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    Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story

    Lisa Derrick Friday August 21, 2009 3:06 pm

    Opens in theaters October 2. Michael Moore says:
    It's a crime story. But it's also a war story about class warfare. And a vampire movie, with the upper 1 percent feeding off the rest of us. And, of course, it's also a love story. Only it's about an abusive relationship.

    "It's not about an individual, like Roger Smith, or a corporation, or even an issue, like health care. This is the big enchilada. This is about the thing that dominates all our lives — the economy. I made this movie as if it was going to be the last movie I was allowed to make.

    It's a comedy.
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    I love his movies.

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    Looking forward to it
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    I'll pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooter View Post
    I love his movies.
    me too.

    i want to see this. it looks interesting.

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    Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" Premieres In Venice To Great Reviews

    VENICE, Italy — Michael Moore says his film "Capitalism: A Love Story" is dedicated to "good people ... who've had their lives ruined" by the quest for profit.

    After much success at Cannes, Moore premieres the movie Sunday in his first appearance at the Venice Film Festival. It was warmly received at a press showing Saturday evening and won positive reviews. Variety called it one of Moore's "best pics."

    "I am personally affected by good people who struggle, who work hard and who've had their lives ruined by decisions that are made by people who do not have their best interest at heart, but who have the best interest of the bottom line, of the company, at heart," Moore told reporters Sunday.

    The film features plenty of examples of lives shattered by corporate greed – but also some inspiring tales of workers who have rebelled.

    According to Moore, "the revolt you think I am calling for has actually begun. It began Nov. 4," when President Barack Obama was elected.

    There is the Chicago glass and window company whose employees barricaded themselves to demand their pay after management laid off all 250 employees when the bank line of credit dried up.

    On the side of greed, Moore tells the story of a privately-run juvenile detention center in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, that paid off judges to lock up juvenile offenders. One boy said he had done little more than throw a piece of meat at his mother's boyfriend during a fight at the dinner table, and a teenage girl's offense was making fun of her school's vice principal on a Myspace page.

    The film is filled with classic Moore gimmicks, like wrapping crime scene tape around landmark banks and Wall Street institutions. And there is the expected Moore grandstanding as he tries to make citizen arrests of bank CEOs, not getting past the sometimes amused security guards at the main entrance. By now, everyone sees him coming and knows who he is.

    Moore said he considered himself a proxy for the "millions of Americans who would like to be placing crime scene tape around Wall Street."

    The filmmaker is optimistic that unimagined change can happen, citing the unexpected fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and Nelson Mandela's election as the president of South Africa after 27 years in prison for his anti-apartheid activism.

    "There are many things that have happened in the last 20 years that are just utterly surprising, so that I now believe anything can happen. People can revolt in good ways."

    Moore said his expose on the health care system, "Sicko," helped trigger "a national debate about why we are the only Western industrialized country that does not have universal health care."

    While "Capitalism" has a strong political message, Moore said his main purpose is to entertain with a film that "makes you laugh a little, or cry, or think. I am happy with all those results.

    But he acknowledges that his mass appeal allows him to reach even nonbelievers, a luxury enjoyed by few on the left.

    "I am going to use that position to try to communicate not just to the church of the left but to the average, everyday American who wants to go see a good movie, and maybe gets something out of it at the same time."

    "Capitalism: A Love Story" is competing for the Golden Lion, which will be awarded Sept. 12.
    Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" Premieres In Venice To Great Reviews

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    Pass...... Such a blowhard.

    "I am personally affected by good people who struggle, who work hard and who've had their lives ruined by decisions that are made by people who do not have their best interest at heart, but who have the best interest of the bottom line, of the company, at heart," Moore told reporters Sunday.
    Oh yeah Michael? How so?

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    dont like him, wont waste my time
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    his movies r usually entertaining but i think people should take him with a pinch of salt

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    ^ITA. Nobody could pay me to take him seriously. I have to give him credit though, he knows how to get a strong reaction out of people.
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    I'll see it...I think he embellishes the truth, but I think he brings a lot of things to light.

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    Published on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 by The Washington Post
    Dems Feel Michael Moore's Wrath


    by Alec MacGillis


    Filmmaker Michael Moore speaks about his film "Capitalism: A Love Story" during the 34th Toronto International Film Festival, September 14, 2009. The festival runs from September 10-19. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

    PITTSBURGH - Just when it looked like conservatives might be cornering the market on angry populism, along comes Michael Moore. But that doesn't mean Democrats in Washington should rest easy.

    "Capitalism: A Love Story," the filmmaker provacateur's latest documentary, had its American premier Monday at the AFL-CIO convention that is underway in this working-class city (President Obama is addressing the convention Tuesday)."Capitalism," which will open in theatres nationwide in October, manages to use just about everything lousy that's happened in the past year to build Moore's case against eat-what-you-kill, free-market Reaganomics--from foreclosures on prairie farmhouses to kids unjustly jailed in Pennsylvania to the plane crash in Buffalo. It's all wrapped up, literally, by the spectacle of Moore stretching police tape around the hallowed institutions of Wall Street.

    The film is vintage Moore, and perhaps more: the hefty Michigander declared from the stage of a classic downtown theater here that it was a "culmination of all the films I've made." It is being released on the 20-year anniversary of "Roger and Me," the takedown of General Motors that made Moore famous. The union audience in Pittsburgh was primed for the wide-ranging assault on Wall Street and all its emanations.

    For history buffs, there's also a fascinating clip of Franklin D. Roosevelt delivering the highly egalitarian conclusion to his final State of the Union address, where he lists the "second bill of rights" that every American deserves. The speech was thought to exist only in audio, until Moore's researchers dug up the film footage in a forgotten box in South Carolina.

    So far, so anti-Republican.

    But then things get interesting -- in building his indictment against the ill-fated marriage of Wall Street and Washington, Moore zeroes in less on Phil Gramm or other GOP string-pullers than he does on White House economic adviser Larry Summers, Robert Rubin and Sen. Chris Dodd. Especially Dodd, the Connecticut Democrat and chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. Moore gets an on-camera interview with the mortgage officer who handled the special VIP loans provided to Dodd and other big names, which have dogged Dodd's reelection bid.

    Dodd had appeared to be clawing his way back onto safer political ground in recent months, as he filled in for the dying Ted Kennedy as chair of the Senate health committee. But if "Capitalism" packs them in in Wallingford and Danbury, watch out.

    The film also maintains a delicate ambivalence about President Obama, casting him as a change agent and depicting joyous images of his victory last November, but also implying that Wall Street had showered money on Obama's campaign in an effort to buy him out. The question of whether it had succeeded in doing so are left more or less unanswered.

    Most notably, perhaps, the film spends quite a lot of time building up last fall's financial bailout as the ultimate showdown between Wall Street interests calling in their Washington chits and a vanguard of hardy populists in Congress standing in their way.

    Left unsaid is that a larger proportion of House Republicans than Democrats voted against the bailout -- many of the same Republicans, in fact, who have been leading the anti-government, anti-universal health care charge that Moore claims to oppose.

    In a telephone interview as he headed to the airport to fly west for his Jay Leno appearance Tuesday night, Moore declared himself untroubled by any anti-Democratic fallout. "One of the important things to recognize in my films is that I always went after whoever needed to be gone after," he said. "But people will be surprised by how many Democrats I went after for being too close to big money."

    He was slightly defensive when asked whether the film had glorified the anti-bailout position assumed by so many conservative Republicans, saying that what he had really set out to do was to reclaim the bailout critique for skeptics of capitalism, away from the anti-government types.

    "I wanted to stop the revisionist version of how the bailout is remembered," he said. Republicans "are trying to ride some phony populist wave because they know there's anger brewing. Beneath the surface, history is full of people taking advantage of [populist anger] and taking this country to an extra reactionary place."

    Yes, the Republicans voted against the bailout, he added, but "they voted against it for all the wrong reasons -- they didn't give a [expletive] if the teacher's pension in California was going to vaporize." (Whether true or not, though, that distinction is not offered in the film.)

    As for Dodd, he said, "Lets the chips fall where they may." Last he checked, he said, Dodd was so low in the polls that his prospects looked bad no matter what.

    "For the Democrats to save that seat, for the good of the party he should probably not run," Moore said, adding as an afterthought: "Though he's done a bunch of really good things."

    Ultimately, Moore said, it's up to the Democrats to push Dodd to the sidelines: "I don't know why they'd risk losing that seat just because they're afraid to tell him not to run."

    And as for Summers and Treasury secretary Tim Geithner (also not kindly treated), Moore told the audience in a brief question and answer period that he hoped Obama had brought them on in the same way that some banks hire robbers to help them guard against future theft: "Maybe that's what Obama's doing -- he hired the people who robbed all the money to help him get it back. That's the optimistic version."

    Noticing that the audience seemed lukewarm about the president, Moore rushed to add that the election was the best day of the last decade of his life and said, "Instead of us piling on him, he needs our support."

    Speaking in a convention hall earlier, Moore said, "I have the feeling [Obama's] faking right to go left. Let's hope I'm right." And he chided his audience for not doing more to visibly support Obama in the trials of town-hall season. "I see him out there on his own," he said. "Who's got his back?"

    Asked by an audience member if he was going to offer the president a private screening, Moore noted with a grin that his agent is Ari Emanuel, brother of chief of staff Rahm. But, he said, "I have not been invited to the White House yet."

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    Y'know, I don't understand how people who are conservative leaning aren't at least curious enough to watch a Michael Moore film. It's like people deliberately shut themselves off because they don't want to take a chance they'll be influenced. But naturally will be the last to admit this.
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    He looks more and more like Peter Griffin with every movie he does.

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    He annoys me.

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