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  posted on 3/9/2010 at 12:41 PM
I just got this in my email......love him or hate him, the guy makes sense:


Sell! Buy! Rebel! 'Capitalism: A Love Story' Is Out Today on DVD (...and what is up with Wal-Mart?)!

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Friends,

DVD-Day for "Capitalism: A Love Story" has finally arrived for all you good folks who just couldn't figure out how to fit in a trip to the movie theater between your three part-time jobs -- or simply weren't able to afford the $10 for the small popcorn at your local rip-off cine-mall when my film was released last fall.

What's with you people?! I make these movies for you to see on a big screen, in the dark, with 200 strangers who want to hoot and holler along with you. Those of you who did see it -- thank you!! You helped to make it the 8th-largest grossing documentary of all time (and, as of Sunday morning, "Capitalism" had sold more tickets than Best Picture winner, "The Hurt Locker").

But for those of you who didn't get to the theater, what's your excuse? Didn't want to sit through 20 minutes of TV ads up on the screen before the movie started? Don't like sitting next to people who have 6 important cell calls to make during the film? Feet get stuck to the floor after two hours of people spilling their 164 oz. sodas, thus preventing you from getting up when the film's over? Jeez, what babies!

Well, starting today, you can now OWN your very own DVD (or Blu-ray) copy of my latest action/romance/horror film, "Capitalism: A Love Story" -- and watch it in the comfort of your soon-to-be-foreclosed home! Get it cheap at Amazon, rent or stream it fast at Netflix, or go down to the local Wal-Mart that put your locally-owned mom & pop video store outta business and pick it up for pennies on the dollar. See! Something for everyone!

The fact that Wal-Mart is carrying this movie -- a movie that specifically exposes Wal-Mart's past practice of taking out secret "dead peasant" life insurance policies on its employees and naming itself as the lone beneficiary should the employee meet an "untimely" early death -- well, my friends, need you any further proof that Corporate America is so secure in its position as the ruler of our country, so sure of its infallible power that, yes, they can even sell a movie that attacks them because it poses absolutely no threat to them?

A sane person would think that Wal-Mart would never carry "Capitalism: A Love Story" because it's simply not in their best interests to inform their customers of their shady past. After all, many Wal-Mart stores wouldn't carry "Bowling for Columbine" back in 2003. That was *Kmart* I went after (for selling the ammo to the Columbine killers)! But I guess that was too Mart-y close for Wal-Mart -- so no DVDs were allowed of that film on the shelves of some of the world's biggest retail chain's stores (the movie studio estimated that cost them $2.5 million in sales).

But seven years later, it's a new day in America. The corporate coup is complete. Corporations like Wal-Mart now call all the shots, write all the laws, pay off almost all the congressmen and essentially (along with the other Fortune 500 companies and Wall Street) rule the nation. They've helped to eliminate consumer choice and the free market while convincing you they are all for "free enterprise" and the "U.S.A."

More importantly, they've snuffed out any criticism or opposition. They've even co-opted liberals, like the people who made the wonderful documentary, "Food, Inc." The last half-hour of this movie includes -- I kid you not -- an homage to Wal-Mart as the filmmakers swoon over this kinder, gentler company that has decided to -- bless them! -- put an organic food counter in their stores! Thank you, Wal-Mart! Kumbaya! (And hey, granolaheads, don't forget to flash a smile on the way out of the store at the "greeter" who can't afford to see a doctor.)

Yes, Wal-Mart, by selling "Capitalism," is saying to me: "Go ahead Mike and expose us all you want! Hahahhaha! We're so convinced that the public has either been dumbed down or made numb enough to not give a lick about whatever it is you're saying about us and capitalism. We can sell a million of these and it won't make a damn bit of difference about our ability to rule the world. So knock yourself out, big guy! Hehehehehehe. Go ahead and put your little movie on our shelves. It will never start a revolution."

Or so they think.

But what if they're wrong?

What if they and their brethren -- the banks, the insurance companies, the hedge fund sociopaths -- are too confident we won't fight to get our country back? They think that because they, the richest 1%, now own more financial wealth than 95% of all Americans COMBINED, that they can get away with anything. Perhaps they're right. Perhaps they're not.

I did ask someone at the studio why Wal-Mart was so willing to carry this movie.

"They're no dummies," he told me. "They know who shops in their stores -- working people, blue collar, the people hit hardest by the economy. They know your movie will resonate with them and that only means one thing -- ka-ching, ka-ching at the cash register!"

Happy now? Good. I thought I'd cheer you up on my big day!

Listen, let me cut right to it: I am passionate about this movie. It is not only my most personal film, it is the most vital and necessary film I've made in my 20 years as a filmmaker. Period. I told my crew at the start of this movie, "Let's make this film so brutally honest that NO ONE with any money will ever want to write us a check to make another movie!" And so we set off to make the most dangerous documentary we could.

As gloomy as our situation in the world looks these days, I refuse to give up. If there's even the slightest chance that we can turn this around, then I want to help, I want to be part of the fight along with you.

And I want you to see this movie. Not next week (by then, the health insurance companies will have won). Not next month (by then, the banks will have scuttled any new regulations). I need you to watch it right now and I need you to get as many of your friends and family to watch it as soon as possible -- and then I want you to do something.

That "something" can be found in the 80 new minutes of material and DVD extras I've put on this home video. It's 80 minutes of bold ideas and things we can do to get our country back. No one has seen these extras -- and today will be the first time they're available on the home video of this movie.

Well, that's the pitch. I get nothing $-wise from the sale of these DVDs. I just want you to see this movie because, if you haven't, I think you will not only be "entertained" for 2 hours, you'll be ready to rock-n-roll your way down to the local Citibank and create the nonviolent ruckus they need to see. THIS IS OUR COUNTRY -- not theirs. They have plundered and pillaged long enough. Homes in this country receive foreclosure filings every eight seconds! This must be stopped.

Let my movie be the tool you use to rise up and become the citizens I know you want to be. If not now, when?

Thank you for all your support over all these years. You must know by now that I honestly couldn't make these movies without you.

My absolute gratitude and best wishes for you and yours,
Michael Moore
MMFlint@aol.com
MichaelMoore.com

 

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  posted on 3/9/2010 at 12:50 PM
Despite his self-serving comments in the email, WalMart is not threatened by Moore's movie because they know that most people think he is an opportunistic hack.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2010 at 12:52 PM
Have you see any of his movies?

 

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  posted on 3/9/2010 at 12:55 PM
while i'm not a big fan of MM, i'm actually glad that he makes the movies that he does. it encourages you to think and to look at something from another angle, even if you think that angle is distorted and slanted.

i do find it funny that he uses capitalistic terms to describe his movie's credentials:

You helped to make it the 8th-largest grossing documentary of all time (and, as of Sunday morning, "Capitalism" had sold more tickets than Best Picture winner, "The Hurt Locker").

he encourages you to OWN a copy.
he has a net worth estimated over $50 million
he charges up to $30k for speaking engagements

so he really doesn't capitalism that much.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2010 at 12:57 PM
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Have you see any of his movies?

Yes. Most, if not all, of them. They are entertaining. If they were presented as satirical comedies I'd have no problem. But he offers them up as documentaries, which they are not. He's a hack with an agenda posing as a journalist.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2010 at 01:00 PM
I agree that his movies make people think....or a lot of people....and I appreciate his slant on things. I might not agree with everything, but after seeing one of his movies, it's inspired me to research a topic I hadn't thought of. So far I believe Fahrenheit 9/11 is one of his best and it came out at a time when dissent against the war was all but being stiffled.

I'm looking forward to seeing this movie too. I know there will be things of which I was unaware and I'll be doing more research looking for answers.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2010 at 01:07 PM
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Have you see any of his movies?

Yes. Most, if not all, of them. They are entertaining. If they were presented as satirical comedies I'd have no problem. But he offers them up as documentaries, which they are not. He's a hack with an agenda posing as a journalist.


Not like Fox News (or any other TV news) right?

 

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  posted on 3/9/2010 at 01:09 PM
Thanks, Ann. I have yet to see this movie and wasn't aware that it was on DVD yet.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2010 at 01:11 PM
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Have you see any of his movies?

Yes. Most, if not all, of them. They are entertaining. If they were presented as satirical comedies I'd have no problem. But he offers them up as documentaries, which they are not. He's a hack with an agenda posing as a journalist.


Not like Fox News (or any other TV news) right?

Have you ever heard me defend Fox News? He is just like Fox News. Imagine the reaction if someone had posted this:

"I agree that Fox News makes people think....or a lot of people....and I appreciate their slant on things. I might not agree with everything, but after seeing Sean Hannity, it's inspired me to research a topic I hadn't thought of. So far I believe Bill O'Reilly is one of their best and he came out at a time when CNN had a corner on cable news.

I'm looking forward to seeing Glenn Beck too. I know he will say things of which I was unaware and I'll be doing more research looking for answers."

[Edited on 3/9/2010 by bob1954]

[Edited on 3/9/2010 by bob1954]

 

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  posted on 3/9/2010 at 01:23 PM
"I agree that Fox News makes people think....or a lot of people....and I appreciate their slant on things. I might not agree with everything, but after seeing Sean Hannity, it's inspired me to research a topic I hadn't thought of. So far I believe Bill O'Reilly is one of their best and he came out at a time when CNN had a corner on cable news.

I'm looking forward to seeing Glenn Beck too. I know he will say things of which I was unaware and I'll be doing more research looking for answers."


First of all, I've found that a number of people who watch FOX news are content to have their information spoon fed to them.....as, admittedly are some of the people who see Michael Moore films. That being said, I listen to what some of the FOX people say and I actually do research on the topic because I want to know what's going on and you can't get a clear picture from just one viewpoint. How do you think I know what I'm talkinga bout when I take a side on an issue?

As for Beck.....there's a lot he says of which I'm unaware because there's no way anyone can predict the crazh $hit that come out of his mouth. However, I haven't heard anything that would make me think about anything other than he's a bonefide looney tune. And for that I don't need to research anything.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2010 at 01:28 PM
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If they were presented as satirical comedies I'd have no problem. But he offers them up as documentaries, which they are not. He's a hack with an agenda posing as a journalist.


+1

 

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  posted on 3/9/2010 at 01:33 PM
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Have you see any of his movies?

Yes. Most, if not all, of them. They are entertaining. If they were presented as satirical comedies I'd have no problem. But he offers them up as documentaries, which they are not. He's a hack with an agenda posing as a journalist.


Not like Fox News (or any other TV news) right?

Have you ever heard me defend Fox News? He is just like Fox News. Imagine the reaction if someone had posted this:

"I agree that Fox News makes people think....or a lot of people....and I appreciate their slant on things. I might not agree with everything, but after seeing Sean Hannity, it's inspired me to research a topic I hadn't thought of. So far I believe Bill O'Reilly is one of their best and he came out at a time when CNN had a corner on cable news.

I'm looking forward to seeing Glenn Beck too. I know he will say things of which I was unaware and I'll be doing more research looking for answers."

[Edited on 3/9/2010 by bob1954]

[Edited on 3/9/2010 by bob1954]


Michael Moore is differant from Fox News in that he tells the truth and they lie. It's not a matter of an individuals opinion. There IS a reality.

 

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Have you see any of his movies?

Yes. Most, if not all, of them. They are entertaining. If they were presented as satirical comedies I'd have no problem. But he offers them up as documentaries, which they are not. He's a hack with an agenda posing as a journalist.


As far as I know, he's the only one that ever showed the entire seven minutes that George Bush sat in a classroom looking scared $hitless after being told the country is under attack.

I cannot for the life of me remember what Moore was voicing over during that seven minutes. I will, however, never forget that look on Bush's face.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2010 at 01:51 PM
I like Michael Moore and although he definitely has an opinion about his subject matter, I've never discovered anything that wasn't true in any of his movies.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2010 at 02:02 PM
Hehehe...seems like I wandered into the Michael Moore Fan Club.

 

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Hehehe...seems like I wandered into the Michael Moore Fan Club.


Interesting conclusion.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2010 at 02:08 PM
I have seen all of Moore's movies and have met him on several occasions and think he is the most important documentary filmmaker/muckraker of our time. In fact, he has redefined the personal essay style of doc with his sharp wit and humor.

I think all his films are essential viewing and should be discussed afterward.

With all the right-wing crap we have to put up with in this country I for one am very grateful for someone on my side and salute Moore !

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  posted on 3/9/2010 at 02:30 PM
His only agenda is trying to be a voice for the middle class and less fortunate out there. I'll never understand why so many whose economic interest he represents are so against him.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2010 at 02:46 PM

All about the money. Just ask Al Gore.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2010 at 02:53 PM
Nothing wrong with making money from your labors....plenty wrong with what wall street did.

 

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Nothing wrong with making money from your labors....plenty wrong with what wall street did.

 

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Have you see any of his movies?

Yes. Most, if not all, of them. They are entertaining. If they were presented as satirical comedies I'd have no problem. But he offers them up as documentaries, which they are not. He's a hack with an agenda posing as a journalist.


Not like Fox News (or any other TV news) right?

Have you ever heard me defend Fox News? He is just like Fox News. Imagine the reaction if someone had posted this:

"I agree that Fox News makes people think....or a lot of people....and I appreciate their slant on things. I might not agree with everything, but after seeing Sean Hannity, it's inspired me to research a topic I hadn't thought of. So far I believe Bill O'Reilly is one of their best and he came out at a time when CNN had a corner on cable news.

I'm looking forward to seeing Glenn Beck too. I know he will say things of which I was unaware and I'll be doing more research looking for answers."

[Edited on 3/9/2010 by bob1954]

[Edited on 3/9/2010 by bob1954]


In our partisan world those with whom we agree "make us think" and those with whom we don't are opportunistic hacks. Michael Moore is actually an extremely skillful propogandist who knows how to manipulate modern media to make his extremely one sides and polemic points. He does not make people think, he makes people feel and stops them from thinking.

 

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Have you see any of his movies?

Yes. Most, if not all, of them. They are entertaining. If they were presented as satirical comedies I'd have no problem. But he offers them up as documentaries, which they are not. He's a hack with an agenda posing as a journalist.


Not like Fox News (or any other TV news) right?

Have you ever heard me defend Fox News? He is just like Fox News. Imagine the reaction if someone had posted this:

"I agree that Fox News makes people think....or a lot of people....and I appreciate their slant on things. I might not agree with everything, but after seeing Sean Hannity, it's inspired me to research a topic I hadn't thought of. So far I believe Bill O'Reilly is one of their best and he came out at a time when CNN had a corner on cable news.

I'm looking forward to seeing Glenn Beck too. I know he will say things of which I was unaware and I'll be doing more research looking for answers."

[Edited on 3/9/2010 by bob1954]

[Edited on 3/9/2010 by bob1954]


Michael Moore is differant from Fox News in that he tells the truth and they lie. It's not a matter of an individuals opinion. There IS a reality.


Case in point.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2010 at 03:25 PM
Can anyone give an example of anything in one of his movies that wasn't accurate?

 

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Can anyone give an example of anything in one of his movies that wasn't accurate?


It's not so much innacurate though I'm certain there are many, as unfair. He manipulates interviews and images to make the points he wants to make in the way he wants them made. That is the definition of propoganda. He is skillful at it. Of course most people in this country don't agree with his far left wing socialistic positions but those who do think he's just the cat's meow. No problem with that.

 

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