Shenanigans, bad decisions and greed get brought out into the light for you to ponder and perhaps punch out a wall as an artistic expression of your emotional state. Let your emotional side snuggle up to your logical side as you run head on into these four movies about the financial crisis that will make you hate the rich.
With a plethora of interviewees who seem legitimately shocked that they’d be called to task on decisions and policies they were a part of, “Inside Job” tackles the actual faces behind the crisis. This financial crisis film features a wealth of research, a focus on the whole truth and most importantly self-respect towards not pulling any punches in their questions. The interview with Frederic Mishkin that brings up the doctoring or “typo” on his resume about his co-authorship of a study on Iceland’s financial system is enraging at the way Mishkin laughs it off as a mistake instead of an intentional falsehood.
“Capitalism: A Love Story”.
Grandiose in its scope of catching all the bad guys responsible for the financial collapse, “Capitalism: A Love Story” features Michael Moore at his best: gunning for the villains with gleeful righteousness. Leaning heavily on the negative side of capitalism while barely giving time to the positives, this film will raise your ire at the apathy and submissiveness of the government to the banks as well as the lack of oversight that you’d be more accustomed to were it a loan of twenty dollars and not billions. The scene about corporate-owned life insurance policies is both interesting and frightening and will not engender love towards corporations any time soon.
“Too Big to Fail”.
The backroom maneuverings as the financial crisis comes slamming home makes “Too Big to Fail” a movie that teaches about the present by paying proper attention to the past policies and laws that helped build the modern day tragedy. The knowledge is terrifying and the acting inspired as this movie makes reality into one of the best horror films where all the monsters are humans. James Woods’ performance as Lehman Brothers CEO Richard Fuld is magnificent especially as he seeks further help for a buyout after his entreaties to Korean investors fails.
“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”.
Gordon Gekko returns in a story about revenge and justice that never seems to rise above the love of lucre, the filthier the better. Envy of the rich does get replaced with hatred as the freedoms that some of the wealthy enjoy as they lord over the lesser-financed gets played out on the screen. The power of manipulation and rumors makes “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” a good little case study on the force of psychology over fact is utilized to make and break companies. Lewis and Jacob’s walking discussion of dreams and noise is a poignant scene worth leaning back and absorbing the lessons within it.