Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Inside Job (Rhoades)

“Inside Job” Is Must-See Doc
Reviewed by Shirrel Rhoades

Despite the pronouncement that we’ve survived The Great Recession, many of us still feel its financial impact. But how did it happen? What went wrong with America’s financial safeguards? Who’s to blame?
Filmmaker Charles Ferguson (“No End in Sight”) has the answer. Or at least his documentary “Inside Job” purports to. The doc’s title gives you a hint of the designated villains – the financial community itself.
Billed as “the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008,” it delivers on that promise with dozens of interviews (Paul Volcker, George Soros, Barney Frank, Scott Talbott, Elliot Spitzer, Nouriel Roubini, Charles Morris, and others), as well as plenty of hard-edged research and startling facts.
The global meltdown had a negative impact that exceeded $29 trillion dollars. People lost their jobs, their homes, their life savings.
Narrated by Matt Damon, “Inside Job” is currently telling all at the Tropic Cinema.
Charles Ferguson points his cinematic finger at a “rogue industry,” where greed and deregulation have corrupted the financial community, politicians, and even academia.
More straightforward than a Michael Moore documentary, “Inside Job” contains too many facts to be dismissed as the latest conspiracy theory. As the old saw goes, “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.” Or your money.
My informal movie poll says it’s a documentary that will make moviegoers’ blood boil. Particularly if they check the near-empty contents of their wallet.
One viewer said “Inside Job” explains the financial crisis “in as close to layman’s terms as you’ll ever get.”
Another irate viewer reacted with, “I want to hire a barista to cold cock a former Lehman Brothers exec who retired at 42. Put down your plastic forks. Pick up your pitchforks. And follow me! We’re marching on Washington, er, Wall Street. Same thing.”
The Nation described it as “the movie of the decade,” then added, “unfortunately.”
 Unfortunately, indeed.
“Inside Job” has been nominated for an Academy Award as Best Documentary. But you should see it for its message.
Too bad there’s not a ceremony to hand out prison sentences to those who so blatantly failed our financial systems.
[from Solares Hill]


Anonymous said...

Tropic's culture has recently changed and not for the better I regret . . .
Especially in KW, cultured, educated staff and volunteers are needed, valued and greatly appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Blog owner is probably part of Tropic's new culture problem . . .
Your members and guests are not all dummies. Es verdad!