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All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone

This is without doubt the perfect film for this particular time in America! The question this documentary poses is what the hell is wrong with our current media and why don’t we have journalists doing the work that I.F. Stone did so well back in the day. I’ll admit not knowing much about I. F. Stone before seeing this one. Apparently he once said, “All governments lie,” and the duty of the press is to ferret it out and keep them honest. More than being a biopic, this one looks at Stone’s influence on modern day independent journalists. With interviews from Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, Matt Taibbi and may others, it skewers the news that most Americans depend on to keep them informed and suggests that it is just an extension of an entertainment-centric dumbing-down strategy to keep the people ignorant.

Capitalism: A Love Story

Michael Moore makes controversial films. To call them documentaries is a miscategorization, though there really isn’t a word for what he does. He juxtaposes ideas, images, and words and lets the viewer fill in the missing connections. He plays a little fast and loose at times with his facts, but you always leave the theater thinking. And a day later, I still find myself thinking about Capitalism: A Love Story. The movie is a complete condemnation of capitalism. Moore is extremely clever with his images – beginning the film with comparisons of the decadence that brought down Ancient Rome to the current corporate ownership of the US government and disparities between the rich and the poor. He bombards you with facts and figures and you see poor people being thrown out of their houses because the rich men on Wall Street don’t give a damn. As with all his films, it is about the working class getting screwed. And Moore brings out the big guns here, having a series of priests agree that capitalism is evil. What makes a lot of what he says palatable though is his comedic sensibility, putting Crime Scene tape around Wall Street, dubbing Jesus in some biblical epic film with free market clichés.