Comments on: Oscars: Setting the national narrative Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: Bob9999 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:01:34 +0000 What about Dredd?

By: benfct Tue, 29 Jan 2013 01:44:41 +0000 Your point is obviously correct that these two movies are dramatic works, not documentaries, or moral discussions. Dramatic works are not to be judged either by their fidelity to historical facts or their failure to adhere to political correctness or present all sides of the issue.

In addition, it’s naive to assume that torture NEVER furthers the attainment of military objectives. It’s naive to assume that capital punishment doesn’t satisfy a visceral emotional drive of the human psyche. Both torture and capital punishment may be bad tradeoffs, but simplistic discussions of them are dumb, and all too common.

The horror of life is that we are born between urine and feces, and must grind life between our molars to survive. That is no less true than the fact that most of us would sacrifice our lives for the children we love, and some of us would do so even for a stranger.

I thought that “Lincoln” the movie was a bore, although DD Lewis was very good, and the movie captured the humanity, accessibility, and decency of Lincoln the man. IMHO (and it’s not so H at all), “Django Unchained” was a far more riveting attack on slavery, what it really meant to treat human beings as chattel, and the disgusting pseudo-gentility of the Southern society that developed around that practice. (And that was not faithful to historical fact, either.)

I thought that “Zero Dark Thirty” was also a bore. One of the only interesting aspects was to watch the protagonist become inured to torture, which is another reminder of the same features of our psyches that facilitated the development of that pseudo-genteel Southern society around the institution of slavery. Unfortunately, I thought that the protagonist’s change in that regard was much too abrupt.

The rest of the movie was slow, interior, and static–probably that is the nature of intelligence work. And knowing the ending didn’t help at all. Same with “Lincoln”.

By: karendubinsky Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:43:47 +0000 This is terrific! Thanks, Evangeline. And I agree…Lincoln and Zero pose interesting real world issues, but Argo is the most engaging and entertaining movie experience.