Noah Gittell

Noah Gittell

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Film Critic. Essayist. Freelancer for hire. I blog at reelchange.net and can be reached at noahgittell@gmail.com. Non-partisan by nature.

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Alwayshavecasablanca article
LA Review of Books

By Immigrants, For Immigrants - Why "Casablanca" Still Matters

WHEN 56-YEAR-OLD ACTOR S. Z. Sakall escaped his native Hungary in 1939 and arrived in the United States to relaunch his acting career, he had a significant handicap: he spoke not a word of English. At lunch ...

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Esquire

Why More Movies About Men Should Be Made by Women

Hllywood reacts to change very slowly. Maybe it's foolish to expect any different from an industry whose unofficial motto, coined by screenwriter William Goldman, is: "Nobody knows anything." Because of this uncertainty...

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The Economist

On monsters and masculinity: With “Colossal”, Anne Hathaway ...

ANNE HATHAWAY is a monster—at least that’s what we’ve been told. After breaking out in “The Princess Diaries” (2001), she rose ...

1333 article
The Guardian

Let's try that again … the most difficult scenes to film in cinema history

Let's try that again … the most difficult scenes to...

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Slate

Life is sci-fi skepticism for the Trump era

Outer space is humankind’s most tantalizing unknown, too vast to comprehend, but just beyond our reach. Since Georges...

washingtoncitypaper.com

Graduation, Reviewed

Graduation, Reviewed

2353 article
The Guardian

The La La Land backlash: why have critics turned on the Oscar ...

The La La Land backlash: why have critics turned on...

Horowitz article
washingtoncitypaper.com

Moonlight Wins Best Picture In A Historic Oscars Snafu

Moonlight Wins Best Picture In A Historic Oscars Sn...

washingtoncitypaper.com

Life, Reviewed

Life, Reviewed

5000 article
The Guardian

Why we need to stop saying 'this is the movie we need right now'

A devastating election result has led film critics to stress the importance of cinema as a political force but is it an overly optimistic notion?

washingtoncitypaper.com

Wilson, Reviewed

Wilson, Reviewed

892 article
The Guardian

Sex, Booze, and Stupidity: Fratboys on Film, From Animal House to Goat

The frathouse comedy is almost as much of an all-American institution as fraternities themselves. In 1978, National Lampoon’s Animal House became one...

washingtoncitypaper.com

Personal Shopper, Reviewed

Personal Shopper, Reviewed

Lalaland article
Esquire

Why Moviegoers Are Tired of Romance on the Silver Screen - Love Is Dead at the Movies

Why Moviegoers Are Tired of Romance on the Silver S...

washingtoncitypaper.com

Paterson, Reviewed

Paterson, Reviewed