Every year, we descend on Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center to separate the hype from the heavyweights at American cinema’s fall classic, the New York Film Festival. This year is no different, as legendary Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman weighs in with the hits and misses of The 2010 New York Film Festival.
Elsewhere this week in Film, we’re taking stock of our “friends”:
- Eric Hynes discusses the forthcoming Facebook flick, reviewing The Social Network, noting that the medium is, in this instance, very much the message.
- Eric Hynes also assesses Film Socialisme, Jean-Luc Godard’s 25th film in the history of the New York Film Festival.
- Rob Nelson attempts to understand the psychology behind Martin Scorsese’s love letter to his mentor, A Letter to Elia, about the legendary director (and McCarthy-era rat) Elia Kazan.
- Nick Schager tries to get in touch with the emerging genre of cannibalistic family drama in Mexican director Jorge Michel Grau’s We Are What We Are.
- Melissa Anderson talks to the breakout star of Abdellatif Kechiche’s Black Venus, a name you’ll want to remember: Yahima Torres.
- Nicolas Rapold talks to Austrian director Benjamin Heisenberg about his forthcoming The Robber, about a marathon runner who knocked off banks in his spare time. The Affleck brothers, this ain’t.
- Karina Longworth notes a great way to hallucinate without using drugs, the new Gaspar Noe flick, Into the Void. She’s already seen it twice.
- Nick Pinkerton heads down, down to Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps to see just how much Oliver Stone did this one for the scratch.
- Finally, Melissa Anderson sees An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim ignoring some pretty convenient truths in his latest documentary, Waiting for Superman.
This week in News, we’re trying to separate the crazies from the crazy:
- Tom Robbins thinks gubernatorial Tea Party candidate Carl Paladino isn’t insane, just carefully crazy. Given his campaign strategies and, actually, his office building, of all things, the man’s showing unprecedented signs of political lucidity.
Voice gossip columnist Michael Musto has found something coming to New York City that is “gayer than a Kylie Minogue concert in Fort Lauderdale on the first night of the U.S. Open” and it isn’t another revival of Gypsy. A Splashy Gay Resort is on its way to 42nd Street.
In Food this week, we’re getting fit for fall:
- “Fit” as in “strong” as in Strong Place in Cobble Hill, a new Bistro with consistently good (if not terrifying) food, yielding Voice food critic Robert Sietsema labeling it the first postmodern bistro. Order the shrimp cocktail, don’t cower.
- Meanwhile, Voice food critic Sarah DiGregorio treks out to Jackson Heights to find Gourmet Sweets and Restaurant, a new South Asian culture-meld producing tender, fresh, mouthwatering meat curries.
This week in Music, some things never change:
All that, plus more Music, Art, Theater, Film, Books, Dance, Restaurants, Michael Musto, Free Will Astrology, and Dan Savage. And then some.