Monday, January 21, 2013

Zero Dark Hurty

By Bill Maher
Zero Dark Thirty "went wide" last weekend, and now it's the #1 movie in America. Most movies about Iraq and Afghanistan tank, but they don't have hot, controversial torture scenes, and I guess America loves inhumanity, and the Billy Crystal movie was sold out. The movie shows CIA agents torturing people, and that's bad, but it's for a greater good: Finding targets for our death squads. Is that any reason for the Academy to snub Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director? Because they snubbed her. Which must hurt. Not like being water-boarded, but still...

She did win Best Director from the New York Film Critics Circle, and she said this:

"I thankfully want to say that I’m standing in a room of people who understand that depiction is not endorsement. And if it was, no artist could ever portray inhumane practices. No author could ever write about them, and no filmmaker could ever delve into the knotty subjects of our time."
She makes a really good point: Always suck up to the people who just gave you an award. But what about the stuff about depiction not being endorsement? Does she really believe that? If only we could be sure she was telling the truth. Maybe with jumper cables.


Sarah said...

Don't you think she does? She certainly doesn't seem to think armed war is the answer to everything yet she did 'Hurt Locker', right? I think she's genuine.

Michael Doane said...

She and her screenwriter know that an Act I of simple gumshoe work (which was historical fact in digging towards bin Laden) was just not all that cinematic and so threw in the torture.

To say that depiction is not endorsement, fine. Except when you depict something most people think is disgusting and then invest it with a good result, you are "endorsing".

And Bill, don't get fancy with the car battery when a simple bucket of water will do the trick.

Anonymous said...

the reason the NRA doesn't want give an inch.........they simply don't want to take the time to reload while they are aiming at the abortion clinics, patients, and medical staff who are in or around them.

and no, her intent was not to endorse anymore than the Titanic endorsed smashing into icebergs to kill and torture people - love you Bill.

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