Alan Scherstuhl

Alan Scherstuhl

Alan Scherstuhl is film editor at The Village Voice. He also covers books, music, and other matters for the Voice, in addition to writing Studies in Crap, his ongoing humor column about bizarre books and ephemera found at junkshops.

Latest Stories

  • Warm and unusually crowd-pleasing, Naomi Kawase's old-ways-are-the-best-ways foodie drama Sweet Bean is a celebration not just of homemade cooking but of taking your time and doing it right -- precisely what the celebrated director does...

  • Set in the streets and yards of an older suburb of Washington state, Bob Nelson's The Confirmation plays, at its best, like a dispatch from rural America as it actually is: underemployed, sometimes hostile to strangers, sympathetic if not...

  • Less a documentary than an invitation to play, Van Neistat's A Space Program runs viewers through the beauty of a homespun, handmade science-fiction theater piece/gallery event. In 2012, the artist Tom Sachs staged and designed a playdate...

  • Brash yet intimate, writer/director/editor Trey Edward Shults' observant, unnerving first feature transcends the notion of a "promising debut." Here, the promise is already fulfilled on the screen, which bustles with chaotic family life -- and...

  • 2 years ago | Film and TV

    Why is it that little movies about being out of step so often wind up feeling the same? Not long into Michael Showalter's Hello, My Name Is Doris, a comedy about a misfit frump pining for a much younger hunk, the unlikely target of the heroine's a...

  • In one key way, the kinda-maybe sequel 10 Cloverfield Lane might be the purest example yet of the J.J. Abrams house style. Directed by first-timer Dan Trachtenberg but produced by Abrams (Super 8, Lost, Alias, Cloverfield, etc.) the...


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