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Oscar Movie Preview: Taxi to the Dark Side for Best Documentary

As part of my coverage of this year's Oscars, I'll be posting the trailers for as many of the Best Documentary and Best Foreign Film nominees as I can find. Since it's often harder to see these films in theaters, it's nice to at least get a taste of them before Oscar night — not to mention that it might help you when you fill out your Oscar ballot.

Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney made his mark on the film world in 2005 with Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, an Oscar-nominated film about the sordid rise and fall of the energy giant. A couple of years later, Gibney has returned with another film about a different kind of corruption. Taxi to the Dark Side focuses on interrogation, torture, and abuse seemingly condoned by the US government as a part of the war on terror.

As with Enron, where Gibney started with a book about the scandal, this movie has its roots in a New York Times article about an Afghan taxi driver beaten to death while in military custody. That story — and its subsequent coverup — open a window into larger questions of power, abuse, and winning by any means necessary.

The movie is currently playing in a number of theaters around the country. Have any of you checked it out? To watch the trailer, just



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Jinx Jinx 9 years
:hug: Glad you got to see it. I hope I get the chance.
kscincotta kscincotta 9 years
Staggering. I just got home from seeing this and the only word that comes to mind is staggering. Staggering and embarrassing and terrifying - everyone should see this doc. Even if you think you know what's going on and why, you should see this. It is an incredible look at the military, the current administration and how completely twisted things have gotten in order for these types of things to be happening. I wanted to scream at the screen for the blatant disregard for life held by those who have both openly and secretly conspired to make this happen. It's just staggering.
kscincotta kscincotta 9 years
If I continue to be a good girl and get all my work done in time (which I should), I'm going to see this tonight! Can't wait! Phase, you're kicking my butt! But I'm trying my best to get caught up!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Thanks, Buzz. This feature is great and this film looks remarkable.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
No, I haven't seen this, but I will watch for it now, I do love a good doc. Congratulations Phase! :woohoo:
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
I'm seeing it this weekend- it's one of the 8 movies I have left before Oscar night! I think I'm actually going to make it to see all the nominated films this year! :woohoo:
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