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"Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control" (1997)

I finally watched "Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control". I have wanted to watch this documentary ever since I first heard of it, but I could never get anyone to agree to watch it with me.

It was pretty much what I expected: strange and informative, but not world shaking.

Wild animals are always dangerous but I think there are better methods of working with them, so they aren't always trying to kill you. I understand that, when well treated, some animals actually prefer to have a job then to just sit around in a cage all day.

I didn't know anything about naked mole rats, so that was very informative.

The robot guy was interesting too. If machines ever do develop intelligence it will be a truly alien intelligence.

The topiary guy made me think of some of my project ideas. To be honest I just don't have the single-mindedness to produce a classic folly like that.

I thought the theme was supposed to be "fast, cheap, and out of control" but toward the end of the film someone said what the real theme was: "seeing the other". Although that is not as clear in the topiary segment. When I focus on him the common denominator that pops out is single-mindedness. All four of these men are obsessed with their subjects. The opposite of "fast, cheap, and out of control" really. They have all dedicated their lives to their disciplines.

Well, it is thought provoking.

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