Kathryn Bigelow

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“She is, simply, a great filmmaker. Because while it is marginally interesting that she calls “action” and “cut” while in the possession of two X chromosomes, gender is the least remarkable thing about her kinetic filmmaking, which gets in your head even as it sends shock waves through your body.”

In anticipation of Friday’s New York opening of The Hurt Locker, a film set in Iraq in 2004, the NY Times today ran a thoughtful profile of filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow. She is responsible for what I think is the greatest vampire film I’ve ever seen, at least the most erotic and disturbing: Near Dark.


Michael Berger is a barely-published writer and book-seller living in San Francisco. He is one of the founding Corsairs of the Iron Garters Bike Club and is currently pursuing a degree in applied pataphysics. He sometimes eats oatmeal for dinner. More from this author →