On “Les Mis,” “Zero Dark Thirty” & “Django Unchained”

Lately I’ve been mulling over three films that all made my “Top 10 of 2012” list, but which I have not really written about in depth (until now). Over at Mere Orthodoxy I wrote two articles about these films that you can find by clicking on the titles below:

In Defense of “Les Miserables”A response to some of the outspoken criticisms of the film version of the beloved musical. My take focuses on the unique attributes of the cinematic medium (over the stage, or the page) and attempts to defend the film’s emotionalism as a pure and appropriate treatment of the material. Read it here.

Is Depiction Endorsement? Filmmaker Responsibility in “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Django Unchained”An analysis of the controversies that have arisen in these films and an exploration of the larger issue of if and in what manner a filmmaker is responsible to clearly distinguish between “depiction” and “endorsement” in their work. Read it here.

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