Better Than: Every other multimillion-dollar concert I've seen As someone who suffered through David Bowie's excruciating *Glass Spider* show (when Katy Perry was, er, three years old), I can say with some authority that just because a concert is big and expensive doesn't mean it's good. And as the ... More >>
In an interview maybe eight years ago, I saw Kanye West let loose one of his ludicrously self-aggrandizing statements and then -- seemingly, anyway -- briefly choke down laughter at the audacity of what he'd just said. I like to think, perhaps wishfully, that it was a glimpse of the man behind the c ... More >>
Too much like its arcade inspiration
I'm thinking about fruits as political symbols because of the Occupy Wall Street protesters I observed yesterday. There were some big crowds in Bryant Park in the morning and hundreds of protesters marched for the rights of immigrant workers in the U.S.--many of them carried images of the tomato as ... More >>
No pics or video allowed, so let's just let "God's Song" crush us all over again. Randy Newman Town Hall Saturday, March 6 Better Than: James Franco, Anne Hathaway, and the whole lot. There was a seven-year-old boy at the Randy Newman concert. He sat in Row O, between his parents. It made sense, ... More >>
The new mascots for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are here! They're pretty cute if a little too Pixar. It's a polar bear, a hare, and a leopard with a snowboard. The only one who looks remotely athletic is the leopard. He's actually kind of scary if you look too long into his eyes ... More >>
Wakka Wakka mounts their puppet opera at Baruch
via NY Daily NewsToday, Anne Hathaway and James Franco were named the hosts of this year's Academy Awards. The Daily News reports that Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer (the producers of the Oscars) said, "James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons -- fresh, exc ... More >>
American splendor?Not only are Americans getting too fat to go to the theater and too fat to fight, we have now beat out 32 other countries for the dubious honor of being the fattest people in the democratic, market-driven world.
On this latest wave of mediocre movies (and the classics that put them to shame)
A disaster was barely averted tonight Squeeze/Cheap Trick Radio City Music Hall Tuesday, July 13 It's old-timer's power-pop night here at Radio City, where success is measured entirely by when and how often the crowd deigns to stand up (Cheap Trick: only for "I Want You to Want Me," "Surre ... More >>
Everyone knew it was coming. It was just a matter of time before film criticism's reigning anti- anti- anti- king, Mr. Counterintuitive himself, chimed in. He's "a troll," in the words of Roger Ebert, who once tried to defend Armond White, this peculiar man, only to take it all back. He's "sm ... More >>
Anthony Bourdain in a reflective moment.As this miserable decade exhales its last, poisonous breaths, Anthony Bourdain has a few thoughts to share about what's changed in the food world not over the last 10 years, but the last three.
94 critics voted. The results are in.
Our longtime film critic J. Hoberman will be filing regular dispatches from this year's Cannes Film Festival. Day zero: Hoberman plans his schedule, looks for strawberries, equates Quentin Tarantino's proudly misspelled Inglourious Basterds to a bad T-shirt. Inglourious Basterds a/k/a I'M WITH STO ... More >>
Critics turn into optimists, pick WALL-E as year's best.
From the multiplex to the stump: It's caped crusader versus community organizer, and the end is nigh
Pixar's newest blasts off to the future by boldly going where every sci-fi movies gone before. And thats a good thing.
[Editor's note: After penning the popular "The Official Village Voice Election-Season Guide to the Right-Wing Blogosphere," Roy Edroso has made dissecting those blogs into a weekly feature that appears here every Monday. ]KNOCKED UP: SLUTFISHING IN GLOUCESTER WITH THE RIGHTBLOGGERS Culture war ai ... More >>
Brad Bird does it again; Taco Bell, Pinkberry rejoice!
You're the game-show champion at the Cooper-Hewitt's clowning triennial
A round-up of what's hot this season
Boy turns bug in redemptive kiddie-lit adaptation
The bad seed: All bods and borgs, snazzy but derivative anime is a ghost of its predecessors
Jingo march of a marionette: Neutered of satiric drive, farce leaves puppet regime standing
They Call Me Bruce
Millennium Movies Get a Second Chance
A Winter Movie Preview
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