Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Capitalism: A Love Story examines the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world). The film moves from Middle America, to the halls of power in Washington, to the global financial epicenter in Manhattan. With both humor and outrage, the film explores the question: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? Families pay the price with their jobs, their homes and their savings. Moore goes 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: A Love Story also presents what a more hopeful future could look like. Who are we and why do we behave the way that we do? Written by
Scenes included in the "Special Features" section of the DVD release:
1. Dan Kildee, elected treasurer of Genesee County, Michigan (which contains Flint), interviewed by Michael Moore about his practice of seizing homes being used for real-estate speculation on the basis that their absentee owners are not maintaining them, then tearing them down and putting in gardens in their place.
2. An extended interview with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) in which he considers whether an alternative economic system to capitalism is needed.
3. Interview with author and former New York Times war correspondent Christopher Hedges on "the killing machine known as capitalism."
4. Extended interview with Father Dick Preston on how and why capitalism violates the basic moral tenets of Christianity and the world's other major religions.
5. The complete speech to the nation former President Jimmy Carter made on July 15, 1979, calling for a massive federal program to change from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources and also asking Americans to accept and embrace energy conservation (this speech has gone down in history as Carter's "malaise" speech--though in fact he never used that word.)
6. Interview with Michael Pollan, UC Berkeley professor and best-selling author of "The Omnivore's Dilemma," on how capitalism affects the food supply and where the real profits in food are made (in processing rather than growing).
7. Interview with Fred Schepartz, Rebecca Kemble, Brian Hill, Brian Warneke and Karl Schulte, employee-owners of the cooperatively owned Union Cab Co. in Madison, Wisconsin.
8. Interview with Prof. Tom Webb, expert on worker cooperatives.
9. Profile of the state-owned Bank of North Dakota with political scientist Dr. Roxanne Emerson Junker.
10. Extended interview with attorneys Max Rameau and his partner Bernadine of Take Back the Land in Miami, Florida, which organizes resistance to foreclosures and helps families keep their homes.
Michael Moore's latest feature, Capitalism: A Love Story, has everything I could want from one of his films: a hotly debated and relevant issue, information, personal accounts, funny clips, and great music. I enjoy seeing his films not so much to be informed, which I feel he does quite well, but to be entertained. That is something rare with a documentary. I don't think you can say the same about An Inconvenient Truth.
Love him or hate him, Moore makes a fantastic film. This time he takes one the recent economic turmoil this country has been facing for the past year or so. Moore traces it's roots back to the Reagan administration on up. He presents a lot of facts, memos, and documents some companies and banks would not like us to see, but he does it because the people have a right to know.
I can't say much about what went on because Moore presents a lot of data, but to the best of my ability I can say that there is an awful lot of shady activity going on behind closed doors. We look at the bail out plan proposed to congress. We see how companies like Goldman Sachs infiltrates the government and starts doing their own bidding. We see companies spend their money frivolously while workers and homeowners are losing their jobs and livelihood. Some of these banks and groups do terrible things that force people into uncomfortable and downright oppressive situations.
One thing I expected to see from this film was Moore perspective and nothing else. I don't know what information he is withholding and what truths he is stretching, but I am impressed with how convincing some of his arguments and testimonials are. He plays on our heartstrings like a trained musician, hitting home with issues involving blue collar Americans struggling to keep their jobs, their homes, and their families together.
Aside from the content of the film, the actual film itself is very well put together. He makes excellent use of stock footage from the 50s and 60s, weaving them perfectly to fit the film's flow. One thing Moore does better than most is his use of music to drive home a point or a feeling. Be it classical, rock, or country, Moore blends it all together quite nicely.
This film makes you think. It makes you angry. It makes you want to do something, and that's okay. That is what a film is supposed to do. It is designed to evoke some sort of emotion and help spring it forth. That's not to say you should go out and do something drastic, but it will at least make for excellent conversation amongst friends and coworkers.
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