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Reel and Meal: Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty


Last minute wild hair....

There's been quite a bit of buzz about this movie. Come see what it's all about!

Nominated for five Academy Award Nominations and Jessica Chastain just won a Golden Globe for Best Actress, Zero Dark Thirty is directed and co-produced by Kathryn Bigelow with screenplay by Mark Boal. Billed as "the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man," the film is a dramatization of American efforts to kill Osama bin Laden.

 We'll have a few people head into the theater early to save seats and a couple of us will wait in the lobby.

****The movie time is playing at 11:15, so we should probably meet and find seats at 11:00*****.

After the show, we'll head to Davanni's  from 4:00-6:00 for food and discussion!

Hope to see you there! It will be fun to get together again!



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  • Dawn M.

    It was my pleasure, Caroline. And I thought the movie was quite good. It might be years before we know what really happened, of course, but I think the film approximated reality in the broad sense. It did not glorify or condone what the CIA has done re torture, nor did the level of violence portrayed seem gratuitous. I find many things morally repugnant; torture, lying, cheating, stealing, murder, genocide, rape, predatory lending, nepotism, cronyism, corruption, bribery, etc., just to name a few, and have read a good many books, and seen many movies, plays and television shows wherein these are depicted. I fail to see the difference between this film and others that have treated the same subjects.

    January 27, 2013

    • George K.

      The charge that Feinstein, McCain and others made against this movie is that it depicted torture as producing information that contributed to the capture of bin Ladin. If the movie did not do that, there is indeed no basis for criticism.

      January 27, 2013

  • Caroline

    Jeff, Dawn and Steve thank you for being brave, skeptical thinkers willing to make up your own minds!

    2 · January 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I saw this movie 2 weeks was enthralling, to say the least. To George Kane....this film is "BASED ON" true events and is a dramatic feature. The torture scenes are nothing more than what you have seen in a James Bond, Liam Neeson movie or any other action film in circulation. Perhaps you should read the directors comments on this absurd controversy. "BLAME THE POLICY MAKERS, NOT THE ARTISTS."

    January 25, 2013

    • Steve

      The convention these days is to "shift-enter" to add a paragraph without ending the message.
      See? It works well enough.

      January 27, 2013

    • Bill c.

      I share your comments George and to watch torture of another human being is repugnant and for me to pay for it. Not going to happen. Bill

      1 · January 27, 2013

  • Daniel H.

    I've had my say. Neither of us are in favor of torture. That's a moot point.

    1 · January 22, 2013

  • George K.

    What I have heard about this movie is that it supports the use of torture to extract information from prisoners. That is so morally repugnant that I would not be able to sit through it.

    January 22, 2013

    • Daniel H.

      Having not seen it yet, I can't speak with authority, but from what I've heard from several of my liberal friends who have seen it, it does depict torture, although not extensively. Still, that's not the same as supporting the use of it. It's just a portrayal of events as they happened. I will make any final judgements after seeing it. Just my 2 cents.

      1 · January 22, 2013

    • George K.

      No, from what I have heard it attributes information necessary for finding bin Ladin to torture, in contradiction to the Secretary of Defense among others. Even John McCain considers torture worthless for information gathering. When he was tortured, the names he "gave up" to the North Koreans were the Green Bay Packer's offensive line.

      1 · January 22, 2013

  • Linda N.

    I have something else that day, and I've already seen it - I am sorry to miss the discussion since I think the film raises some very serious questions about U.S. foreign policy, torture, etc. Will be interested in what you think of the film.

    January 21, 2013

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