Let's Hear it For J. Hoberman

This was, oh, five years in coming, but the long-time Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman has been let go from the paper. Fun fact: Hoberman's 34-year relationship with the Voice commenced with a high-low glimpse at David Lynch's experimental blast Eraserhead ("Eraserhead's not a movie I'd drop acid for, although I would consider it a revolutionary act if someone dropped a reel of it into the middle of Star Wars") and concluded this week with a high-low glimpse at Ken Jacobs's experimental blast Seeking the Monkey King ("This homemade slingshot has the capacity to resist and pulverize the idiotic visual aggression of a commercial behemoth like Transformers. It's a '60s vision happening today—beautiful, terrifying, and determined to storm the doors of perception"). Anyway, don't sweat it, he'll be back. [Capital New York]


  • Charles says:

    I get a kick out of reading his reviews in the New Times paper, which I think is affiliated with the Voice, so I'm sorry to hear this. Please let us know where he ends up.

  • happygolucky says:

    Fantastic reporting over at the Reeler - nice piece of history writing, I might add. I left the city in '02 with a VV under my arm . . . had no idea the Times had picked it up.