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"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Clearly Ms. Seidelman is a socialist and prefers socialism to capitalism, hence her free lunch preference for Europe..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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 ....."
"...The capitalist system cannot function that way. Capitalism needs workers to exploit..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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)..."
"...The world learned modern capitalism from America. We were supposedly the experts..."
"...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..."
"...Either way, no money changed hands. Or at least that's the way it was until American-style capitalism came knocking...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...Thanks, Austin Chronicle. One point of contention. I am not sure many of the readers and writers know what capitalism means..."
"...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...."
"...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?..."
"...West: But I don't think we can blame the problems of late, late, super-late capitalism solely on the Internet...."
"...Turbo-Capitalism: Winners and Losers in the Global Economy by Edward Luttwak HarperCollins, 290 pp., $26..."
"...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."..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...• 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..."
"...Subtitle: "The Worldwide End of Capitalism and Its Replacement by a Mode of Commerce for Which, as Yet, There Is No Ism."..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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."..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Gay rights have killed capitalism, and freedom, because they mean the same thing...."