On the 20-year anniversary of his groundbreaking masterpiece "Roger & Me," Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" comes home to the issue he's been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans. But this time the culprit is much bigger than General Motors, and the crime scene is far wider than Flint, Michigan.
The words "health care" and "comedy" aren't usually found in the same sentence, but in Academy Award winning filmmaker Michael Moore's new movie 'SiCKO,' they go together hand in (rubber) glove.
While Moore's 'SiCKO' follows the trailblazing path of previous hit films, the Oscar-winning BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE and all-time box-office documentary champ FAHRENHEIT 9/11, it is also something very different for Michael Moore. 'SiCKO' is a straight-from-the-heart portrait of the crazy and sometimes cruel U.S. health care system, told from the vantage of everyday people faced with extraordinary and bizarre challenges in their quest for basic health coverage.
In the tradition of Mark Twain or Will Rogers, 'SiCKO' uses humor to tell these compelling stories, leading the audience to conclude that an alternative system is the only possible answer.
After 20 years of making groundbreaking films and setting box office records -- from "Roger & Me" to "Bowling for Columbine" to "Sicko" -- Mike has decided to thank you by giving away his newest film, "Slacker Uprising," for free!
One of the most controversial and provocative films of the year, Fahrenheit 9/11 is Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore's searing examination of the Bush administration's actions in the wake of the tragic events of 9/11.
With his characteristic humor and dogged commitment to uncovering the facts, Moore considers the presidency of George W. Bush and where it has led us. He looks at how - and why - Bush and his inner circle avoided pursuing the Saudi connection to 9/11, despite the fact that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis and Saudi money had funded Al Qaeda. Fahrenheit 9/11 shows us a nation kept in constant fear by FBI alerts and lulled into accepting a piece of legislation, the USA Patriot Act, that infringes on basic civil rights. It is in this atmosphere of confusion, suspicion and dread that the Bush Administration makes its headlong rush towards war in Iraq and Fahrenheit 9/11 takes us inside that war to tell the stories we haven't heard, illustrating the awful human cost to U.S. soldiers and their families.
"Bowling for Columbine" is an alternately humorous and horrifying film about the United States. It is a film about the state of the Union, about the violent soul of America. Why do 11,000 people die in America each year at the hands of gun violence? The talking heads yelling from every TV camera blame everything from Satan to video games. But are we that much different from many other countries? What sets us apart? How have we become both the master and victim of such enormous amounts of violence? This is not a film about gun control. It is a film about the fearful heart and soul of the United States, and the 280 million Americans lucky enough to have the right to a constitutionally protected Uzi.
Michael Moore might have thought he'd have a problem doing a follow-up to "Roger & Me," his muckraking documentary that took General Motors CEO Roger Smith to task for closing a Buick plant and throwing thousands out of work. Since that soul-satisfying film in 1988, Moore has taken on a certain measure of celebrity and even solvency. But then along came downsizing in the '90s. As corporations discovered they could increase profits by firing American workers who made them rich and farming out jobs to lower-priced workers in other countries, Moore's new documentary, "The Big One," became inevitable. - Jay Carr, Boston Globe
America has been invading Canada culturally almost since its last military incursion in 1812. Now Moore has imagined a president (Alan Alda) who talks tough about those mean guys up north so he can jack up his numbers in the polls and get America's weapons factories humming again. The trouble is, a lawman from Niagara Falls, N.Y., the late John Candy, takes the talks seriously and precipitates an international incident. - Bart Mills, Marquee Magazine
The Bunny Lady is still skinning rabbits, Deputy Fred is still evicting people from their homes, and former General Motors chairman Roger Smith still isn't returning Michael Moore's phone calls. - Benjamin Svetkey , Entertainment Weekly
In 1989, Michael Moore burst onto the American moviemaking scene with Roger & Me. The groundbreaking documentary chronicled the efforts of the world's largest corporation, General Motors, as it turns its hometown of Flint, Michigan, into a ghost town. In his quest to discover why GM would want to do such a thing, Michael Moore - a Flint native - attempts to meet the chairman, Roger Smith, and persuade him to come and visit Flint to see the destruction first-hand.