Friday, June 18, 2010
DVDebut: COLLAPSE -- watch this documentary and feel your scrotum tighten
Chris Smith, shown below) and his subject/star, Michael Ruppert. The latter is one fascinating fellow (he comes from a family that has served the USA for decades) who was formerly a police officer in the L.A.P.D. until he renounced that career, after seeing way too much corruption around him locally, nationally, worldwide. He's become a journalist/reporter/writer and a gadfly to our mainstream media, which he generally detests for its inability to do more than
parrot the party line.
newsletter that went out to his subscriber base, Ruppert predicted the current economic collapse long before it came to pass -- rather pointedly, too, with specific details (many of them on-the-mark) and timetable (off, by a little). Now, documentary and narrative filmmaker Smith (American Movie, The Yes Men, The Pool) has had a little sit-down chat with Ruppert, the result of which is called COLLAPSE, a film that should hold you riveted from pretty much its first moment through the last. Once you've seen the documentary, you'll want to watch the DVD bonus feature "update," as well -- which takes you through the end of 2009. All told, the film and that "update" comprise approximately 95 minutes. It's brief time well (if frighteningly) spent. And you may want to read Ruppert's book, on which the film is based, too.
connecting and learning can be considered entertainment. I believe they can. In fact, our brain actually craves this kind of thing, which we don't give it often enough.
There is even a moment in this unusual film in which Ruppert begins to choke up and must stop, briefly. Is this to do with loss, perhaps of family? We are not told. But the moment makes the man, for all his knowledge and strength, quite human. (In the "Bonus update," we learn he's a musician, too.) I'd like to meet him someday -- if we're around long enough.
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