ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail (2016, Steve James)

Categories: 2016 and Movies.

This film is about the only bank – the only bank! – to be indicted for mortgage fraud in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. It tells the story of a bank in New York City’s Chinatown which detected loan fraud, fired the employee responsible, reported the fraud to their regulator, fired additional employees when more fraud was discovered, and then was prosecuted by the District Attorney of New York City, because some of the fraudulent loans were sold to Fannie Mae, where they made money. Read More

Tickled (2016, David Farrier, Dylan reeve)

Categories: 2016 and Movies.

It’s rare for me to see a movie that shocks me, that leaves me unable to process what I’ve seen for hours afterward. But this is one such movie. The GF and I kept having parts of conversations for hours afterward where we attempted and failed to process what we had seen. You should see this if you’re interested in human behaviour, in how the internet changes behavour, in true crime or in real life mysteries. But I also strongly suggest you do not learn anything about the film before you see it. Just know that it’s not really about Read More

Sour Grapes (2016, Reuben Atlas, Jerry Rothwell)

Categories: 2016 and Movies.

It’s a rare thing for a movie to be both funny and suspenseful. It’s a far rarer thing for a documentary to be both funny and suspenseful. I was vaguely aware of what this film was about going into it – wine fraud – but the filmmakers construct their material with such skill that they have you laughing out loud and sitting on the edge of your seat (as much as you can in a wine fraud case) in turns. This is an exceptionally made film which balances are glee at seeing rich people get taken advantage of with a Read More

Art and Craft (2014, Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, Mark Becker)

Categories: 2014 and Movies.

This is a crazy story about a mentally handicapped man who is one of the greatest art forgers in US history, how he was exposed and, eventually accepted, if not outright celebrated. (Why was he never brought to justice? Well, I guess you’ll just have to watch the movie.) It’s an incredible story and Mark Landis is an incredible character. The film itself is not all it could be and, without having too much basis, I suspect it’s the three directors. The pacing is a little odd, and the way the story unfolds, though engaging, could be told in a Read More