The Retirement Gamble

Firing up a new spreadsheet tonight after watching this guy.

Frontline: The Retirement Gamble {pbs}

Interesting to learn that the tax-deferredness of 401(k)s was an accident and was “never intended to be available to everyone.” It was designed by rich guys as a way to not have to pay taxes on their income.

Now I think this blog is officially about everything and nothing at the same time.

The House I Live In {movie}

Eye-opening documentary about the war on drugs.

From the film:

Well, in any war, you’ve got to have an enemy. And when you think about the impact, particularly on poor people of color, you know, there are more African-Americans under correctional control today, in prisoner jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. And that’s something we haven’t been willing to look in the mirror and ask ourselves. What’s really going on? —Michelle Alexander

99¢ rental on iTunes this week.

Via {npr}.

Heads Up 56 Up

I really want to see this.

From On the Media:

In 1964, a documentary called Seven Up! sought to illustrate Britain’s entrenched class system through the stories of 14 seven-year-olds. Michael Apted, an assistant on that film crew, ended up expanding the project into a longitudinal series: every seven years, he has directed a new documentary that revisits the characters as they grow. One of the most memorable characters from the series is Tony Walker, a London cab driver. Brooke speaks with Michael and Tony about the 2012 installment of the series, 56 Up.

And here’s the trailer:

The Clock {film}

Christian Marclay’s “The Clock” {new yorker; no subscription required} is the world’s most ambitious mashup film. For each minute of film, a clip is taken from an existing film that shows a clock displaying that corresponding time.

In other words, after you’ve been watching the film for 36 minutes, the film is showing a minute-long clip from a movie that shows a physical clock at 12:36am. And so on, and so on, until the time reaches 11:59pm and you’ve been watching clocks for a full 24 hours, drawing from over 10,000 movie clips.

And two excerpts from the article:

And there are, of course, clocks galore. This includes clocks of the wall, mantel, grandfather and bedside-table variety; clocks on steeples, towers, dashboards and bombs; and clocks in train stations, shop windows and spaceships as well as the occasional hourglass and sundial. And then there are watches, which are smashed, pawned, handed down from father to son, and used as weapons. (All the James Bonds are here.) They slide down the wrists of murder victims, turn up at crime scenes and even provide forensic evidence.

Each afternoon, Marclay was presented fresh clips: the “catch of the day.” At first, he was merely collecting scattered files, but eventually he had enough to forge “hinges” between them. The more hinges he came up with, the more inventive they got. At 10:30 P.M., Marclay realized, a shot of David Strathairn, delivering the news as Edward R. Murrow in “Good Night, and Good Luck,” could slide into Dustin Hoffman, in “Tootsie,” watching television. To create continuity, the Murrow dialogue was extended into the “Tootsie” clip, at muffled volume.

And here’s a clip:

It played in New York, and will soon return, to the Lincoln Center this summer.

Life in a Day

Life in a Day {official site}:

A documentary shot by filmmakers all over the world [192 countries] that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010.

They took 80,000 submissions and 4,500 hours of footage, and turned it into a ninety minute film. I could’ve done without the symphonic soundtrack, but it was interesting to see.

Here’s the trailer: