Usually people from the right are the ones who attack films
they haven't seen yet. So I find it a refreshing show
of bipartisanship to see similar outbursts from the left. In the "Guardian," Glenn Greenwald, admitting he didn' t see "Zero Dark Thirty," cites and
interprets the responses of other people who have seen the film.
Every film critic, and film-lover, owes a debt to Andrew
Sarris, who died Wednesday at the age of 83. He leaves behind his wife, critic Molly Haskell, as well as several generations of cinephiles --
and filmmakers -- whom he influenced and inspired. His former Columbia University student Kathryn
Bigelow, for example, has acknowledged in
interviews that her career might not
have taken the direction that it did had it not been for Sarris's classes.
It wasn't so long ago that I was whining about how after such a big deal was made about Kathryn Bigelow being the first woman to win a Best Director Oscar, the number of women making movies actually declined. Now it looks like things might be changing.
For example, Lynn Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister" opens this Friday, Sarah Polley's "Take This Waltz" opens July 6, and Julie Delpy's "2 Days in New York" opens August 17.
After reading the
story about Rep. Peter King threatening to investigate the White House's
cooperation with Kathryn Bigelow for her upcoming Bin Laden film, I started wondering again about whether or
not women have gained any ground in Hollywood
since Bigelow won her Oscar.
Well, last year was kind
of a wash, Oscar-wise" Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right") and Debra
Granik ("Winter's Bone") got Best Picture and Best Screenwriting nominations
but not Best Director and ended up winning nothing.
Monday was the second anniversary of the release of
Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker,”
and she would go on to become the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director and
Best Picture. But you’ve got to ask yourself, are women any better off in
Hollywood now? It didn’t look that way in 2010, when almost no women in any
category except in acting were nominated for anything.