The most surprising thing about "The Martian" is how relaxed and funny it is.
Noah started writing about film in fourth grade with his review of "Driving Miss Daisy" for a Montessori school writing assignment (4 stars). Jumping ahead, he started writing a blog on film and politics, Reel Change, in 2012. Since then he has written for The Atlantic, Washington City Paper, Salon, Esquire, Film School Rejects, Think Progress, Movie Mezzanine, and others. Noah has also appeared on BBC and Fox News, and will lecture at the Smithsonian in February 2014. He still hasn't really figured out Twitter, but he's trying @reelchanger.
A piece on the use of animals in film in light of "White God".
A piece on cinema of 2014 that addressed racial issues in the year after such progress with films like "12 Years a Slave."
A piece about how differently "Fury" and "The Imitation Game" transport viewers to World War II and what that says about film in 2014.
Much progress has been made in representing African-American life onscreen, but there's a long way to go.
A response to Sam Adams' piece at CriticWire in defense of the expert critic.
Hollywood is actually regressing on Latino issues. As the industry continues to make progress in its depiction of black America, what we need now is a Spanish Harlem Renaissance.