Tower Heist

Tower Heist is a really funny movie about a group of regular guys whose pensions get stolen by a Bernie Madoff kind of guy. The building manager, played by Ben Stiller feels called into action when one of the employees under him tries to commit suicide. He goes after the thief, played by Alan Alda, and get fired but then he assembles a rag tag team of employees and an acquaintance from his childhood with a criminal past to bring down the swindler. The reason why this person brings Madoff to mind is that he remains under house arrest in his luxury penthouse after squandering other peoples pensions. While he has been Mr. Nice guy up to this point, his condescending attitude towards the employees in the building in which he lives becomes quite apparent. This film struck a core with middle and working class Americans after the housing bust in 2008. Moviegoers got to live vicariously through the characters that brought down the embezzler and were very happy with the outcome. It was a very smart film to make at that time and definitely reflects the period in which it was made. The documentary, The Inside Job, is a must see for people like me that really don’t understand economics and what happened. Narrated by Matt Damon, it exposes the operations and attitudes that led up to our current recession. It made me pretty hot under the collar but it was necessary to see and it clarified many things for me. I would very much like to see more people going to jail for what they have done. But as the film outlines, some of the scum buckets actually ended up in government positions. Like I said on Facebook, what a wonderful world it would be if smart people who have a damn about human rights ruled the world. I’ll let you know what I think of Inequality for All after I see it but my current preference for the next presidential election is a combination of Warren and Reich. They seem to know what they are doing.

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