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Zero Dark Thirty Is Borderline Fascistic ... and a Masterpiece
New York Magazine ^ | 12/10/2012 | David Edelstein

Posted on 12/10/2012 1:13:54 PM PST by mojito

Kathryn Bigelow’s kill–bin Laden epic Zero Dark Thirty is the most neutral-seeming “America, F**k Yeah!” picture ever made. In its narrative arc, it is barely distinct from a boneheaded right-wing revenge picture, but the vibe is cool, brisk, grown-up, packed with impressively real-sounding intel jargon. And the hero is no gun-toting macho man. She’s a CIA agent named Maya (Jessica Chastain), a woman in a world in which men call the shots, metaphorically and literally. Presented with the movie’s liberal-pleasing feminist overlay, you root for her to compel the men to do what men would do naturally if they weren’t so constrained by modern technological and bureaucratic and constitutional hurdles: find the motherf**kerr and blow his f**king head off. As a moral statement, Zero Dark Thirty is borderline fascistic. As a piece of cinema, it’s phenomenally gripping — an unholy masterwork.

(Excerpt) Read more at vulture.com ...


TOPICS: Military/Veterans; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: binladen; cia; kathrynbigelow; obl; oblraid; zerodarkthirty
A view from the left: Edelstein is a well-respected critic. Interesting that the left seems to be uncomfortable with the politics of the film, but can't deny either the necessity of the actions depicted, or the power of the film.

I hope to see Zero Dark Thirty in the next couple of weeks.

1 posted on 12/10/2012 1:14:03 PM PST by mojito
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To: mojito

Sounds like another ‘girl power’ movie to me.. I’m surprised it wasn’t produced by Disney; Boys and men aren’t relevant in ANY of their movies (Tinker Bell, Tangled, Brave, blah blah blah).


2 posted on 12/10/2012 1:30:08 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: mojito

Hmmm. I’ll see it, but I doubt that it will be when it’s in theaters.

I will say that Act of Valor is quite possibly the best movie that I have ever seen.

It means something.

It’s about men and principles that still exist, but where the actually come from I am not sure.


3 posted on 12/10/2012 1:32:33 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

If only there were awards for stupid comments, yours would be in the running.


4 posted on 12/10/2012 1:43:00 PM PST by mnehring
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To: mojito

....yeah, we got Bin Laden, great, whatever..

...but the House of Saud, which funded him and his deeds, is still laughing their asses off at us..

..it ain’t over till the day we nuke those bastards from stem to stern..


5 posted on 12/10/2012 1:44:15 PM PST by telstar12.5 (...always bring gunships to a gun fight...)
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To: mojito
Edelstein is a well-respected critic.

'Respected' by whom? I have never heard of him. He strikes me as the sort of fellow who squats to urinate ... and prefers it that way.

6 posted on 12/10/2012 1:45:23 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Um......what?


7 posted on 12/10/2012 1:49:52 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: telstar12.5
[. . .but the House of Saud, which funded him and his deeds, is still laughing their asses off at us..]

That's why Bin Laden wasn't captured alive. Under interrogation he eventually would have implicated everyone in the extended Royal Family.

8 posted on 12/10/2012 1:50:47 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Kurt Loder, yes - formerly of MTV, of Breitbart said it was great, non political.


9 posted on 12/10/2012 1:50:55 PM PST by Perdogg (Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA4) for President 2016)
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To: telstar12.5

House of Saud? More like House of Barack. Obama has done more damage to this country than Bin Laden could ever do.


10 posted on 12/10/2012 1:52:07 PM PST by Perdogg (Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA4) for President 2016)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

...and maybe our government duplicity in the matter..


11 posted on 12/10/2012 1:53:42 PM PST by telstar12.5 (...always bring gunships to a gun fight...)
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To: mojito

Looking foward to this one. “Facistic”. Heh. One might think it fascistic if one ignores that it is a recounting of a bareknuckle fight against fascism.

As for the “girl-power” thing, my understanding is that it is accurate. The intelligence lead on the hunt for OBL was a woman. Facts are not an agenda.

I saw the National Geographic Channel movie about the Seal raid on the OBL compound. Eh. It was fair. This looks to be a good deal better. I liked The Hurt Locker.

SnakeDoc


12 posted on 12/10/2012 1:55:30 PM PST by SnakeDoctor (Texas survived one Obama term, and we'll survive another. The rest of you are screwed.)
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To: mnehring

Because of only your vote (Okay, maybe two)?


13 posted on 12/10/2012 2:14:04 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

So it seems. Just wish all the liberals would go on and off themselves. Now, that would be Green initiative and pollution control.


14 posted on 12/10/2012 2:14:16 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: SnakeDoctor

Will not see it.

A bunch of Netflix commentors said it had too much Øbama in it.


15 posted on 12/10/2012 2:17:09 PM PST by bicyclerepair ( >-> Zombies eat brains. >-> 50% of FL is safe.)
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To: bicyclerepair

My understanding was that it virtually omits Obama entirely. I know Panetta is in it, though.

http://patdollard.com/2012/11/kathryn-bigelow-bin-laden-movie-screens-omits-obama-clinton-as-characters/

This event was a great success for our military and spec operators. I don’t think we should shun recognizing it, or celebrating it, just because we justifiably disdain the President that happened to be in office when we got him.

SnakeDoc


16 posted on 12/10/2012 3:09:29 PM PST by SnakeDoctor (Texas survived one Obama term, and we'll survive another. The rest of you are screwed.)
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To: mojito

Pass. I won’t be enriching on purpose Obama suporters.
I can spend $15 on something else.


17 posted on 12/10/2012 3:29:33 PM PST by RginTN
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To: mojito

I refuse to ever watch the liberal crap. Just another spike of the ball by obama with a little “o”.


18 posted on 12/10/2012 4:42:53 PM PST by lwoodham (I am Andrew Breitbart. Don't doubt me on this.)
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To: mojito

I saw it and it was straight to VD quality in it’s writing, background, direction and acting.

Wasn’t a great movie, wasn’t all that bad either....


19 posted on 12/10/2012 4:49:26 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: mojito
Edelstein is a well-respected critic.

I guess, that means he's a guy who likes to talk (and talk and talk) about movies and doesn't make too much of an *ss of himself.

Interesting that the left seems to be uncomfortable with the politics of the film, but can't deny either the necessity of the actions depicted, or the power of the film.

Sounds like Munich, though there are differences.

20 posted on 12/10/2012 5:00:37 PM PST by x
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To: mojito
As a piece of cinema, it’s phenomenally gripping — an unholy masterwork.

Contrast with the author's review of V for Vendetta, which features heroes blowing up and murdering villains who are simulacra of the Bush administration. The review is full of words like "gladdening" and "riotously enjoyable ".

21 posted on 12/10/2012 5:17:15 PM PST by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: mojito

Does the flick include the part where the Obama admin leaves the Pakistani doctor who helped in the locating of OBL to rot in a Pakistani jail?


22 posted on 12/10/2012 5:49:51 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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