6 posts categorized "MICHAEL MOORE"

Nov 23 2010
Remorse Rx Comments (1)

Michael Moore earns a heartfelt apology from healthcare-industry turncoat (in a good way!) Wendell Potter, who admits in his tell-all Deadly Spin how his former industry did everything in its power to smear Moore and discredit his movie. Potter admits now that after seeing Sicko, he and his peers knew Moore had gotten it mostly right.

Feb 02 2010
On The List Comments (3)


 Kathryn Bigelow & James Cameron: Oscar's War of the Lenses

The Oscar nominations are out, and while some who had a pretty good shot saw their hopes dashed (Daniel Day-Lewis in Nine for Best Actor; Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria for Best Actress; (500 Days of Summer), Where the Wild Things AreInvictus, Nine, Julie and Julia and my personal choice of A Single Man for Best Picture; Diane Kruger in Inglourious Basterds, Julianne Moore in A Single Man and Marion Cotillard in Nine for Best Supporting Actress; Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story for Best Documentary; A Single Man for Art Direction...it was criticized as too pretty, but apparently it still wasn't pretty enough!; "Cinema Italiano" from Nine and "All is Love" from Where the Wild Things Are for Best Original Song), most of the nominees were unsurprising. In fact, with one exception (Kruger losing her spot to Maggie Gyllenhaal), all of the major acting nominees matched the SAG nominees.

Loved how the collected press applauded for the crowd-pleasing Blind Side noms...it's like American Idol where the best frequently don't win, but the favorites do! (Maybe The Blind Side is this year's Ruben Studdard.) 

Lee_daniels Kathryn Bigelow becomes only the fourth woman ever nominated for a Best Director Oscar (so deserved), and has an excellent chance to become the first to win. Also, Lee Daniels is only the second black man nominated for Best Director (also so deserved; the first was not Spike Lee, but John Singleton). Also re Daniels, I don't have stats on how many out gay people have been nominated for the award, but Rob Marshall comes to mind.

Sandra-bullock-the-blind-side As for nominating 10 films instead of five, it feels like a marketing gimmick to me, especially when only five directors are nominated—it feels like the five films whose helmers were ignored are just honorary mentions with next to no chance of winning. And I didn't find the extra five to be particularly interesting choices, either—they feel like films that should have been in the running but shouldn't have been in the final cut, or, in the case of The Blind Side, they're concessions to commercial juggernauts. (I guess that is this year's Ghost, except Ghost was able to be nominated when there were only five slots, and The Blind Side probably wouldn't have had a shot.)

But the Oscars are the original marketing gimmick gone good, so more power to the movies that benefit from the looser standards.


The full list of nominees follows (and more movie talk is available here), but my guesses right now for the top awards would be: Avatar (but Inglourious Basterds has a real shot and The Hurt Locker is not out of the question), Bigelow, Bridges, Bullock (she's had the momentum, but Streep could still pull it off in the more conservative Oscars), Mo'Nique and Waltz.

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Jun 14 2009
Breaking The Bank Comments (0)

Something tells me that Michael Moore's new movie will not be one through which President Obama can sit comfortably! He briefly but intensely criticized Hillary Clinton in Sicko even though health care was her issue, but I think his new assault on the banking system is going to be a much broader critique for this administration.
Jan 07 2009
For Some, Gupta Is A Bitter Pill To Swallow Comments (2)


Like I said in an earlier postyou can't always trust the cute ones.
Jan 06 2009
Not What The Doctor Ordered Comments (2)

I'm sorry, but I am disliking Pres.-Elect Obama's choices to fill the last high-profile positions in his administration. Case in point: Sanjay Gupta is cute as hell, but I stopped liking Dr_sanjay_gupta_people_profile him when I started listening to his reports and realized how pro-corporate he is. Then he went against Michael Moore's brilliant, progressive Sicko with some dubious facts. I do not want a Surgeon General who is an apologist for the pharmaceutical companies.

On the plus side, it's energizing to have a youthful, telegenic candidate who people know—but that's only if his message is one I agree with.

I'm siding against this decision but will try to keep an open mind if he gets the part job.

(If you think Gupta is not a mealy-mouthed corporate shill, watch the video—halfway through, he goes to the mat against free health care in an extremely disingenuous way.)
Aug 02 2008
Visitation Comments (10)

Madonna Bilde
Madonna appeared at the Traverse City Film Festival to introduce her (quite good) documentary I Am Because We Are
. I think she looks great, and very natural (she was much more made up at TriBeCa when I saw her there). I would not call whatever work she's had done "extreme," as her brother has called it. Nor would I ask, "What's wrong with her face?" She looks good and happy. A few extra pounds would not kill her, but I likey. (The picture above right is very "Don't Cry For Me, Traverse Cityyy!") Bilde-10

A vision of the Madonna in Michigan!

20qf32f Interestingly, her father and stepmother attended (they're in the background at left chatting with Lourdes as Madonna chats with Moore), so whatever Sturm und Drang is going on behind-the-scenes regarding Christopher's book is not playing out in public.

The director speaks:

Critics (and there are far fewer for this film than most of her other recent cinematic attempts) be damned.

Nice write-up of her Michigan appearance here. Loving the Michigan acksents here:

Loving this fan's footage here:

Loving this thorough footage even more here:




After the jump, Lourdes is totally going to be a fashion trend-setter...

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