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What We're All Missing in the Zero Dark Thirty Debate

Peter Henne | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Peter Henne

My concern about films like Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker is that they might set back civilian-military relations by giving people a false understanding of the struggles of U.S. troops and the mechanics of U.S. national security.

Zero Dark Thirty -- Truth or Consequences

Michael Brenner | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The version of events offered by Zero Dark Thirty substitutes pulp fiction -- of the mythological kind -- for truth. It satisfies a gnawing hunger; it meets a powerfully felt need.

Torture and Zero Dark Thirty

David Bromwich | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
David Bromwich

The answers given by Bigelow and Boal to justify the normalizing of torture in Zero Dark Thirty have been vain, wheedling, and dodgy. They are a clever pair of filmmakers, without political or moral depth, but here, perhaps more than they realized, they were playing with fire.

Another Word for Propaganda

Robert Scheer | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Why aren't film director Kathryn Bigelow's claimed government sources, including employees of the CIA, in jail like Pfc. Bradley Manning? Or, at the very least, being investigated for their role in one of the most damaging leaks of national security information in U.S. history?

A Response to Kathryn Bigelow's Latest Statement on Zero Dark Thirty and Torture

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.19.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Zero Dark Thirty ignores the fact that America's torture program inspired anti-U.S. sentiment around the world, causing many to vow revenge on the U.S. and its allies.

Zero Dark Thirty Doesn't Endorse Torture, and Neither Did 24

Scott Mendelson | Posted 03.18.2013 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

While I would never say that 24 represented any kind of explicit condemnation of torture, nor did it remotely celebrate or condone the practice as a matter of use in a civilized society.

REVIEW: 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Emma Seligman | Posted 03.18.2013 | Teen
Emma Seligman

What do you get when you put a master of suspense, a tour de force of acting and the most fascinating true story of the last decade together? The answer is "Zero Dark Thirty."

'Zero Dark Thirty' Director Responds To Critics

Posted 01.16.2013 | Entertainment

Kathryn Bigelow has commented on the controversy surrounding "Zero Dark Thirty" throughout the last month, but the director has issued her most defini...

Ed Asner, Apologist for Slavery? Martin Sheen Endorsing Murder? David Clennon, Executive Sociopath? Not Hardly. So Why Zero Dark Thirty?

G. Roger Denson | Posted 03.17.2013 | Entertainment
G. Roger Denson

The anti-Zero Dark Thirty camp indicates in their statements that they have little awareness of the principles of irony, catharsis, and sublimation that dramatizations use to separate depiction of heinous activities from endorsement of them.

What You Will Not See in Zero Dark Thirty

Jan Lisa Huttner | Posted 03.17.2013 | Women
Jan Lisa Huttner

People who think that Zero Dark Thirty shows that the torture of Ammar leads in some direct way to the capture of Bin Laden are simply wrong. That just is not part of the story Bigelow is telling.

Sony Co-Chair Comments On 'Zero Dark Thirty' Torture Debate

Posted 01.11.2013 | Entertainment

Sony co-chair Amy Pascal has issued a statement defending "Zero Dark Thirty," the new Sony film about the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, agains...

Zero Dark Thirty and Why It's So Important to Rebut Claims That Torture Works

Dan Froomkin | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Dan Froomkin

When we talk about torture "working" -- in the context of al Qaeda, for instance -- we presumably mean successfully extracting accurate information. But that's not what torture is about, and never has been.

Re-Creating Osama Bin Laden's Compound For 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Posted 01.11.2013 | Entertainment

"Zero Dark Thirty" received Oscar nominations on Thursday for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay (by Mark Boal), Best Actress (Jessica Chastain), ...

Why Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar Snub Is a Symptom of a Larger Problem in Film Criticism

Scott Mendelson | Posted 03.13.2013 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Truly adult films don't hold our hands and explain everything to the audience.  And in today's 24-hour shock/outrage news cycle, there is no real chance for such a film.

ReThink Review: Zero Dark Thirty - Yes, It Endorses Torture

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.13.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Zero Dark Thirty works as a crime procedural, but its irresponsible, destructive, dishonest stance on torture absolutely ruined it for me, and I feel Zero Dark Thirty should not be on any best-of-the-year lists, nor is it deserving of Oscar consideration.

Why The Academy Passed On Kathryn Bigelow

Jan Lisa Huttner | Posted 03.12.2013 | Women
Jan Lisa Huttner

Zero Dark Thirty was nominated for Best Picture. Mark Boal, the screenwriter, was nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Jessica Chastain was nominated for Best Actress, so it seems the only individual successfully swiftboated this year was director Kathryn Bigelow.

A Completely Uninformed Oscar Nomination Analysis

John Lopez | Posted 03.12.2013 | Los Angeles
John Lopez

I'm going to advocate that Oscar bloggers, much like starting pitchers, should be on rotation with mandatory rest years in-between. But before I start my online petition, I figured I'd muse on today's Oscar nominations from my completely uninformed point of view.

'We Are Long Overdue For A Thorough Investigation Into America's Use Of Torture... In Movies'

Posted 01.09.2013 | Comedy

Note to Hollywood: Don't think you can cancel on Stephen Colbert and get away with it. "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow did just that on Mo...

Zero Dark Thirty Is a Despicable Movie, Even if Bigelow and Boal Didn't Intend It That Way

Dan Froomkin | Posted 03.11.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Froomkin

Do yourself a favor, and don't go see Zero Dark Thirty. Don't encourage film-making that at best offers ambiguity about torture, and at worst endorses it. Spend the two and a half hours and the $10 on something more valuable, and moral.

Hold the Free-Range Chicken and Creamed Kale: Tom Hooper Celebrated at Michael's

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.11.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

As to the DGA awards, Hooper joins Steven Spielberg, Kathryn Bigelow, Ang Lee, and Ben Affleck for this honor. Omitted were Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, and most serious, a favorite: David O. Russell.

How The CIA Produced An Oscar Contender

BuzzFeed | Michael Hastings | Posted 01.09.2013 | Entertainment

During President Obama’s 100 or so campaign trail speeches this past year, he usually received the biggest applause for mentioning the killing of Os...

'Zero Dark Thirty' Filmmakers Hit Back At Accusations

Posted 01.08.2013 | Entertainment

At the New York Film Critics Circle awards ceremony on Monday night, "Zero Dark Thirty" filmmakers Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal defended their film a...

Zero Dark Thirty's Kathryn Bigelow Falsely Cast by Naomi Wolf as Nazi Propagandist Leni Riefenstahl

G. Roger Denson | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics
G. Roger Denson

It takes a certain audacity to exploit the memory of the holocaust while at the same time disregarding those both lost and surviving 9/11 in the way that Naomi Wolf did in her January 4 Guardian column.

Tea Party Poopers

Lester & Charlie | Posted 03.06.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

This wouldn't be your regular kind of war. You know, the ones we just watch on TV and the soldiers come home, we toss and Oscar at Kathryn Bigelow and then pretend the whole thing never happened.

Anticipating a Big Week for Zero Dark Thirty

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.05.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

At a luncheon at "21" early last December, Jessica Chastain was relieved. Not because her new film Zero Dark Thirty was chosen as Best Film by the New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review, but because her secret could now be known.