The House Always Wins

Can anyone out there tell me exactly what the hell happened with this whole subprime-loan fiasco that apparently completely screwed up the economy and led to $12 trillion and counting of our hard-earned American dollars disappearing into the bottomless coffers of Wall Street? Anyone? Because all I’ve heard on the topic is a bunch of talking heads going on about greedy people trying to live beyond their means — and sorry, Rush Limbaugh, but I’m not sure that “white guilt” is a viable explanation for this clusterfuck in which we’ve found ourselves. Michael Moore has an answer in the form of a film to be released October 2 — Capitalism: A Love Story. But you don’t have to wait that long; another film addressing the subject, American Casino, opens today at Starz FilmCenter in the Tivoli.

“I think the filmmakers came in at a really interesting point in their filmmaking, when all of this was going on, to sort of capture that moment in a bottle and give a little bit of explanation as to what did happen and why it happened,” says Starz programming director Keith Garcia.

American Casino screens at 5 and 7:45 p.m. today, then runs through September 17; tickets are $6 to $9.50. Visit www.denverfilm.org or call 303-595-3456.
Sept. 11-17, 2009

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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