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Capitalism: A Love Story

Postby slinkdickens » Oct 6th, 2009 @ 11:58am

I've been a fan of Michael Moore ever since Roger and Me. However, this one is a HUGE miss for him. It's really sloppy on the facts and doesn't even try to pretend to tell more than one side of the story.

It's biggest sin? I kid you not, Michael pulls the Jesus card. He flat out has this segment on how Jesus wouldn't be a capitalist. In one scene, it's clear that Michael does this partly for laughs, however I can't give him a pass on this because he also has very sincere interviews with 2 priests and a bishop (all catholic) regarding whether or not Jesus would be a capitalist. WTF?

The other thing that was frustrating was showing these sob stories of people losing their houses, but not showing how or why these people ended up in foreclosure. I think the documentary "Maxed Out" does a far better job of explaining how people end up in debt.

There are some redeeming points. One thing I learned is that companies can get life insurance policies on you without you knowing about it. Another one is how we got manipulated into thinking that "cutting the red tape" was a good thing when it basically just got rid of a lot of rules that protect consumers (which ones? the movie doesn't say). Also, the way the bailout was crammed down Congress' throat was interesting.
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Re: Capitalism: A Love Story

Postby kenzo » Oct 6th, 2009 @ 3:25pm

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Re: Capitalism: A Love Story

Postby slinkdickens » Oct 6th, 2009 @ 3:46pm

kenzo wrote:I've taken issue with his films since Fahrenheit 9/11 for the same reasons you're citing here. Michael Moore has become a hack-job that's more interested in being the Liberal version of FOX News than making meaningful arguments rooted in fact and reason. At this point, all his films do is support the further polarization of America: by reaffirming the beliefs of the most rabid and thoughtless liberals while providing attacking fodder for conservatives. The only one who wins in the end is Michael Moore and his bank account.


I wouldn't say he's a hack. He's very artfully made his point in most of his movies and TV episodes. I think he did a really good job in Farenheit 9/11, but his best are Roger & Me and Bowling for Columbine. Moore has never hid the fact that his documentaries are telling his point of view.

But, I think Capitalism: A Love Story is not up to par with the quality work that Moore usually provides. The arguments are not articulated well and the stunts seem recycled. There's even footage that is literally recycled from Roger & Me.
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Re: Capitalism: A Love Story

Postby LiQuid » Oct 7th, 2009 @ 10:57am

I haven't seen this, but general Michael Moore is a flaming d-bag. Maxed Out was really good though.

Live within your means people.
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Re: Capitalism: A Love Story

Postby Klendathu » Oct 7th, 2009 @ 11:05am

I have not yet seen the movie, but I wager people are better off listening to Planet Money on NPR. http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/planet_money_podcast/

At least there you get some insight and knowledge. Moore is just good for naming your anger, then making fun of it until you leave knowing nothing will ever change.
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Re: Capitalism: A Love Story

Postby slinkdickens » Oct 7th, 2009 @ 1:52pm

LiQuid wrote:I haven't seen this, but general Michael Moore is a flaming d-bag. Maxed Out was really good though.

Live within your means people.


If only it were that simple. One thing Maxed Out points out is that we can no longer trust banks for financial advice. A loan officer, who once could be trusted to help you get into a loan you could afford, now just tries to get you approved regardless of what you can afford. They've used their position of trust to hustle the general population.

I really think that doctors is the last occupation where there is an expected social contract of honesty between the professional and the customer. However, I can see the day coming when we won't be able to trust that our doctor isn't just trying to sell us more services regardless of our well being.
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