... More >>
Michael Fassbender has made searing impressions in Hunger, Inglourious Basterds, and Jane Eyre, and he's also managed to heat up everything from an X-Men movie to Centurion and beyond. Plus he's coming up in David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, in which Fassbender is the founder of Analyti ... More >>
First she got that loathsome batch of hydrangeas and now comes Boston Herald critic Stephen Schaefer's pan of the Madonna-directed W.E., which he saw at the Venice Film Festival. Says Schaefer: The film is "beautifully bland and boring, not to say inane.
Superheroes, sequels, and TWO Conans! Summer has arrived.
Rising star Mia Wasikowska had a great year in 2010, as the title character in Tim Burton's eye popping Alice in Wonderland and as the inquisitive daughter in The Kids Are All Right. And Mia isn't exactly M.I.A. this year either. She stars in Cary Fukunaga's melancholy, effective version of ... More >>
With no Charlotte Rampling to poke, the video artist turns to Venice and Lady Liberty
Spoon, doing less with less. Photo by Autumn De WildeIn this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla on Spoon's defiantly skeletal Transference, Phil Freeman goes bull riding at MSG's arena rock rodeo, and Brad Cohan meets the new kid in town (and old head extremist drummer) Weasel Walter. In Boo ... More >>
Newcomer Katie Jarvis's teen misfit swims upstream
Person-to-person with Sully Sullenberger, Michael Fassbender.
I hate to start the casting ball rolling so soon after a person's passing, but somebody's got to. So in the inevitable movie about Teddy Kennedy, who should play the Massachusetts Democrat who achieved so much (though USA Today's Wednesday headline, "Kennedy Made Massachusetts Larger Than It ... More >>
Featuring indie spirit, for good and evil
Reflecting its moment, Cannes 2008 takes a decidedly serious tone