Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream
Park Avenue: Money and the American Dream is a 2012 documentary film about the wealth gap in the United States directed by Alex Gibney. The documentary compares the access to opportunities of residents of Park Avenue both on the Upper East Side and in the South Bronx, it draws upon Michael Gross's book 740 Park: The Story of the World's Richest Apartment Building, which showed that many billionaires live in that building. It goes on to explain that billionaire heir David Koch made significant donations to Paul Ryan in the same way that banker Steven Schwartzman lobbied Charles Schumer—for their own gain; the documentary includes interviews with a doorman at 740 Park Avenue, journalist Jane Mayer, Yale University Professor Jacob Hacker, University of California, Berkeley Professor Paul Piff, Republican advisor Bruce Bartlett. Reviewing it for The New York Times, Neil Genzlinger deplored the fact that the documentary equated great wealth with "callousness," adding that many wealthy people are generous with their resources.
In The Daily Telegraph, Neil Midgley compared it to Michael Moore's documentaries. He went on to suggest that it was "not unconvincing," calling it "demagoguery." He concluded that it was "a poor contribution." Writing for The New York Observer, Kim Velsey suggested, "the documentary unfurls like a crime story." She concluded that the documentary "makes a compelling case that inequality imperils democracy and that the victims of the inequality include not only those who find themselves in the expanding underclass, but the American dream itself." The film was the subject of a WNET scheduling controversy in 2012. Park Avenue: Money and the American Dream on IMDb
Taxi to the Dark Side
Taxi to the Dark Side is a 2007 American documentary film directed by Alex Gibney, produced by him, Eva Orner, Susannah Shipman. It won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, it focuses on the December 2002 killing of an Afghan taxi driver named Dilawar, beaten to death by American soldiers while being held in extrajudicial detention and interrogated at a black site at Bagram air base. It was part of the Why Democracy? series, which consisted of ten documentary films from around the world questioning and examining contemporary democracy. As part of this series, the documentary was broadcast in over 30 countries from October 8–18, 2007; the BBC showed the film in its Storyville series. Taxi to the Dark Side examines US policy on torture and interrogation the CIA's use of torture and their research into sensory deprivation; the film includes discussions against the use of torture by political and military opponents, as well as the defense of such methods. The documentary background to the death of Dilawar, an Afghan peanut farmer, who gave up farming to become a taxi driver, who died after several days of beating at Bagram detention center.
Dilawar left his home of Yakubi in eastern Afghanistan in the autumn of 2002, investing his family money in a new taxi to make money in a larger city. On 1 December 2002 he and three passengers were handed over to US military officials by a local Afghan warlord, accused of organising an attack on Camp Salerno; the warlord was found guilty of the attack himself, but had been ingratiating himself by handing over alleged terrorists. Dilawar was held at the prison at Bagram Air Base, given the prisoner number BT421. Chained from the ceiling, he received multiple attacks on his thighs, a standard technique viewed as "permissible" and non-life-threatening, it is that the severe attack caused a blood clot which killed him. His official death certificate created by the US military to pass to his family, with his body, was marked "homicide". Medical conclusion stated that Dilawar's legs were "pulpified" and, had he lived, would have required amputation; the film explores the background of sanctioned "torture" since 9/11 in contravention of the Geneva Convention and looks at the exposures of Abu Graib.
Interviews include Tim Golden of The New York Times who brought the case into the international spotlight, Moazzam Begg, a British citizen imprisoned at the same time, witness to the events. Military interviewees include Damien Corsetti the main interrogator, Sgt Anthony Morden. Cpt Christopher Beiring explains; the documentary claims that of the over 83,000 people incarcerated by US forces in Afghanistan up to 2007, 93 percent were captured by local militiamen and exchanged for US bounty payments. That 105 detainees had died in captivity and that 37 of these deaths had been classified as homicides up to 2007; the film looks at Guantánamo Bay and how the same techniques were implemented there. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 28, 2007. Taxi to the Dark Side appeared on some critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2008. Premiere magazine named it the fifth best film of 2008, Bill White of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer named it the seventh-best film of 2008.
The film scored 100% for critic approval, out of 91 reviews, on Rotten Tomatoes. It was named by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as one of 15 films on its documentary feature Oscar shortlist in November 2007, won the Oscar on February 24, 2008. In his acceptance speech for the "Best Documentary Feature" Academy Award, Gibney said: This is dedicated to two people who are no longer with us, the young Afghan taxi driver, my father, a navy interrogator who urged me to make this film because of his fury about what was being done to the rule of law. Let's hope we can move away from the dark side and back to the light, it won a Peabody Award in 2007 "for its sober, meticulous argument that what happened to a hapless Afghani was not an aberration but, the inevitable result of a consciously approved, widespread policy." Additionally, Gibney received the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Documentary Screenplay at the 60th Writers Guild of America Awards. In June 2007, the Discovery Channel bought the rights to broadcast Taxi to the Dark Side.
However, in February 2008, it made public its intention never to broadcast the documentary due to its controversial nature. HBO bought rights to the film and announced that it would be broadcast in September 2008, after which the Discovery Channel announced it would broadcast Taxi to the Dark Side in 2009. In June 2008, Gibney's company filed for arbitration, arguing that THINKFilm failed to properly distribute and promote the film following its release and Oscar win. Standard Operating Procedure Torturing Democracy Jan Baz Mohammed al-Qahtani – Guantanamo detainee discussed in the film Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse Extraordinary rendition by the United States Christopher Beiring Canadian Afghan detainee abuse scandal Bagram torture and prisoner abuse List of films with a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a film review aggregator website Washington Post - Down a Dark Road by Richard Leiby BBC News - Torture film wins Tribeca award Variety review by Jay Weissberg Interview with Taxi to the Dark Side director Alex Gibney at Filmmaker Magazine Pullquote review Taxi to the Dark Side on IMDb
The "Confiteor" is one of the prayers that can be said during the Penitential Act at the beginning of Mass of the Roman Rite in the Catholic Church. It is said in the Lutheran Church at the beginning of the Divine Service, by some Anglo-catholic Anglicans before Mass; the prayer is ended by the people. While the original Eastern liturgies begin with a confession of sin made by the celebrant alone, the earliest records of the Roman Rite all describe the Mass as beginning at the Introit, but the celebrant may have used a Confiteor-like confession of sinfulness as one of the private prayers he said in the sacristy before he began Mass. Only in the 10th or 11th century is there any evidence of the preparation being made at the altar. Outside of Mass some prayers similar to the Confiteor appear earlier; the "Canonical Rule" of Chrodegang of Metz recommends: "First of all prostrate yourself humbly in the sight of God... and pray Blessed Mary with the holy Apostles and Martyrs and Confessors to pray to the Lord for you."
And Ecgbert of York gives a short form, the germ of our present prayer: "Say to him to whom you wish to confess your sins: through my fault that I have sinned exceedingly in thought and deed." In answer the confessor says exactly the Misereatur. The Confiteor is first found quoted as part of the introduction of the Mass in Bernold of Constance; the Misereatur and Indulgentiam follow, the former different but the latter as it was in the Tridentine Missal. The Tridentine form of the Confiteor is found in the 14th-century "Ordo Romanus XIV" with only a slight modification, is found word for word in a decree of the Third Council of Ravenna; the form, the list of saints invoked, varied in the Middle Ages. The Carthusian and Dominican Orders, whose Missals, having existed for more than 200 years before 1570, were still allowed, had forms of Confiteor that differed from that in the Tridentine Missal; these three forms were quite short, contained only one "mea culpa". Moreover, some other orders had the privilege of adding the name of their founder after that of St. Paul.
The Franciscans for instance inserted the name of Francis of Assisi, many Benedictine houses added the name of their founder, St. Benedict; the local patron was inserted at the same place in a few local uses. To what is here taken from the Catholic Encyclopedia one can add the text of an elaborate form of the Confiteor found in the Paenitentiale Vallicellanum II, attributed to the 9th century: The text of the Confiteor in the 1970 Missal is as follows: The form in the Tridentine Roman Missal is longer and is said twice, first by the priest in the following form by the altar server, who replaces the words "et vobis, fratres", "et vos, fratres" with "et tibi, pater" and "et te, pater". In the Tridentine editions of the Roman Missals, if a priest celebrated Mass in the presence of the Pope or a cardinal, or of a nuncio, a patriarch, a metropolitan archbishop or a diocesan bishop within their own jurisdictions, he changed "et vobis, fratres", "et vos, fratres" into "et tibi, pater" and "et te, pater" when reciting his own Confiteor.
Until 1969, the Confiteor was spoken twice at the beginning of Mass, after the recitation of Psalm 42/43, once by the priest and once by the server or by the deacon and subdeacon. It was said, once only, before Communion was distributed to the faithful, until Pope John XXIII in his 1960 Code of Rubrics had it omitted when Communion was distributed within Mass; as the Tridentine Missal did not envisage any distribution of Communion to the faithful within Mass, it was the rite of giving Communion to the faithful outside of Mass, used within Mass. The Roman Ritual required recitation of the Confiteor before administration of Extreme Unction and the imparting of the Apostolic Blessing to a dying person; the Ritual's prescription that a penitent should begin their confession by reciting at least the opening words of the Confiteor was not observed. The Caeremoniale Episcoporum of the time laid down that, when a bishop sings high Mass, the deacon should sing the Confiteor after the sermon and before the bishop granted an indulgence.
This custom, the only occasion on which the Confiteor was to be sung rather than recited, had fallen into disuse before the twentieth century. In the Liturgy of the Hours, the Confiteor was said at Compline. Since 1969, the Roman Ritual, the Caeremoniale Episcoporum, the Liturgy of the Hours no longer require recitation of this particular prayer. At Mass controversy has accompanied the post-Vatican II change from the Confiteor being said by the ministers alone before the priest ascends the altar, to a rite within the Mass; the new Ritual describes the purpose of the introductory rite as "to make the assembled people a unified community and to prepare them properly to listen to God’s word and to celebrate the eucharist". Liturgical theologians ask "why run the risk of individualizing members of the assembly in a penitential mode after they have gathered as a worshipping community?" Tridentine editions of the Roman Missal prescribed that the priest should make a profound bow to the altar while reciting the Confiteor with joined hands and that he should remain bowed until the server or servers began their recitation of the Confiteor.
Zero Days is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Alex Gibney. It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. Zero Days covers the phenomenon surrounding the Stuxnet computer virus and the development of the malware software known as "Olympic Games." It concludes with discussion over the Iran Nuclear Deal. David E. Sanger Emad Kiyaei, Director External Affairs at the American Iranian Council, Eric Chien Liam O'Murchu Colonel Gary D. Brown, staff judge advocate of the United States Cyber Command Gary Samore Chris Inglis, NSA Deputy Director 2006-2014 Amos Yadlin Yossi Melman Yuval Steinitz Eugene Kaspersky Vitaly Kamluk Michael Hayden Olli Heinonen Ralph Langner, German control system security consultant Richard A. Clarke Rolf Mowatt-Larssen Seán Paul McGurk, Department of Homeland Security Director of Cybersecurity 2008-2011 Sergey Ulasen Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes collected 66 reviews as of May 6, 2017, of which 91% were positive.
The site's consensus states: "Factors beyond Gibney's control prevent Zero Days from offering a comprehensive look at its subject, but the partial picture that emerges remains as frightening as it is impossible to ignore." Metacritic gave the film a score of 77/100 based on 23 critics. Writing for RogerEbert.com, Godfrey Cheshire praised Zero Days as "Easily the most important film anyone has released this year, it is a documentary that deserves to be seen by every sentient citizen of this country—and indeed the world." Zero Days was among 15 films shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary, but did not receive an Oscar nomination. The film won a documentary film Peabody Award in 2017 and was nominated for Best Documentary Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America. Zero Days was released digitally on Amazon Video and iTunes on December 6, 2016, broadcast on BBC Four in the Storyville strand in the UK on January 16, 2017, DVD on January 17, 2017. Zero Days on IMDb Zero Days at Rotten Tomatoes
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer is a documentary directed by Alex Gibney about former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and the sex scandal that derailed his political career. It premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival on April 24, 2010. Gibney made the film with on-camera cooperation from Spitzer; the director shared ideas and information with writer Peter Elkind, who wrote the book “Rough Justice: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer". "Angelina" – Escort, Co-Worker of Ashley Dupré at Emperors Club VIP Mike Balboni – Deputy Secretary for Public Safety to Governor Spitzer Wayne Barrett – Senior Editor, The Village Voice Richard Beattie – Legal Counsel to the Independent Directors of AIG Zana Brazdek– Formerly of Emperors Club VIP Joe Bruno – NY Senate Majority Leader, 1994-2008 David Brown – Former Staff Lawyer to Attorney General Spitzer Lloyd Constantine – Former Spitzer Advisor Fred Dicker – New York Post State Editor Darren Dopp – Communications Director to Attorney General Spitzer Peter Elkind – Author of Rough Justice: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer Karen Finley – Performance Artist Robert Graham – Former Gen Re Counsel Maurice “Hank” Greenberg – Former Chairman and CEO of AIG Noreen Harrington – Former Executive, Stern Asset Management Scott Horton – Professor, Columbia Law School John Houldsworth – Former CEO of Gen Re Subsidiary Ken Langone – Chairman and CEO of Invemed Associates Elizabet Monrad – Former CFO of Gen Re "Natalia" – Former Escort Jimmy Siegel – Media Consultant Kristian Stiles – National Finance Director to Eliot Spitzer Roger Stone – Political Consultant Cecil Suwal – Former CEO of Emperors Club VIP Hulbert Waldroup – Painter John Whitehead – Former Chairman Goldman Sachs On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 91% based on 69 reviews, an average rating of 7.3/10.
On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 68 out of 100, based on 24 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Official website Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer on IMDb Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer at Rotten Tomatoes
The Looming Tower (miniseries)
The Looming Tower is an American drama web television miniseries, based on the book of the same name by Lawrence Wright, that premiered on February 28, 2018, on Hulu. The series consists of ten episodes and was created and executive produced by Dan Futterman, Alex Gibney, Wright. Futterman acted as showrunner for the series and Gibney directed the first episode; the series stars an ensemble cast featuring Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim, Wrenn Schmidt, Bill Camp, Louis Cancelmi, Virginia Kull, Ella Rae Peck, Sullivan Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Peter Sarsgaard. The Looming Tower traces the "rising threat of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s and how the rivalry between the FBI and CIA during that time may have inadvertently set the path for the tragedy of 9/11, it follows members of the I-49 Squad in New York and Alec Station in Washington, D. C. the counter-terrorism divisions of the FBI and CIA as they travel the world fighting for ownership of information while working toward the same goal – trying to prevent an imminent attack on U.
S. soil." Jeff Daniels as John O'Neill, the chief of the New York FBI's Counterterrorism Center known as "I-49". He is convinced that the United States has been targeted for attack by Al Qaeda but is faced with hostility from other agencies of the federal government from the CIA. Tahar Rahim as Ali Soufan, a Muslim Lebanese-American FBI agent on John O'Neill's I-49 counterterrorism squad who becomes his protégé, he is infuriated by the perversion of Islam by enemies of the United States and goes so far as to go undercover in terrorists' gathering spaces, in order to hunt Al Qaeda and prevent attacks. Wrenn Schmidt as Diane Marsh, a CIA analyst who works under Martin Schmidt. Similar to Schmidt, she believes that the CIA is uniquely positioned to combat terrorist attacks and therefore decides to conceal information from the FBI; the character is based on at least three people within the CIA including Alfreda Frances Bikowsky. Bill Camp as Robert Chesney, an FBI veteran in New York's counterterrorism unit.
About to retire, he uses his skills at interrogation to extract important intelligence from suspects in the struggle against terrorist threats. Chesney has been described as the most composited of all the main characters with Soufan commenting that he is "at least four people." Louis Cancelmi as Vince Stuart, an FBI agent embedded into CIA's Alec Station. His assignment imposes the responsibility of making sure that the FBI receives all the same intelligence the CIA does, his presence at the CIA is met with severe distrust. The character is based on FBI agent Mark Rossini. Virginia Kull as Kathy Shaughnessy, an FBI agent in the I-49 counterterrorism squad who works with Floyd Bennet. Ella Rae Peck as Heather, a special education teacher from Ohio who begins to see Soufan, their dates are being interrupted by his work for the FBI. She finds the secretive nature of his job a difficult obstacle to overcome in their relationship. Sullivan Jones as Floyd Bennet, an FBI agent in the I-49 counterterrorism squad who works with Kathy Shaughnessy.
He is a former member of the New York State Police SWAT Team. Michael Stuhlbarg as Richard Clarke, the National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, Counterterrorism and the chief counterterrorism adviser on the United States National Security Council. Peter Sarsgaard as Martin Schmidt, the chief of "Alec Station", a section of the CIA Counterterrorism Center. Schmidt butts heads with O'Neill after deciding to withhold information from him believing that the CIA is the only agency prepared to combat potential terrorist threats; the character is based on former CIA Officer Michael Scheuer. Katie Flahive as Amy, a CIA analyst working in Alec Station. Jenny Paul as Maureen, a CIA analyst working in Alec Station. Erica Cho as Leigh, a CIA analyst working in Alec Station. Jamie Neumann as Toni-Ann Marino, an FBI agent in O’Neill’s I-49 counterterrorism squad. Tawfeek Barhom as Khalid al-Mihdhar, one of five hijackers of American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon as part of the September 11 attacks.
Samer Bisharat as Khallad, a Yemeni terrorist that helped in the preparation of the 1998 East Africa Embassy bombings and the USS Cole bombing and acted as a bodyguard to Osama bin Laden. Annie Parisse as Liz, a collegiate English professor with whom O'Neill is having an affair in New York. Nasser Faris as Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of the co-founders of al-Qaeda. Sharon Washington as Judith, a CIA analyst working in Alec Station. Michael Quinlan as General O'Keefe Ken Arnold as General Stetson Jordan Lage as Mr. Kearns, one of ten commissioners overseeing the 9/11 Commission in 2002. Kimberly S. Fairbanks as Ms. McCabe, one of ten commissioners overseeing the 9/11 Commission in 2002. July Namir as Hoda Hada, the wife of Khalid al-Mihdhar. Ibrahim Renno as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the leader of al-Qaeda's propaganda operations and the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks. Nebras Jamali as Nawaf al-Hazmi, one of five hijackers of American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon as part of the September 11 attacks.
Craig Wroe as Leonard Bliss, the CIA chief of the Near East Division and superior of Schmidt and Marsh. Jill Dalton as Beverly Alec Baldwin as George Tenet, the CIA Director. Yul Vazquez as Jason Sanchez, the assistant director of the FBI in the New York office and superior of O'Neill. Youssef Berouain as Mohamad al-Owhali, an al-Qaeda member who took part in the 1998 United States embassy bombings. Katie Finneran as Sheri, a woman with whom O'Neill is having an affair in Washington, D. C. Mohamad Ashraf as Walla Ayman Samman as Anas al-Liby, a computer specialist for al-Qaeda who takes part in the 1998 United States embassy bombings. Zaki Youssef as Abu Jandal, a Yemeni member of al-Qa