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Escobar: Paradise Lost (2014)
This movie is one giant missed opportunity.
You get the best actor to play Pablo Escobar. Then because for some reason the writer didn't feel that Pablo's life was interesting enough they make up a weird love story with a fictional character reminiscent of the character in the last King of Scotland.
This movie did not have to be like this. When I heard that Benicio was signed on to play Pablo Escobar I was excited. From his early beginnings stealing tombstones to his death on the rooftops of a Colombian city, his life was interesting enough. Why did we just waste probably one of the few chances will ever get to make a proper movie about Pablo with this?
I'm very disappointed, I have no issues with the actor's performances, but Josh's character did not belong in this movie. Is this a bad movie?
It is if you're expecting a true story about Pablo. I guess if you going to watch it, enjoy the performances and hopefully try to get over the fact that this did not happen.
Blood in the Mobile (2010)
The problem is not Coltan. It's the DRC.
Harry M it right on the head. If it's not conflict minerals then it's something else. What do these men do when there are no jobs in the region?
What was really annoying about watching this film, was the number of times we had to sit through awkward confrontations with Nokia employees and executives.
Instead of dealing with the real problem, which is the lawlessness of the DRC.
I will give Poulsen credit for having nerves of steel for venturing into areas that were extremely dangerous. It's a shame that he wasted so much opportunity by focusing on the completely wrong thing.
While that army may have been "taxing" people in the mine area, they also made it safe enough for people to go about their business. The fact that a white journalist was able to get in there is testament to that.
I also find it sad that he went all the way to the Congo and didn't even bother to ask the miners what they thought of the current situation, or for that matter what they would do if they couldn't do mining for a living.
Watching the activists I was struck by just how far removed their world was from the men actually swinging hammers in the mine. It just seemed to me that the DRC conflict minerals is somebody's cause for the moment.
Nokia is not to blame for this country's problems. The rest of the world is.
October Country (2009)
Worth a watch
This was a good documentary, depressing because part of this I can say would probably be attributed to globalization. In a town where there's only one major employer, it seems that there isn't a lot of options.
This look at the Mosher family, is extremely depressing and it does deal with teenage pregnancy, however there are some real introspective insights from Don Mosher.
Bottom line is this, am I glad I watched as documentary? Yes. It's thought provoking, which is obvious because here I am posting on IMDb about it. When Danael, was saying that her new boyfriend Johnny would be a unable to provide for them, the look of despair/anger in his eyes was very telling about living life in that small town.
There's some real good work in this documentary, the cinematography was excellent, though sometimes they got a little heavy handed with the abstract filming, sometimes it was just frustrating to have to sit through 2 to 3 minutes of abstract cinematography. Not that some of it wasn't beautiful, in some spots and it was just too much.
Having said that, as other posters have mentioned this documentary does a really really good job of capturing life in small town America. I'm almost reminded of Michael Moore's Roger and Me. As a manufacturing base dwindles the city begins to decay.
Hopefully, the Mosher family will learn something about themselves if they watch this.