Bigelow shows off her two big ones

You may wonder what the job of being a Gulf War journalist is like. Well, we spend all day broadcasting on the radio and TV telling people back home what’s happening over here. And we learn what’s happening over here by spending all day monitoring the radio and TV broadcasts from back home. You may also wonder how any actual information ever gets into this loop.

(P.J. O’Rourke, Give War a Chance: Dispatches from the Gulf War, 1991)

Kathryn Bigelow is now a strong contender to become the next Mrs Stainforth. Those on the shortlist are (in order of wealth):

1. J.K. Rowling
2. Nigella Lawson
3. Helena Bonham Carter
4. Kathryn Bigelow
5. Katherine Jenkins

As for her film, The Hurt Locker starts out serious, but it runs out of steam half way through, and then ditches the original story for fantastical adventures that the characters would not have been involved in if it were real.

Also, the movie doesn’t try to explain or even understand the situation in Iraq, it’s content to simply pull on heart strings. I would have preferred something less heart on sleeve, and more intellectually stimulating. Would anything approaching a narrative be too much to ask for?

And it has a pretentious title; should have called it Guys Defusin’ Bombs, or even better Smoke ’Em If You Got ’Em.

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