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Forum posts for Movie Review.... Squared!

Posted by Miguel on Jun 07, 2005
I'm confused by this:

"since this is a documentary, the filmakers have to find some way to tar the Republicans, which they do through Enron's connection to Bush and Ahhhhhnuld."

It's a known fact that Enron contributed a whole lot of money to both Bush's and Arnold's campaign. They aren't "finding some way to tar the Republicans" they are just reporting what happened. The Republicans do a pretty good job by themselves of soiling their reputation.

Posted by pudding on Jun 07, 2005
It was a good documentary... but I feel bad for all the people who paid $10 to see this in theatres. They shoulda put the sumbitch on tv where it belongs.

The show goes a long way to show you what people will do for money... I still can't wrap my head around how the Controller/CFO dude who came up with these intricate webs of companies could: 1) sell the banks on these schemes and 2) sleep at night.

Good review Duffy... keep 'em coming

Posted by phduffy on Jun 07, 2005
I thought that the efforts to tar the Republicans were unneccesary, and really added nothing to the film. They were only added because they know that type of person who sees this film, at arthouses and stuff, hates Republicans. And they certainly do more than just report contributions.

Posted by Nerhael on Jun 07, 2005
Well, if the movie only mentioned that Enron donated money to the GOP, then I think it's not really related to the whole Enron fiasco.

I did however think that Bush had done specific things after the fact in relation to Ken Lay. Which I think it more pertinent to the whole thing. Did the go into that relationship? Or was it just about campaign contributions.

Posted by bryan on Jun 07, 2005
What's with all the neoantidisestablishmentarianism, Paul?

I think Enron donating money to the GOP is relevant because republican policy has a history of being favourable to fast and loose accounting rules. The same rules that allow companies that do business the Enron way to flourish. Just because something is legal doesn't make it ethical.

Of course, I am a pinko commie art-house movie goer, so take everything I say with a grain of salt. EVERYTHING.

and furthermore
Posted by bryan on Jun 07, 2005
keep the reviews coming, especially the pinko commie trash.

Posted by mike on Jun 07, 2005
Just because something is illegal doesn't necessarily mean it's unethical.

Posted by bryan on Jun 07, 2005
You win this round, Mike.

Posted by phduffy on Jun 07, 2005
This was just one minor point, I liked the film, so let's not get too worked up about it.

And Bryan, the preferred term is crypto-facist.

I also didn't like the fact that they show naked strippers in this movie.
Don't get me wrong, I like naked women, but it seemed out of place.

Oh yeah, they also diss Calgary.

Enron was the 9th biggest corporation in the world. They were from the same state as Bush, and they're for deregulation. I don't find it odd that they were major contributors to him.
Furthermore, Bush the 2nd, and in particular those around him, seem to be in favour of deregulating everything. So while I'm sure the money helped, it's not as though by deregulating power they were going against their principles or anything.

I mean, the Republican party may have a history of favouring loose accounting rules, but so what? They'd have that history with or without Enron.

Posted by bryan on Jun 07, 2005
not really worked up, just bored out of my skull 10 hours into a 12 hour shift.

Loose accounting rules are bad. Accountability is good, especially from companies that manage natural resources. That factored in with your post pretty much sum up my opinion of republicans.

Take your crypto-fascist agenda elsewhere, scum!