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Alison Gang is the film critic for U-T San Diego. She studied film at Columbia University and holds a master’s from SDSU. In a former life she worked at American Movie Classics, UCLA Film and Television Archive, Paramount Studios (as a page) and Martin Scorsese’s production office (as an unpaid intern).
Articles by Alison Gang
I’ve heard some critics describe “The Artist,” a black-and-white silent film set in the 1920s, as “slight” and merely “a technical exercise.” While there may be some kernels of truth in these accusations, I still call it one of my favorite films of the year. Read more>>
Michelle Williams’ delicate, underplayed performance demonstrates the actress’ courage and confidence in her own talent to take herself — and her audience — inside Monroe’s fragile psyche.
Still riding the success of last year’s “The Social Network,” David Fincher was probably the only director who could claim the English-language adaptation of the first film with so much authority.
Even buried beneath her prosthetic makeup, Meryl Streep carves out a convincing portrayal of the famously stubborn world leader and, yet again, proves her worthiness as the closest thing America has to acting royalty. But even Ms. Streep’s best efforts can’t rescue this sloppy biopic from itself.
The uncompromising director digs as deep and as dirty as is required to unflinchingly expose the nature of Brandon’s (Michael Fassbender) addiction and, thus, his inner truths. Read more>>