One of Full Frame’s most distinguished veterans returned this year with a film that already screened at Sundance and was sure to be heard from in the run-up to awards season. No, it’s never too early to talk about awards season.
Oscar-winner Alex Gibney returns to Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room territory to analyze the life and fall of Jack Abramoff in just the kind of high-polished, high-definition documentary that finds broad distribution (thank you, Magnolia) and popularity across the country. The film absolutely merits Oscar consideration: In Gibney’s capable hands, Abramoff’s rise from collegiate conservative activist to “The King of K Street,” followed by the crushing revelations by The Washington Post of his myriad systemic abuses, offers a provocative glimpse at capitalism’s harsh marriage to ego in post-Reagan politics. Politics that, the film convincingly argues, were shaped to a significant extent by Abramoff himself.