I’m kicking off 2023 by trying to watch and review one movie every day for the first 90 days, all of which will be 90 minutes or less.
Title: Requiem for the American Dream
Release Date: April 18, 2015
Director: Peter D. Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, and Jared P. Scott
Production Company: PF Pictures | Naked City Films
Noam Chomsky, a professor of linguistics at MIT, is better known for being one of the more outspoken intellectuals on the left. This documentary is built on interviews with Chomsky where he discusses the great increase of income inequality in the United States since the early 1970s. The film is based on Chomsky’s book of the same name and in it he breaks down “The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power.” The interview sections are broken up with archival footage and animation based on the dollar bill. While I was already familiar with much of what Chomsky discusses in this film, I found his synthesis is well done and the movie serves as a good introduction to how we got to where we are now.