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America's Book of Secrets (2012)
This is a conspiracy nutty documentary
Occasionally they have good stuff about cults etc. But then they go right back around and make some stuff up just for the ratings.
They continue to talk about conspiracy theories that have been debunked like "Fake moon landing" and "freemasons" and "Gold conspiracies" and EVEN BIGFOOT. I MEAN SERIOUSLY?!?!
Bringing up nut cases like Ron Paul. Talking about Fort Knox conspiracies. It's just things they don't know so they make up a story behind it.
It's so easy when someone doesn't give you access to something so these people make up stories about these things for fun and there's always an audience to believe in it. Just gotta find the right audience.
These theories and ideas accomplish nothing. It's like Nostradamus predictions. Even if Nostradamus got one thing right so what? He made thousands of guesses--you're bound to get SOMETHING right just by GUESSING.
But you don't guess for entertainment, that's just pointless waste of everyone's time if you turn out to be wrong.
Big fan. Now disappointed with Biased Reporting
I was very much a big fan of this. And I watch a lot of Vice News stuff because of their brave journalists willing to go anywhere. Except that they aren't journalists. They're like stunt doubles who go anywhere and have no idea how to interpret anything or present it to the audience. It's like they signed a contract to risk their lives but not trained in any journalistic ethics or understanding of world events.
It's sad because it had a lot of potential.
But then it's become all about propaganda. Presenting only ONE side of every issue.
They just present the views of the owner: Shane Smith.
When he wants to do a propaganda piece he doesn't interview anyone from the opposing side. He won't interview any officials or experts.
He's more into interviewing random people "on the ground". He interviews non-experts but people whom he thinks "might be involved" and "on his side."
The Fifth Estate (2013)
This is an important balance of the need for secrecy and the exposing of corruption
I was at first a little afraid because of the nerdy portrayal of hackers and the weird graphics. But the show really started to put perspective. Creating debate by arguing both sides of the issue: Whether to release or whether to edit or whether to not even be involved.
The movie makes you think about it, that people don't usually do when they simply see a video on youtube/internet about US and automatically assume the most evil things are happening.
Everything Assange does can be considered dangerous to the lives of people around the world. It can start wars. It can destroy diplomatic relations and talks. And I'm glad the movie at least acknowledged the consequences.
The movie also acknowledged the protection of whistlers and how the WL website has exposed much corruption and embarrassed authoritarian nations as well.
As always, when there is such a vast debate on this issue--it's best to examine the best arguments of each side. A perfect balance.
Quite a terrible movie
For the record, I'm not Muslim or Tatar or anything like that. But this movie was disgraceful. The whole movie seems like a youtube video made by amateurs who want to portray some sort of evil group of humans--who act anything BUT human. Just killing random people, torturing people, etc. etc.
There isn't a fight scene in the whole movie. So don't expect a war movie, from something called "The Horde".
Just shows a fake story about how awful life is like under the Golden Horde.
Even the Russian-expert hired to tell the director/writers about Golden Horde history, condemned the movie and said this is just a sickening evil portrayal of the Golden Horde and has nothing to do with reality.
It's as if the Russian director thought about how he could make Christians look good and how he could make Tatars look like inhumane animals. This was his goal and this is what he portrayed in his film.
It was incredibly boring and a waste of my time.
Death by China (2012)
Rather great documentary
I'm docking one point because of the preachy / hyperbolic graphics.
However, it does go over the facts that seem very well researched.
Including Chinese professors and experts--who know better than some of these Chinese nationalists who are trying to badly-rate/badly-review this documentary.
And I'm glad it doesn't try to work so hard to focus on the debt problem as it's the least terrible part of the Chinese-US problems.
You should watch this to see how China's air pollution is destroying the climate--how China's lax labor laws allow for all sorts of human rights abuses--how nations are turning a blind eye to the world's largest totalitarian state that is building a massive military--how US corporations choose to cooperate and comply with China to cause many problems in the world.
This problem in the end will affect us all--not just Americans.
This was utterly amateurish film
The story is full of plot holes and the characters are full of 1-dimensional simpletons.
Elysium, can heal anyone at any time at no cost, in minutes! Except that it won't because the people of Elysium are cruel, evil, and utterly malicious. Literally Hitler.
The bad guys continue to be bad guys, for no apparent reason or motivation. Just because it's fun!! List of plot holes:
1. They can restrict air traffic, but re-open it as they are transporting a high-value target?
2. They need to use radiation on robots? Why?
3. The floor manager is cruel enough to force you to do dangerous life-threatening actions because he can?
4. The smugness and evil of the Elysium-citizens... "Don't breathe in my direction!" Seriously? Who wrote this, a 12 year old writing a comic book?
5. They can make people explode with auto-tracking homing ninja grenades--yet they can't do that for Matt Damon?
6. You can literally change the president by patching a computer?
7. A CEO understands and writes machine code to control the whole of Elysium?
8. A CEO is hired by Jodie Foster to replace the President of Elysium with herself--but the CEO doesn't do it for himself?? He carries the code on his person???
9. In the future, we need system reboots for the whole space station? WHAT?
10. You can only download if you kill the person who has the files? Why not just destroy the files in unauthorized access?
11. Earth is poor and overpopulated, and they just declare everyone citizens and hand out free medical care at no cost or problem???
12. Earthlings are poor and non-citizens but they can afford to build giant spacecrafts to illegally land on a space station, are you kidding me???
13. 3 special forces guys and one poor Earthling named Matt Damon can literally overthrow the whole of the Elysium government?
14. They can shoot electricity at people like a Taser, but they can't disable spacecraft with targeted Electromagnetic pulses?
15. The Elysium government doesn't want to kill illegal immigrants openly--but they are fine with letting them all die instead of giving out free medical treatment?
Literally this script is written by people who don't know how to restart their computer.
Eve of Destruction (2013)
I love Christina Cox, her performances are always amazing and she's clearly the star of this show. However, the plot is nonsensical and irrational. The scenes are nice and special effects are not bad.
But the biggest problem with this series is the PLOT and MESSAGE being sent to people that is completely the wrong message to send to people. Your typical UNORIGINAL Frankenstein message "Stop playing God, scientists!" This is by far the dumbest, anti-intellectual message movies/films have spread throughout the decades.
Without spoiling anything... Scientists discover a source of energy but certain things happen that cause disasters and it simply logically doesn't follow why they would happen in other random areas. It also doesn't make sense that they can't just pull the plug. It further doesn't make sense why an evil CEO would risk jail time and possible catastrophic results just to not have a "bad quarterly review." A lot of plot holes are included in the movie, such as the Russian-sub-plot as to how something could be kept under wraps.
Essentially the conclusion the filmmakers want you to draw is: Science is crazy, magical, and accidents "might" happen. Which is simply the antithesis of what science is about and accidents such as this never happen on this scale in scientific experiments by scientists. There's a reason they do pre-tests to pre-tests to tests, and in this film, they act like even those pre-tests can go wrong.
The worst "energy-related disaster" in our REAL world, such as chernobyl, was because of engineers who didn't know what they were doing. It was because of lack of safety protocols, lack of computer automated systems, and outdated equipment that was UNDERFUNDED. That is the lesson to learn from Chernobyl, when you don't invest in a technology for increasing its safety standards.
So if anyone thinks that they should draw the lesson of: "We shouldn't fund such experiments, we don't fully understand!" -- That is the incorrect lesson. The mere act of not-funding-something, is the lesson to be drawn from real life events like Chernobyl, because machines and systems get too old; protocols become outdated; and these technologies never improve and become safer.
As for the "Don't play God" nonsense, why would God give humans the ability to do these things if he didn't want you to discover them? Or why would he allow millions of people to die, in such a "failed experiment" just to teach a simple lesson about that? It makes no sense logically or philosophically, and filmmakers should stop trying to create conclusions for their audience that they probably never even asked a philosopher about.
Not the greatest movie
Well in contrast to many reviewers that are praising this movie for the unique view in which it was presented, well I don't care about unique film-making. I care about substance, acting, and storyline.
The movie has too many needless details. Some to set up emotions, scenes, or story, or to put you in place of the horrors of WWII, which is fine. But others that were just unnecessary.
Terrible close-up shots all throughout the movie. I'm not sure why. It's filler. It's "artsy". Some are interesting though, such as close-ups of animals.
It is good that the movie goes through the perspective of children, a unique perspective. It is also great that they cover the attitudes that Germans had after the war.
However, the story has no resolution. We never hear of many of the characters. There's tons of scenes that are somewhat sexual but no talking? Like who the hell does that? Oh hey i'm touching you, a stranger, but let's not talk. It's unrealistic and downright absurd.
And some spoilers: She is sexually attracted to the Jew, yet at the same time, expresses her hatred of them? Yeah in what universe does that happen? There is a serious lack of confrontation, drama, and talking in this movie. It's just pointless to watch.
Sotto il cielo di Roma (2010)
Fairly awful revisionist film
The film portrays a colorful imaginary world where the Pope was AFRAID of Hitler and didn't know what to do (really the one representative of God on earth, doesn't know what to do? Really the man chosen as representative of God on earth---AFRAID OF Hitler? AFRAID OF DEATH?) This is ridiculous. What we know from history is that Pope Pius kept quiet. He kept quiet not because he feared the Nazis, because there is nothing to fear for a true believer.
He kept quiet because he approved of what the Nazis were doing.
The very ambiguity and lack of clarity of the Church's actions, shows clearly that the Pope and the Nazis were in collaboration. If the Pope believed that the Jews should be defended, he would have shouted it from all the rooftops and let the Nazis crucify him just like Jesus and die a heroes death. What better way for a Pope to die as a martyr than to sacrifice himself for the good cause? It's because the Pope did NOT believe the Jews should be defended that he stayed quiet.
Unfortunately, a lot of Catholic reviewers and apologists for the Pope scour the earth to repaint history in a way that made the Pope seem like a hero who just couldn't do much about the situation. These same apologists try to paint Hitler as an atheist when that is absolutely not true.
Hitler was a life-long practicing member of the Catholic church till the day he died. The Nazis frequently met with the Catholic church and had agreements with them.
You think if the Catholic church was afraid of dying to Nazis, that is insane. The Catholics, if they truly believed they were being persecuted would gladly sacrifice themselves and stand up to those that commit evil (like the Nazis) if they truly believed the Nazis were evil.
Machine Gun Preacher (2011)
The movie is religious propaganda.
We are quickly seeing an evil ex-con who suddenly after murdering someone, seeks God's forgiveness, and voila! The Church and God forgives. His drug addiction miraculously cured. Then he goes on to kill Africans who enslave children--WHO HAPPEN TO BE Christian ZEALOTS THEMSELVES.
So the whole plot of the movie is ironic because Christians are the reason the Lord's Resistance Army exists. People who don't understand philosophy, can easily find this movie inspiring because they think that religion is necessary to do good, and that's just deceptiveness of the filmmakers here.
Childer's could have been a Jew, or a Buddhist monk, the religion does not matter---yet the film tries to make it seem like Christianity is the only way.
No one seems to be aware that belief-without-evidence is the very source of the problem with Africa. And using belief-without-evidence in America to inspire oneself to fight others who have belief-without-evidence is the strangest most ridiculous movie plot ever.