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How Whisper Campaigns Work and Why they Suck

How Whisper Campaigns Work and Why they Suck

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If you’re in this business, “business,” long enough you’ll see a lot of nasty shit. I don’t just mean regular old shit you can flush down the toilet, I mean the kind someone leaves slumped in a pile outside, back behind the dumpster where it sits for weeks until the scent mercifully evaporates.  There is nothing you can do it about it, of course, because the press drags it around…

Martin Sheen Clarifies his Position on Zero Dark Thirty, Too Late?

Martin Sheen Clarifies his Position on Zero Dark Thirty, Too Late?

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Martin Sheen had been one of the voices protesting Zero Dark Thirty, urging Academy members not to vote for the film. After Bigelow was snubbed by the Academy as a result; the most critically acclaimed film was a standout this year specifically for the directing, and yet there was no party for Bigelow as there was for Ben Affleck. At any rate, the reversal: On consideration, and widespread reports to…

Bigelow Covers TIME

Bigelow Covers TIME

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Bigelow rides the wave…interview is here.  

Kathryn Bigelow and CBS News, “It’s a Movie, not a Documentary.”

Kathryn Bigelow and CBS News, “It’s a Movie, not a Documentary.”

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Bigelow talks torture with Charlie Rose but also talks about her Oscar snub.

Kathryn Bigelow Defends her film in the LA Times

Kathryn Bigelow Defends her film in the LA Times

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In an eloquently written column by director Kathryn Bigelow she directly addresses the many criticisms against Zero Dark Thirty: “Experts disagree sharply on the facts and particulars of the intelligence hunt, and doubtlessly that debate will continue. As for what I personally believe, which has been the subject of inquiries, accusations and speculation, I think Osama bin Laden was found due to ingenious detective work. Torture was, however, as we all know,…

Lock and Load: The Oscars in the Era of Social Network Mobilization

Lock and Load: The Oscars in the Era of Social Network Mobilization

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Did you hear the one about the guy who won his second term as president with a bad economy? If you were online this past election season you no doubt felt the pulse of people power as shot through Twitter, Facebook and various other media streams.  If Congressman Paul Ryan was caught faking a photo op at a soup kitchen, or Mitt Romney caught handing out checks to people who…

Mark Boal Addresses Torture Issue in The Wrap

Mark Boal Addresses Torture Issue in The Wrap

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Steve Pond talked exclusively to Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow about the issue of whether Zero Dark Thirty advocates torture, as in, torture was used and torture worked.  But in so doing, he kind of denies that the film makes a very clear line from torture to name of courier, courier to Bin Laden: “The movie has been, and probably will continue to be, put in political boxes,” said Boal….

The Best Reasons to Go to the Movies – Guest Post

The Best Reasons to Go to the Movies – Guest Post

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Guest Essay by Zade Constantine Film provides a vast canon to explore, retroactively, trends and ideologies. The distinct relationship between society and film is suited for scholars of history and those who understand the dense social, political and economic landscapes that surround a particularly creative time for film. So specific and noteworthy are chunks of American cinema that we can pinpoint beyond decades, specific years of importance. 1976, for instance,…

The Case for … Zero Dark Thirty

The Case for … Zero Dark Thirty

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Written by Craig Kennedy What do you do when you have, what I and many think, is the best American movie of the year and it also turns out to be the most controversial movie of the year? That’s Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s Zero Dark Thirty for those of you keeping score at home. In a vacuum, it probably doesn’t matter, but in the Oscar bubble, it could be…

Zero Dark Thirty – The Finer Points of Torture, the Finer Points of Art

Zero Dark Thirty – The Finer Points of Torture, the Finer Points of Art

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It hasn’t been easy, these past few days, watching the war rage on about the torture depicted in Zero Dark Thirty. On the one hand, you have people like Chris Hayes, Boing Boing’s Xeni Jardin, US senators and the chief of the CIA all condemning Zero Dark Thirty for saying, basically, yeah, we tortured, and yeah, it worked. On the other hand, if you live in my world, you have…