Pegged to the 2008-09 Great Recession, "Money for Nothing: Inside the
A chorus of talking heads blames the recession on former Fed chair
Writer-director Jim Bruce, a veteran film editor who has also dabbled in financial newsletters and short trades, has serviceably streamlined a sprawling topic into something accessible, succinctly illustrating the causes and effects of the Fed's evolution. He's laboriously pieced fragmented sound bites from various interviewees together into coherent sentences as if they came in a Magnetic Poetry kit. Thumbing through this flip-book of experts — some seem better credentialed than others — can be a blur, but their cautioning about a Greek-style government debt bubble is hard to ignore.
"Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve." No MPAA rating. Running time: 1 hour, 44 minutes. At Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex, Santa Monica.