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New York Observer film critic Rex Reed is such a reliable source of outraged blog posts he's probably just a neck lipo away from getting his own E! reality show. His review of V/H/S/2, written after he skipped out on the latter three-quarters of the film, inspired the headline "Rex Reed Still World' ... More >>
Ease into the weekend with this round-up of music writing we've been reading.
So writes Roger Ebert, and he oughta know; he cowrote Beyond The Valley of the Dolls, that 1970 fantasia of drugs, music, and lunacy which is a kitschy coup of kook-culture entertainment (though to me, it's not trash at all; it's pungent satire). And The Paperboy--the Lee Daniels-directed tale of S ... More >>
The centerpiece of the convention last night was a chair--a perfectly ordinary looking one, mind you--which Clint Eastwood talked to in a bizarre, stammering speech that must have been inspired by the works of Samuel Beckett. The Oscar winning actor/director kept glancing at the empty chair and say ... More >>
Roger Ebert called the Iranian melodrama A Separation "the best film of the year." What's more, it won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film and it's nominated for two Oscars. And it's indeed remarkable -- a far cry from slick, bloated, soulless Hollywood fare.
Billy ErbThe drag star has new cabaret show, That Ain't No Lady!, at La Escuelita (301 W. 39th Street), 8 PM every Tuesday starting October 4, and more celebs are lining up to give it thumbs up than begged to be in "We Are The World." In fact, Bunny just provided me with this really inspirin ... More >>
Each week, Death by Science sends out an all-points bulletin for the latest science and technology news, tracks it down and beats a confession out of it. This week, we examine the Supreme Court's ruling that video games should be considered art and we ask Ruth Bader Ginsburg if she has any ti ... More >>
This is a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent. A ferocious showdown between a highly respected critic and a spiraling TV star. See, I just got this tweet from esteemed film critic Roger Ebert: "Charlie Sheen made fun of my cancer because I dissed him in Wall Street? "Dude, you ain't s ... More >>
When best-selling books like The DaVinci Code or the Twilight series become movies, their fans take to the internet to share their excitement. They argue over the film's fidelity to their favorite characters and scenes, and revel in their love-object's moment in the cinematic sun. So too it has bee ... More >>
Filmmaker Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change, aggrieved by lack of human interaction (notwithstanding spaghetti fights) and, really, humanity, on the New York City subway, decided to talk to people to ask them the hard questions, like "Why are you here?" "What motivates you more, fear or love?" and "Wh ... More >>
The Voice's own staff writer Steven Thrasher, author of "White America Has Lost Its Mind," appeared on 98.7 KISS FM's show Open Line this Sunday. If you missed it, don't fret: You can listen to him discuss and answer call-in questions about his (Roger Ebert-approved) piece -- which has been s ... More >>
After the year Roger Ebert has had, it's no surprise that he's getting a chance to spearhead the comeback of his storied public TV review show At the Movies. In February, a moving Esquire profile chronicled Ebert's struggles with cancer, which resulted in the removal of his jaw and loss of t ... More >>
On this latest wave of mediocre movies (and the classics that put them to shame)
For some reason this weird German study from 2009 is making the rounds, and it would be irresponsible not to bring it to your attention after reputable sources Roger Ebert and Slate both tweeted out its wisdom. Basically: Research says that staring at women's breasts is good for men's health ... More >>
The opening sentence of Roger Ebert's review of M. Night Shyamalan's new movie went off like a shot around Twitter today: "The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented." Ouch! When I saw that line, I have to admit to ... More >>
Following in New York's great tradition of Sad Pandas or Club Animals riding the subway -- and also somehow managing to be one of the more inconspicuous commuters in this city, because, uh, this is New York -- it would appear Chicago's resident Egg-Shaped Japanese Anime Creatures With Ears ar ... More >>
Film critic extraordinaire Roger Ebert battled Gene Siskel on At The Movies, and then he had to battle Richard Roeper and cancer, but he's not giving up just yet. In an interview with AFTRA magazine, the feistier-than-ever union member reveals:
It is a warm and beautiful Sunday where I am sitting. But I am thousands of miles from my dad on this Father's Day and also, I am responsible for doing a bit of blogging. Hopefully you, dear reader, get to this particular online entry after a day spent with your own father, your children or ... 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 >>
Interspersed between a lot of Roger Ebert-referencing and The Graduate plot-dissecting, Psychology Today gets to the point and presents an argument in favor of the May-December relationship, with women being the "colder" month in this particular situation. According to researchers from the Un ... More >>
Shooting from the hips about Allen Ginsberg, Ron Galella, and other provocateurs
Nobel prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has recently enjoyed his time in the sun for being (A) a 2008 Nobel prize-winner, (B) correct about a bunch of things, (C) smacking down flashy upstart Andrew Ross Sorkin. All of which are beside those times Loudon Wainwr ... More >>
It's almost Internet Week! And for those of you who found this post by misspelling "weak" in a search on "the Google," it means that for one week, June 7-14, the tech-media circlejerk will tear themselves away from backlit screens to take over this city. But don't worry!
If you're the kind of person who sometimes asks themselves why some people hate Sex and the City so much, you are either (A) not living in New York or (B) one of the imported creatures or various changes in New York City that Sex and the City is responsible for. Well, in the new movie, Carrie ... More >>
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets. I do this for one reason: knowledge is power. Natural Bust Enlargement With Total Mind Power Author:Donald L. Wilson, M.D. ... More >>
Now that Indiana Senator Evan Bayh is out of the picture, some people are pushing for John Mellencamp, aka John Cougar, aka John Camp Cougarmellen, to run on the Democratic line for his seat. Mellencamp is from Indiana, where he was born in a small town, and lives in Bloomington, which he a ... More >>
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A lot of folks in their forties will be hauling out their fingerless gloves, vintage hats, taffeta and Simple Minds albums when they hear that John Hughes has died, apparently of a heart attack while walking with his family in New York, at 59. As a director, writer, and producer Hughes create ... More >>
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Team America's critical mess: How reviewers misread the year's most potent political satire
Vincent Gallo at Cannes: A Blow-by-Blow Account
Faking the Grade
DVD Commentary, You Stole My Gal
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