As I've said before, the hammering that Kathryn
Bigelow has been getting for "Zero Dark Thirty" might have as much to do with male chauvinism as with political correctness.
True, the Academy gave her an Oscar in 2009 for "The Hurt Locker,"
moved no doubt by its gut-wrenching depiction of macho men doing heroic deeds
to save people.
What with all the turmoil worth looking into in the world today, the Senate Intelligence Committee decided that they had better things to do than probe into the collusion between the CIA and the makers of "Zero Dark Thirty." They announced the end of the investigation on Monday. Say, wasn't that the day after the Academy Awards, in which "ZDT" ended up only getting a measly tie with "Skyfall" for Best Sound Editing after months of bogus persecution from politicos and pinheaded pundits? So I guess it was mission accompished for this crack group of legislators.
My own ten best movie list can be found here. But I've also asked my fellow Phoenix critics to contribute their own top ten, plus, if they wish, a list of five films that, if not the worst of the year, are the most disappointing, overrated, or most likely to bring about the downfall of cinema as we know it, not to mention civilization in general.
Andrew Sullivan has restored my faith in him by:
a) Finally seeing "Zero Dark Thirty" and then giving his opinion.
b) Reading the film correctly.
Here's an excerpt from his blog item "Kathryn Bigelow: not a torture apologist:"
"A word about the acting. Chastain is completely
believable. Given the extremes to which this character is exposed, that is an
acting feat of stupendous proportions.
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.