What happens when the alternative paper of record’s shortlist of the best things to do loses its critical focus? What happens when instead of highlighting Patrice Chereau’s new film “Gabrielle” or a Michael Haneke retro at the Anthology Film Archives, the Village Voice instead shouts out a roofside screening of “Waiting for Guffman” or a Chicks With Flicks Film Fest.
When the new owners of the Village Voice instituted a revamp of the Voice Choices section — a short list often accompanied by arthouse picks selected by J. Hoberman — and replaced it with more populist recommendations of outdoor screenings and the like chosen by the listings editor, will the type of foreign and avant-garde films that the Voice has championed for the last 50 years suffer? Does anyone care? Voice readers will also notice that the Film section has been pushed to the back of the paper, where it used to the first thing readers would turn to in the arts coverage.
Is it possible that new owner Michael Lacey just simply hates movies?