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Movie Review.... Squared!

Posted by phduffy on 2005-06-06 17:04:57
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Friday night I rented Suspect Zero (from Goodlife, for a dollar).

Carrie Ann Moss is in it, Aaron Eckhardt is in it, and Ben Kingsley is in it.

The Suspect Zero theory is a theory that there could be a serial killer that violates the serial part of it. Basically, he kills all over America in a completely random way. So, people start showinig up dead, and the trail seems to lead to Kingsley.
Oh yeah, a couple of people in the movie can see into the future or something.

This movie is worth the dollar I paid to rent it.
It's also nice to play gameboy while this movie is on.
It's pretty meh. There are plot points that come out of nowhere, or are unexplained, and the mystery isn't that much fo a mystery. Well, I guess they leave you guessing for a bit.

I give it.... 6 out of eleven construction workers looking at the pretty girl.

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

This movie is a documentary about what went down at Enron. Some of the stuff that happened at Enron was pretty complicated financial dealings, but the movie tries to show you the essence of what was going on.

The movie, as with most documentaries, is made up with interviews. Former Enron employees, the Forbes reporter who broke the story, analysts, and footage of the executives.

One of the interesting things was to see how deep the involvement went... many of the traders, the banks (JP Morgan, Chase Manhattan, etc), the lawyers, the accountats (Anthur Andersen) all knew what was going on. The movie quotes the famous experiments from the 50's (known as the Milgram experiments) in which he showed that ordinary people will do horrible things, as long as the order came from someone in a position of power.

Some of the stuff, like making up profits, was actually legal at the time they did it, due to accounting rules. However, Enron basically created the rolling blackouts in California, and thousands of their employees lost their pensions. At one point they show someone from Enron telling their employees that they should invest all their retirement funds into Enron. (Although really, doesn't everyone who invests know that that's a bad idea?)

I thought the movie got off track a few times - since this is a documentary, the filmakers have to find some way to tar the Republicans, which they do through Enron's connection to Bush and Ahhhhhnuld. But other than that, this was a great movie, and I would highly recommend it.
In fact, I would really like to see a movie like this about Long Term Capital Management.
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