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'Detroit' Movie: Kathryn Bigelow 1967 Riots Depiction 'Horribly Real' & 'Deeply Self-Serving'

Detroit movie street riot scene: The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow tackles the 1967 Detroit riots in “horribly real” and “deeply self-serving” 2017 release marketed as a “dramatic thriller.” Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' movie: Horribly real semidocumentary or self-serving Hollywood depiction of 1967 Detroit Rebellion? In the city of Detroit, from July 23 through July 27 of 1967, the people rebelled against the conditions of their existence. Some call this the 1967 Detroit Riot; it's also known as the 12th Street Riot and the 1967 Detroit Rebellion. I prefer the latter. During the rebellion, 43 people died – 33 of whom were black, 10 were white. Twenty-four of the black victims were shot by police officers and […]


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'Detroit' Movie: Kathryn Bigelow 1967 Riots Depiction 'Horribly Real' & 'Deeply Self-Serving'



Ben Affleck Thriller Wins More Top Awards: Best Picture Oscar Next?

Ben Affleck in 'Argo' Ben Affleck's Argo tops ACE, WGA Awards Ben Affleck's Argo, a political thriller about the rescue of several U.S. hostages held in Iran in the late '70s, continues to lead this awards season. Following wins at the Producers Guild Awards, the Directors Guild Awards, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, this past weekend Argo won the American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Feature Film - Dramatic (William Goldenberg) and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (Chris Terrio). Argo has now come out on top in the four major guilds: producers, directors, actors, and screenwriters – not to mention editors, the key wins leading to an eventual Best Picture Academy Award. If […]


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Ben Affleck Thriller Wins More Top Awards: Best Picture Oscar Next?



'Amour' & 'Zero Dark Thirty' Awards Season Favorites + 'The Dark Knight Rises' Among Top Ten

Amour with Emmanuelle Riva. Written and directed by Michael Haneke, the French-German-Austrian drama Amour, about an elderly couple coming face to face with death, is easily the top Best Foreign Language Film choice this awards season. Not only that, but the French-language Amour actually succeeded in being selected as the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's Best Film, period. Strangely, well-regarded veteran Jean-Louis Trintignant (Z, The Conformist, Three Colors: Red) hasn't been winning any awards in the U.S. Co-star Emmanuelle Riva, however, has been faring quite well, having shared the Best Actress award in Los Angeles (with, ahem, Silver Linings Playbook leading lady Jennifer Lawrence), and having won Best Actress honors from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, the Boston Film […]


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'Amour' & 'Zero Dark Thirty' Awards Season Favorites + 'The Dark Knight Rises' Among Top Ten