Michael Moore film: Capitalism ... A Love Story

Michael Moore film: Capitalism ... A Love Story

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    Michael Moore film: Capitalism ... A Love Story

    Well, Michael Moore has a new film in the theaters. It's called: Capitalism -- A Love Story.

    Another bashing of the pillars, no doubt. Starts Friday, it looks like.

    What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? Years ago, that love seemed so innocent. Today, however, the American dream is looking more like a nightmare as families pay the price with their jobs, their homes and their savings.

    Michael Moore takes us into the homes of ordinary people whose lives have been turned upside down; and he goes looking for explanations in Washington, DC and elsewhere.

    What he finds are the all-too-familiar symptoms of a love affair gone astray: lies, abuse, betrayal and 14,000 jobs being lost every day.

    'Capitalism' as Comedy and Tragedy, Now Playing
    Friday, September 25th, 2009

    'Capitalism' as Comedy and Tragedy Now Playing in NY and L.A.

    A message from Michael Moore

    Friends,

    The time has arrived for, as Time magazine called it, my "magnum opus." I only had a year of Latin when I was in high school, so I'm not quite sure what that means, but I think it's good.

    I've spent nearly two years on this new movie, "Capitalism: A Love Story," and have poured my heart and soul into this project. Many early critics and viewers have called it my "best film yet." That's a hard call for me to make as I'm proud of all of my films -- but I will tell you this: What you are about to see in "Capitalism" is going to stun you. It's going to make some of you angry and I believe it's going to give most of you a new sense of hope that we are going to turn the sick and twisted mess made by the last president around. Oh, and you're going to have a good laugh at the expense of all the banking and corporate criminals who've made out like bandits in the past year.

    I'm gonna show you the stuff the nightly news will rarely show you. Ever meet a pilot for American Airlines on food stamps because his pay's been cut so low? Ever meet a judge who gets kickbacks for sending innocent kids to a private prison? Ever meet someone from the Wall Street Journal who bluntly states on camera that he doesn't much care for democracy and that capitalism should be our only ruling concern?

    You'll meet all these guys in "Capitalism." You'll also meet a whistleblower who, with documents in hand, tells us about the million-dollar-plus sweetheart loans he approved for the head of Senate Banking Committee -- the very committee that was supposed to be regulating his lending institution! You'll hear from a bank regulator why Timothy Geithner has no business being our Treasury Secretary. And you'll learn, from the woman who heads up the congressional commission charged with keeping an eye on the bailout money, how Alan Greenspan & Co. schemed and connived the public into putting up their inflated valued homes as collateral -- thus causing the biggest foreclosure epidemic in our history.

    There is now a foreclosure filed in the U.S. once every seven-and-half SECONDS.

    None of this is an accident, and I name the names others seem to be afraid to name, the men who have ransacked the pensions of working people and plundered the future of our kids and grandkids. Somehow they thought they were going to get away with this, that we'd believe their Big Lie that this crash was caused by a bunch of low-income people who took out loans they couldn't afford. Much of the mainstream media bought this storyline. No wonder Wall Street thought they could pull this off.

    Jeez, I guess they forgot about me and my crew. You'd think we would've made a better impression on these wealthy thieves by now. Guess not.

    So here we come! It's all there, up on the silver screen, two hours of a tragicomedy crime story starring a bunch of vampires who just weren't satisfied with simply destroying Flint, Michigan -- they had to try and see if they could take down the whole damn country. So come see this cops and robbers movie! The robbers this time wear suits and ties, and the cops -- well, if you're willing to accept a guy in a ballcap with a high school education as a stand-in until the real deal shows up to haul 'em away, then I humbly request your presence at your local cinema this weekend in New York and Los Angeles (and next Friday, October 2nd, all across America).

    In the meantime, you can catch us on some of the TV shows that have been brave enough to let me on in the past week or so:

    - Nightline (as we take a stroll down Wall Street to Goldman Sachs)

    - Good Morning America (where they let me talk about Disney employees who don't get medical benefits)

    - The View (where the Republican co-host told everyone to go see it! Whoa!)

    - The Colbert Report (this guy is a genius, seriously)

    - Larry King (where a spokesperson for the Senator who got the sweetheart loans responds for the first time)

    - Keith Olberman (where we both wonder just how long these media corps are going to let us get away with what we do)

    - Wolf Blitzer (yes, he's back for more abuse - and lovin' it)

    ... And the amazing Jay Leno. This man called me after seeing the movie and asked me to be his only in-studio guest on the second night of his new prime-time show. I said, "Jay, shouldn't you be thinking of your ratings in the first week of the show? Are you sure you didn't misdial Tom Hanks' number (the area code where I live is 231; 213 is LA)?" He told me he was profoundly moved by this film. So I was the guest on his second show, and he told all of America it was my "best film" and to please go see "Capitalism: A Love Story." That was Jay Leno saying that, not Noam Chomsky or Jane Fonda (both of whom I love dearly). The audience responded enthusiastically and, after 20 years of filmmaking, it was a moment where I crossed over deep into the mainstream of middle America. Jay's bosses at General Electric musta been... well, let's just say I hope they didn't place a reprimand in his permanent record. He's one ******* guy (and following the example he set with his free concerts for the unemployed in Michigan and Ohio last spring, I've gotten permission from the studio to do the same with my film in ten of the hardest-hit cities in the U.S. next week).

    Oh, and he made me sing! Prepare yourself!

    Thanks everyone -- and see you at the movies!

    Yours, Michael Moore MMFlint@aol.com
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    I wonder how long it'll take a copy of the DVD to be priced below $0.50 on Amazon.com's "used" pages.
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    I gotta admit... I like Moore's early work. Roger and Me was a gritty and eye-opening flick. But while the point of Roger and Me was to spotlite the collapse of the auto industry in Michigan, each film after has really gotten progressively (no pun intended) more and more left wing... and I know I am not the only person that has noted the intense irony that the director of a film bashing capitalism is himself a multi-millionaire...

    20-some years ago, pulling the lever for Reagan in my first time voting, I could have never dreamed that socialism and communism would one day become chic and trendy and seriously discussed in America...
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    The guy is a living and breathing oxymoron.

    The anti-capitalist millionaire.

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    Mr. Moore at his best.
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    The thread title says it all. This thread demands to be closed immediately for several infractions!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    The thread title says it all. This thread demands to be closed immediately for several infractions!
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    I'm sure it will be as accurate and insightful as his piece on the healtcare system of a certain neighbor to FL's south.

    Just how accurate and insightful it was cannot be stated without my violating several forum rules, earning me several infraction points, and getting my blood pressure to high to get to sleep tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alfack View Post
    The guy is a living and breathing oxymoron.

    The anti-capitalist millionaire.
    He's not an oxymoron. He's just a MORON!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squawker View Post
    He's not an oxymoron. He's just a MORON!
    Oxygen wasting moron!
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    Whats worse is that there are people in this counry who hate it enough to want to go watch it.

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    Never have watched anything he's produced and have no plans to do so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post

    Humor, my friend.

    Moore is Obscene and Political. That should get him banned from anywhere.


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    "But there's always a purpose in nonsense. Don't bother to examine a folly—yourself only what it accomplishes. Every system of ethics that preached sacrifice grew into a world power and ruled millions of men. Of course, you must dress it up. You must tell people that they'll achieve a superior kind of happiness by giving up everything that makes them happy. You don't have to be too clear about it. Use big vague words. 'Universal Harmony'—'Eternal Spirit'—'Divine Purpose'—'Nirvana'—'Paradise'—'Racial Supremacy'-'The Dictatorship of the Proletariat.' Internal corruption, Peter. That's the oldest one of all. The farce has been going on for centuries and men still fall for it" --Ellsworth Toohey
    Anyone notice any striking similarities between folks like Moore and Toohey from The Fountainhead?

    Moore repeatedly implies that people who use the Strong arm of the Government to Steal are somehow capitalists. This is not only wrong, but dishonest to his very core.

    He presents as false "truth" his one-sided arguments as a method to beguile and catch people off guard. In reality, and it's sad that he doesn't even realize it, but in reality what he really hates is this discombobulated bastardized system that we have that is really 60% socialist at best.
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    Yet another Moore Mock-umentary. This guy is a....well I'll let you fill in the blank.

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    Capitalism does not exist in this country any more, at least not outside the small business arena.

    When banks are too big to fail, or auto industries are too big to fail, or government contracts are given on a no bid basis, there is no capitalism, it is favoritism at best. With elected officials determining who is going to be successful and who is not going to get a chance.

    I have no idea what is in this movie, so I can't comment on whether it is going to be worth watching. If it gives some insight to the favoritism that is handed out, it can't be all bad.
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