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Posts Tagged ‘corporation’

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 Corporation (2003)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on July 5, 2011

This Canadian documentary is a great watch especially for the students or graduates of economic and communication sciences. A brave approach, this logical demonstration of the idea that any corporation, as a concept, is pathologic and has a psychopatic profile would have make me think twice before choosing my line of work.

I would have chosen the same thing, but with more insight and less expectations. Far from the intention of demonizing corporations without argumentation, this is a very rigurous approach on the topic of transnational corporations’ power worldwide, which started in USA.

The model for extending a corporation as a business model is presented as a cancer to the modern society. This is not one of those hopeful documentaries, although in the end there is the hope to brang the power back to the consumers. It is yet not too late. We do not have a “Rollerball” society.

The picture has won the Special Jury Award at the  Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival (2003), The Genesis Award for best documentary (2005), The Genie Award for best documentary (2005), the audience award in the “World Cinema – Documentary” section at the International Sundance Independent Film Festival (2004) and at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival (2004) and “The Most Popular Canadian film” la Vancouver International Film Festival (2004). So prepare yourself to be awarded!

My rating: 7 / 10 (great documentary)

The trailer

And here is the 1 / 23 chunk of it on youtube (I will not post the whole movie here, as with 24 videos, the browser might just crush). You’ll manage from here.

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