The East Village's Kenka is a wildly authentic izakaya that might be the most high-functioning example of a themed Japanese restaurant around, an edible amusement park of the fermented, fried, and freaky that gives its own special meaning to that old Gonzo adage, "Buy the ticket, take the ride."
The way we die now
Mo Rocca talks peckers, Büchner heads for the hills: Our festival review roundup
Film Forum celebrates the spaghetti western
Randy Jones, the original cowboy from the legendary disco group the Village People, is a man of many hats--not just cowboy ones. He's starting a party called Sunday Night Fever at Splash this Sunday, May 6. Here's what the ever-charming Randy had to say about stuff when I asked. On his input int ... More >>
A rant for a rant, if you will: The New York Times Complaint box, always a repository of the stodgy, curmudgeonly, and slightly behind-the-times, is particularly egregious today. The premise that there are just not enough guys in the city -- that same old God-forsaken chestnut we keep hearing ... More >>
The 67th Venice Film Festival, where I'm currently on jury duty (although not on the jury headed by Quentin Tarantino) opened majorly pop with Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky's warmly received and borderline risible follow-up to his 2008 Golden Lion winner The Wrestler. Although a generic horr ... More >>
In another February 2 ritual, the 2010 Oscar Nominees were announced this morning. The Best Picture list, expanded to ten nominees this year, are: An Education Avatar The Blind Side District 9 The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire A Serious Man Up U ... More >>
As the '00s become history, an Iraq war movie finally wins us over. How fitting.
94 critics voted. The results are in.
Charles Hamilton, hitting deleteIn this week's Village Voice, Ben Detrick reports on rap's online overdose and the perils of allowing guys like Charles Hamilton anywhere near the Internet. Tom Hull presents the summer edition of our Jazz Consumer Guide. Phil Freeman celebrates the rebirth o ... More >>
This time, it's visceral
Our longtime film critic J. Hoberman spent this year's Cannes filing regular dispatches. This is his last one. Enter the Void Memorable for its in-your-face sensationalism, the 62nd Cannes Film Festival opened with the 3-D computer animation Up, saving the "Yours" for the final minutes of the comp ... More >>
Nate "Igor" SmithFun times at Roxy Cottontail's party. This is what Zach's birthday dinner looked like too. In the week that both Zach and Roxy Cottontail celebrated their birthdays, Rob posted a great moment in Wu-based subway-ad vandalism that became a whole shitload of peoples' Facebook profile ... More >>
Our veteran film critic J. Hoberman is filing regular dispatches from this year's Cannes Film Festival. It's day three and, so far, Hoberman has been underwhelmed. But more importantly, has he found those wild strawberries? Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank: the 15-year-old embodiment of a bad attitude A ... More >>
Che wins the only Cannes award that really matters: ours
Morgan Spurlock makes us look bad, plus (separate!) films on baseball and steroids shine.
The intimate pleasures and necessary detachments of Toronto 2007
Cannes jury spreads out awards, giving Romanian the big prize
Hal Hartley and Luke Wilson offer similarly (and predictably) self-reflexive films. What else might they have in common?
Black and white and red all over
Cannes '04's Eden of East: A possibly unfinished pop symphony and an anime cyber-noir
The Other of Invention
Bill Murray's Star Vehicle, Gus Van Sant's Double Comeback, and the Year of the Documentary
Kinji Fukasaku, 19302003
Harvard Law Professor Randall Kennedy's Troublesome Word
Back in Black
A wartime adolescence in a divided city
Even Mobsters Get the Blahs
When bad behavior masquerades as bravery