Tag Archives: Alex Gibney

Going Clear: A Church of Money and Fear

The Church of Scientology is a powerful organization, hard to defeat once you’ve become their enemy. Just ask the U.S. government. In the 1950s, L. Ron Hubbard’s group labeled itself a church and thus became tax-exempt. A lucrative trick and a decade later, Hubbard moved all the organization’s assets to what was now called The … Continue reading Going Clear: A Church of Money and Fear

Client 9: The Luv Gov

MONEY. SEX. POWER. BETRAYAL. [youtube=http://youtu.be/WldZazpFy7I&w=540&h=320]   I remember admiring Eliot Spitzer from afar. That was when he was the New York State Attorney General, the famed “Sheriff of Wall Street”, who busted crooked bankers. I also remember being very surprised to learn of his demise one year after being sworn in as Governor, but considering … Continue reading Client 9: The Luv Gov

Spitzer Making His Case to Leno

[youtube=http://youtu.be/El5YkQZW7pM&w=540&h=320] New York must be the only city in the world that can create a global interest in its local politics. But that’s what happens when the city is run by a billionaire who knows how to work the media, there’s a movie and TV star (Alec Baldwin) who sometimes expresses a clear interest in … Continue reading Spitzer Making His Case to Leno

Four Best Iraq War Movies

On Hardball with Chris Matthews last Tuesday, writer Wayne Slater suggested that Republicans are finally coming to terms with the fact that the Iraq War was “mismanaged”, which was quite the understatement in Matthews’s eyes. Ten years after U.S. troops rolled into Iraq looking for weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist, America is trying to … Continue reading Four Best Iraq War Movies

Catholics and the Movies

[youtube=http://youtu.be/buZECLKMZ7I&w=540&h=320] We have a new pope!… as Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti would exclaim. The first non-European in, what, a thousand years, is actually Argentine. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who’s taken the name of Francis I in tribute of St. Francis of Assisi, has already been accused of collaborating with the junta that ruled Argentina in the late … Continue reading Catholics and the Movies

Casino Jack and the United States of Money

MEET JACK ABRAMOFF – AMERICA’S GREATEST LOBBYIST. [youtube=http://youtu.be/5-kvhtrSkS4&w=540&h=320]   The story of Jack Abramoff is perfect fodder for a documentary and a fictionalized film – and both were released in 2010 (the latter one being Casino Jack with Kevin Spacey). The former is a slick experience that takes inspiration from Hollywood movies in clever ways … Continue reading Casino Jack and the United States of Money