POWER TO THE PEOPLE

CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY (2009)
– 4 out of 5 stars

I managed to catch one of the last few screenings of Capitalism: A Love Story last week and it’s greatly entertaining.

The documentary film focuses on the recent financial crisis and the recovery stimulus, and manages to convince the viewers that everything was a result of capitalism – an evil that should be best eliminated. The poor gets poorer while the rich get richer; middle class families being driven out of their homes due to foreclosures and end up working for the rich people that drove them out of their homes. Talk about vicious cycles.

There was a term “plutonomy”which means that the top 1 percent of the population controls more financial wealth than the bottom 99 percent. Basically, an advantage for those wealthy but a problem when it comes to politics as the 99 percent are more likely to bunch up together and fight for their rights. There’s also the “dead peasants” insurance schemes that employers buy for their employees such that they would gain from their deaths. The part that touched home was when Moore went to Wall Street asking around for the definition of “derivatives”, and even after a pretty thorough explanation from a Wall Street expert, he’s dumbfounded (so am I).

The most entertaining part would be Moore going to the major banks with money bags so that they could return the money the government used for the bailout. One of the scenes earlier showed him interviewing a committee head in charge of the bailout and even she says she has no idea where the money went. Thus, the fitting use of “crime scene investigation – do not cross” yellow tape across these banks!

THIS IS IT

MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT (2009)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Limited to a two-week run, I managed to catch This Is It on the last weekend.

The film documents exclusive footages of behind-the-scenes rehearsals of MJ’s would-be concert. Throughout the show, you can sense his dedication to perfection; attention to minute details in the music and his pitching, the effects of the shows and the dancers. You can tell he’s a really nice person and he’s polite to the crew members – no airs at all. If I hadn’t seen this show, my impression of MJ would remain that of a baby dangler and an extreme fan of plastic surgery (gone wrong). After the show, I guess I see more of the icon/idol/superstar that the fans see him. However, I still feel that the movie is another way to milk the already-dead MJ for more money. Life is sad, death seems sadder.

To quote a line from KOL’s The Bucket“too young to die but old isn’t great”.

BURNIN’ UP FOR YOU BABY

JONAS BROTHERS: THE 3D CONCERT EXPERIENCE (2009)
– 3 out of 5 stars 

OOH! I went to watch Jonas Brothers in 3D!!!!!!!

To be honest, I was kinda anticipating it before the movie opened, but I’m not an extreme Jonas Brothers fan. Just that when they keep appearing on TV and I keep catching them on it, and when people scream, you scream; when they sing, and you start singing too. Not to mention, it’s in 3D! My next two 3D movies will be Up! andMonsters vs. Aliens!

Anyway, the concert-movie was a little short (76 minutes) and they played quite a number of songs, most of which I do not know except for the real popular ones likeS.O.S.Burnin’ Up and This Is Me (from Camp Rock – which I watched too). Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift guest stars and sings along with the JoBros. You get to go behind the scenes, experience their popularity, the fan-stampede and get to see Joe Jonas shirtless! Oh, Nick is really talented- he plays the guitar, piano and drums! But he’s so young… LOL!

Overall, their concert was pretty big and the stage design was very nice! Their emblem was flaming and the JoBros even sprayed foam at their audience! Man, those sprays were huge! And I stayed till the very end because even the credits were in 3D!