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Shooting Michael Moore (2008)

Documentary highlighting the questionable ethics of award-winning documentary filmmaker, Michael Moore.

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Documentary highlighting the questionable ethics of award-winning documentary filmmaker, Michael Moore.

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Some people will say anything to get to the top

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27 February 2009 (USA)  »

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The production team actually entered the hospital in Cuba without permission and risked their lives to get the necessary footage, whereas Michael Moore had permission from the Cuban Government. See more »

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Cheesy at First With Great Finish
19 December 2008 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

Not sure about spoilers and documentaries on IMDb so lets just say my whole comment is a spoiler.

Shooting Michael Moore starts off with Michael Moore's high school classmate Kevin Leffler exploring public statements made by Moore to the media. Comments such as "living in Flint." (he didn't FYI) and chronicles his journey from a modern liberal newspaper founder to his Hollywood success. Along the way, some of Moore's hypocrisies, and outright lies are given focus.

Some lies, like living in Flint could have been handled in one paragraph taking perhaps a minute of screen time, Leffler gives around ten minutes to the issue and adds theatrics. At first it may seem like this is as good as the movie gets. But, the movie reaches a new level around half way through when Moore's movies are critiqued. This is where the film shines. Especially hidden cameras inside Cuba. In my opinion the film is worth the price of admission for this footage alone.

Leffler links up with underground elements in Cuba which allow the viewer footage of places in conditions no care facility in America would be allowed to operate in. And, two of the undergrounders take a hidden camera to the same hospital featured in Sicko. Where they are refused admittance by a receptionist with the stated reason being that they are common Cubans.

This half of the movie is very scientific and reasoned. Showing conclusively that, in stark contrast to Moore's happy-go-lucky image of Cuba's health care system, the reality is a grim one where numbers on paper are the priority.

I skipped past discussion of the flaws and lies in Moore's other movies as they are the tried true form of propaganda: out of context quotes. This is apparent because Leffler interviews the same people Micheal Moore "interviewed."

In the end this Film seems like it was shot linearly and that Leffler learned elements of film making along the way. The end result is a great documentary that I recommend to anyone.


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