New York Times reviews The Reflecting Pool

Trade Secrets

Published: July 11, 2008

The problem with “The Reflecting Pool,” an investigative drama that mucks around with 9/11 conspiracy theories, is not that its ideas are silly. Strictly from an imaginative point of view, there is something unnerving about the weirdly elegant way the towers fell. And not just the north and south buildings but also the adjacent 7 World Trade Center, a smaller edifice, suffering much less damage, that collapsed in an identical manner but received far less coverage from — what’s the phrase I’m looking for? — oh yes: a complicit, propaganda-foisting media/industrial complex in the pocket of the Bush administration and the Jews and the oil industry!

Er, to continue. The problem, which dwarfs whatever you might feel about the topic, is in the drama, or utter lack thereof. Written and directed by Jarek Kupsc, the movie has the tone, rhythm and structure of a set of numbered, handwritten notes derived from 9/11 conspiracy Web sites, photocopied at Kinko’s and distributed at an anarchist bookshop.

This pamphlet narrative follows the efforts of Alex Prokop (Mr. Kupsc again), an investigative journalist for a lefty magazine about to “go corporate,” and Paul Cooper (Joseph Culp), a 9/11 obsessive whose daughter died in the attack, to unearth the truth in the face of suppressed information, disturbing ambiguities and, when needling the powers that be, their own amateurism.


Opens on Friday in Manhattan.

Written, directed and edited by Jarek Kupsc; director of photography, Jodie Baltazar; music by Dan Radlauer; produced by Ms. Baltazar and Joseph Culp; released by Baltazar Works. At the Two Boots Pioneer Theater, 155 East Third Street, at Avenue A, East Village. Running time: 1 hour 46 minutes. This film is not rated.

WITH: Jarek Kupsc (Alex Prokop), Joseph Culp (Paul Cooper), Lisa Black (Georgia McGuire), Alex Hyde White (Jack Mahoney), Dominick LaRae (Video Joe) and Bennett Dunn (Jimmy).

The film does not mention "Jews" at all.

This is what you would call a "hit piece".

Nathan Lee, "journalist".


Of the movement NEVER mentions "Jews," but there are certain select few idiots out there that need to take their medication.

This gives me an idea for a new movie.

Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? Do we deserve to know how and why 9/11 happened?

Very unfair review of a fine thought-provoking & truth-revealing


It's very low budget, so why does Nathan Lee sound like he was expecting a Steven Spielberg production from Paramount Pictures? He does his readers a great disservice.

Moreover, what does Lee mean by "Jew." There are all kinds of Jews: Orthodox Jews (different sects within that); also Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist; Jews for Jesus; also nationality, etc., etc., etc.,

In some ways I feel sorry for Zionist Jews because their faith is being exploited to keep them in a perpetual hell-hole war-zone like Orwell's 1984, to profit & grow the military/industrial/banking complex, but they are to blind to see or acknowledge this! I feel even more sorry for the Palestinians who suffer the most in this endless trap.

Lastly, if Israel or Mossad had a part in 9/11, they must be brought to justice like the other criminals!

Consider mass emailing truth messages. More info here:

Good example, attack vs critique

>>handwritten notes derived from 9/11 conspiracy Web sites, photocopied at Kinko’s and distributed at an anarchist bookshop.

This shows his idiocy -- the anarchists would never allow "conspiracy" materials in their bookstores.

Actually I personally didn't especially care for the quality of the film outside of the idea that it was a first fictional account and aside from having to get the worst aspects taken out. But this guy is so over the top with his attack that his main critique is only one line. I guess they were more interested in attack than critique.