The Canon 39 | 8/24/15
The Hurt Locker

Sasha Stone, founder and editor of the film/awards discussion website Awards Daily joins Devin & Amy this week to nominate a Kathryn Bigelow film: the Academy Award winning The Hurt Locker. Why does this Iraq War film deserve a spot in the canon? Why is Bigelow important in the world of filmmakers? Should every Academy Award winning film be automatically entered into the canon? Tune into hear a discussion on the amazing set-pieces in the film -- and head to the forums on Wolfpop to cast the deciding vote!



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Hurt Locker is a shoo in. YES.
I'm so glad you didn't make me choose between Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty - that'd be too painful

I don't think any film you've covered on the show so far could be considered a "bad" movie, so they all meet a certain minimum height requirement. But being part of the (admittedly nebulous) "canon" of all-time great films is something else, so there must be other criteria to judge the films by: Are they influential? Did they capture a moment in time unlike any other film from that era? Is the film still part of the cultural conversation? Did it break new ground stylistically, either in front of the camera or behind it? is it the ultimate example of a particular kind of film?

THE HURT LOCKER is a yes to some of these questions, but not to all, so IMHO it is a No. Just.

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Let the Right One In? But the original is so clearly better! You could have done Scarface, Sorcerer, Nosferatu, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Fly, The Thing...

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Great episode, all. I liked hearing your discussion about female directors and their style of film language versus male filmmakers. I hadn't seen The Hurt Locker until after listening to this episode. I enjoyed it! For a while I had been turned off by modern war movies and TV. I'm glad I saw this movie. On the surface it seems to be a very simple story. The actors here did a great job with their performances.

I'm going to check out a few more female directed films to examine after listening to this discussion.