Author Archive for Noah Gittell

Nightcrawler, Reviewed

Is this crook-turned-journalist an earnest underdog just trying to make a living, or a sociopath who's driven to succeed at all costs?

The Skeleton Twins, Reviewed

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig make an irresistible duo as estranged twins trying to reconnect as adults.

The Purge: Anarchy, Reviewed

The Purge: Anarchy is a messy, confounding, and thoroughly thought-provoking piece of political pop art. Four days after seeing it, I’m still trying to figure it out: Is the film a radical call for a proletarian revolution disguised as pulp, or just a vulgar B-movie appealing to its audience’s lowest common denominator?
The fact that it could [...]

Transcendence Raises Important Questions, But Fails to Think Them Through

Hiding somewhere between the awful dialogue, cardboard performances, and lackluster visual landscape of Transcendence is a noble but failed attempt to seriously grapple with some of the most important questions of our time: How do we classify the current nature of man’s relationship to technology? Where is it headed? And most importantly, how are we [...]

Johansson Reveals Troubling Gender Truths in Under the Skin

The two Scarlett Johansson films currently in theaters—Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the avant-garde Under the Skin—would make a thought-provoking double feature. The former has been praised for finally bringing a strong, independent woman into the comic book movie fold, but Johansson’s secret agent is still an object of the male gaze; in an [...]

DC Shorts, Showcase 14: Bangin’ the Parents

The big winner in DC Shorts' Showcase 14 is obviously Time 2 Split. Other than that, nothing really stands out, although Dear Someone is probably one of the better music videos you’ll see this year, and F**k the Parents enlists some serious comedy talent in its gentle raunch-fest.
Dear Someone: A wildly inventive music video for a [...]

DC Shorts, Showcase 13: It’s All About Josephine and the Roach

You’ll find everything from sleek crime stories to experimental art in DC Shorts' Showcase 13. Top to bottom, it might not be the strongest, but it’s worth the price of admission for two stand-outs: the feel-good, animal-human love story Josephine and the Roach and the concept-driven Stalled.
Close Your Eyes: A coming-of-age story about a visually-impaired (not [...]

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve, Reviewed

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve, a cluttered and uninspiring new documentary, suffers from an unenviable comparison to Inside Job, the 2011 Oscar winner that also covered the causes and repercussions of the 2008 financial crisis. But the two films' framing devices differ significantly; while Inside Job takes a broader view of the relationship [...]

The Attack, Reviewed

Recent developments surrounding the new Lebanese film The Attack have to be disappointing for writer/director Ziad Doueiri. Having grown up in Beirut before moving to America and cutting his teeth as part of Quentin Tarantino's regular crew, he moved back to Lebanon after 9/11 to make more personal films. His latest, a tense and moving [...]

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