It’s been a turbulent several months for the Village Voice syndicate, with Voice critic Stephanie Zacharek leaving for Time in November and L.A. Weekly’s Amy Nicholson heading to MTV News in January. But things are looking up as of yesterday evening, when Vulture’s Bilge Ebiri announced he’d be joining the Voice as its new film critic.
Some of you already know this, but: This is my last week as a critic for @Vulture. Next week I start as a film critic for the @VillageVoice.
— Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) February 24, 2016
At Vulture, and in the pages of New York magazine, Ebiri has covered the waterfront: Just the first page of his online archive, which goes all the way back to 2008, offers insightful takes on Nicholas Sparks movies and the latest from Chinese master Jia Zhang-ke, as well as a fascinating interview with Michael Mann. He also authored a jaw-dropping list of the 50 greatest foreign-language musicals of all time, turning a hackneyed format that’s too often used to recirculate the same handful of well-known titles — Every Movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Ranked, Again — into a means of advocating for underseen cinema. Adding Ebiri to a film staff that already includes recent hire Melissa Anderson marks this as the beginning of an exciting new era, and with Nicholson’s Weekly job still to be filled, there’s still more potential to be fulfilled.
Here’s Ebiri interviewing Michael Mann on stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music a few weeks ago.