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Inside Job

May 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Inside Job

Director: Charles Ferguson
Writer: Chad Beck, Charles Ferguson
Starring: (Narrated by) Matt Damon
Review By: Klash

This film provides a close look at the cause of the 2008 financial crisis which impacted the livelihoods of countless hard working people, and those who were responsible for the mess. Breaking down the situation in a fashion that was fairly easy to follow, the film highlights the details which granted banks the ability to gamble with their customers money while being backed by the government. Throughout the film are many interesting as well as irritating interviews with people on both sides of the fence. Those who tried to warn of the collapse and others who simply went along for the ride and walked away while still prospering from other peoples devastating misfortunes. This film is definitely worth viewing, it provides details which speak for themselves while remaining focused on the topic without taking a particular side and twisting views.

Rating: 2 1/2 Guys

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Inside Job

Inside Job

Director:   Charles Ferguson

Writer:  Chad Beck, Charles Ferguson

Stars:  Matt Damon, William Ackman and Daniel Alpert

Reviewed by: Scotty

Inside Job is a documentary about the financial crisis that shook the world and its markets.  Director Charles Ferguson tries to unravel the multi layered economic disaster that has gripped the world starting from the bankruptcy of the banks in Iceland to the high risk derivative trading on Wall Street.

The writer and director walk us through the years of deregulation through the Reagan, Clinton, and Bush administrations as many warned of economic doom.  Inside Job does a tremendous job of explaining the truth of what went down by several interviews with economic leaders, CEO’s of the big banks, and economists that tried several times to stop this economic crash from happening.

Ferguson and Beck inform the viewer of the out write gambling that was the housing bubble and explain how it was and is still an ongoing issue to this day. They also explain, at great length, how brokers and big banks such as Lehman Brothers, Citigroup, Bear Stearns, and J.P. Morgan were making billions of dollars while the public lost its retirement and savings account.

Furthermore Inside Job discusses the growth of salaries for bankers and traders and the absurd bonuses handed out by the big banks.

This movie has a lot of information to digest but paints a clear picture of the financial crisis that continues to strangle the world economies. I found it to be disturbing and informative and I was riveted by the amount of fraud and criminal activity these banks got away with at our expense. If you ever wondered what happened to the world economy, watch this and you will not believe your ears.  I give it 2 ½ guys and believe it is a must see.

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Inside Job

May 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Inside Job

Director: Charles Ferguson
Writer: Chad Beck, Charles Ferguson
Starring: Matt Damon (Narrator)
Review By: Griff

Inside Job is a documentary about the financial crisis of 2008. It describes, in an easy to understand way, what led up to the crisis. It breaks down the decisions that were made by the government that allowed banks to take big risks with other peoples money. While it worked, everyone made money. When the bubble burst however, millions of people lost their homes and their jobs.

I saw this movie when it was in the theaters and I was happy to get a chance to watch it again before writing this review. This is a movie that everyone should watch. It is an eye opener to what happened, and it still happening, with the finical system in America. The movie is not some left wing, Michael Moore style bash on republicans and conservatives. It points the finger at everyone from the Bush administration to the Clinton’s and straight on through to the current President. It explains how decisions that were made led to a meltdown on a global level.

I am going to keep the review brief because I think the movie speaks for itself. It was the Oscar winner last year for best documentary and an absolute must see. I can’t recommend this one enough.

HBO is also running a movie this month called To Big To Fail that is based on the crisis and it’s a pretty interesting watch if you are looking for more info. You can watch it right now if you have HBO Go. You should also check out the book that the HBO movie is based on, To Big To Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin. It goes into a lot more detail.

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Inside Job

May 24, 2011 Leave a comment

This weeks movie is going to be Inside Job. Check back on Sunday for the 3 Guys Review!

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Blue Valentine

Blue Valentine

Director:   Derek Cianfrance

Writer:  Derek Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne

Stars:  Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams and John Doman

Reviewed by: Scotty

Blue Valentine is an emotional movie involving the beginning and the end of a relationship.  The film rolls seamlessly between the start and what turns out to be the end of this heart ripping drama that was well acted and well written.  Ryan Gosling, as Dean, and Michelle Williams, as Cindy, are convincing and well suited for these roles; they both continue to involve themselves in their roles at a high level.

Dean is a romantic with a thirst for love and ukulele, while Cindy is a hard working young woman with hopes for success and an unwanted pregnancy.  Cindy was going to have an abortion but could not go through with it, Dean, though obviously torn, decided to support Cindy even though the child was not his and they became a family.

There were many levels to this film and there was much information not delivered to the audience and as these characters unfold there is much to be assumed.  Cindy’s father was a horrible husband and Dean grew up without his mother and I assumed these were the reasons they felt the way they did about love.  Cindy is cold and unloving and Dean seems like a big child that struggles having adult conversations.  This mix certainly makes for some very touching and uncomfortable scenes.  The script was very sneaky in its symbolism and foreshadowing which will cause me to watch it again to pick up on the subtle backdrops.

I enjoyed watching this movie and found Gosling and Williams to be a beacon of light in what has become a dark sea of mediocre.   I give this movie 2 ½ guys and recommend watching this film.

   

Blue Valentine

May 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Blue Valentine

Director: Derek Cianfrance
Writer: Derek Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams
Reviewed by: Klash

The film revolves a young married couple (Dean and Cindy)and the crumbling relationship they share. Through a series of flashbacks the story reveals how the couple met, fell in love and the struggles they faced along the way which led them to their current situation.

This film is awful. It was a waste of two hours that could have been spent doing something else. It’s another typical movie about a dysfunctional couple who can’t get their shit together or realize that it’s well past the time of calling it quits. From the very start it was no mystery how this train wreck was going to end. The only thing this film succeeded in doing was making me hate the characters, and by the end of the film feel glad that they were miserable. Why anyone has an interest in making or watching a film like this is beyond me. My recommendation is to avoid this garbage.

Rating: 0 guys

Blue Valentine

May 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Blue Valentine

Director: Derek Cianfrance
Writer: Derek Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams
Review By: Griff

Well, I have been struggling to write this review. I started writing and then deleted what I wrote about six times. This is a tough one. Its not exactly the feel good movie of the year.

The plot revolves around a young married couple (Dean and Cindy) who find that their relationship is falling apart. The two of them decide to go spend a night away to see if they work through the issues that plague their troubled marriage. Through a series of flashbacks we see how the couple met and fell in love and how things slowly started to fall apart.

This is one of the most well acted films I have seen in recent memory. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams are both excellent. I know that Derek Cianfrance actually had them live together for awhile and that he would make them improvise a lot of scenes. The result is some incredible performances.

Saying that you like this film is a bit like saying you like going to funerals. It’s a tough watch and it never gives you any relief or comes to some hopeful conclusion. It plays out like you are a nosey neighbor listening to the people next door fight. It’s very raw and real but also very depressing.

Blue Valentine is definitely worth seeing but make sure you are ready to buckle up for a bumpy ride. It gets two guys from me.