We also scoop out some time for John Wick, which helps restore our faith in violent movies, Horns, Nightcrawler (be sure to read our interview with Jake Gyllenhaal about the film), Citizenfour, Housebound, and Force Majeure.
Each week new movies open in New York (and online) by the dozen. The Voice reviews all of 'em. Here are some you might not have heard about that got our critics excited, for better or worse:
Here's some rare good news: Two weeks in a row we've had first-rate horror flicks. Last week, Chuck Wilson touted writer/director Gerald Johnstone's Kiwi shut-in shears-and-teddy-bear freak-out Housebound, which is available on demand and totally worth your time if you're the kind of person intrigued by that description.More »
That's the vision laid out by Milo Yiannopoulos over at Breitbart.com, a website now dedicated to chumming the water for aggrieved gamer dudes as well as its usual Palinistas. Yiannopoulos dreams up a future where GamerGate -- which he defines as a "consumer revolt against shoddy ethics and bias in video-games journalism" -- has unlocked the rarest achievement of them all: "unbiased" coverage of games and game culture.
Of course, writing an "unbiased" review is as hard for a critic as it is for a GamerGater (or Breitbarter) to get through a day without feminists RUINING EVERYTHING.More »
It's awards season, and the hyped movies are starting to land in theaters. On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we talk about Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, and Alex Ross Perry's Listen Up Philip, and carve out some time to recommend Nothing Bad Can Happen and Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me. All four of those films have received high praise -- though some have been hit with some pretty damning criticism, including the characterization of Iñárritu as a "pretentious fraud," leveled by film critic Scott Tobias of The Dissolve. Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly, along with Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, dive into what stirs critics to use loaded words like those when reviewing a movie. Ahh, must be Oscar season.
Photo: Alison Rosa Michael Keaton and Edward Norton put up their dukes in Birdman.
With the news that Paul Feig is going to reboot Ghostbusters with an all-female cast, we wonder on this week's Voice Film Club podcast what it would be like if they re-did another '80s classic: Young Guns. We then move onto the latest Brad Pitt World War II movie, Fury, which is ultra violent. Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly says, "I like a war movie where they talk about how war is just really awful...this is a muddy in-the-trenches war movie." Joined, as always, by Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, the trio then pivot to Justin Simien's much-anticipated new film, Dear White People (be sure to read our interview with Simien), and then to post-apocalyptic western Young Ones, written and directed by Jake Paltrow.
Justin Simien's Dear White People.
Nobody thought a movie made entirely about graffiti-covered trains would be so compelling. But it was. Or so people think today. Stations of the Elevated, a 1980 documentary by cinematographer and School of Visual Arts professor Manfred Kirchheimer, has been getting the kind of recognition -- 24 years later -- that it never saw when the film was first released. During a sold-out screening at BAMcinemaFest, the theater still had a line around the block.
"I'm not altogether sure," Kirchheimer, now 83, tells the Voice. "There's a resurgence, but I don't know why. I'm just a filmmaker."More »