james Smith

Joined October 28, 2015

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The Shock Doctrine

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I just saw The Shock Doctrine. I have no problem with any of the ideas presented, and honestly have no real opinion this way or that. Every argument seems sound. However, if Ms. Klein counts 9/11 as an example of Shock tactics, doesn't that sort of imply that she thinks 9/11 was an inside job? A notion I find rather shaky, but still, I'm curious to see what someone else would think about it.

The movie also mentions, for instance, natural disasters used as a basis for these tactics. As silvergloss pointed out, the situation doesn't have to be orchestrated in order to profit from it. But the way the movie was edited, the time of the attack on Pentagon in particular did seem overly convenient...

Reviewed on December 02, 2015


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Looking at the documentary from an entertainment point of view i still really enjoyed it. However everything that i believed before watching this film still stands true.

The real problem with this movie is that no sources are ever presented. Because of that, my opinion on the subjects presented remain unchanged. Like I am forced to take the word of this film and its barrage of facts with no proof of any of it... which would make me no different than the person who mindlessly believes in christianity or watches fox news. While it was entertaining, at the end i kinda felt duped. I mean, the arguments were convincing.. but if you're using made up or make believe facts.. you can practically convince someone of anything (which is likely this films real message). And that imo is what this movie, christianity, fox news, mainstream media etc. does. I watched this in hopes that herein would lie truths, like someone put in the work and that i would be in for a real expose, but by the end of the film i realized it was just another agenda on a soapbox pushing its message at all costs.

i can see, if you disagree with the different aspects of this film, why you would be furious with what was presented. I'm thinking maybe that is why in large part this film was ever even created. A slap in the face to those who have opposing viewpoints..the same way those who think christianity brainwashes, those who think all behind the scene facts on 9-11 and banking are never truly revealed. It's like a slap back, trying to pull the covers back on that opposing view, inducing fury in those so that they feel the need to dispute these facts as mere claims.. and then asking.. isn't it ironic?

Reviewed on December 02, 2015

Inside Job

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A truly great and important documentary correctly narrated by Matt Damon. It shows what has gone wrong in the world the last decades, particularly in the US where the national debt has spiraled out of control. Every time I watch it, I am astonished. Especially since the results of the biggest financial crisis are next to nothing in terms of prosecution, regulation and taxation, in the US. Do Americans live and vote by the "American dream" by continuing to support that the rich are getting richer, the middle-class is decreasing and the poor are getting poorer?

Reviewed on March 26, 2016

The Fire Breather: Donald Trump

smithy rated

A slightly bias documentary by cbc. Balanced reporting from Docur though.

Reviewed on November 12, 2016


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Read The Snowden Files, by Luke Harding. It does a much much better job on unfolding the events of June 2013.

The documentary had so much potential, but it fell flat.

The documentary is just an interview with Snowden. It leaves out so much interesting things. What The Guardian had to go through to publish, how the american newpapers got the leaks, how Assange helped Snowden in Moscow.

I expected so much more and Snowden deserved more.
Oscar undeserved.

Reviewed on November 12, 2016