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Michael Moore yet again

Saw Capitalism: A love story recently.. yet another documentary from the self-proclaimed ‘liberal’ and famous documentary film-maker Michael Moore. The documentary focuses on the transition between the two governments with the recent financial massacre being the backdrop.  Moore pitches for an active public involvement and rests the success of Obama more on what people will do to support him. The timing, just as Fahrenheit 9/11, is pretty impeccable with Obama steadily setting his feet down.

For me, it all started with Bowling for Columbine. We were shown this movie as a part of “Science and humanism” course back at IIT. The movie, though not spectacular did introduce me to Moore. I liked his direction.. raw and very straight-forward in conveying what he wants to even if most of it is fabricated.  Then followed Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sicko both of which are spectacular movies.

Coming back to Capitalism: A love story, I personally found the movie a bit less focussed than Sicko or Bowling for Columbine. Maybe because the subject was  a bit abstract but it was fun and might invite some sharp criticism its way. The fact that of all the firms, Moore chose Goldman Sachs to rip apart, inspite of the fact that they are one of the very few firms who have actually paid-back the bailout money(Here), surely won’t go down well with the critics.

I must admit though, that in the earlier movies, many things might have been setup and tweaked to fit in the context. Fahrenheit 9/11  had a substantial part specially emphasizing how politicians and leaders send their kin-members to the war.. and you do not have to be a rocket-scientist to see the statistical fallacy in the claim. The recent years have seen the emergence of a relatively small cottage industry: filmmakers looking to take on the 55-year-old Mr. Moore at his own game. This is one of the many articles echoing their sentiments.

Anyways, no one kicks a dead dog, and though invariably pregnant with controversial claims and fallacies, I believe Moore does infact brings to forefront the most pertinent questions, albeit in a cruel way !

Waiting eagerly for some detailed reviews about Capitalism: A Love Story !

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