THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Michael Winterbottom. Comic Russell Brand (Get Him To The Greek, etc) has always enjoyed a bit of social activism. Now he teams up with prolific director Michael Winterbottom (The Trip, etc) for this polemic on the evils of corporate greed and the growing disparity between the rich and the poor in the modern world. The rich keep getting richer while the poor continue to struggle. Brand delivers a lot of information about the greed of the heads of major banks and their outrageous salaries. The major banks that were bailed Continue reading

THE COMPANY MEN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Wells Stars: Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Craig T Nelson, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Rosemary De Witt, Maria Bello. The recent documentary Inside Job dealt with the global financial crisis, and it named and shamed those people believed responsible, even though none of them have yet been prosecuted for fraud. The new drama The Company Men explores the human cost of the economic meltdown, and, like Wall Street before it, the film offers a scathing criticism of the corporate culture of greed. Modern American business has Continue reading

INSIDE JOB

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Charles Ferguson. Although the title suggests a heist thriller, Inside Job instead offers a fascinating, eye-opening exploration of the global financial crisis of 2008 and the root causes. This documentary comes from Charles Ferguson, whose previous film was 2007’s No End In Sight, a blisteringly honest exploration of the war in Iraq and a fierce criticism of the Bush administration’s conduct of the war. Ferguson has a doctorate in political science, and his research is always impeccable and his arguments Continue reading