I live for good/bad movies of the golden age, and 1977's Welcome To L.A. fits the bill, smog and all. It's an arid story of interlocking romances, all set amidst a bleak, impersonal, unhappy, yearning L.A. landscape where you never see all that many people in any scene. (Maybe there was a low budge ... More >>
Monaco it isn't, but Jamaica's new casino is a steal
New Hollywood's apex
In a play! In the book Robert Altman, An Oral Biography, Cher remembers that Altman wanted her to play the transsexual Joanne in the 1981 play (and later movie) Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. But Cher didn't want to go there.
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 24, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 52 Films in Focus By Andrew Sarris "BREWSTER McCLOUD" wings it in more ways than one as it takes off on such wildly varied satiric targets as Spiro Agnew, Steve McQueen's mod detective in "Bullitt," the ... More >>
Forget the mockumentary's poker face. It's the people who are cards.
Only in the early '70s could Elliott Gould have been a matinee idol. Since then? The Brooklyn schlemiel's long goodbye.
From the 'Voice' archives: Remembering Robert Altman through the words of Voice critics past
'He never just told the story'
Farewell to the genius of texture
A party band fluent whether the language is Count Basie, Don Cherry, or 'Darling Nikki'
Keillor and Altman team up for an elegiac backstage musical
Unpopulist songwriters in heaven and here orbit a bygone Nashville through the sterile static
Or, How We Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the 'Burbs
'Fight Club' author goes inside a gothic writers' workshop
Robert Altman and Cynthia Nixon talk about Tanner
A dance critic's take on The Company
Todays Composers Search for Inspiration in Novels, Plays, and Even Films
On the Academy Awards, I loved the quick cut to Warren and Annette after Whoopi's crack about older men and younger women.