“War is a force that gives us meaning. War is a drug.” The truth of these words, written by author and war correspondent Chris Hedges, that are used to open The Hurt Locker becomes evident mere minutes into its viewing, and further reveals itself as the piece progresses. Heartbeats quicken, muscles tighten, breathing shallows. And that’s just the viewer.Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq war action/drama is so replete with tension that no...
Having offered his (usually unsolicited) critiques on all things cinematic in fact all things in general - from an early age, since leaving the comfortable confines of higher education in June Joel has been attempting to reach a wider audience with his appraisals. Writing primarily about the ups and downs of modern cinema, while also turning his musings to his other great passion sport Joel attempts to engage, entertain and inform (if at all possible).