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    Thumbs up Movie Review: Capitalism: A Love Story

    Tonight I saw Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story

    Here is the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhydyxRjujU

    You will see some attempts at humor but its really a dead serious movie and one that nicely puts historical and recent events together in a cohesive way. I know that some see Moore's style of movie making as being slanted or biased toward's *his* reality or *his* point of view. Ok probably guilty here but this is true for many documentaries if not all.

    The movie is somewhere between a documentary and a non-fiction but, as most Michael Moore movies do to me, they make me leave the movie theater pissed off. Not at Michael but at the situation he is trying to describe.

    I think the movie did a good job in crystalizing the current financial meltdown and further did a good job in pointing at the sources of the problem. Ronald Regan didn't emerge unscaved and neither did the Bush'es. The treasury is portrayed as an extension of Goldman Sachs and the $700 Billion bailout was a bank robbery of the grandest proportions all orchestrated by the powers in play as virtually an intelligence operation.

    Did you know that American corporations (including Wal-Mart just to name one in particular) takes our secret life insurance policies on their employee's, payable to the corporation? The employee doesn't know about it and its all nicely tucked into a law called 'Dead Peasants' hmmm... The company bets on employees that it feels are good risks to be dead within reasonable periods of time. Its all incredibly legal ! Steve Perlman you there?

    The dismantleing of the american dream was detailed and one fact that resonated as that 1% of the population of the US now holds 95% of the wealth.

    The opening of the movie was nicely compared to fall of the Roman Empire, fact by fact, analogy by analogy.

    Whatever problems we think we have in Wayland, I am very sure that Wayland and in particular, our state, is the place to be. We have strong health care legislation, we still have university density, we still have high tech and we are an educated population.

    New England will be the most difficult area of the country to subdue in the even of martial law which is looming as unemployment goes up and desperation sets in.

    OK... this must be the aftermath of a Michael Moore movie.
    But don't dismiss him so quickly. In fact, he may be a pop culture hero and an important message deliverer.

    I hope others see this movie and chime in.

    I'm giving this movie... Two Thumbs Up.

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    Default C'mon now...

    What? Nobody is a movie critic...
    I mean all we ever talk about here is school this and school that...
    Override this and override that...
    Website this and website that...

    Or is it just me?

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    Default Oh Alan, you’re such the revolutionary

    I bet if we elected you selectman again, you’d pass legislation that’d ensure you’d be dictator for life, just like all those leftist/socialist pinky comm-e b_____s (how would you spell “comm-e”?)

    I haven’t seen the movie but I read the following movie review by “The Economist”. They have a bit different take. (Is this plagierism, copy right infringment? Am I going to jail? Or how can I profit from using their copy?)

    “False profits or false prophet?

    Another tendentious take-down from the showman

    The big screen’s polemicist-in-chief is back. In “Capitalism: A Love Story”, Michael Moore turns his camera and loud-hailer to the identity crisis that has gripped the world’s most enduring economic system. His conclusion is characteristically punchy: capitalism is inherently evil, “a system of giving and taking…mostly taking.” His line of argument is also characteristically simplistic.

    Mr Moore is a showman, and his film is studded with trademark stunts. Some are funny, for instance his wrapping of crime-scene tape around the headquarters of bailed-out Wall Street firms to the bemusement of security guards. The footage of the botched attempts by experts to explain derivatives is hilarious.

    His mastery of the issues is less assured. In his black-and-white world, there is no middle class, just “the people who got it all and the people who got nothing”, as one dispossessed homeowner puts it. Forget greedy borrowers, napping regulators or global economic imbalances. The recession is entirely the fault of Wall Street’s robber-barons and, in a novel reading of Detroit’s woes, corporate bosses who drove their companies into the ground because of, not in spite of, their determination to slim down their operations and break the power of the unions.

    As in “Fahrenheit 9/11”, his film about America’s response to the attacks on the World Trade Centre, Mr Moore sees conspiracies everywhere. The $700 billion bail-out after Lehman’s collapse was no genuine attempt to stave off depression, but a financial coup d’état, staged by big banks. Like nefarious screen villains, the bankers “had a simple plan: to remake America to serve them.”

    So busy is Mr Moore imagining such shenanigans and resorting to class-struggle theatrics, and so hectoring his tone, that he risks leaving even his fans unmoved. Tellingly, the film’s first-weekend box office take was well below expectations. His biggest failure, however, is his inability to articulate a plausible alternative to the system he loathes.

    He talks fuzzily of more democracy, but it is not clear what he means. He likes small, co-operatively run firms, but how that model could be made to work for multinationals is far from clear. In the end, Mr Moore fails to produce a convincing riposte to the argument that capitalism, though prone to the occasional spectacular bust, is the economic system best able to correct its own excesses.”

    So Alan, did he have a solution/recommendation?

    donBustin@verizon.net

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    Default Now thats what I was looking for...

    Quote Originally Posted by don Bustin View Post
    I bet if we elected you selectman again, you’d pass legislation that’d ensure you’d be dictator for life, just like all those leftist/socialist pinky comm-e b_____s (how would you spell “comm-e”?)
    Aren't you one of the guys who said that there is communist behind every Bush?

    Quote Originally Posted by don Bustin View Post
    I haven’t seen the movie
    Well then damn-it see the movie and you don't have to live vicariously through the eyes of "The Economist".

    Quote Originally Posted by don Bustin View Post
    Am I going to jail?
    Only if I were re-elected selectman and declared myself dictator.

    Now Don you've pasted all of the review from somebody else and I would be much more interested in hearing what you had to say after seeing the movie.

    Quote Originally Posted by don Bustin View Post
    So Alan, did he have a solution/recommendation?
    In fact, Michael Moore did have a suggestion and recommendation but it came from Franklin Delano Roosevelt about 14 months prior to death, the movie shows a newsreel of this speech which is only audio on the youtube

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaghvZWVrl8

    The irony that the movie points out is that Germany, Italy and Japan put into place most if not all of these 'workers bill of rights' after the war due to the reconstruction programs financed by America.

    This bill was not put into place in America and was dropped.
    It died with him.

    Thanks for responding Don and see the movie.

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    Default Sorry, Alan (Been too busy lately to post)

    I have seen the movie and it is terrific.
    I’d heard that the critics had panned it. Perhaps the media companies that the critics work for are so entrenched in their own capitalist motives that they weren’t allowed to speak out against Big Brother. [frown]

    The part about the “Dead Peasant” policies was most disturbing. Even if they are legal, they certainly are disgusting.

    I agree with Alan that Moore does present some solutions, but even if he didn’t, that’s not the point of this expose´ film anyway. He is not required to have all the answers. He has fulfilled his role quite well by simply providing a thought-provoking, informative, infuriating and as always, humorous documentary about some things that people really ought to be paying attention to.

    For those who think of Moore as too biased, - he is just as hard on some Democrats as he is on Republicans in this film. I highly recommend this movie, no matter what your political affiliation. It's not perfect and there may be times when you feel less sympathetic toward the little guy who got screwed than Moore had intended, as a friend of mine did. Nonetheless, it is a real eye-opener to many things in our political system.

    And more than once during the film, I was reminded of our own little slice of paradise, Wayland…

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    Alan, you're right to suggest that the discussion forum's range of topics could be expanded. We could talk about anything. Cooking, the weather, plays in town, anything really. A broader range of topics might engender broader participation.

    I've got some topic ideas, but first, back to government for a moment. The movie prompts me to wonder why people seem to understand why monopolies in the economy are a bad thing. But they don't seem to make the extension to government. It's a monopoly that has many of the same deficiencies as the economic type. And it has no desire to fix itself. Washington, Wayland too.

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