James Lewis Hoberman
(born March 14, 1948), also known as J. Hoberman
, is an American film critic
. He is currently the senior film critic for The Village Voice
, a post he has held since 1988.
Hoberman completed his B.A. at Binghamton University
and his M.F.A. at Columbia University
. At Binghamton, prominent experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs
both instructed and influenced him.
After completing his MFA
Hoberman worked for The Village Voice
as third-stringer under Andrew Sarris
. There, he specialized in examining experimental film
. Indeed, his first published film review appeared in 1977 for David Lynch
's seminal debut film Eraserhead
. Since 2009 Hoberman remains senior film editor at the Village Voice
. In addition, he contributes regularly to Film Comment
, The New York Times
, and The Virginia Quarterly Review
Hoberman appears in the 2009 documentary film The Story of American Film Criticism
, recalling his first movie memory, going with his mother to see Cecil B. DeMille
’s The Greatest Show On Earth
, and how he was mesmerized by a scene in that film depicting a train crash.
In addition to his academic and professional career, Hoberman is the author of several important books on cinema, including a collaboration with prominent film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum
, entitled Midnight Movies
, published in 1983.
In the 2002 Sight & Sound
film poll, Hoberman indicated that Flaming Creatures
is his choice for best film ever made. Other films... Read More