Watching "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Django Unchained'
Published on January 15, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about this Oscar season's two big controversial films, "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Django Unchained."

Here's an excerpt:

"Oscar nominations came out last week, and I decided to just go ahead and get the two most controversial nominees out of the way. And boy am I glad I did! 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'Django Unchained' are both terrific, thought-provoking films that raise interesting and disturbing questions, are incredibly well-crafted and well-acted and approach their stories with creativity and intelligence.

'Zero Dark Thirty' tells the story of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, and I’ll say up front that unless a film is a documentary, I expect the events depicted on screen to deviate from what really happened. So I approached ZDK as a work of fiction, based on a true story. I mentioned this because the film is under fire for its depiction of torture; critics say that director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal wrongly suggest that the torture of detainees played a key role in helping nab Osama in Laden, while others have defended the film, saying it actually suggests that torture was not the most effective tool for tracking the elusive terrorist leader. I mostly fall into the latter camp, and feel that the debate over whether Bigelow and Boal are endorsing torture distracts from some of the more interesting themes and issues contained within 'Zero Dark Thirty.'"

Click here to read the whole thing.

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