Zero Dark Thirty
Enough Is Enough: "Based on a True Story" Doesn't Mean "100% True Story"
Quick: There's a big-budget Hollywood movie that's nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture this year, a drama about a real-life event from America's history, that's currently being raked over the coals by some very vocal critics for what they claim is its lack of ...read more
The Depressing ‘Zero Dark Thirty’
By Robert Parry When I watched the get-bin-Laden movie Zero Dark Thirty at a theater just outside Washington D.C., I was struck by how silent the audience was from beginning to end with almost no reaction to the climatic killing of the terrorist leader or to the film’s lame ...read more
The Brilliantly Frustrating Ambiguity of "Zero Dark Thirty"
Just before the limited release of Zero Dark Thirty, I wrote a column for this site that took to task those who hadn't seen the film yet but were already howling about its portrayal of the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques -- torture by any other name -- and their ...read more
Zero Dark Thirty: See It Before You Criticize It
Spoiler alert: There are images of torture in Zero Dark Thirty. The new film by Oscar-winner Katherine Bigelow about the manhunt for Osama bin Laden apparently features at least a few scenes of the CIA performing "enhanced interrogation techniques" on an Al Qaeda prisoner and, ...read more