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Apple’s iTunes Store will be 10 years old this Sunday. The Verge has a comprehensive history of the store’s development.
Here is a montage of all the best scenes from this coming summer action movie season. Watch this and you can avoid having to go to the theater to watch any of them.
What would happen if a movie showed the ugly truth of high school parties?
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I’m actually glad that [Zero Dark Thirty] won essentially half of an award, for sound editing, as that’s somehow more cruel than if it just won nothing.
Sixto Rodriguez was a singer/songerwriter in the late sixties and early seventies. Some in the United States credited him with songwriting capabilities as good as Dylan. He was living in Detroit and he released two albums that were critically praised but essentially went nowhere on the charts.
But in one country, specifically South Africa, he was a cultural phenomenon, during an era of racial oppression. And his label sold millions of albums, sales that he never heard about.
The film Searching for Sugar Man follows the search by South Africans and the Swedish director to find out who Rodriguez was and whether he was still alive. Rumors held that he committed suicide on stage decades ago. The film makers, thanks to the Internet, find him still alive and living in Detroit. What follows is magic. I won’t give anything away.
But you must watch this DVD. Especially if you live in or near Detroit.
Take a look at the trailer and a clip here.
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Zero Dark Thirty, the new film depicting the hunt for and killing of Osama bin Laden, depicts graphic images of torture and implies that the torture provided “actionable” intelligence.
However, three US Senators, Dianne Feinstein, Carl Levin and John McCain vehemently contend that this country use of (illegal) torture did not provide any aid in tracking down bin Laden. And they do so in a letter to Sony Pictures that made the film.
We understand that the film is fiction, but it opens with the words ‘based on first-hand accounts of actual events’ and there has been significant media coverage of the CIA’s cooperation with the screenwriters. As you know, the film graphically depicts CIA officers repeatedly torturing detainees and then credits these detainees with providing critical lead information on the courier that led to Osama bin Laden. Regardless of what message the filmmakers intended to convey, the movie clearly implies that the CIA’s coercive interrogation techniques were effective in eliciting important information related to a courier for Osama bin Laden. We have reviewed CIA records and know that this is incorrect. Zero Dark Thirty is factually inaccurate, and we believe that you have an obligation to state that the role of torture in the hunt for Osama bin Laden is not based on the facts, but rather part of the film’s fictional narrative.
More from The Hollywood Reporter.
- Is the new Osama bin Laden snuff flick “Zero Dark Thirty” pro-torture? (boingboing.net)
- CIA challenges accuracy of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ (security.blogs.cnn.com)
- Kathryn Bigelow, Torture Apologist? Ctd (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)
- Acting CIA Director Says ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Is “Not A Realistic Portrayal Of The Facts” (m.deadline.com)
Cloud Atlas is a great movie. It is fast paced, and the complex story is clearly told. Yes, it is about 3 hours long, but the time flies by.