9 posts categorized "Corporate Corruption"

April 10, 2022

WEWORK: OR THE MAKING AND BREAKING OF A $47 BILLION UNICORN

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ColeSmithey.comJed Rothstein has a lot to learn about making documentaries. 

Repetitive and redundant to a fault, this overlong doc still manages to put a even a dull point on Adam Neumann's wework con game that makes Anna Delvey's schemes look like un-popped popcorn.

Billions of dollars burn like flash paper.


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Douchebag extraordinaire Adam Newmann managed to make renting office space seem like something much sexier, namely a culture for entitled white millennials to pretend as if they were "changing the world."

Gwyneth Paltrow’s cousin Rebekah Paltrow Neumann proves to be a piece of work in her own right. Whew. What a terrifying person.

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Forbes editor Randall Lane has the best insights on Neumann's outrageous con game that ruined lives and made Neumann a billionaire.

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Yes, capitalism is well and thoroughly fucked.

Rated TVMA. 102 mins.

1 Star

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January 13, 2022

HOUSE OF GUCCI

House of GucciWow! Here is the Hollywood knock out movie we've been waiting for.

Sure it could stand to lose 10 or 15 minutes but make no mistake, "House of Gucci" is Ridley Scott's masterpiece — not a word I use lightly. 

Unlike Hollywood garbage from the Marvel Industrial Complex, we get to see real actors act. Jeremy Irons's scenes are priceless for his staggering command of craft. Jared Leto doesn't just steal scenes, he demolishes them like nothing you've seen before. 

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And as for the Queen herself, Lady Gaga gives the performance of a lifetime.

Alas, I've said too much. 

Rated R. 158 mins. 

5 Stars

COLE SMITHEY

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January 22, 2021

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Trial_of_the_chicago_sevenGlib. Forgettable. Writer/director Aaron Sorkin gets out his arsenal of narrative formula templates to simplify an otherwise complex story of ‘60s era political theater. The effect is entertaining up to a point before it hits you that Robert Altman would have been much better at telling the story at hand if he were still alive. Hell, Oliver Stone would have done a better job.

The trial in question arose from the actions of a group of anti-Vietnam War protesters during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The film’s ensemble of actors (Yaha Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Daniel Flaherty, Joseph Gordon, Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Jeremy Strong, and John Carroll Lynch) give credible performances that come across as an afterthought in the context of Sorkin’s heavy hand.

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Courtroom dramas are a notoriously prickly genre to begin with. This one finds Aaron Sorkin falling on his own sword. The movie plays more as a showpiece of Hollywood machinery than as a filmic document of a crisis of ideologies at a time when it seemed that the People might get a leg up on the corruption at the heart of the American war machine. As if such a thing could be possible.

Chicago 7

From a technical standpoint, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” is serviceable but Sorkin’s knee-jerk quick-cutting crutch wears out its welcome. Aaron Sorkin’s motivations for making the movie in our current political climate seems like a foregone conclusion. Nothing has the emotional weight it purports to possess even if the actors are compelling in their roles as voices of dissent. The problem is that Sorkin wants so badly to deliver a feel-good movie that he misses all of the heartbreak inflicted on the accused activists who never agreed on anything. This is a Cheese Whiz movie for 12-year-olds, not for adults.  

Chicago 7

Rated R. 129 mins.

Two Stars

COLE SMITHEY

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