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Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013

Hunting Osama bin Laden

 Kathryn Bigelow upset the odds in 2009 when her indie-scale, grunt-level look at the Iraq War, The Hurt Locker, knocked aside her ex-husband James Cameron’s 3D extravaganza, Avatar, at Oscar time. Although her latest
Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Will the Oscars get it right this time?

Will wonders never cease? Or have the Oscars redressed their sometimes-dubious reputation by nominating an unheralded, gritty, independent war film of unlikely audience appeal—a film barely screened before being rushed to DVD and that grossed only $12 million? With nine nominations, The Hurt Locker has not only become the prestige favorite among reviewers...
02.02.2010 | | Posted at 09:36 AM

Art vs. Commerce?

By David Luhrssen
A few years ago I expressed the thought that the Academy was in danger of losing touch with mainstream audiences. Not that I wasn�t pleased by the Oscar nods to great and adventurous films like No Country for Old Men, but the obvious downside struck me: A roster of Best Picture nominees the average person has never heard of�and audiences weaned on Revenge of the Nerds II probably wouldn�t get�is...
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The U.S. occupation of Iraq has inspired a panoply of cinematic depictions. Despite their topicality, these films have ended up being box office duds. The Hurt Locker, which focuses on a bomb disposal unit in Baghdad, has been greeted by a chorus of critical plaudits...