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Wake Up and Smell the Oscars: They Stink!new

Everyone has their wakeup moment about the Academy Awards: A moment when you put away childish belief and realize it’s not at all about art but about popularity (as Sally Field once indicated and then got lambasted for her clarity).
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  03-04-2010  |  Movies

When it Comes to the Oscars, Tom is on Team 'Hurt Locker'new

It's Oscar time, and you know what that means! OK, I don't know what that means, either, but I might actually tune in to the last 15 minutes, just to see if the gutless wonders who run Hollywood will reward The Hurt Locker and leave James Cameron to cry in his billion-dollar box-office take from Avatar.
Tucson Weekly  |  Tom Danehy  |  03-03-2010  |  Movies

Kathryn Bigelow Talks About 'The Hurt Locker'new

I'd call it an existential war movie, but the appeal of The Hurt Locker is more visceral than cerebral. After all, it's directed by the woman who made Point Break, perhaps the most shamelessly enjoyable action picture of the '90s, and in an odd way, The Hurt Locker could be regarded as a companion piece to that film.
SEE Magazine  |  Paul Matwychuk  |  07-31-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

'The Hurt Locker' Shows a Slower, but No Less Scary, Side of Warnew

With fierce performances by a largely unknown cast and restrained and effective direction, The Hurt Locker helps complete a picture the nightly news cannot hope to show.
Boise Weekly  |  Jeremiah Wierenga  |  07-29-2009  |  Reviews

Kathryn Bigelow Talks About Taking Risks in 'The Hurt Locker'new

Bigelow says the main idea was to simulate the "surprise and chaos and randomness" of combat. "I've never been in combat," she says. "I've never been in a war. But I think that chaos is probably pretty much unimaginable unless you've been there."
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Sam Adams  |  07-14-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

'The Hurt Locker': Kathryn Bigelow's Ticket to the Oscarsnew

This film is a career best for Bigelow: tense, compressed, and often wordless for page after page of action. With the field opened up for 10 nominees this year, this movie has a lock on an Oscar nom.
Seattle Weekly  |  Brian Miller  |  07-13-2009  |  Reviews

Has Kathryn Bigelow Made the 'Apocalypse Now' of Iraq?new

Although everyone makes a point of director Kathryn Bigelow's gender and height and good looks, what's germane is that even if she were short and had bushy eyebrows like Martin Scorsese, she still would be directing action pictures like no one since Sam Peckinpah and Sergio Leone. With her latest, The Hurt Locker, maybe she'll start getting the recognition she deserves.
Boston Phoenix  |  Peter Keough  |  07-09-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

'The Hurt Locker' is the First Good Film About the Iraq Warnew

So, yes, someone finally made a decent feature about the Iraq War. Bigelow accomplishes that because she doesn't make it about the war at all, but rather about men whose incredibly stressful jobs put them smack in the war zone.
San Diego CityBeat  |  Anders Wright  |  07-08-2009  |  Reviews

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