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Capitalism: A Love Story
Michael Moore wants to know where our money went.
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Film Review  October 2, 2009, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The aspects of Michael Moore’s filmmaking that we have come to embrace over the years – the sloppy, sprawling voice of the court jester and self-appointed spokesman for the American people – are the very things that get him into trouble in his new documentary. This time the acclaimed filmmaker tackles an entire “ism,” and, much like its ambiguous title, Capitalism: A Love Story, Moore’s film is an unmethodical survey of a gargantuan topic, one that has only grown more so in the year since he began work on the project..."

Capitalism, Weaponized: Sun Tzu Gets Cyberpunk'd
The new graphic novel from Harper Collins makes us all antsy.
DAILY Chronolog  August 27, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Ants, we mean, figure intricately and weirdly in this story of how capitalism has become weaponized, China is the world's dominant economy, and corporations duke it out with the kind of military tactics and apparatus that would give anybody who appreciates the Navy SEALs a hard-on. Yes, even a female SEAL fan (or Green Beret lover or SWAT Team groupie), would get a hard-on..."

Socialism or Capitalism?
Postmarks  November 8, 2009
"...Clearly Ms. Seidelman is a socialist and prefers socialism to capitalism, hence her free lunch preference for Europe..."

'Natural Capitalism' in the Hills
The Crossings' earth- and economy-friendly integration into the Hill Country really is something to feel good about.
News Story  September 19, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Even those whose cynicism exceeds that of an alt-weekly journalist (if you can imagine) should appreciate that the Crossings is both a major business and, in its aspirations, a model business -- worth thinking about as we ruminate as a region on growth and economic recovery. One of the Business Institute offerings this season is "Natural Capitalism, Sustainable Development, and Corporate Social Responsibility," which pretty much summarizes the tone the Becks want to set at the Crossings and is certainly a familiar tune to Austinites who've seen the success of Whole Foods Market, et al..."

The Reality of Capitalism
Postmarks  September 16, 2011


The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
The animated gang return to save their park from an evil mayor
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Film Review  August 11, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...You could, if you chose, scan this sequel to 2014’s The Nut Job as a genuinely subversive attack on capitalism that also doubles as much-less-animated-than-Al Gore polemic vis-à-vis humanity’s omnivorous anti-environmental impulses toward the natural world. But why bother when there’s a purple squirrel named Surly (Arnett), his gal pal Andie (Heigl), and a horde of Shaolin mice led by the ferocious – don’t call him “cute,” whatever you do – Mr..."

Bloodsucking Bastards
Cubicle horrors: Vampires bloody the workplace
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Film Review  September 4, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...Repopulating the cubicle horrors of cult favorite Office Space with actual corporate vampires may seem like an awfully obvious metaphor – capitalism sucks, literally! – but director O’Connell and a thoroughly game cast drawn from the Dr. God comedy troupe – think Broken Lizard crew with way more gore – score high marks for witty workplace humor and horror in equal measure..."

Pieta
South Korea's Kim Ki-duk makes his most commercial film yet, but it's still full of queasy-making moments.
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Film Review  May 17, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Kim’s 18th film, Pieta, is probably his most commercial release so far, yet it, too, is full of queasy-making moments and intentional affronts. Pieta nevertheless reveals a dark humor as well as thematic through-lines about redemption and capitalism’s proclivity toward devouring its most vulnerable...."

The End of Poverty?
This documentary argues against economic globalization and corporate imperialism.
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Film Review  December 18, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Philippe Diaz. A didactic documentary that covers ground already trampled to death by countless other films, books, magazine articles, and grad-student theses, The End of Poverty? is, in essence, a sort of Capitalism, Colonialism, and Cronyism 101..."

There Will Be Blood
This powerful character study and origin story is rooted in American soil.
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Film Review  January 18, 2008, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...4). Opening at the dawn of the 20th century, this film epic is a compelling portrait of capitalism gone mad and the collective shams we hold on to as truths..."

Bamako
This Malian courtroom drama is like nothing you've ever seen: The people put the institutions of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on trial.
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Film Review  June 22, 2007, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Although formed with good intentions after World War II for the stated purposes of regulating the international monetary system and loaning money to developing nations, a restructuring of the debt obligations of poor countries during the Eighties has left millions feeling exploited and abused by the powerful nations of the world. "The World Bank is the Trojan Horse of capitalism," says one..."

Chasing the Dream
Rodeo, the national sport of Texas, has its roots in the cowboy's daily tasks of cutting, roping, and horse-breaking, but no one is sure how its most popular event, bullriding,...
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Film Review  October 17, 1997, by Russell Smith
"...In its final third, it reports on the cowboys' canny move to capitalize more upon their short, risky careers by creating a pro tour and megabucks tourneys replete with Vegas trappings and six-figure purses. In its unpretentious way, this is a splendid piece of sociological reporting by Austin filmmakers Fraley and Lynch, providing insights into not only human psychology but modern capitalism and pop culture as well..."

The Good Woman of Bangkok
If there's anyone Aoi (Chonchanakun) hates more than herself, it's men as a whole. Aoi is a Thai prostitute, her nickname means “sugar cane” or “sweet.” In the film's opening...
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Film Review  September 4, 1992, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...As recompense for her film work and continued sexual services, O'Rourke has promised to buy her a rice farm. It's an ideal position for examining the conjunctions of sex and money, capitalism and its discontents and the gulfs separating the First and the Third Worlds..."

Other People's Money
A would-be satire about high finance and greed in the age of Reagan, Other People's Money is predictably limp; it doesn't have the cutthroat ambition of the Boeskys and Millikens...
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Film Review  October 25, 1991, by Steve Davis
"...A would-be satire about high finance and greed in the age of Reagan, Other People's Money is predictably limp; it doesn't have the cutthroat ambition of the Boeskys and Millikens who personified Wall Street during the 1980s. Pitting a ruthless New York investment firm against a faltering New England wire and cable business that looks better dead than alive on paper, Alvin Sargent's screenplay (based on a successful off-Broadway play of the same name) sets up a philosophic battle between two diametrically opposed notions of making money: the traditional American work ethic versus capitalism in a moral vacuum..."

When Steve Jobs Was Fired, and Other VC War Stories
SXSW alum 'Something Ventured' debuts Monday on KLRU
DAILY Screens  January 4, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...Ever wondered how companies like Atari and Apple first came to be? Their origin stories start with venture capitalism, which is the subject of upcoming doc Something Ventured: Risk, Reward, and Original Venture Capitalists, which airs Monday, Jan. 7...."

Developing Stories: Rent & Roll
French capitalism meets community bicycling
News Column  August 10, 2007, by Katherine Gregor
"...Cyclocity is different in three key ways: First, it trumps grassroots idealism with capitalism, as a for-profit public-private partnership between a city and a deep-pocketed corporation. Second, it innovatively combines the simplest of transportation technologies -- the bicycle -- with advanced microchip technologies that track the bikes, the users, and payments..."

The Food Issue: When Vegetables Aren't Enough
John Mackey, “Conscious Capitalism,” and the Ideology of Food
DAILY Food  June 12, 2013, by Michael King
"...One of the best-known gastronomes in town is of course Whole Foods Market founder and now co-CEO John Mackey, who’s among the most prominent vegans in these parts, a diet to which he in large part attributes his good health, slim figure, and mostly sunny disposition. In his latest book, Conscious Capitalism, he credits a stern talking to from an animal activist for turning him finally away from meat and all its byproducts; and like many of his kind – retail entrepreneurs as well as food enthusiasts – he’s a proselytizer, not content to rest on his own considerable accomplishments as a supermarketer, but determined to bring his spiritual enlightenment to the world...."

Sweat, Equity
How vegan doughnuts can help fix the economy
Food Story  June 8, 2012, by Melanie Haupt
"...Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery was founded in 2010 by Cathy Ruiz and a few of her coworkers in the bakery of a Texas-based grocery chain. She had just seen Michael Moore's 2009 documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story, and was inspired to combine her passion for baking with her desire to extricate her career from the clutches of the corporate model, in which employees are for the most part little more than cogs in a machine..."

The Luv Doc: A Li'l Spendy
The kind of economic Übermensch G-Dubs prayed for back in '07
Columns  April 6, 2017, by The Luv Doc
"...As G-Dubs would earnestly try to make you understand, capitalism is a stern taskmistress. You're always having to fleece Peter to pay Paul ....."

Letters at 3am: The Future Dot-Dot-Dot
Ellipses express exactly my sense of the future
Columns  October 16, 2014, by Michael Ventura
"...The capitalist system cannot function that way. Capitalism needs workers to exploit..."

Veni Vidi Venture
The unlikely heroes of big business
Screens Story  March 11, 2011, by Wells Dunbar
"...From Capitalism: A Love Story to Inside Job to The Yes Men, there's no shortage of documentaries on the business world. But –rightly or wrongly – there aren't many with a relatively positive view of entrepreneurship...."

Ben Fountain on Beautiful Country Burn Again
In his new book, the author lights up 2016 to make sense of that crazy, intense year
Arts Story  October 25, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Maybe somebody like Mussolini is the way to go. Maybe liberal democracy just can't deal with the problems created by industrial capitalism." So Roosevelt, he saved the economy, he instituted a structure to government that could deal with the problems imposed by industrial capitalism..."

Letters at 3AM: A Paradox of Oligarchy
'Am I my brother's keeper?' is the fundamental question of government
Columns  May 21, 2010, by Michael Ventura
"...The visionaries of the GI Bill acted on a simple principle. Call it "social capitalism." To be more precise, call it "nonauthoritarian social capitalism" (to distinguish it from the authoritarian social capitalism practiced today by China)..."

Letters at 3AM
The economic future of the United States is no longer in our hands
Columns  October 24, 2008, by Michael Ventura
"...The world learned modern capitalism from America. We were supposedly the experts..."

The Last Last Sunday?
Austin organizing project contemplating its future
News Story  June 22, 2007, by Robert Jensen
"...A few questions sharpen this point: Is corporate capitalism compatible with real democracy? Can we continue to believe (or pretend) the Democratic Party is a vehicle for progressive politics? How many who opposed the invasion and occupation of Iraq are willing to condemn the bipartisan nature of U.S. empire-building? What kind of future does an increasingly pornographic culture offer? What is the connection between the U.S..."

Shot in the Dark
The Texas Documentary Tour presents Paul Devlin's 'Power Trip'
Screens Story  November 4, 2005, by Anne S. Lewis
"...Either way, no money changed hands. Or at least that's the way it was until American-style capitalism came knocking...."

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
Columns  September 30, 2005
"...Your recent editorial "If New Orleans Were Dry" ["Letters @ 3am," Sept. 16] exposes a wrong and potentially dangerous point of view that is widely held by well-intentioned people working for the causes of anti-poverty, anti-trade, anti-capitalism, and even Islamic terrorism...."

Ventura's Faulty Economic Theory
Postmarks  September 23, 2005
"...Michael Ventura, Your recent editorial “If New Orleans Were Dry” [“Letters @ 3am,” Sept. 16] exposes a wrong and potentially dangerous point of view that is widely held by well-intentioned people working for the causes of anti-poverty, anti-trade, anti-capitalism, and even Islamic terrorism..."

U.S. More Fascist Than Capitalist
Postmarks  August 30, 2005
"...Thanks, Austin Chronicle. One point of contention. I am not sure many of the readers and writers know what capitalism means..."

The Hightower Report
Let's rein in CEO pay; and, 'conservatives' support Big Brotherism
News Column  November 5, 2004, by Jim Hightower
"...Well, the bosses oink, we deserve it – besides, we're just being paid what the market will bear. It's how capitalism works, so get over it...."

'It All Leads Back to Texas'
Robert Bryce on the Texas-Washington-international crony network
News Story  June 18, 2004, by Michael King
"...AC: In his book about Texas, Made in Texas, Michael Lind argues that Texas capitalism is different – that it's a throwback to feudalism, or an antebellum notion of what capitalism should be. Do you think that's true, or do you think that Texas is just like all American business, only more so?..."

Don't Believe the Hype
Local Digiterati on the Good, the Bad, and the Internet in Between
Screens Story  January 28, 2000, by Jon Lebkowsky
"...West: But I don't think we can blame the problems of late, late, super-late capitalism solely on the Internet...."

Money, It's a Gas
Economics, schmeconomics: Chronicle reviewer Roger Gathman compiles the latest books about the (almost) first commodity, money.
Books Story  January 14, 2000, by Roger Gathman
"...Turbo-Capitalism: Winners and Losers in the Global Economy by Edward Luttwak HarperCollins, 290 pp., $26..."

Angela Davis Closes Out UT's Inaugural Black Matters Conference
Educator and former political prisoner captivates with keynote address
News Story  October 6, 2016, by Kahron Spearman
"...She hailed the works and analyses of black radical/anti-capitalist writers, especially Cedric Williams, whom she noted "insisted that capitalism was erected on the backs of black people and people of color. Capitalism is, in fact, racial capitalism." Davis also amplified support for black feminists, queer radicals, and others willing to walk the road to press forward without compromise, "because what is radical for some may not be radical for others."..."

Gay Place: We do!
It's the Fourth! Celebrate the rainbow and the Pink, White, and Sky Blue!
Columns  July 2, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...Not ready for nuptials? Kinda "over" the rainbow? Over the red, whine, and blue as well? Well, so is the Revolutionary Alliance of Trans People Against Capitalism (RATPAC) and they are hosting F*ck the Fourth featuring our favorite mad rapper: Houston's Biz Vicious. This werd magnate will dress you down, dress you back up, and wrap you up in a cuddlepuddle..."

Letters at 3AM: That Word 'Oligarchy'
Oligarchy is upon us, claw and beak, and has been for some time
Columns  July 10, 2014, by Michael Ventura
"...On September 15, 2012, The Economist ran a two-paragraph item way back on p.58: Polls reported the "striking finding ... that capitalism's reputation is severely dented..."

Letters at 3AM: Snyder 'R' Us
Despite the illusion of autonomy, we have been colonized by the Oligarchy
Columns  June 12, 2014, by Michael Ventura
"...• Gradually arrange things so that almost all the money you pay them is returned to the Oligarchy through one or another of their shopping and financial choices. (The people buy more cheaply than was possible in classic entrepreneurial capitalism, but their money leaves town..."

Letters at 3AM: Flash Mob Dance Revolution: Part 1
It is only a matter of time before an interconnected world work force begins to ask, 'Who are we really working for?'
Columns  November 4, 2011, by Michael Ventura
"...Subtitle: "The Worldwide End of Capitalism and Its Replacement by a Mode of Commerce for Which, as Yet, There Is No Ism."..."

Happenings
March 27-April 3
News Story  March 28, 2008
"...ROBIN HAHNEL The American University economics professor gives two talks questioning the assumption that there is no alternative to capitalism. TINA Be Damned: Alternatives to Corporate Capitalism: Noon, UT campus, CMA Building Room 5.160..."

Happy Death Day 2U
Comedy-horror sequel is less Halloween, more Groundhog Day
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Film Review  February 15, 2019, by Danielle White
"...The concept is perfectly millennial – we who get our kicks proliferating memes that turn the idea of death into a joke. We long for it, just the sweet release to free us from the crushing weight of student debt and the adverse effects of decades of rampant capitalism..."

Generation Wealth
Greed isn't good. But didn't we know that already?
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Film Review  August 3, 2018, by Danielle White
"...Without much of a focus or any type of overarching narrative, the film is an indictment of capitalism (yusss) and all of us (okay?) for creating a world in which 14 seasons of Keeping Up With the Kardashians is allowed to exist. Everything is terrible, but we knew that already..."

Page Two: Vote No on Prop 1
You mean the election already happened?
Columns  May 12, 2016, by Louis Black
"...If any of this was real it would be one thing. This was not a vote on capitalism or fingerprinting or cabs over ridesharing, or traditional businesses against emerging businesses driven by new technology..."

Where to Invade Next
Michael Moore finds American idealism alive and well – abroad
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Film Review  February 12, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...Documentary provocateur and smart-alecky, social-justice journalist Michael Moore has been absent from theatres for going on six years now. His last feature, 2009’s Capitalism: A Love Story found the Michigan native so mired in polemics that he sucked all the fun out of his own movie..."

We're Still Here
Assessing the continuing black Austin experience
News Story  January 7, 2016, by Kahron Spearman
"...I grew up in the projects of East Austin. I want that person to have their house on Cat Mountain, but if they got a pocket full of money and they care about that community that they grew up in, why don't they leave some of that money around in the community and do business? This conversation is about capitalism."..."

The Hightower Report: Turning Human Misery Into Corporate Profits
Corporations use the courts to prey on financially devastated Americans
News Column  April 2, 2015, by Jim Hightower
"...This boom in vulture capitalism is disgusting – but, worse, it's subsidized by us taxpayers! We pay for that judicial system – the judges, courtrooms, and endless rounds of hearings. Predatory debt corporations have perverted our so-called justice system into their own subsidiary for squeezing profits out of destitute debtors...."

Jupiter Ascending
The Wachowskis' space opera starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum is a visual dazzler but a narrative splice-and-dice.
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Film Review  February 6, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...While the totality of Jupiter Ascending is just too much for its own massive narrative heft to support, kudos to the Wachowskis for beating back against mainstream Hollywood by casting actors of all races and genders in key roles, something they’ve been doing since their 1996 debut Bound. Their latest, however, works far better as a thinly veiled critique of consumptive capitalism than it does as a femme-empowerment manifesto..."

Two Days, One Night
Marion Cotillard becomes the face of the working class in the latest Dardenne brothers' gem of social realism.
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Film Review  February 6, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...For the past 18 years and over the course of six feature films, Belgian filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have carefully chronicled the lives of the underprivileged, the unemployed, and the lost souls who invariably get discarded, as modernity and capitalism move inexorably forward in a society that neither cares for nor wants anything to do with them. These stories of abandoned children, undocumented immigrants, and people pushed to the margins of society have wowed critics (two Palme d’Ors, putting them in rare company) and influenced more than a few directors (paging Darren Aronofsky), but apart from the arthouse crowd, their films have not made much of an impact here in the States..."

Inherent Vice
Highbrow mixes with lowbrow in Paul Thomas Anderson's screen adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel.
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Film Review  January 9, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...And with that (and Can’s “Vitamin C”), we are dropped into Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 California noir novel, set in Los Angeles circa 1970. The Summer of Love has been forever crippled by Altamont, Charles Manson, and California’s land-grab capitalism (shades of Chinatown), and Nixon’s silent majority lurks in the background like a Leviathan..."

Cheap Thrills
This grisly, dark comedy is last year's winner of Fantastic Fest's Midnighters Audience Award.
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Film Review  March 21, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...the morphing version of reality that comes from too much sex, drugs, and not enough moolah. Above all, though, it's about the divisive nature of greed, and a creepy-funny broadside against capitalism itself..."

The AggreGAYtor: December 16
What happened today in gay? Here’s your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
DAILY Qmmunity  December 16, 2013
"...Gay rights have killed capitalism, and freedom, because they mean the same thing...."

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