Category: Film Reviews

Inside Job (film review)

Inside Job – 2010 – Directed by Charles Ferguson – Academy Award
My rating:  * * * * *

Some men labor consciously for the good of humanity.  Other men labor deceitfully for their own selfish gain.  This film is about those other men and how they recklessly destroyed the livelihoods of people around the world. Unfortunately, this film is a documentary, so real lives were at stake. 

“It’s really quite simple what happened.  It was bank robbery.  And it was bank robbery committed not by someone walking in with a gun, but committed by the president of the bank.”
Charles Ferguson

“This was a triumph of mindless ideology over common sense that I think we’ve not seen since perhaps medieval Spain.  This is a case where abstract thought has done enormous damage.”
Charles Morris (author)

The defense that was proffered by many of the investment banks, was not: “You’re wrong.”  It was: “Everybody’s doing it and everybody knows it’s going on, and therefore nobody should rely on these analysts anyway.”

Eliot Spitzer

I rate it * * * * 5 out of 5 stars

official site of Inside Job

El Topo (film review)

El Topo – 1970 – Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky – shot in Mexico
My rating:  * * * *

One of the more bizarro movies I’ve seen in my life. It’s hailed as a supernatural western. Imagine if Rambo was on such a determined spiritual quest to find God, that he would stop at nothing, even if that meant challenging the most revered sages to duels and killing his way into Heaven.  No one will stand in El Topo’s way – not the teachers whose advice he desperately seeks – not even himself.

On his journey, he comes face to face with his most formidable nemisis; a desert dwelling shaman who speaks in mystical poetry, catches bullets with a butterfly net, and has in his arsenal, weapons more powerful than bullets – the force of his trained mind, and the unassailable power of love.

“The desert is circular.  To find the Masters, we will have to travel in a spiral.”
El Topo

I rate it * * * * 4 out of 5 stars for originality.