Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Stanford Prison Experiment!

Just a quick aside and movie recommendation.

Back in 1971 I remember a Life Magazine (yeah I'm old) featuring an article about a little experiment done during the summer at Stanford where a bunch of students, trying to pick up some grass money, volunteered to become either prison inmates or guards for two weeks. What happened was classic psychology. And expected.

The guards became power hungry assholes and the inmates became unhinged and timid. Gee,really?

Anyway a movie has been released about this "experiment". It's not a documentary, its an actual film with actors and directors and writers. And it is fascinating, frightening and features some of the best young acting talent I have ever seen.

Go see it before it goes away. It will keep you captivated the entire time. It will make you wonder what you would do in this situation. It will make you angry, sad and bewildered. And you can go home and look up all this young acting talent on IMDB since you will go "where have I seen him before" or "wow that guy is good and I want to see more"

Never thought these words would come out of anyone's mouth, but one of the actors has the privilege of being in the two best movies of the year. Well my best two anyway.

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