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Something Ventured
Something Ventured (2011)

Starring: Arthur Rock, Tom Perkins, Gordon Moore, Jimmy Treybig
Director: Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller

“Writing the check is the easy part.” Genentech, Apple, Intel, Cisco, Oracle, … none of them would exist, nor would hundreds of others that created billions of dollars worth of new wealth by delivering new inventions.  More than the money – though there was that – venture capitalists brought expertise in management and marketing, guiding start-ups,... (See the whole review)

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2016: Obama
2016: Obama's America (2012)

Starring: Dinesh D'Souza
Director: Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan

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Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged

Starring: John Allison, Clifford Asness

This documentary is being released on DVD on April 3, 2012. ... (See the whole review)

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Inside Job
Inside Job (2010)

I saw Inside Job. Both critics and viewers have rated it highly (A- on Yahoo, 97% and 86% on Rotten Tomatoes). It is nominated for Best Documentary at the next Academy Awards. It is described on Yahoo as: "A comprehensive analysis exposing the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over... (See the whole review)

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Westinghouse
Westinghouse (2008)

Starring: George Westinghouse, Nikola Telsa, Thomas Edison, Carol Lee Espy (narrator)
Director: Mark Bussler and Edwin K. Reis

"George Westinghouse is considered America’s greatest industrialist ... The Westinghouse air brake is considered one of the most important inventions in history. Automobile shock absorbers, railroad signaling and the modern day weekend all owe their existence to [Westinghouse].  He was an honest millionaire in the days of robber barons, an optimist... (See the whole review)

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I Want Your Money
I Want Your Money (2010)

Starring: Steve Forbes, Andrew Breitbart, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee
Director: Ray Griggs

Bittersweet. The funniest (comedic) documentary of a tragedy that I've ever seen. One of the most excellent, meant-to-be-mainstream illustrations of abstract ideas I have ever seen. It combines the simpleness of the "What is Capitalism?" documentaries of the 1950's with the attention-holding animations of a modern day "Shrek." We Objectivists shoul... (See the whole review)

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The Cartel
The Cartel

I haven't seen this movie, an attack on New Jersey teachers' unions, but looks good.  It's getting a wide commercial release and respectful reviews from non-partisan sources. ... (See the whole review)

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Great Conductors of the Third Reich: Art in the Service of Evil
Great Conductors of the Third Reich: Art in the Service of Evil (1997)

Starring: Karl Böhm, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Clemens Kraus, Herbert Von Karajan

If we like to see the rebirth of reason, should not we learn what went wrong the last time. Germany was one of the most civilized and educated countries; some of the brightest minds were teaching in their universities; German theaters, operas, museums, philosophy, science, engineering were the best in the world. Yet, their deeds were evil. ... (See the whole review)

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Capitalism, A Love Story
Capitalism, A Love Story (2009)

Starring: Michael Moore

This is the most blatant of Moore's anti-capitalist films to date, I believe.  (I've missed a few, somehow...)  The fortunate thing that I noticed first at one of the very first showings, at the only theater in the OC actually showing the flick, was how very few people were in attendance.  Clearly Regal Cinema expected a massive turnout, as the att... (See the whole review)

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Soldiers of Conscience
Soldiers of Conscience (2007)

Director: Gary Weinberg & Catherine Ryan

During World War II more than 75% of combat troops chose not to fire at the enemy. ... (See the whole review)

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The First World War
The First World War (2005)

While Americans tend to see WWII as the seminal event of the last century, in actuality, it is merely one of the many events set in motion by the true great tragedy of our age, the Great War. This ten hour video series, available on DVD or airing on the Military Channel, is a splendid introduction to the facts and the reasons behind the fact... (See the whole review)

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Ramsay
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (UK) (2004-2008)

Starring: Chef Gordon Ramsay

Capitalism Cooked Correctly Unfortunately, there are not many TV programs that positively demonstrate the virtues of capitalism like "Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares." And after watching a single episode, you will understand why. The program follows celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay in his attempts to bring sound business practices to failing ... (See the whole review)

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Commanding Heights
Commanding Heights (2002)

I have just finished watching the first of three PBS DVDs of Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy and was impressed. I expect the following two disks to be just as good. The first DVD details the struggle over the years between Keynes and Hayek for pre-eminence. I was surprised with the degree of impartiality in the presentation fro... (See the whole review)

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Shanghai Ghetto
Shanghai Ghetto

Something I never knew before. European Jews, under increasing Nazi persecution, were able to leave Germany and Europe, and live in relative safety (albeit poverty) in Shanghai, China throughout the war.  ... (See the whole review)

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Obsession
Obsession (2007)

Going out to rent it now .

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What the Bleep Do We Know!?
What the Bleep Do We Know!? (2004)

Starring: Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix, Robert Bailey Jr, Armin Shimmerman
Director: William Arntz

After reading the exchanges about this film on a related thread in the General Forum of this site, and having reviewed The Secret here earlier, I decided to make the time to watch and review this film.  Fortunately, I located a streaming video of it on Google Video.  This means you will not need to pay for a film with a questionable agenda and appa... (See the whole review)

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The Secret
The Secret (2006)

Starring: John Hagelin, John Gray, Denis Waitley, Marie Diamond
Director: Drew Heriot

The Law of Attraction -- Subjectivist Style The self-help and actualization movement (SHAM) in America today offers two polar opposites of empowerment and victimization.  The former argues that anyone can accomplish anything with enough force of will while the latter claims that everyone ultimately has no control and that someone or somethin... (See the whole review)

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Cathouse
Cathouse (2002)

Starring: Dennis Hof, Madam Suzette, Isabella Soprano, Sunset Thomas
Director: Patti Kaplan

Introduction and Context Setting A valid philosophy requires the induction of abstract principles based on a suitable number of similar concretes.  When she developed Objectivism, Ayn Rand induced many such principles across all branches of philosophy.  In metaphysics, Objectivism contends that we all live in one reality and that each of us ... (See the whole review)

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Mondovino
Mondovino (2004)

Mondovino, Communino.  Tom(ay)to, tom(ah)to.  I thought since Sideways is currently up, I would go ahead and post this.  No matter how you pronouce it, this film has one agenda that can best be summed up by a statement from one of the peasants in the film--"The poor also have a right to make wine."  The beauty of it is that despite the films intent... (See the whole review)

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Civilization
Civilization

Starring: Kenneth Clark

Now available on DVD this is one of the highlights of BBC production from the past 30 years. Clark does not apologise for being an  elitist, he does not try to sink to the level of the average viewer. He is not interested in the viewer but the art and therefore we take him seriously.

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Ayn Rand:  A Sense of Life
Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (1998)

Starring: Sharon Gless (Narrator)
Director: Michael Paxton

Perhaps the most widely read philosopher of the 20th century, Ayn Rand has delighted and infuriated people of all ideologies and, like it or not, has helped to create the political realities we deal with every day. With Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life you can follow her life story, from her childhood in the turbulent years of revolution in her native Rus... (See the whole review)

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Frank Lloyd Wright - A film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Frank Lloyd Wright - A film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (1998)

A remarkable film on this architectural genius ably demonstrates both his genius and his struggle - the reasons for his struggle can be deduced from the commentary, while the visual presentation of the products of his genius is worth the price of admission ten times over! (See the whole review)

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Cosmos
Cosmos (1980)

Starring: Carl Sagan

"If you want to bake an apple pie from scratch, you first need to invent the universe." ... (See the whole review)

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