Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The film that cost $20,000,000,000,000 to make.
A film that exposes the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, Inside Job traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia.
I don't know... I'm really not well educated or frankly very interested in economics as of yet, and I don't feel the need to be at this point in my life (political science was hard enough). But despite the fact that I understood a little more than 70% of this film, I still enjoyed it, as it has great music, engaging visuals, and an intriguing narration from Damon.
The working title: The Wolves of Wall Street
*and I'm positive Ben Bernanke is Terrence Malick :)
A very scathing angry-mentary, which looks glorious, has a rhythm-setting Damon narration, and makes the money men squirm.
For people familiar with everything GFC, it's a decent critique that knows its subject matter. That said, I did have problems with the presentation, as its way too focused on individuals and corporations than the psychology of the system itself, it cant help but feel a little bit propaganda-esque. The third act lost points for me, as its too focused on placing the blame, and not focused on overall issues. What it omits is as telling as what it includes.
That said, it's probably one of the most palatable presentations of the how and why of the GFC, so its a useful and scintillating work at its best.
I still think this is one of the most important films made in the last few years.
I also knew that it would one day serve me well to prepare for an exam!
Charles Ferguson follows his brilliant documentary No End in Sight with another essential piece of work, this time focusing on the economic crisis of 2008.
There are very few documentary filmmakers who know how to nail the perfect balance of giving high information while never boring their audience down or making them feel like they are sitting in a classroom. Ferguson is among the finest in the field. It's a tall task, making a film about the biggest American financial disaster a pleasant watch, but that's exactly what we get here. Matt Damon narrates in a smooth and pleasing manner, getting right what so many documentaries have made into a distraction working against a project.
Overall this is a must-see-twice kind of film that doesn't make accusations without displaying the evidence to back it up. Ferguson is one of the most important directors in American cinema.
Sickening and infuriating, Inside Job does a good job of presenting information that a layperson could understand (something which was needed for me as I've spent precious little time studying economics). It makes me angry that several of the criminals in this film are teaching economics at prestigious universities. Some have criticized the film for being biased. I say there is no other way to present these people. They live for greed no matter the consequences on others. There is no explanation needed from them. They will stammer on about anything trying to defend their actions. In essence they are con men whose job has been made easier by the politicians of the last 3 decades.
While we all know too well what happened with the recent financial crisis, this documentary does a great job in clearly explaining it in all its details. And while Charles Ferguson is a very smart director/interviewer (quite how he managed to convince some of his interviewees (who were pulling the strings of the financial market at the time) agreed to appear is anyone's guess! But he never puts himself forward too much in the way Michael Moore does.
One of the most interesting and little known facts presented here in my opinion is how much of the academical world was embroiled in the scandal, getting vast financial compensation to help push an agenda of complete deregulation.
Ultimately, this is both depressing and infuriating, and we all know the outcome too well. The world has become a much harsher and unfair place over the last few years, and there seems to be little anybody can do about it...
Buenísima película-documental para entender críticamente la depresión del 2008 y otra crisis de la historia.
Entretenida dentro de todo, gran soundtrack, muy ilustrativa y fácil de entender en un tema que es realmente difícil, excelentes imágenes y entrevistas para una película de este tipo.
Una experiencia que todos deberían ver para entender un poco la economía mundial y las burbujas inmobiliarias.
Excellent presentation of what happened in a clear and concise manner. Some really great interview subjects with a broad range of perspectives. The story itself was incredibly gripping on its own and I liked the use of Iceland as an example. I also liked that he identified several major issues that still exist, such as academic conflict of interest and the influence of ratings. Not sure if it was a necessary tangent, but it was really cool to hear Eliot Spitzer talk about judging people for their personal vices.
What rubbed me the wrong way was his obvious bias and manipulative editing. The fact that he asked so many questions in an irritated or exasperated manner showed how his opinion…
The filmmakers seem to have well learned from Michael Moore and Fox News how to pander and slander to please their audience. While there are nuggets of fact included, there is also a lot of hand-waving misdirection and careful soundbite editing to distract the audience from noticing when non sequitur and unsupported conclusions are delivered to lend apparent support to the filmmakers' agenda. The filmmakers sabotage interviewees who don't deliver the answers they want by includes footage where they are searching for a word or phrase or composing their thoughts, footage where they misspeak, by cutting away after asking rhetorical questions, and including exclamations of incredulity by the ridiculous "interviewer" to guide the audiences responses. No such treatment of "friendly…
Now I know all the things about the financial crisis. The only thing I wish they would have included is some more about solutions to the crisis and what we can do as a people.
Inside Job is all about the global financial crisis that you may have noticed going on in 2008. Essentially, it explains everything that went on and achieves a similar effect to that produced by Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. You just have to laugh or else you'd cry at how corrupt the whole thing is. Once in power, people just pay you every increasing amounts to keep quiet. Interviewed in this film are a number of people who run through their stock answers then baulk at the fact the interviewer knows his stuff. Then they get defensive or suddenly "don't have that information to hand." Perhaps the most illuminating moment are the economics professors in the US being…
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