Wednesday, September 18, 2019

BIGELOW PENS OP-ED PIECE TO DEFEND ZD30

January 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Director Kathryn Bigelow has again attempted to deflect criticism of the torture scenes depicted in her film, Zero Dark Thirty, emphasizing her previous declaration that “depiction is not endorsement.” Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Bigelow commented, “Confusing depiction with endorsement is the first step toward chilling any American artist’s ability and right to shine […]

SENATE TO PROBE FILMMAKERS’ ACCESS TO CIA SECRETS

January 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

While some conservative lawmakers and commentators have praised the Zero Dark Thirty filmmakers for making a convincing case that the use of torture was justified in tracking down Osama bin Laden, several have also expressed concern that the film may have revealed too much about the inner workings of the CIA. Several liberals have also […]

STRONG LIMITED DEBUT FOR ZERO DARK THIRTY

December 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Opening in limited release, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty was the clear weekend winner on a per-theater basis. The movie, the object of attack by some critics for its suggestion that torture — or “enhanced interrogation” as its supporters euphemistically refer to it — played a valid role in the manhunt for Osama bin Laden, […]

CONTROVERSY MAY HAVE FUELED ZERO DARK THIRTY TICKET SALES

December 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The controversy over the waterboarding scenes in Zero Dark Thirty has not hurt the film at the box office. TheWrap.com reported today (Thursday) that playing in five theaters on its opening day in New York and Los Angeles, the Kathryn Bigelow feature took in an estimated $124,848 — or an average $24,969 per theater, making […]

MCCAIN SAYS HE WAS SICKENED BY ZERO DARK 30 TORTURE CLAIM

December 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Senator John McCain said on Tuesday that he was sickened by the suggestion in Zero Dark Thirty that waterboarding al-Qaeda’s No. 3 leader, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, helped provide information that led to the hiding place of Osama bin Laden. McCain, who himself endured 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of the North Vietnamese in the […]

DOES ZERO DARK 30 MAKE CASE FOR WATERBOARDING?

December 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Films based on real people or real events inevitably stir up controversy between the filmmakers and those who claim that reality has been stage-managed for dramatic effect. Even before its release, Zero Dark Thirty is embroiled in controversy over the seeming suggestion that an al-Queda captive while waterboarded provided information that eventually led to the […]

LOACH GOES TO WAR AGAIN, THIS TIME AGAINST BUSH AND BLAIR

May 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Ken Loach, who last came to the Cannes Film Festival four years ago, when he picked up the festival’s top Palme d’Or award for best film (The Wind that Shakes the Barley about the Irish battle for independence) has returned with a powerful muckraking movie condemning the Iraq War, Route Irish. While other films about […]