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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…

Oscar bits and bites

Oscar bits and bites

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Leon Panetta, portrayed by James Gandolfini in Zero Dark Thirty, talks about the film and says he thinks it was an accurate portrayal of those events. Though he wasn’t around for the interrogations he knows that the way they ultimately found Bin Laden was from many different ways of gathering information over a long period. Watch the interview with Martha Raddatz. Ever wonder about those crabby snacks and homemades from…

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Uppity Women: How Maya and Kathryn Bigelow Continue to Threaten the Status Quo

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“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt If you want to win an Oscar for Best Picture now, make an old fashioned Hollywood movie.  But make sure it is easy on the eye, entertaining and not too challenging.  Don’t let there be any controversy attached to it. And never remind us of the complexities in human…

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,…

Kathryn Bigelow talks waterboarding on Letterman

Kathryn Bigelow talks waterboarding on Letterman

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I’m forever grateful to Megan Ellison. She helped finance some of my favorite films this year, including Zero Dark Thirty, The Master and Killing Them Softly. Until this morning I had not heard Ellison’s reaction to the Academy’s failure to nominate Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director — “That’s so fucked up,” she tweeted yesterday. Letterman called the Best Director oversight “a travesty” and Kenneth Turan at the LA Times says…

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,…

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…

The Torture in Zero Dark Thirty – Can We Handle the Truth?

The Torture in Zero Dark Thirty – Can We Handle the Truth?

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Possible spoilers but …I mean, come on. By now? The truth of the film #1: Zero Dark Thirty is a film about a CIA op whose job it is to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. To do that, she uses every available resource. Research, clues, surveillance, observation and torture. Torture is part of their program in the early part of the film. They torture several suspects. The first guy…