Thursday, April 26, 2007

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

I liked The Corporation more. This was fine and all but whatever. Enron, Enron, Enron. Adding four Tom Waits songs to the soundtrack doesn't change the fact that I don't really care much.

Of the big news stories of the past ten years that I haven't cared much about have been this one and the Catholic coverup of all the molestation going on. Corporations are evil? The church is in denial? Tell me something I don't know. I guess the fun is in learning all the sordid details but it just doesn't interest me that much.

Directed by Alex Gibney
2004
PBS

6 comments:

Chris Larry said...

Wow couldn't disagree more on:

1. The quality of this movie
2. The importance of this scandal
3. The danger in a "corporations are bad, tell me something I don't know" mentallity."
4. Diminishing this far reaching and zeitgeist defining story.

Chris Larry said...

And F Tom Waits, that was the worst thing about this movie.

Listmaker said...

i didn't say that it wasn't important - i just never found it all that interesting. not sure why.

as far as the quality of the movie - it was fine. i think in general since i wasn't that intersted in it in general was the main reason why i wasn't into it. nothing against the filmmakers.

weasel said...

A couple of years ago I asked a colleague if she was going to see The Constant Gardener and she told me that she wasn't as she had seen a few films about Africa and a few films about corporations already.

I'm not sure if the problem lies with the viewers or the filmakers or the studios, but it is depressing none the less that important stories are either so badly told or so poorly received that all that remains at the end is the initial inertia the viewer brought in to the experience.

Listmaker said...

weasel, it isn't even that. i just am not terribly interested in the subject for one reason or another.

weasel said...

Yeah, but a good filmaker should be able to get you interested. I've lost count of the number of movies I was resolutely set against enjoying or finding interesting based on the subject matter only to get hooked in. Basketball is to me like Enron or Catholic scandals are to you but those bastards got me to watch Hoop Dreams and The Heart of the Game and really get swept away. I even sort of liked White Men Can't Jump.

I'm just glad Ken Lay didn't wear a bishop's hat and fiddle with the kids, otherwise we might have lost you to an irreversible coma of disinterest.