This week, this paper's film critics Alan Scherstul, Amy Nicholson and Stephanie Zacharek discuss David O. Russell's American Hustle, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and Disney's Saving Mr. Banks. They also recommend Despicable Me 2, the late Paul Walker's Hours and Compliance.
These men and women have reached the pinnacle of success in classical musicianship. Decades of drive, discipline and determination have honed their immense talent, permitting their ascent to breathtaking heights of excellence in music: The New York Philharmonic. So who is the most bangable? See a ... More >>
"Are you excited to be here?" I ask. "I'm, like, fucking cumming in my pants," replies Tucker. It is 8:45pm on a Sunday evening, and I am waiting in a fake Tuscan piazza with the members of Total Slacker (Tucker Rountree, Emily Oppenheimer, Dave Tassy and Zoe Brecher) -- a Brooklyn band who specia ... More >>
The lineup for this year's 4Knots Music Festival--the Village Voice's free, all-day outdoor summer music extravaganza at the South Street Seaport (Pier 17) on June 29--is beginning to take shape. We've just booked a few big-name acts we're completely thrilled about.
The speech is over, the lunch is finished, and the parade is complete, but we're still here in New York. While you're unlikely to make it to DC in time for the balls and even more unlikely to gain entry despite how spot on your Joe Biden impersonation may be, there's no reason you can't enjoy some ... More >>
From pulling needles full of dope out of Iggy Pop's arm just before showtime and helping turn Jim Morrison into a sex symbol (becoming Morrison's sworn enemy in the process), to unleashing the Ramones upon the world and later becoming one of the globe's leading music journalists, Danny Fields has be ... More >>
Why Paranormal Activity 4 and other new scary movies don't look like movies at all
The best video collection in New York was shipped to a Sicilian town with a promise that it would be kept accessible to cinephiles. Here's what really happened to it.
A few drinks into my conversation with Mike and El-P about their new collaboration R.A.P. Music (Williams Street), the tone shifted, as it tends to under the influence of multiple makeshift White Russians. EL-P's drink-ordering became relentlessly efficient. Things became a little more candid. The c ... More >>
Day 2: General Tso's Chicken from King Dragon (1548 Madison Avenue, 212-369-6788) The identity of General Tso and the origin of his eponymous, ubiquitous chicken has long been a question nagging the American psyche, right along with queries like "Who is John Galt?" (spoiler: he's a total jackass w ... More >>
Because we've already scarred you with five barely watchable Christmas movies available on Netflix Instant, here are five great TV Christmas episodes you can watch on YouTube. They all come with a valuable lesson at the end , so be sure to watch each one in its entirety if you are a sanctimonious pr ... More >>
The ZEBU! song "Your Band Is Nothing"from Hookers In Sweatpants (Feeding Tube, 2006)is pretty hard to argue with. Guitar-slinger Steve D'Agostino pinches off mammoth riffs that somehow conflate hair metal, Molly Hatchet, bubblegum bliss, and peevish Peavy blare while scrappy sin ... More >>
Partial Comfort's After tracks the life of an exonerated man
The many faces of Pam Grier
On Friday, a link to three-minute making-of video for a scrapped, Hype Williams-helmed clip of "XXXO" appeared on M.I.A.'s twitter. The footage shows M.I.A and a small group of dancers (including Beyoncé choreographer Jonté) painted head-to-toe and gyrating to the song's hissing, whirling beat. Th ... More >>
Your best alternative to opting out of Halloween completely: Vegging in front of the ol' tele -- because, let's get serious for a second, the idea of partying it up Sunday night isn't exactly motivating when you consider the East Village barrage of drunken revelers, that getting a costume now ... More >>
Let's just say that the Perpetual Misery of Cleveland has been in the news again lately, and acknowledge that no one was better at a) articulating it and b) rising above it than Harvey Pekar.
Brother, can you spare $12?
New York's salsa scene, still going strong in Spanish Harlem, valiantly beats back the McCondo purge
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