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Monday Medley

What we read while not watching ice dancing…

Monday Medley

What we read while Nelson Mandela lived 2 fast and 2 furious…

Monday Medley

What we read while the Emmys honored Jeff Daniels sarcastically…

Monday Medley

What we read without asking for Congressional approval…

Monday Medley

What we read while Tiger Woods also lost at the Teen Choice Awards…

Monday Medley

What we read while waiting until midnight PACIFIC time…

Monday Medley

What we read while never watching replays again…

Monday Medley

What we read while passing the eye test…

‘Twas 2012: The Year of Police State Movies

For Love of Country?

For Love of Country?

It’s rare that I watch enough movies in a given year to identify a “trend” but this year one stood out. Two of main frontrunners for Best Picture this year—Argo and Zero Dark Thirty—were films about CIA operations. Both films have already been nominated for Golden Globes, and while Argo was the early frontrunner, Zero Dark Thirty has gotten most of the recent talk (they even run the gamut alphabetically).

Of course, it’s silly to extrapolate grand themes from two movies, or event to talk about “trends” in a year’s movies—given the variety of production times for movies, any trends are likely to be coincidental. But what’s interesting about both Argo and Zero Dark Thirty is that, though both were based on real events, they each took creative license to glorify the CIA: Argo minimized the role Canada played in the mission to rescue six hostages from Iran, and Zero Dark Thirty erroneously portrays torture as instrumental to the search for Osama bin Laden.

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