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‘Jane’: Why the Academy Dissed Brett Morgen’s Popular Goodall Documentary

‘Jane’: Why the Academy Dissed Brett Morgen’s Popular Goodall Documentary
“Jane,” Brett Morgen’s popular documentary about primatologist Jane Goodall, was so lauded and applauded that most Oscar experts predicted that it would land an Oscar nomination, if not win. Instead, it never made the cut.

This happens with the Academy documentary branch. While its voter ranks have expanded by more than 50 percent in the last three years, from 204 to 320 members, it’s still a relatively insular group with strong ideas about what makes a great documentary. They tend to be slow to recognize innovation. They long frowned on dramatic re-enactments, strong personalities, and rousing scores, overlooking early Michael Moore entry “Roger and Me” and Errol Morris’ “The Thin Blue Line,” finally rewarding them with Oscars for anti-gun screed “Bowling for Columbine” and the Robert McNamara profile “The Fog of War,” respectively.

Moore returned to the Oscar fray for “Sicko,” but Morris was never nominated again. The doc branch nominated
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‘Jane’: Why the Academy Dissed Brett Morgen’s Popular Goodall Documentary

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‘Jane’: Why the Academy Dissed Brett Morgen’s Popular Goodall Documentary
“Jane,” Brett Morgen’s popular documentary about primatologist Jane Goodall, was so lauded and applauded that most Oscar experts predicted that it would land an Oscar nomination, if not win. Instead, it never made the cut.

This happens with the Academy documentary branch. While its voter ranks have expanded by more than 50 percent in the last three years, from 204 to 320 members, it’s still a relatively insular group with strong ideas about what makes a great documentary. They tend to be slow to recognize innovation. They long frowned on dramatic re-enactments, strong personalities, and rousing scores, overlooking early Michael Moore entry “Roger and Me” and Errol Morris’ “The Thin Blue Line,” finally rewarding them with Oscars for anti-gun screed “Bowling for Columbine” and the Robert McNamara profile “The Fog of War,” respectively.

Read More:Is Errol Morris’s ‘Wormwood’ a Documentary? Netflix Says Yes, Oscars Say No

Moore returned to the Oscar fray for “Sicko,
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Topics Michael Moore Needs to Make Documentaries On

Whether you like Michael Moore or find him the worst type of blowhard, one thing is clear. People pay attention to his documentaries. Fahrenheit 911 and Bowling for Columbine are two of his most popular films. He’s taken a trip to “Trumpland” and tackled the health care controversy with “Sicko.” So what’s next for Moore? He can’t be done yet, not when the country is more divided than ever before. Here are some other topics that would serve well as Micheal Moore documentary films. 1% ers Like Me Make no mistake, ball cap and scruffy tubby appearance aside, Micheal Moore

Topics Michael Moore Needs to Make Documentaries On
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Michael Moore Is Returning To Television For the First Time Since 2000; Here’s What Brought Him Back

Michael Moore Is Returning To Television For the First Time Since 2000; Here’s What Brought Him Back
It took the apocalypse to bring Michael Moore back to television.

TNT has ordered the series “Michael Moore Live from the Apocalypse” (that’s a working title), a new non-fiction series from Moore set to premiere in late fall.

“Live from the Apocalypse” is Moore’s first regular TV show since “The Awful Truth” went off the air in 2000. Before that, he earned a Primetime Emmy – the first ever for a non-fiction series – for his short-lived but fondly remembered “TV Nation.”

Read More: Weinsteins Buy Michael Moore’s Surprise Trump Documentary ‘Fahrenheit ‪11/9’

“‘Live from the Apocalypse’ will be a raucous gathering place for millions of our fellow citizens in desperate need of a break from the screaming pundits and the purveyors of ‘alternative facts,'” Moore said in a statement. “Our show will be dangerous and relentless. And it will be the destination for those who want to know what
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Focus Features Hires Veteran Publicity Executive Dani Weinstein

Focus Features has hired veteran executive Dani Weinstein — who has worked extensively on the Weinstein Company’s awards campaigns — as executive vice president of publicity.

Weinstein will oversee theatrical publicity efforts for the entire Focus Features slate, including all awards campaigns. She will be based in New York and report to Jason Cassidy, Focus Features’ president of marketing.

“Dani is a consummate professional who has an incredible track record for spearheading breakthrough publicity campaigns for specialty titles,” said Cassidy. “Her breadth of experience working with world class filmmakers and talent, and collaborative style of leadership, makes her uniquely qualified. We’re thrilled that she is joining the Focus team.”

Weinstein has spent two decades in the entertainment industry. She has spent most of the last 17 years with TWC and Miramax, culminating as the studio’s president of publicity.

Her tenure included the campaign for “The King’s Speech,” which won
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Film Review: ‘The C Word’

Film Review: ‘The C Word’
“It’s time to stop being afraid of cancer — it’s time for cancer to be afraid of us.” Lent a warm sense of authority by the dulcet tones of Morgan Freeman, this aphorism encapsulates the upbeat, constructive tone of Meghan Lafrance O’Hara’s documentary “The C Word,” an impassioned advocation of preventative cancer treatment that brazenly counters the methods of Big Pharma. Unapologetically subjective and plainly from the heart, the film is personally rooted in O’Hara’s own battle with the disease, though it’s another cancer warrior who emerges as its primary hero: French physician David Servan-Schreiber, whose vocal campaigning for integrative oncology divided the medical community and, according to the filmmaker, gave her a new lease on life. If “The C Word” finally plays as an extended PSA for Servan-Schreiber’s theories — with Freeman’s narration bringing a particularly advisory tone to proceedings — it’s
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‘The C Word’ Trailer: Dispatch From Front Lines Of The Cancer Fight

‘The C Word’ Trailer: Dispatch From Front Lines Of The Cancer Fight
Exclusive: Meghan L. O'Hara, who executive produced with Michael Moore this election season’s TrumpLand as well as his Oscar-nominated documentary Sicko, has written and directed the very personal docu The C Word. The feature-length pic centering on the war against cancer has been making the run of the festival gauntlet and now bows via Abramorama in New York on November 25 and then Los Angeles on December 9. The docu, narrated by Morgan Freeman, asks the question: Why…
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Michael Moore: Bernie Sanders Would Have Easily Defeated Donald Trump ‘Without the Baggage’

Michael Moore: Bernie Sanders Would Have Easily Defeated Donald Trump ‘Without the Baggage’
Although he supported Bernie Sanders in the primaries, Michael Moore couldn’t allow himself to sit on the sidelines of the 2016 election. In September, over 11 days, he shot a secret documentary, “TrumpLand,” in an Ohio auditorium, urging voters to elect Hillary Clinton as the next president. And he’s been a vocal critic of Donald Trump on Twitter, blasting his policies and criticizing FBI director James Comey for trying to hurt the Democratic nominee by publicly re-opening an investigation into her email server.

Moore talked to Variety about “TrumpLand,” which is playing in theaters and iTunes, as well as the election.

When you made this movie, the word “TrumpLand” meant something else — it described the region of the country where you shot the film. Now people are using it as a code word for the FBI.

Yeah, I saw that today. It was The Guardian that broke the story of the FBI agent inside,
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Michael Moore in TrumpLand movie review: hope and humanity in a dark hour

MaryAnn’s quick take…

The filmmaker presents a standup-comedy case for Hillary Clinton for president, not as a fan of Clinton but as a patriot worried about the state of America. I’m “biast” (pro): love Michael Moore

I’m “biast” (con): hate Donald Trump

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It’s not quite a documentary; it’s more of a concert movie. Michael Moore in TrumpLand is just a recording of a one-man standup political-comedy routine. It’s not even polished, either as a performance or as a presentation. But that was never intended to be the point. This is simply 75 minutes of Moore — a filmmaker who has long been both passionately patriotic about America and passionately angry about the state of the nation — presenting his case for Hillary Clinton for president. Not as a fan of Clinton — as Moore says, he’s
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‘Diamond Diplomacy’ Explores Baseball’s Historic Influence on Japan-u.S. Relations

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress, as presented by the creators themselves. At the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Diamond Diplomacy

Logline: Devotion to baseball has been tossed between the U.S. and Japan since the late 1800s, and mirrors profound shifts in diplomacy between the two nations. “Diamond Diplomacy” charts this story revealing pivotal moments of often-controversial duality.

Elevator Pitch:

Baseball is the national pastime of two very different countries. “Diamond Diplomacy” is the never-before-told story about the dramatic ups and downs of U.S. and Japan diplomacy, since 1872, through the lens of a shared love of baseball. Several players and managers (including Babe Ruth and Lefty O’Doul) have been important ambassadors through baseball.
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Film Review: Michael Moore in Trumpland

It is an odd thing to critique a movie that is more like an extended electioneering commercial than anything else, and challenging to do so without writing political commentary as opposed to cinematic constructivism. But such is the situation we face with the newly-released documentary Michael Moore in TrumpLand, which dropped yesterday as a sort of Moore’s election “October surprise” contribution.

The crisp seventy-six minute runtime from the well-known documentarian is not even really a documentary. Instead, it is the recording of a live one-man show delivered by Moore in the middle of Trump Country—a place ironically called Clinton County, Ohio—as he provides a sort of closing argument in this bitterly divisive election campaign to an audience consisting mostly of Hillary supporting women and their Trump supporting husbands or boyfriends.

But for all the controversy that Moore has embroiled himself in in the past (he will never
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Review: ‘Michael Moore In TrumpLand’ Is Barely a Movie, But It Makes a Strong Humanist Case for Hillary Clinton

Review: ‘Michael Moore In TrumpLand’ Is Barely a Movie, But It Makes a Strong Humanist Case for Hillary Clinton
Michael Moore is fucking terrified.

He knows that Hillary Clinton is way up in the polls, but he remembers the huge lead she had in the polls on the morning of the Michigan primary earlier this year, a primary that she ultimately lost to Bernie Sanders. He knows that it’s going to be difficult for Donald J. Trump to be elected President with such a small percentage of the female vote — and the black vote, and the brown vote, and the Asian vote, and the gay vote, and the Jewish vote, and the college-educated vote and the cuck vote — but he was shaken to his core by the summer’s Brexit referendum, and he strongly believes that any Democrats who are already dancing in the end zone are doing their part to help usher America’s whiniest billionaire into the Oval Office. He was a Bernie supporter from day one,
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Film Review: ‘Michael Moore in TrumpLand’

Film Review: ‘Michael Moore in TrumpLand’
Michael Moore in TrumpLand[/link]” arrives as a sneak attack. The movie was shot eleven days ago, and it was only over the weekend that Moore arranged to have it premiere last night at New York’s IFC Center. (It opens today for a week in New York and L.A, and will be available on iTunes.) The fact that Moore kept the film’s existence under wraps and launched it seemingly out of the blue speaks to his showbiz instincts; it’s his October surprise. Going into the premiere, I don’t think I was alone in wanting the movie to be a cathartic I.E.D. tossed into the already gliding-off-the-rails surrealism of the election season. Unfortunately, “Michael Moore In TrumpLand” comes on with a bombs-away fury, but it winds up being a tossed hand grenade that doesn’t fully detonate.

The movie is 73 minutes long, and it’s
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‘Hillary’s America’ is the Year’s Top Documentary, and Dinesh D’Souza is the New Michael Moore

‘Hillary’s America’ is the Year’s Top Documentary, and Dinesh D’Souza is the New Michael Moore
“Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party” is now the top-grossing documentary of 2016, placing ninth last weekend in 1,216 theaters and grossing $4.6 million to date. Together with his 2012 film, the $33.4 million hit “2016: Obama’s America,” right-wing writer/activist/director Dinesh D’Souza is now the conservative Michael Moore.

In 10 days of release, “Hillary’s America” is a bigger performer than high-profile arthouse releases “Swiss Army Man,” “The Neon Demon,” “Everybody Wants Some!”, and “Midnight Special.”

And the doc beats out Moore’s recent “Where to Invade Next?,” which underperformed at $3.8 million, lower than his four most recent films since “Bowling for Columbine” as well as his first, “Roger and Me,” in 1989. His biggest hit was Cannes winner “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which grossed $119 million, the highest-grossing documentary of all time. He also has three others (“Columbine,” “Sicko,” and “Capitalism: A Love Story”) among the 20 biggest.

D’Souza isn’t close to that level,
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Where to Invade Next review – smirk alarm

Michael Moore insults his audience with this attempt to improve America with policies appropriated from Europe

Michael Moore repackages the smug, disingenuous approach that he brought to the topic of healthcare in Sicko and broadens it out to cover the whole gamut of America’s social ills. In this smirking travelogue, he lumbers around Europe brandishing an American flag and a can of Coca-Cola, appropriating ideas and policies that he would like to see back in the Us. And while the Finnish education system, Italian paid holidays and Iceland’s robust approach to its own banking crisis should be a cause for pride for each of those countries, Moore’s partisan and simplistic approach feels more like a big, fat insult to audience intelligence rather than an effective call to arms.

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Michael Moore films ranked from worst to best

Matthew Lee ranks Michael Moore’s films from worst to best…

Where to Invade Next? opens up in UK theatres today [read our review here]. Here at Flickering Myth I thought it’d be worthwhile to look back on the controversial filmmakers work to see if Michael Moore’s sentiment still holds up. Did some of his warnings come to fruition, or was it all sensationalism? Does Moore warrant such backlashes? And how sentimental is he truly? In short, below is the man’s list.

8 – Slacker Uprising

This will be brief entry for his most forgettable to-date film (I also bet some of you have never heard of this film), as I shall highlight why this is also Michael Moore’s worst.

Plot: Michael Moore travels across the country to various college and university campuses to get the slacking youth off of their sofas, and into the voting booths to get George W. Bush out of office.
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Where to Invade Next review – Moore's upbeat socialism is a welcome corrective

Invading various countries to bring their socially responsible ideas back to the Us, Michael Moore’s bracing new doc is doggedly simple, and valuable

This isn’t what you might expect, though it’s quite in line with what Michael Moore has said before. There’s a more positive, upbeat note than usual, though. Moore has created a punchy and exhilarating tribute to the various liberal-welfarist traditions of nations from Europe and elsewhere. He cheerfully tours around, “invading” these countries and pinching their good ideas, with a view to bringing them back to the Us, ideas such as France’s healthy school meals, Italy’s statutory paid holidays and Germany’s worker participation in boardrooms – defending them as tax-efficient and socially necessary.

This movie is a cousin to his excellent Sicko, an attack on America’s private health insurance, and in its scepticism about America’s military spending it’s
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Where to Invade Next Review

There may not be a more controversial filmmaker in the world than Michael Moore. The politically-minded documentarian has plenty of detractors, thanks to a slew of anti-establishment films that satirically poke holes in the concept of American exceptionalism. He’s covered gun control (Bowling For Columbine), the fractured health care system (Sicko), and the war on […]

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Review: 'A Monster With a Thousand Heads' Is an Urgently Universal Healthcare Thriller

Review: 'A Monster With a Thousand Heads' Is an Urgently Universal Healthcare Thriller
Healthcare — at least in this country — is a conspiracy thriller unto itself, and trying to get reimbursed for medical treatments can make the average person feel like they're living through their own personal remake of "Z." Even with the current administration's historic push towards accessibility, there's still something fundamentally disquieting about a bureaucracy of human life. While a number of films have confronted viewers with the horrifying facts and mordant absurdities of the process (Michael Moore's "Sicko" naturally being the first that comes to mind), Rodrigo Plá's intermittently engaging "A Monster With a Thousand Heads" is unique for how it captures the urgency of a system that's designed to frustrate and confuse people into helplessness. Shorter than an average phone call with your insurance provider (the closing credits begin at the 69-minute mark), Plá's film is set in Mexico, where universal healthcare was allegedly...
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Where to Invade Next

America's favorite gadfly has made something worth watching -- a European tour of Great Ideas that American would do well to steal outright -- even if many of those ideas originated here. Not that anyone will listen, but Hail the Conquering Hero just the same. Where to Invade Next Blu-ray Anchor Bay 2015 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 120 min. / Street Date May 10, 2016 / 29.99 Starring Michael Moore Cinematography Rick Rowley, Jayme Roy Film Editors Pablo Proenza, Todd Woody Richman, Tyler H. Walk Produced by Carl Deal, Tia Lessin, Michael Moore Directed by Michael Moore

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Hate Michael Moore? Hate Michael Moore movies? Although Moore-o-phobes will think the title sounds like another Moore snark-fest about America's penchant for warfare, his newest picture Where to Invade Next is fundamentally unlike any of his earlier hits. It's also as (gasp) politically neutral as a sane movie can be. It's charming and uplifting, qualifiers I don't normally associate with Moore.
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