How Whisper Campaigns Work and Why they Suck

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...
Posted On 05 Feb 2013

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

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...
Posted On 30 Jan 2013

Bigelow Covers TIME

Bigelow rides the wave...interview is here.  
Posted On 24 Jan 2013

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

Bigelow talks torture with Charlie Rose but also talks about her Oscar snub.
Posted On 24 Jan 2013

Kathryn Bigelow Defends her film in the LA Times

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...
Posted On 15 Jan 2013

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

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...
Posted On 31 Dec 2012

Mark Boal Addresses Torture Issue in The Wrap

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,...
Posted On 29 Dec 2012

The Best Reasons to Go to the Movies – Guest Post

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...
Posted On 27 Dec 2012
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The Case for … Zero Dark Thirty

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...

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

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...
Posted On 23 Dec 2012