as a benefit for pow fest, the portland oregon women's film festival, ms. bigelow introduced her film to an enthusiastic crowd. after the film, the oregonian's kristi turnquist served as interviewer & moderator for questions from the audience which covered everything from the technical aspects of the film to a personal account from a woman whose husband is a gulf war veteran that couldn't bring himself to see this gritty & hard-hitting film.
'locker' serves as iraq tour de force
from washington post: "War is a drug," writes Christopher Hedges in the epigraph that precedes "The Hurt Locker." Someone else described war as "interminable boredom punctuated by moments of stark terror." Director Kathryn Bigelow comprehends both those observations and conveys them in this captivating, completely immersive action thriller. "The Hurt Locker" just happens to be set in Iraq in 2004, but, like the best films, transcends time and place, and in the process attains something universal and enduring. "The Hurt Locker" is about Iraq in the same way that "Paths of Glory" was about World War I or "Full Metal Jacket" was about Vietnam - which is to say, utterly and not at all. "The Hurt Locker" is a great movie, period.