Monthly Archives: January 2016

Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes)

Argentinian black comedy with six short stories involving distressed people, nominated for the Oscar in 2015 (Best Foreign Language Film). It’s about hatred making people to act like crazy beasts.

Director: Damián Szifrón (as Damián Szifron)
Writer: Damián Szifrón (as Damián Szifron)
Stars: Darío Grandinetti, María Marull, Mónica Villa

122 minutes.

My rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars

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Why Economists Failed to Predict the Crisis and How to Avoid the Next One

The London School of Economics and Political Science has been a great job publishing its lectures as podcasts. I very often hear them, to maintain the contact with Economics. One I recently heard was Professor Lord Desay’s “Hubris: Why Economists Failed to Predict the Crisis and How to Avoid the Next One.” He presented his book of the same title. For me it was specially interesting, since he covered some methodological aspects of Economics as discipline that I’ve been researching myself.

He did it in a manner that I call “Economics for adults.” Economists have been accused of loosing contact with reality for years. I have to admit it is true and one of the most significant issues for the profession. The problem is that we have very solid mathematical models, based on a very fragile theoretical and philosophical basis and often based on ideological presuppositions and political wishing. Professor Desay made an analysis, even if superficial, of these issues. Watch the video:

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The Revenant

 The movie is visually very beautiful. Nature is wonderful and harsh, but men are worst. You need to be strong to survive both.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter
156 minutes

 

 

My rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars

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The Salt of the Earth

mmt807-flatpackThe world is so beautiful, but also so sad. One has to find happiness in small things. The movie is about the life and work of the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world, including Africa and Latin America.

Directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Written by Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier

110 minutes (it seems longer, as it is a dense movie).

My rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars

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