3.19.2012

Capitalism is the Crisis: Radical Politics it the Age of Austerity (2011)

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As March draws to a close and predictions of doom loom large for Greece and the EU as a whole...why not take a look at another documentary about this whole financial crisis.  Really?  Another one?  Yes.  This one is quite a bit different from Inside Job in that there are far more "radical" political ideas in this film.  It's more along the lines of End: Civ.  But, hey, if capitalism falls apart, it's probably going to get radical really quick.

Here is the description from the website for Capitalism is the Crisis:

Capitalism Is The Crisis: Radical Politics in the Age of Austerity examines the ideological roots of the austerity agenda and proposes revolutionary paths out of the current crisis.  The film features original interviews with Chris Hedges, Derrick Jensen, Michael Hardt, Peter Gelderloos, Leo Panitch, David McNally, Richard J.F. Day, Imre Szeman, Wayne Price, and many more. 

The 2008 financial crisis in the United States was a systemic fraud in which the wealthy finance capitalists stole trillions of public dollars. No one was jailed for this crime, the largest theft of public money in history.  Instead, the rich forced working people across the globe to pay for their crisis through punitive austerity programs that gutted public services and repealed workers’ rights.  This documentary explains the nature of capitalist crisis, visits the protests against austerity measures, and recommends revolutionary paths for the future.  Special attention is devoted to the crisis in Greece, the 2010 G20 Summit protest in Toronto, Canada, and the remarkable surge of solidarity in Madison, Wisconsin.

Full Film (1:39:45):


Note: I'll be working at the Cleveland International Film Festival for the next 2 weeks, so see you all on April 2nd.

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3.12.2012

NA 390 Film

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Adam enthusiatically recommended the Clint Eastwood directed film J. Edgar starring Leonardo DiCaprio and written by Dustin Lance Black.

Trailer:


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Cool It (2010)

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This weeks NA Films Monday Movie comes from producer Robert.  Cool It is a climate change documentary directed by Ondi Timoner from Bjørn Lomborg's book Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming.  Here's the question that came to mind while watching this documentary: If we are all so concerned about climate issues enough to make An Inconvenient Truth a hit, Oscar winning documentary -  why didn't this film get the same reception, promotional push and attention? 

The answer lies in that fact that the Al Gore produced film had a very specific, capitalist answer to the global warming question: buy the right products and we'll all save the planet (for humans) together.  Now let's look at the Wikipedia description for Cool It:

"Lomborg argues that many of the elaborate and expensive actions being considered to stop global warming will cost hundreds of billions of dollars without the same return on investment, often are based on emotional rather than strictly scientific assumptions, and may have very little impact on the world's temperature for centuries."

Hmmm. It's as if there are more than just two sides to this whole climate change topic, but only one of them is supported by mainstream media and politicos and corporations. 

Trailer:


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3.09.2012

NA 389 Film

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I must live in a cave in Pakistan.  I listen to No Agenda and am a film geek, but, I totally missed this whole KONY 2012 viral video until Adam and John mentioned it on the 389 show.  Here it is:

KONY 2012 (29:59)


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3.05.2012

Secret Pakistan: Part I - Double Cross (2011)

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I'm a bit confused over all of the Iranian "sabre-rattling" the politicos here in Gitmo Nation have been engaging in over the past couple of months.  It seems that if they are truly concerned about some kind of nuclear attack, there are several countries that already have nuclear capabilities that are not Iran.  On that note, I've been watching a few documentaries on Pakistan this year since it's financially impossible for me to visit the country and since I know very little about its people or culture.  The film I picked for this week's Monday Movie was originally aired on BBC Two in the fall of 2011 after the "death" of Osama (Usama) Bin Laden.  It's more about the political and military institutions of Pakistan and the role they are projecting on the world stage versus the actual role they are playing in this so called "War on Terror". 

This clip from Wikipedia was all it took to pique my interest:
"The (BBC Two) series generated controversy after Pakistan blocked BBC World News claiming it contained 'anti-Pakistan' content and that the program was one sided."

Feature (59:03):


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3.04.2012

NA 387 Film

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Adam played a clip from the Canadian made for TV documentary Countdown to Looking Glass which features Newt Gingrich talking about the dangers of a nuclear Iran, I mean Soviet Union.


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