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Michael Moore Has A Crush On Canada

14 October 2008 6:58 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

We all saw how much Michael Moore loves, or at least admires, Canada in Bowling for Columbine, in which he compared our guns n' violence culture with their open-door policy and punk kids who can't imagine why anyone would own a gun. And don't forget that in Moore's one fiction film, Canadian Bacon, loony American politicians actually declared war against our neighbors to the north. So it only fits that for his next film, Moore will explicitly take on Canada, aiming to compare the Canadian and American systems of government. According to Slashfilm, which spotted Moore in Canadian hanging with the political candidates in this fall's election, this will probably be part of his planned "follow-up" to Fahrenheit 9/11, which will mostly be about America's status as a global empire. As with any news about Michael Moore, most people will shrug and wonder who cares about this guy anymore anyway, and »

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Ping Pong Playa

4 September 2008 1:01 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Why do so many documentary filmmakers nurture a secret desire to make lowbrow comedies and genre pictures? Prior to co-writing and directing Ping Pong Playa, Jessica Yu had a reputation as one of the most daring documentarians around, thanks to features like the stylish, thoughtful In The Realms Of The Unreal and Protagonist, and shorts like the Academy Award-winning "Breathing Lessons." Now, in the grand tradition of Canadian Bacon and The Dark Wind, Yu has made a fiction feature that contains little to no traces of anything that made her doc work special. In fact, it's practically remedial. Which doesn't mean Ping Ping Playa is bad, necessarily—or at least not as bad as Canadian Bacon or The Dark Wind. For the most part, it's an amiable underdog sports comedy, co-written by and starring Jimmy Tsai as an L.A. slacker who's forced by circumstance to take over his mother's table-tennis. »

- Noel Murray

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