Zero dark thirty

Feels like when I woke up this morning.  Ah well.  At least I have conquered that part of me that takes a computer to bed.  I am sleeping longer and better as a consequence, even if I am going to bed ludicrously early.

The movie Zero Dark Thirty was excellent.  What I enjoyed about it most was that it was very easy to read the movie as a total indictment of how the Americans do foreign policy, and that it wasn’t just a rah rah torture porn American triumphalist spectacle.  I know that is how some people parsed it, but Kathryn Bigelow has stated repeatedly that she finds war and violence repellent but it’s a fact of life.  She once remarked that the dirty secret of war is that some men enjoy it, and knowing that makes some of her directorial choices seem a little more nuanced that a straight left wing parsing of the movie might suggest.



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Born when atmospheric carbon was 316 PPM. Settled on MST country since 1997. Parent, grandparent.

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