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Camp FEMA (2009)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on October 10, 2011

Another great documentary from director William Lewis (or how to turn a low-budget documentary into a historical eye-opener), this is a film to watch in order to understand the times which will come (especially in case you still had any remaining dreams or wishful thinking about US). 

In case you didn’t know, Bush jr and Obama have managed the creation of a network of huge concentration and labor camps all around US, thousands of them , each of them having the capacity of retaining thousands of prisoners. This grid, perfectly similar to the German concentration camps, is waiting to be populated with American citizens and generally speaking anyone who is imprudent enough to be suspected of acts against government.

FEMA is a national agency, military ran, which has the authority of declaring law enforcements actions of soldiers against citizens for pretexts of crowd “control”, betting on the fact there will be a social rise against the economic crisis, for detaining everyone and anyone.

This is actually associated with the massive surveillance grid, which in reality has the purpose of domestically spying their own citiyens for alleged acts of terorism. The law, structure, military and techonology now exists to create what Steven Speilberg’s brilliant anticipation foresaw in “Minority Report”

Seems familiar?

My rating: 8 / 10 (Masterpiece)

See also extended trailer:


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Der Untergang / The Downfall: Hitler and the End of the Third Reich (2004)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on October 8, 2011

Nominated at the Oscar for best foreign language film. It won Amanda Awards, Norway for best foreign film, Audience award at Bavarian Film Awards, best foreign film at British Independent Film Awards, best screenplay at Mar del Plata Film Festival, best actor in an international film at  Santa Barbara International Film Festival . It has been selected oficially in the Toronto international film competition. It is considered by iMDB constant users 94th best motion picture in history. Also considered one of the best war movies ever made.

I recommend the extended version (178 min, almost 3 hours).

It seemed to me one of the best films with documentary value about the war of Hitler. I have read a lot of books on the war of Hitler and the people behind the atrocities the nazis commit during WWII. And this film fits in the portrait of the dictator and of the historical situation like a piece of missing puzzle. It totally makes you feel like you are there. The accuracy of the film is stunning. Well worthing its fame, it is a must see.

My rating: 9 / 10 (A perfect movie)

Trailer spoken in German subtitles in English

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The Ugly American (1963)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on October 6, 2011

Nominated at the Golden Globes for best actor and best director; nominated for best screenplay by Writers Guild of American.

This is one of Marlon Brando’s great roles. This political drama is based on real facts, but the story has been dramatized in order to send a clear signal for the Americans against the political, economic and military interventionism in Asia. Thailand [en, wiki] has been one of the greatest free nations of Asia for more than 200 years. Even in the XIX th century,then known as the Kingdom of Siam, surrounded by British colonies, it has resisted, keeping the balance between its economic needs and its military protection. To see this film made half a century ago, you can understand the essence of the Cold War, the stakes of the conflict between China and USA and the mechanism of American interventionism.

Although it might be accused with didacticism, the film takes its point across and proves to be a film with documentary and historical value. Not a very good movie, but one well worth seeing, even for the simple reason it is one of Hollywood’s relatively fair portrayals of the Thailand nation.

My rating: 6 / 10 (good movie)

trailer

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Hachiko: A Dog’s Story (2009)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on October 4, 2011

This great film director Lasse Hallstrom is quite impressive. I would recommend it especially for those which want to see a real proof of loyalty (it’s the best movie I’ve seen on this topic). TRUE STORY.

You can watch the movie online here [en, video].

My rating: 8 / 10 (Masterpiece)

I will share with you the trailer and a great song – the original soundtrack score composed by Jan A. P. Kaczmarek [en, blog], one of the greatest contemprary Hollywood composers that will certainly go straight to your heart. Enjoy!

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Kynodontas

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on October 2, 2011

One of the most stagerring parables I have seen in awhile. Nominated for the Oscar at the Foreign film category in 2011, the greek production Kynodontas has received the award Un certain Regard (Cannes, 2009); The Best Director award at the Dublin International Film Festival (2010), at Montréal Festival of New Cinema (2009), the special Jury Prize at the Sarajevo film Festival (2009) and the Bronze Horse at the Stockholm Film Festival (2009).

The premises are quite innovative. This is a film like you haven’t seen many. The head of a family conspires with his wife to keep their kids inside their garden, never leaving… the premises. They have never been outside their place. They don’t know anything about foreign world, but only through the mediation of their father. All the things which he says are considered true.

A fierce satire on totalitarism, I would even consider a good. metaphor for the current American society. The film never makes clear wether there is a character study to the story, an exploration of the absurd, or a parable. The structure makes sense as either of them.

I don’t know it you will like it or not, but certainly it will shock you. Understand it and wonder about its subtleness. And share it! Watch it with friends who like to talk afterwards. After a few minutes of silence, you will start to get a new grip on a lot of realities. Chill down. It’s only a story. The reality is much scarier. It’s only that we have learned to look aside.

My rating: 7 / 10 (great film)

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Priveste înainte cu mânie / Look Forward in Anger (1993)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on September 30, 2011

I have always considered that sharing with foreigners documentaries about Romanian realities is an act which helps me understand better my own culture by watching their reactions to the Romanian content.

This is not a documentary. It is a fictional story, inspired by reality. Considering this Romanian picture was done about two decades ago, I would say that everything the trailer says is true: it is a film about current day Romania. The profetic nature of the film lays in its first 5 minutes. This is one of the films that any foreigner should see in order to understand what happened to Romania after the 1989 Revolution.

Starting from the drama in the small universe of a family, extending it to the whole city and then to the whole nation, the structure is very powerful. Here we have all the typical characters, but not in a stereotypical manner. They make sense and they do create rage.

The magistral ending tells the story of those who cannot tell their story. Their story, the drama of the survival is only to common for those who are already half dead inside.

I remember I was watching with a friend of mine from Belgium Alexandru Solomon’s Kapitalism, and she was surprised to find out some things which seemed very natural for me.

My rating: 8 / 10 (Masterpiece)

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Little Murders (1972)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on September 28, 2011

Little Murders was conceived as an essay on what I perceived to be going on in America in the mid-1960s…’inspired,’ if you will, by the assassination of JFK and the shooting of Oswald a week later. The post-assassination climate of urban violence made me realize this country was in the process of having an unstated and unacknowledged nervous breakdown. All forms of authority which had been previously honored and respected, on every level of society, were slowly losing their validity.”—

Jules Feiffer

Written by Jules Feiffer based on his gritty, witty, sardonic play and directed by Alan Arkin, one of the best American actors ever, Little Murders is a satire in which the absurd takes over slowly. Easy to compare with Natural Born Killers, Se7en and Fight Club in topic, this is a psychological portrait of the American society half a century ago.

The story builds up from little awkwardnesses to a delirant scene which will shock you. It reminded me of Milgram’s experiments with people going beyond any barriers in mercy to the others and becoming criminals witheout even noticing the difference to a normal life. If you want to undersand how the victim becomes the persecutor, how normal people turn out to become criminals, how unthinkable things happen, this is one of the most brilliat pieces of “entertainment” you will find. An entertainment which will leave you thinking…

My rating: 7 / 10 (great film)

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The Informant! (2009)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on September 26, 2011

Steven Soderbergh, one of the best film directors in Hollywood is famous for the brilliant and extensive way he approaches tough subjects such as drug trafficking (Traffic, 2000, Oscar for best film director), sex (Sex, Lies and Videotape, Palme D’Or, Cannes, 1990), corporate trials (Erin Brockovich, 2000 – Julia Roberts’ Oscar for best actress), beaurocracy (Kafka, 1991) and rise of communism in Latin America (Che, part I & part II, 2008).

Based on the book of Kirk Eigenwald written after a real story, this is a corporate thriller masterfully plotted around Matt Damon’s character, who helps the FBI to bring down a company, but gets drawn and lost within his own lies. A unique informant, Mark Whitacre will leave you absolutely speechless. Seeing this movie you will understand how easy it is to steal millions of dollars and losing count of it by treating it like a misdemeanor.

My rating: 6 / 10 (good movie)

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Rollerball (1975)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on September 24, 2011

This blogger also remembers the Pro Cinema published top of best SF in the last century. Rollerball, although less known, is one well-worthy of being on the list. It is considered one of the best distopian movies and you will find it on fans’ list acrosss the internet.

The action takes place in a not-so-distant future, where the nations have disappeared and the world is ran by a giant supercorporation, which directs the life of everyone, surveilling everybody. The masses are entertained through a violent game, played as a sport, called “Rollerball”, which has the purpose of discouraging any particular individual’s initiative.

James Caan, a great American actor, plays the role of Jonathan, an expert player in rollerball who has become more famous than the game. At this point, the corporation asks him to step down. Jonathan starts asking questions, which is always a dangerous game in the world depicted by the screenplay and will end up costing him almost everything in his quest for bringing the corporation down.

Another classic story, about how one man fights the system as a hero, the saviour who brings freedom, which everybody waited. Some say that’s dangerous, but looking at Karl Popper’s morphology of the fairytale, it plain universal story-telling basics.

A great masterpiece, it is a great film worth seeing in order to understand some mechanisms of manipulation, which are already starting of being used. Present days are much more similar to the screen than 36 years ago, when the film was directed by the great American producer Norman Jewinson.

My rating: 8 / 10 (Masterpiece)

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The Money Masters

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on September 22, 2011

This is not as much a documentary, as a 3h 30 min lecture on the history of the money in USA. There are no interviews, no footage, but only pictures, overlapping with ample quotes and narrating voice-over.

Still, this is the MUST SEE video which would help you understand extensively how the things are happening today. At a first glance, it might look as something passable, but this is the absolute basis for understanding any past, present and future economy. It is well documented, well synthetised and well narrated.

Following this presentation, you will understand:

  • why did the Roman Empire last so long
  • why it was important that actual money have a correspondent in gold
  • how the Federal Reserve in US is a private bank which has the right to print as many dollars as they wish, lend it to the state of USA and then illegaly tax the American citizens
  • how the Central Banks came around and how they work
  • the Rothschild family history
  • the truth about the reunion at the Jekyll Island
  • and many, many more…
  • If you are into economy, you are not allowed to miss this presentation and take notes!

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A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on September 20, 2011

Director Basil Gelpke received The Jury Prize “Golden Sun” at the Barcelona International Film Festival (2007), the 2nd place in the Documentary Award category at Galway Film Fleadh (2006), the award for best documentary at Palm Beach International Film festival (2006), the Zurich film award (2006), the “Wake Up Call” award for best movie of the festival at Tahoe Reno International Film Festival (2006).

I loved how the director used the music of Philip Glass, one of the best American composers alive.

Supported by a powerful mix of archival footage, NASA shots of burning oil fields, and, often unintentionally hilarious, historical film excerpts, OilCrash guides us on an exotic, visual journey from Houston to Caracas, the Lake of Maracaibo, the Orinoco delta, Central Asia’s secretive republic of Azerbaijan with its ancient capital Baku and the Caspian Sea, via London & Zürich. OilCrash visits cities around the world to learn of our future from such leading authorities as oil investment banker Matthew Simmons, former OPEC chairman Fadhil Chalabhi, Caltech’s head of physics, Professor David Goodstein, Stanford University political scientist, Terry Lynn Karl, peak oil expert, Matthew Savinar and many more.

Good documentary, but not the best in the Oil field (although it is in Top 10). It will help you understand a lot of things if you don’t know anything on the topic.

My rating: 6 / 10.

Trailer:

 

Enjoy watching it!

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Casino Jack (2010)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on September 18, 2011

Director George Hickenlooper, not much known, but the author of some brilliant other movies, takes the true story of an American lobbyist which has managed to scam tens of millions of dollars and, through his story, he creates a portrait of American political scene which will make you understand how things work in America and how laws are made.

This docudrama is also one of the best parts for Kevin Spacey (the greatest since American Beauty – he also got a Golden Globe nomination for best actor). Funny, brilliant, excellent. Great script, great acting. A true masterpiece. A movie you will love to watch again and again. Definitely, a must see.

My rating: 8 / 10 (masterpiece)

Enjoy watching it!

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Wanna Make Big Money?

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on September 16, 2011

I’ve always been fascinated by all sort of money-making schemes. Starting with multi-level-marketing, insurance and continuing with internet surveys.

I must confess, I have found none that really works. I found this video I would like to share with you, made by HyipNews [en, html].

Each time I receive an incredible offert, I simply google that offert together with “scam” or “fraud”. So I can find that out pretty fast.  In most cases, if something seems too good to be true, then it isn’t.

First of all, the MLM [en, wiki] companies. I have heard at BizBazar that almost 40 % of the Romanians have been involved, at least one time in their lives in MLM businesses. The thing with MLM companies is that, more often than not, the successful people at this kind of business act and seem totally brainwashed. Their faith in the products thay are selling seems almost religious. They treat everybody as a potential customer. And the term “personal development” is more of a distorted concept. I have heard and read a lot about financial independence, but still I know only two persons who have earned enough money, let’s say, to buy an apartment, from MLM. One of them is a brainwashed pain in the ass, another one is a guy who fooled a lot of people by promoting a network in all of the country. Not exactly models of success in life, in my opinion.

I don’t have anything against the concept itself, but the way it’s been introduced in Romania is more of a “find a sucker” game and doesn’t actually have anything to do with the products themselves. Romanian MLMs are not interested in finding people who would actually resonate with their products, but merely sellers to add some points. Of course, this can add to some grandomanic needs for all those titles: “director”, “diamand”, “team leader”, etc. Going to their meetings can sometimes be fun.

But in most cases, for real businessmen, this is a waste of time – unless they create the network. All that pitch-selling, points, percentages, levels of network, is simply dust in fools’ eyes. Being to such a presentation and putting some simple questions, like: “How much money did you earn last month by selling products yourself?”, “What is your business plan and strategy for the next year?”, “What are the main competitors (either other MLM companies or multinational) and what are your advantages?”, “How many people in your team earn more than they invest?”, “Which terms of the contract are negotiable?” will most likely make everyone hate you for spoiling the party. And this is not a business-like attitude, but a kindergarden attitude.

Forex offerts. To trade on Forex, you can’t really expect to yeld any income with 10 euros, or 100 euros, or 500 euros. This is peanuts. Try a demo account with 100 euros and just find out how limited are your options. You actually barely start with 1000 euros and a real sum to make any representative earnings are with 10.000 euros. But first, go train with a demo. Try to see if you like being connected all the time with the market, putting limits for buy and sell all the time, calculating profits, doing fundamental analysis and technical analysis on 4-5 different timetables with 4-5 indicators for at least 10 currencies pair (I say the least to have some sort of vision towards what’s happening), follwing trends and news. It’s not that fun, really, especially if you are not patient and you don’t know how to estimate. It is rather a method for personal development. Witheout a doubt, it is maybe THE MOST EFFICIENT METHOD for personal development. Show me someone who makes money on Forex and I’ll show you a person with character. Because it’s all about intelligence on your own. And it’s a lot of work, for money you can always lose. So, strike that ouy as a method of fast enrichment. The good thing though is that there are a lot of comapnies wich train you for free how to work with these tools, a lot better than a regular broker.

All sort of other internet-promising businesses. From what I noticed, if you have the intelligence and patience to make money using other people’s schemes to make money over the internet, than you could make your OWN internet business, eventually using that kind of development as an experience. These days, knowledge is all around, you just have to select it. And there are so many internet opportunities that it is most likely the first offert you come in contact with, is not the best. So search for others.

Understand the mechanism. If you can understand how a business works, its model, you can see where the money is coming from, and, based on that, weather you want to involve yourself into it or not.

For example, the survey companies. To be proffitable, such a company must have at least 300-400 clients, to have a high rate of surveys for their survey operators (that is, you). The disadvantage for these companies is, that having so many surveys, they don’t pay much for them. But you can count on a constant rate of survey offerts. The opposite is a company with 30-40 clients for surveys, which offert a high income, but the offerts are more rare, because they don’t have so many clients. In the end, the companies with more clients but less income per survey have more satisfied survey operators, with constant work and income. To add to that, the practice of best companies is to increase the income you can earn by the number of survey projects you complete over a period of time. Why? Because those who are not patient enough are not reliable for work during a longer period of time. The interest of survey companies is to have a constant critical mass of survey operators rather than a money-grabbing hurd of hurried opportunities-seekers.

In the same time, that doesn’t mean, as specified in the video, that you can’t make big money out of such an offert, but that it is highly unkilely to succeed at that for a long time witheout either being scammed or losing all the money earned, invested or even more. It takes certain skills to differentiate the good deals from the bad deals.

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Top 10 Best Documentaries on the 9/11 history falsification

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on September 11, 2011

“September Clues – No Planes Theory” (2008) is absolutely the best documentary on what did NOT happen on 9/11. I know, I know, every person has the right to live in ignorance and it is imporantant to respect the wishes and preferences of everyone. But this film absolutely makes clear in many obvious way that if you still believe there were Arabian terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center towers, then you are plane (sic!) fucking stupid! (pun intended)

Enjoy watching it – it’s the least you can do to deal with the horrifying tuth it presents.

My rating: 10 / 10  (one of the most important eye-openers ever made in human history)

1. September Clues – No Planes Theory (2008) FULL MOVIE

OTHER great documentaries about 9/11:

2. 9/11 in Plane Sight trailer

9/11 in PLane Sight Director’s Cut FULL MOVIE

3. Loose Change trailer

 

4. 9 / 11 Ripple Effect 1 of 9 (just go from clip to clip to see the full movie)

5. Fabled Enemiesread my entry on this blog about it

6. The 9/11 Chronicles: Part I. Truth Rising (first 3 minutes are only the “entry”) FULL MOVIE

7. Terrorstorm – A History of Government Sponsored Terrorism

8. 9/11: The Unofficial Story (2009)

9. 9/11 Coincidences  (although a presentation, not a documentary)

10. The Al-Quaeda Files Part 3: The Man Who Knew – Frontline PBS season 21, episode 3 (aired October 3, 2002)

See the documentary here.

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Constantin and Elena (2008)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on September 4, 2011

On the 4th of September 2009,I have participated at the late screening of the documentary “Constantin and Elena“, directed by the UNATC editing section graduate Andrei Dăscălescu. I find it very interesting and useful the way in which he promoted his film, through facebook. As you can see in the video I shot, there were quite a few people arond there, and I had to get in line in the end to have a small talk with the director and congratulate him.

Trailer of the documentary “Constantin and Elena”

My rating: 8 / 10 (Masterpiece)

What I found great about the movie is the way in which it emphases with the naturalness of the two characters, the importance of being and staying together. Actually, it’s about an unitary character – the couple, which, beyond the content, shares the values that stand beyond a long-lasting relationship.

I highly appreciate his film for the idea that is put out there and this is very closely connected to another great documentary, The Demographic Winter.

I also invite you to see this documentary and correlate it with what I found out from here:

The New Cinema for the Romanian Directors opened at the National Peasant’s Museum is doing a great job in bringing people at art movies. I’ve been there at a lot of movies and I’ve been impressed by the large presence of the public.

This post has been moved from Analytic Vision to Debug Your Mind.

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