Capitalism: A Love Story

July 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

I finally watched Capitalism: A Love Story. I avoided watching it because Michael Moore gets on my nerves a little and I think I’ve just been a little depressed about the world lately and didn’t want to be reminded of all that’s wrong and unjust. Yeah, I was feeling apathetic. Watching this documentary had a funny effect on me though. I don’t feel any more depressed, but rather inspired! I’m re-thinking all of my assumptions and re-examining the way I live my life. This was just what I needed to kick me in the ass and get me motivated to live a better life and try to make the world a little better for my friends and neighbors. That seems like a lot to attribute to a documentary, and I’m not saying it’s the best film ever made, but it spoke to me in this time. If you haven’t seen it yet, please watch it. It’s available to watch instantly on Netflix if that’s your thing.

I also recently watched POPaganda: The Art and Crimes of Ron English. Ron English is a culture-jamming billboard-liberating artist who has been poking fun at corporate America for decades through satirized advertisements on pirated billboards across the country. If you’ve seen Super Size Me you might remember his paintings of obese Ronald McDonalds and his Starry Night-style portrait of McDonalds. The documentary ended rather abruptly, but it was cool to see old footage of English doing his thing in the 80’s and learning about how his art has progressed.

On a side note, Netflix is now suggesting movies for me from the “Fight-The-System” category.

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