Voice Film Club
By The Village Voice
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The Village Voice's Stephanie Zacharek and Alan Scherstuhl, along with Amy Nicholson, film critic at L.A. Weekly, discuss box office-topping movies, repertory festivities, upcoming releases, filmmaking techniques, new formats like Netflix and iTunes -- and do a little championing of the indie films premiering in New York and L.A. each week. Join them for 30 minutes each Wednesday in this funny, brainy audio podcast on new movies and old.
||The Oscars: Winners, Awkward Moments, and Losers||There was an awkward moment between Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson and her mom, Melanie Griffith, on the red carpet before the Oscars on Sunday. But the world got to see Johnson's impressive talent for pretending uncomfortable situations don't seem to bother her (see also: Fifty Shades of Grey). It was an eventful Academy Awards, and that was only the start. Your hosts (Amy Nicholson, Alan Scherstuhl, and Stephanie Zacharek) break down the 2015 Oscars winners and losers, while Amy and Stephanie unveil their all-time favorite Oscar dresses. Plus, Amy tells us about how Channing Tatum is going to blow our minds in the new Coen Brothers movie, Hail, Caesar! As always, send barbs, jabs, claims, or jokes to email@example.com and follow us on the Twitter at @voicefilmclub. Read all of our movie reviews, interviews and news over at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies.||2/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kevin Costner Eases White America Into the Present||Kevin Costner eases white America into the now with McFarland, USA, we hear about the Berlin Film Festival's highs (Queen of Earth) and lows (Knight of Cups), and dip into the lukewarm waters of a second Hot Tub Time Machine movie. Also, there's much praise for teen comedy The DUFF and Wild Tales, a movie filled with stories of humans acting badly. We also hear about the plight of Fluffy, the cat owned by film director Alex Ross Perry. Your hosts (Amy Nicholson, Alan Scherstuhl, and Stephanie Zacharek) are joined by film critic Jordan Hoffman for this week's feature-length pod. As always, send barbs, jabs, claims, or jokes to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on the Twitter at @voicefilmclub. Read all of our movie reviews, interviews and news over at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies.||2/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sex Batman Stars in '50 Shades of Grey'||Fifty Shades of Grey' is opening is nationwide, and in New York, Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl connects via the magic of the Internet with LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson discuss the hotly anticipated movie starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, adapted from the E. L. James novel. Amy also shares her favorite movies from the recent Sundance Film Festival, and Alan goes to bat for 'The Last Five Years' starring the Internet's favorite person, Anna Kendrick. As always, send barbs, jabs, claims or jokes to email@example.com and follow us on the Twitter at @voicefilmclub. Read all of our movie reviews, interviews and news over at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies.||2/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Traits of Oscar Bait||The bi-coastal film pod continues in 2015! In New York, Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl, along with Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek connect via the magic of the Internet with LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson to discuss the nominations for this year's Academy Awards, announced on January 15. The trio attempt to settle once and for all what sorts of movies make the Academy salivate, while other seemingly great films go stale. As always, send barbs, jabs, claims or jokes to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on the Twitter at @voicefilmclub. Read all of our movie reviews, interviews and news over at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies.||1/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2014||Village Voice art critic R.C. Baker shares his ten favorite graphic novels of the year with film editor Alan Scherstuhl in this final Voice Film Club podcast of 2014. As always, send barbs, jabs, claims or jokes to email@example.com and follow us on the Twitter at @voicefilmclub.||12/30/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Inkoo Kang's Top 10 TV Shows of the Year||Village Voice television columnist Inkoo Kang shares her ten favorite television shows of the year with film editor Alan Scherstuhl. As always, send barbs, jabs, claims or jokes to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on the Twitter at @voicefilmclub. Read Inkoo's full column here: The Ten Best TV Shows of 2014||12/24/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Hobbit Project Hits Its Spectacular End||Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl and LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson discuss the third-and-final Hobbit movie: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, in this special bonus episode of the Voice Film Club podcast. As always, send barbs, jabs, claims or jokes to email@example.com and follow us on the Twitter at @voicefilmclub.||12/23/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Top/Best/Favorite 10 Movies of 2014||Village Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek and LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson run down their ten favorite/best/top/whatever movies of 2014, along with Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl. Send barbs, jabs, claims or jokes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on the Twitter at @voicefilmclub and finally, read all of Amy, Stephanie, and Alan's stuff at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies.||12/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Annie, Mr. Turner, Big Eyes: The Big Holiday Edition||We begin this week's Voice Film Club podcast with a strange story about Giles Corey, who famously said, "more weight!" as stones were laid upon him during his witch trial. The end of the year is sort of like that for film critics, who are pressed upon with all the Very Important Movies of the Year. Your hosts Alan Scherstuhl, Stephanie Zacharek, and Amy Nicholson run down all of this year's movies including: - Annie - Leviathan - Mr. Turner - The Interview - Big Eyes - Unbroken - Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb - Winter Sleep Oh! We have an email address now: Send jokes, complaints, poems, or comments to email@example.com||12/17/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Here's Why We Love Chris Rock's 'Top Five'. Plus 'Inherent Vice' and 'Exodus'||We begin this week's Voice Film Club podcast with a Thomas Pynchon story, before hosts Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, and Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly, move onto Paul Thomas Anderson's movie adaption of his novel, Inherent Vice. It's "in some ways a godawful mess, indulgent in a way a less- respected director would never be able to get away with. And it's two and a half hours long not because it needs to be, but because it can be," writes Stephanie Zacharek in her review. The middle movie this week is Chris Rock's Top Five, a movie that we love. The show wraps up with Exodus, starring Christian Bale. "The only way Bale's Moses could be the humblest man alive is if the rest of the planet were killed," writes Nicholson in her review. Do Alan and Stephanie agree? It's all in this week's Voice Film Club podcast. Hey, follow us on Twitter, too: @VoiceFilmClub.||12/8/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Star Wars! The return of droids and the Millennium Falcon||If we're honest with ourselves, the teaser-trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens looks better than the original Star Wars movies. That's how this week's Voice Film Club podcast opens, with your hosts Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly. Talk then turns to Reese Witherspoon's excellent performance in Wild, and then to director Jennifer Kent's spectacular, terrifying new film The Babadook. The group wraps by recommending a few underrated or under-seen films: Zero Motivation, Concerning Violence, and Life Partners. Amy closes the show with a recap of her interview with Garfield creator Jim Davis, who finally settles it: Does Jon ever actually hear Garfield, or is Jon just talking to himself?||12/2/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Has Jennifer Lawrence Outgrown Katniss in the Hunger Games?||Can 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' keep up with the first two films? Why was the final book split into two movies? Does Katniss even want to be part of this so-called revolution? On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we discuss all things Hunger Games before moving onto a documentary about Sheffield, England's Pulp and finishing with a recommendation for 'Happy Valley', a documentary on the fallout after the terrible Penn State football scandal. Oh, be sure to follow our hosts on Twitter: Alan Scherstuhl (@studiesincrap), Stephanie Zacharek (@szacharek), and Amy Nicholson (@theamynicholson). Here's a full rundown of the show: The Hunger Games: The Mockingjay Part 1 (11:50) Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets (31:00) Happy Valley (35:46)||11/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||It's Our All Daily Show Week with 'Foxcatcher' and 'Rosewater'||It's a special The Daily Show edition of the Voice Film Club podcast, as we talk about Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher (starring Steve Carell) and move onto Rosewater, the movie Jon Stewart left the Daily Show for three months in 2013 to direct. Both are in theaters starting November 14. Here's a full rundown of this week's podcast. Click on the links to read more about each topic. - The Hobbit movies aren't just movies, they are playdates (3:30) - Foxcatcher (8:10) - Rosewater (21:41) - The story of a group of kids who re-shot Raiders of the Lost Ark in the '80s (35:05) - Beyond the Lights (51:50) Get all of our film coverage at villagevoice.com/movies at laweekly.com/movies. Follow our hosts on Twitter: Alan Scherstuhl (@studiesincrap), Stephanie Zacharek (@szacharek), and Amy Nicholson (@theamynicholson).||11/11/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Space Epic 'Interstellar' Is Grand -- But It Doesn't Connect||Christopher Nolan's space epic Interstellar is a big, ambitious picture, but it didn't connect with our critics. Listen why at the top of this week's podcast, and stay with us to discuss other notable films on screens large and small this week. - The Disney film Big Hero 6 (At 29 minutes) - The Stephen and Jane Hawking story The Theory of Everything (At 38:30) - Jean-Luc Godard's visually playful Goodbye to Language (At 49:45) - The infuriating new doc on Netflix, Virunga (At 52:40) - Margaret Brown's BP oil spill documentary The Great Invisible (At 56:25) Your hosts are Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly, along with Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice. Get all of our movies coverage at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies.||11/4/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Keanu Reeves and 'John Wick' Restore Our Faith in Violent Movies||Before we get to Keanu Reeves and the new movie John Wick, we welcome Village Voice contributor and filmmaker Zachary Wigon, who tells us about his debut film, a paranoid thriller titled The Heart Machine (iTunes). We then 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. As usual, your hosts are Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly, along with Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice. Get all of our film coverage at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies.||10/28/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Awards Season Opens with 'Birdman' and 'Listen Up Philip'||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 and some have been hit with some pretty damning criticism, including the description that Iñárritu is a "pretentious fraud," leveled by film critic Scott Tobias of The Dissolve. Amy Nicholson of the LA Weekly, along with Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, dive into what stirs critics use loaded words like those when reviewing a movie. Ahh, must be Oscar season. Get more film coverage at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies and follow us on Twitter at @voicefilmclub.||10/21/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dear White People, go see 'Dear White People'||With the news that Paul Feig is going to reboot Ghostbusters with an all-female cast, we wonder 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 muddy in-the-trenches war movie." Joined as always by Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, the trio then moves onto 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. Read all of our film reviews, interviews and essays at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies, and be sure to follow us on the Twitter thing at @VoiceFilmClub.||10/14/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Twin Peaks Returns, The Judge Disappoints, and Whiplash Drips with Jazz||Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, along with LA Weekly's Amy Nicholson, open this week's podcast with a brief discussion of Twin Peaks, which comes back to TV via series on Showtime in 2016, and move onto The Judge starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, and then to Whiplash, starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. The gang also discuss the latest Left Behind movie, starring Nicolas Cage before wrapping up with recommendations of the 1964 film Nothing But a Man and the documentaries Evolution of a Criminal and The Overnighters. It's all on this week's episode of the Voice Film Club podcast. Get all our film coverage at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies||10/7/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||'Gone Girl': The Spoiled Podcast||We're doing a special one-off "spoiled" podcast this week because we can't really talk about Gone Girl as a film without giving some key plot elements away. (This podcast contains spoilers, y'all.) So join Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, along with LA Weekly's Amy Nicholson to talk about one of the big movies of the year, Gone Girl, which opens in about 3,000 U.S. theaters on Friday.||9/30/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||'Gone Girl': Marriage, the Media and Missouri||Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, along with LA Weekly's Amy Nicholson, talk about one of the big movies of the year, Gone Girl, which opens in about 3,000 U.S. theaters on Friday, but the trio also makes room for lesser-known films like The Blue Room, Men, Women & Children, The Skeleton Twins, and The Two Faces of January. It's all on this week's episode of the Voice Film Club podcast. Get all our film coverage at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies||9/30/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Boxtrolls is a Kiddie Charmer. Plus: Jimi and The Equalizer||The Boxtrolls is a kiddie charmer that makes you laugh, cower and think of Hitler, writes Amy Nicholson of the LA Weekly. She discusses that movie, plus The Equalizer, Jimi: All is By My Side, and more on this week's episode of the Voice Flim Club podcast. She's joined as always by Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice. Get all our film coverage at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies.||9/23/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Finally, a Movie with Liam Neeson That's as Good as Liam Neeson||Special guest Inkoo Kang, film critic at TheWrap and news editor at Indiewire's Women and Hollywood blog, joins Alan Scherstuhl of the Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly to discuss a variety of topics on this very big podcast, including: The Maze Runner, what it's like interviewing director Steve McQueen, Amy's highlights from the Toronto Film Festival, Kevin Smith's Tusk, and Matthew Crawley, err, Dan Stevens's role in two movies out now -- A Walk Among the Tombstones and The Guest. Alan makes an anti-recommendation for Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? and Inkoo heartily endorses season 2 of Masters of Sex on Showtime. Get all our film coverage at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies.||9/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Best Movies at the Venice Film Festival||The Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek, just back from the Venice Film Festival, discuss the stand-out movies she saw on this week's episode, and the duo also makes room for Tim Sutton's 'Memphis', which showed last year at the festival and is now in theaters now. Alan praises the warm 'Dolphin Tale 2' and 'The Drop'. Village Voice art critic R.C. Baker joins to talk about an exhibit at New York's Museum of the Moving Image, which ties very closely the movies -- the Looney Tunes cartoons that used to play before Warners Brothers pictures. The works of animator Chuck Jones are on display at the museum through January 19, 2015. Get all our film coverage at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies.||9/9/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sin City disappoints at the box office, plus The One I Love and If I Stay||Why did so few people see Sin City: A Dame to Kill For over the weekend? That and other topics are discussed in this week's edition of the Voice Film Club podcast with the Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek, joined as always by Amy Nicholson of the LA Weekly via the magic of the Internet. The trio also discuss the latest YA adaptation If I Stay, the BDSM doc Kink, and it wraps up with Alan and Amy split on relationship movie The One I Love, starring Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass. Remember to follow us on Twitter @voicefilmclub for film reviews and essays from the Village Voice and LA Weekly. Get all our film coverage at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies.||8/26/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Which 'Expendables' Stars Surprised Us? And We Watch the New Yorkiest Movie||On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly sift through the smoldering pile of action movie that is the Expendables 3 and discuss which star has the most surprising scenes. Amy and Stephanie talk about Love is Strange, which might be one of the most New York movies out in a very long time, and not just because of the rent plot point. Remember to follow us on Twitter @voicefilmclub for film reviews and essays from the Village Voice and LA Weekly. Get all our film coverage at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies.||8/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Robin Williams, How We Will Remember Him||On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly remember Robin Williams, who died on Monday. He was 63. They also recommend We Are Mari Pepa, a slight movie about growing up punk in Mexico, the Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan rom-com What If, and Lenny Abrahamson's Frank, the movie where Michael Fassbender wears a giant mask the entire time. Get all our film coverage at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies.||8/12/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight' is Forgettable||On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly discuss Woody Allen's latest 'Magic in the Moonlight', and revisit 'Get on Up' and 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Get all our film coverage at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies.||8/5/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The over-stuffed end-of-summer edition!||On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Stephanie defends her 'Guardians of the Galaxy' review against internet trolls who tell her to go suck eggs, and we touch on Scarlett Johansson in 'Lucy' and the excellent James Brown biopic 'Get on Up'. There's a lot to be had in this one. Enjoy. Get all our film coverage at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies.||7/29/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Special guest Karina Longworth talks about her new pod and shares a Star Wars secret||On this week's episode, Amy Nicholson of the L.A. Weekly and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice interview film critic and author Karina Longworth, who's just launched a fascinating new podcast on the history of Hollywood called You Must Remember This. Karina talks about the movies and ~maybe~ shares a scoop about those new Star Wars movies around minute 27. Get all our film coverage at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies.||7/22/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The mystifying world of PLANES with L.A. Weekly Film Critic Amy Nicholson||This week, we hear from L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson, who's intrigued by the bizarre universe of Pixar's PLANES movies. Get all our film coverage at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies. Follow us on Twitter at @voicefilmclub.||7/15/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||All Things Boy and Ape||You should see DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and BOYHOOD this weekend. Village Voice film critics Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek, with L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson recommend seeing Matt Reeves' DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (12:00) and Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD (20:00), a movie filmed over twelve years with the same cast. Plus, Alan tells a story of secretly watching Bo Derek naked on a horse in BOLERO instead of GHOSTBUSTERS at a drive-in in 1984. Get all our film coverage at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies.||7/8/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||A HARD DAY'S NIGHT gets a beautiful re-release and LIFE ITSELF, a moving film about the late Roger Ebert||On this week's episode, Alan, Amy and Stephanie race through the latest (and the most terrible) TRANSFORMERS movie (2:01), EARTH TO ECHO (13:14), and TAMMY (16:30). They then discuss LIFE ITSELF (21:54), a film about the life of the late Roger Ebert, and move onto A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (36:25), the Beatles movie that gets a beautiful re-release on its 50th anniversary. Get all our film coverage at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies.||7/1/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The movie that kills the romantic comedy dead. Stake-in-the-heart dead.||On this week's episode, Alan, Amy and Stephanie discuss rom-com BEGIN AGAIN (2:26) starring the always-interesting Mark Ruffalo, and killer rom-com parody and THEY CAME TOGETHER (15:47). Also: The post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie SNOWPIERCER (23:47).Amy recommends NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN (31:56) and the ESPN 30 for 30 doc THE TWO ESCOBARS (33:25). Stephanie shouts out the eponymous biopic YVES SAINT LAURENT (35:43) and Alan encourages us to see YOU CAN COUNT ON ME and DO THE RIGHT THE THING, which sees its 25th anniversary this month (38:30). Get all our film coverage at villagevoice.com/movies and laweekly.com/movies.||6/24/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Stephanie Zacharek: We have to hold filmmakers responsible and if they make a piece of crap, too bad.||We leave the movie theater on this week's podcast in favor of a longform interview with Village Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek, who's been at the New York paper for about a year. Before that she wrote for Salon, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and the Boston Phoenix, among others. We also briefly touch on two great films: Snowmobiling documentary Northern Light and Roman Polanski's Venus in Fur.||6/17/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Should Adults Really Be Embarrassed to Read YA Novels?||THE FAULT IN OUR STARS made heaps of money at the box office, and Alan and Stephanie wonder if a recent piece declaring that adults should feel ashamed to read young adult novels has any weight to it. They also talk about THE IMMIGRANT and Amy joins us from Mississippi to talk about SORCERER.||6/10/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||In Defense of Seth MacFarlane||Filmmaker Seth MacFarlane's A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST hit theaters recently and Alan, Stephanie and Amy talk about his generally offensive body of work. Also on the pod: a review of WE ARE THE BEST! (featuring a special guest reviewer), OBVIOUS CHILD, DORMANT BEAUTY and WILLOW CREEK.||6/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Strange Career of Tom Cruise||On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, the Village Voice's Alan Schestuhl and L.A. Weekly's Amy Nicholson are joined by special guest Chris Klimek to discuss the strange career of Tom Cruise, the new X-Men movie, and why Han Solo should die. We close the show with a special phone call from the Village Voice's Stephanie Zacharek, who gives us highlights from the Cannes Film Festival in the South of France.||5/20/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Godzilla, Neighbors and Chef!||Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl and L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson recommend Neighbors (Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron) and Godzilla (Bryan Cranston, Godzilla) and are joined by special guest, James Beard Award-winning L.A. Weekly restaurant critic Besha Rodell, who discusses the highs and lows of Jon Favreau's new movie, Chef.||5/13/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||James Franco in the timeless PALO ALTO and the West Memphis Three in DEVIL'S KNOT||On this week's Voice Film club podcast, L.A. weekly chief film critic Amy Nicholson, Village Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek and Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl discuss two movies opening this weekend, the James Franco'd PALO ALTO, which we fully recommend, and the latest version of the West Memphis Three story, this time in the form of a dramatic feature called DEVIL'S KNOT.||5/6/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||'THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2': Five movies in 12 years, and he's still beginning||We get wrapped up in the 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2', comparing the movie to the comics and this latest Marc Webb version of the story to the Sam Raimi series. If you're at all interested in the sequel, you'll enjoy this week's spidey episode.||4/29/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Indiana Jones, War Horse and Alpha Dog: Defending Movies Critics Hate||On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan, Amy and Stephanie defend movies that most critics hate, namely INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, WAR HORSE and ALPHA DOG. We also recommend a few new films, including BLUE RUIN, FADING GIGOLO and NEXT GOAL WINS.||4/22/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jim Jarmusch's ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE is one of our favorite movies this year||This week, Alan, Stephanie and Amy talk about Jim Jarmusch's ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, a vampire film that doesn't really pay attention to the genre's rules and is all the more enjoyable for it, and follow that up with discussion of JOE, in which NICOLAS CAGE embraces a more nuanced role in this interesting indie.||4/8/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Scarlett Johansson Impresses in UNDER THE SKIN and CAPTAIN AMERICA||It's all about Scarlett Johansson this week, who has two movies coming out at opposite ends of the commercial spectrum: Jonathan Glazer's 'Under the Skin' and Anthony and Joe Russo's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'. As usual, we're joined by Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly and Stephanie Zacharek & Alan Scherstuhl of the Village Voice.||4/1/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Sex-Filled Nymphomaniac Vol. 1, a Joyful Muppets Most Wanted and the Best Docs of the SXSW Film Festival||We're split on Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac, Volume 1, but laughed throughout the the latest Muppets movie. The Veronica Mars movie is worth your money, and so is The Great Invisible, a revealing doc about the BP oil spill, which was named the top doc at SXSW. We recommend Jodorowsy's Dune, The Missing Picture and Say Yes to the Dress on Netflix.||3/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Wes Anderson's GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL is surprisingly good, plus a Oscar 2014 highlights and an endorsement of GRAND PIANO||Poor little Liza Minnelli, a shimmying Meryl Streep and a relieved Jennifer Lawrence are included in our 2014 Oscars recap segment, and we we discuss Wes Anderson's wonderful GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, by a director whose films are typically man-centric and micromanaged, according to L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson. We also heartily recommend GRAND PIANO, a thriller with John Cusack and Elijah Wood.||3/4/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The 2014 Oscars Predictions Show! Plus Liam Neeson Forever Kicks Ass||L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson and the Village Voice's Stephanie Zacharek and Alan Scherstuhl ask, "do the Oscars really even matter, guys?" They come to a few conclusions, but only after discussing just how much ass a middle-aged Liam Neeson can kick on an airplane in NON-STOP. Settle in for another Voice Film Club podcast.||2/25/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Our favorite musicals, plus a recommendation for ADULT WORLD and ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME||Alan, Stephanie and Amy talk about their favorite musicals on the big screen and on the stage, plus Stephanie recommends ADULT WORLD while Alan says we should see the documentary ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME.||2/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The RoboCop Remake and Vampire Academy with special guest Chris Klimek of Washington City Paper||Alan Scherstuhl of the Village Voice, Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly and writer Chris Klimek of the Washington City Paper, The Dissolve, and NPR’s Monkey See blog discuss the week in movies.||2/11/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the best actors of any generation.||The Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek, joined by L.A. Weekly's Amy Nicholson, remember Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died of a drug overdose on Sunday at the age of 46. They also discuss upcoming movies The Monuments Men and the LEGO movie.||2/4/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Glenn Beck, Gloria and a Defense of The Wolf of Wall Street||The pod returns after the holiday break with discussion of I, Frankenstein, Labor Day, Gloria, a defense of The Wolf of Wall Street and yes, discussion of Glenn Beck's anger over Amy's Lone Survivor review. Plus, Sundance coverage and how to handle the January movie doldrums.||1/28/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Village Voice's Stephanie Zacharek and L.A. Weekly's Amy Nicholson Count Down Their Top 10 Films of 2013 with Voice film ed||Stephanie and Amy talk about their favorite movies of the year in this very special Voice Film Club podcast, the last of 2013.||12/24/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Spike Jonze's HER makes us love Joaquin Phoenix again and ANCHORMAN 2 reaches for more catch-phrases||Alan, Amy and Stephanie agree that full-bodied voice of Scarlett Johansson is a welcome addition to Spike Jonze's HER and Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy in ANCHORMAN 2 is a sexist old dinosaur in a film that maybe relies on improv a bit too much. They also run down a bunch of holiday films not explored in full on the pod, like AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY and the Christmas MADEA.||12/17/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Loose 'American Hustle' May Not Be Film of the Year But It's Incredibly Fun||This week, Alan, Amy and Stephanie discuss David O. Russell's 'American Hustle', 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' and Disney's 'Saving Mr. Banks'. They also recommend 'Despicable Me 2', 'Hours' and 'Compliance'.||12/10/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||'Inside Llewyn Davis' Might be the Best Coen Brothers Movie Yet||Alan, Stephanie and Amy discuss 'Inside Llewyn Davis' and 'Out of the Furnace' and give recommendations for 'Frances Ha', now on Netflix and 'Lenny Cooke'.||12/3/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||We Talk Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake and Give Turkey Day Recommendations||Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' can't compare to the original, plus Alan, Stephanie and Amy provide us with a few film recommendations to watch with the fam (or maybe not) over the Thanksgiving day holiday.||11/26/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Go See 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' and 'Nebraska'||Alan, Amy and Stephanie discuss 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' abd 'Nebraska'. Amy recommends 'MacGruber', Stephanie suggests seeking out last year's 'Barbara' (Germany) and Alan likes Michel Gondry's 'Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?'||11/19/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||'Dear Mr. Watterson', 'Medora', Remembering Jonathan Brandis and Recommending 'Best Man Holiday'||Alan, Stephanie and Amy discuss why 'Calvin & Hobbes' fans should just skip the 'Dear Mr. Watterson' doc and why 'Medora' is a heart-wrenching documentation of small-town life. Amy remembers former teen heartthrob Jonathan Brandis, who committed suicide ten years ago, and Stephanie strongly recommends 'Best Man Holiday', the follow-up to the 1999 film 'Best Man'.||11/12/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Sexy God Thor and a Time-Traveling Lover in 'About Time'||'Thor: The Dark World', starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, and Richard Curtis's 'About Time', starring Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams, get equal time on this week's Voice Film Club episode. Both movies hit theaters on Friday, November 8 .||11/5/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Matthew McConaughey's Streak of Challenging Roles and Remembering Lou Reed||On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, our critics discuss 'Dallas Buyers Club', Lou Reed, 1983's 'Get Crazy', 1979's 'The Visitor' and 2008's 'In Bruges'.||10/29/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chloe Grace Moretz seems more like the Carrie Stephen King intended||Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly discuss the 'Carrie' reimagining by Kimberly Peirce, 'Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa', 'Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil' (now on Netflix) and 'Blue is the Warmest Color, showing in New York and L.A.||10/22/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
Too long a break. I was getting worried. This and Filmspotting SVU are my favorite film podcasts. Love you guys.
Well made. Great banter.
I love this podcast.
The hosts don't just describe the movies... they focus on the larger themes, they peel back the layers of the story, and they balance their critiques with their compliments.
They are a pretty sharp bunch. They definitely know (and love!) film and they respect the craft.
These are the only hosts I know of that actually stay on topic. It's a welcome change from the usual "Wayne & Garth" style of podcasts that I seemingly can't escape.
I only wish each episode was longer.
It's like having a good time.
I really enjoy listening to these folks talk. I think I could listen to them talk about anything. I'd like to hear what dish they've brought to share.