I’m a fan of progressive talk show host Thom Hartmann. Around a week ago I viewed a clip of his “video” radio show on YouTube where he recommended a film on Netflix. We watched it the other night and I want to pass along my recommendation.

The film is called The Laundromat and it stars Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas. The remaining cast if full of a number of stars you will recognize and it was directed by Steven Soderbergh.

The film is based on the events that were made public by the so-called “Panama Papers” and their “leaked” release a number of years ago. The papers exposed a number of people and corporations to their efforts to hide income in shell companies around the world. If you remember the events themselves, they included a number of bombshell revelations.

In any case, the film attempts to explain the financial workings behind how these shell corporations work and what they are hiding. That can be a very dry topic but this movie made it both entertaining and accessible. If you enjoyed The Big Short about the financial crisis of 2008, then you will enjoy this one too. They are similar in tone and outlook.

The only caveat in viewing such films is they tend to get you “pissed off” at the system….and to feel a combination of anger and powerlessness at a financial system that rewards the wealthy with more money while others continue to struggle. Yet, it is always useful to be informed, no matter how frustrated you might get.

In any case, looking for something to stream? Give it a chance. And, let me know what you think.


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