Michelle Orange

Bio: Michelle Orange is the author of This Is Running for Your Life, forthcoming from FSG. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Nation, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the New York Times, the Village Voice, Movieline and other publications.

Latest Articles:


Cliché-ridden ‘Gangster Squad’ is little more than a garish genre wank

'Gangster Squad' packs plenty of Hollywood acting power but falls flat by treading the same old gangster-movie clichés it ought to be celebrating. 

Jan. 11, 2013


‘56 Up,’ the latest in Michael Apted’s series, confronts middle age and what it means to make a life

Michael Apted's latest entry in his Up series, 56 Up, shows his subjects confronting middle age and confronting what it means to live a life captured on film.

Jan. 4, 2013


‘Django Unchained,’ Tarantino’s manic, masterful mashup of cinematic and very real brutality

Quentin Tarantino's latest, Django Unchained, shoots up the pre-Civil War South, evoking violence both cinematic and horrifyingly historical.

Dec. 31, 2012


Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty’: nearly as evasive as its subject

Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow's new movie about the manhunt and killing of Osama bin Laden, tries to be entertainment and journalism at once, but ends up just being evasive.

Dec. 19, 2012


In ‘Rust and Bone,’ Marion Cotillard provides the center for an overextended narrative

Rust and Bone, the latest film from Jacques Audiard, is a somewhat overextended narrative, saved and centered by star Marion Cotillard

Nov. 26, 2012


Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ is the schoolbook president, but it’s the story we want, and a tribute to his greatest work

Steven Spielberg's Lincoln forgoes deep scrutiny in favor of the accepted historical legend, but it is also a tribute to the president's greatest work.

Nov. 9, 2012


Olivia Thirlby plays the ingenue and discovers women’s betrayals and connections

'Nobody Walks,' the new movie from Ry Russo Young and co-written by Lena Dunham, looks at the old problem of infidelity, and comes to new conclusions. 

Oct. 19, 2012


Director Andrea Arnold explains her appropriately bleak, if imperfect, ‘Wuthering Heights’

Director Andrea Arnold vacillated between self-deprecating and cleverly defensive at a Q&A on her recent adaptation of Wuthering Heights.

Oct. 5, 2012


Sci-fi shoot-‘em-up ’Looper' is a canny cascade of time-travel-film allusions

In Looper, Jason Gordon-Levitt plays a time-traveling hit man, but the movie also time travels, self-consciously seeking inspiration and reference from similar films of the past.

Sep. 28, 2012


A documentary on Diana Vreeland, goddess of 20th-century fabulousness

In Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, the famed fashion icon of the last century explains why the route to fabulousness usually starts in Paris. 

Sep. 21, 2012