Sunday, February 27, 2011

INSIDE JOB wins the Oscar

First things first, look at the film trailer!

It does two things. It makes you want to see the documentary and it makes you mad. In his acceptance speech, Charles Ferguson, the director, reminded the audiences that no one has gone to jail yet. Truly Maddening.
INSIDE JOB exposes the truth behind the global financial meltdown of 2008 that cost millions of people to lose their homes and jobs.
Director's statement:
It was a completely avoidable crisis; indeed for 40 years after the reforms following the Great Depression, the United States did not have a single financial crisis. However, the progressive deregulation of the financial sector since the 1980s gave rise to an increasingly criminal industry, whose “innovations” have produced a succession of financial crises.
Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, INSIDEJOB traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia.

Narrated by Matt Damon.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Oscars - February 27, 2011

When the 83rd Academy Awards takes place on February 27th with much glitz and glam as always, we at DocuDiary, meaning me, turn our attention to the Documentary Features category from a far less glamorous location. The shoes we wear here, when we wear shoes at all, are far more comfortable than the ones you will see on the red carpet.

This year, the nominees for BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE are:

“Exit through the Gift Shop” - Banksy and Jaimie D'Cruz

The mysterious street artist known as Banksy makes a film about a filmmaker making a film about Banksy. 

“Gasland” - Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic

Filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to sell the natural gas rights on his property, and decides to see what it entails. The photo of the man setting his tap water on fire says it all. 

“Inside Job” - Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs

The global economic crisis is over. Those responsible are still in power, many still obscenely rich. 

“Restrepo” - Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger

The lives of soldiers of the 173rd Airborne in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. 

“Waste Land” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

Artist, Vik Muniz, who uses trash to create art, travels to Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, to photograph the people who make a living scavenging the mountains of garbage. 

Let me know who you think will take home the Oscar. Vote only once; shoes not required.