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Oct. 1, 2009by: Niki Stephens

Michael Moore's newest film CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY is going nationwide tomorrow and guess how he's making it special?

Moore had this to say in an open letter, "To kick off the national release of Capitalism: A Love Story, I've asked the studio to offer a number of screenings in the nation's hardest hit cities -- the ones with the highest unemployment rates and highest foreclosure rates -- where those who've lost their jobs or who are in foreclosure (or have already been evicted) may attend my film free of charge. They've agreed, and so tonight (Thursday), the night before our opening day, ten cities will grant you free admission if you have fallen on hard times."

That's rather kind of him, but is he doing it to be kind or because it'll make a hell of a news story? Surely not though, the guy already gets a mountain of publicity. Plus, he's also added 5 benefit screenings in order to raise money for local organizations in those towns.

I don't know if the homeless want to go see the movie, but if anything it gives them somewhere to sit and relax for 120 minutes. Here's the list of theaters it will be screened at as well as the letter in it's entirety.

Extra Tidbit: I don't know how to feel about Michael Moore at times. Sometimes I think that the guy is really on a mission to make a change, but on the other hand he seems like too smooth of a talker. Then again I don't know him so I can't really judge.

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11:11AM on 10/02/2009
Maybe he's trying to start something with this free admission thing. Like people who just got laid off, rise up and fight. I think that's the public message he's trying to send. Don't always agree with the man's tactics, he can be a little heavy-handed at times (although I thought with "Sicko" he seemed to work hard not to overdo it). The man knows how to get people's attention, and he knows how to press their buttons. He's like an essayist. What we see is his argument, not the facts
Maybe he's trying to start something with this free admission thing. Like people who just got laid off, rise up and fight. I think that's the public message he's trying to send. Don't always agree with the man's tactics, he can be a little heavy-handed at times (although I thought with "Sicko" he seemed to work hard not to overdo it). The man knows how to get people's attention, and he knows how to press their buttons. He's like an essayist. What we see is his argument, not the facts alone.

A lot of documentarians "doctor" their work. That is what the editing process is all about. When Errol Morris interviewed Robert McNamara, you know he said more than what was on film.

Because Moore has positioned himself as a middle-American blue-collar activist he's naturally got enemies, especially since he's not really blue-collar. Sometimes I feel like, since he's such a polarizing force, those who don't like him needn't say a thing, just like I don't complain about Bill O'Reilly or Glenn Beck regularly, because their views are so opposed to my own that I wouldn't know where to start.
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8:29AM on 10/02/2009

Moore is over-rated...

Michael Moore is a bum. He is only looking out for himself, trying to make so-called controversial documentaries. Alex Jones is the man! Check out Martial Law and Endgame if you want to see some interesting things. Michael Moore even has an unintended cameo in Martial Law that shows him to be the fake that he is.
Michael Moore is a bum. He is only looking out for himself, trying to make so-called controversial documentaries. Alex Jones is the man! Check out Martial Law and Endgame if you want to see some interesting things. Michael Moore even has an unintended cameo in Martial Law that shows him to be the fake that he is.
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9:22PM on 10/01/2009

his last film...

if you can really call it a film, "Slacker Uprising" was released online for free... it was more of a personal thanks to the young people then an expose. Anyway- I don't really think releasing this one online would help anybody- this isn't a film "for" the downtrodden- it's a film for the rest of us - to remind us what we're compromising when we prance around praising capitalism as the end-all fix-all. There's a lot of hate for Michael Moore, but there's very little in his films that can be
if you can really call it a film, "Slacker Uprising" was released online for free... it was more of a personal thanks to the young people then an expose. Anyway- I don't really think releasing this one online would help anybody- this isn't a film "for" the downtrodden- it's a film for the rest of us - to remind us what we're compromising when we prance around praising capitalism as the end-all fix-all. There's a lot of hate for Michael Moore, but there's very little in his films that can be argued. And for making a couple of little films, he sure is getting some heat. Must be striking a chord!
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1:38AM on 10/02/2009
Really, there's not much that can be argued? I mean you know that Moore completely doctored Roger & Me, right. Roger actually met him, twice. Moore just decided to omit that part because he felt it "made for a more compelling story." Moore is a smart man, he might even be a talented one, but he is not honest and when when a documentarian knowingly tries to pass off lies as the truth I have a serious problem with that.
Really, there's not much that can be argued? I mean you know that Moore completely doctored Roger & Me, right. Roger actually met him, twice. Moore just decided to omit that part because he felt it "made for a more compelling story." Moore is a smart man, he might even be a talented one, but he is not honest and when when a documentarian knowingly tries to pass off lies as the truth I have a serious problem with that.
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8:38PM on 10/01/2009

So if he really wants the opressed and downtrodden to see this...

...why doesn't he release it online for free like some indie filmmaker do? I mean the guy has a networth of $50 Million (look it up yourself), it's not like he couldn't afford it. No, instead he makes a film decrying corporate America and their exploitation of the working man, and then releases it through a major studio (which is owned by one of the largest media conglamerates in the world... i.e. the same type of mega-corporation he pretends to be outraged by) and charges people $10 a head to
...why doesn't he release it online for free like some indie filmmaker do? I mean the guy has a networth of $50 Million (look it up yourself), it's not like he couldn't afford it. No, instead he makes a film decrying corporate America and their exploitation of the working man, and then releases it through a major studio (which is owned by one of the largest media conglamerates in the world... i.e. the same type of mega-corporation he pretends to be outraged by) and charges people $10 a head to see in the midst of a global recession. Wow, I guess he was so outraged by corporate greed in America that he decided to become a part of it.
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6:41PM on 10/01/2009
I think it's nice what he's trying to do for those communities. Michael Moore haters get on my nerves. You don't have to see the movie if you don't want to. And since when is someone who makes a documentary about the government's wasteful spending a Fascist? Just the fact that Trendkill calls him a Facist (check your spelling) shows that only uneducated and narrow-minded individuals spread the word of hatred. What he said doesn't even make sense. A Fascist is a person who has a
I think it's nice what he's trying to do for those communities. Michael Moore haters get on my nerves. You don't have to see the movie if you don't want to. And since when is someone who makes a documentary about the government's wasteful spending a Fascist? Just the fact that Trendkill calls him a Facist (check your spelling) shows that only uneducated and narrow-minded individuals spread the word of hatred. What he said doesn't even make sense. A Fascist is a person who has a dictator-like right wing ideology and those that oppose political reform. Clearly he isn't a Fascist. Maybe Michael Moore's next documentary should be about education in America.
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6:17PM on 10/01/2009

love it!

I hate how everyone just bashes on michael moore like he has a hidden agenda, give the guy a break, he is making a film if he released it in every theatre i the country for free well he wouldnt make any money, and it takes money to make the film dumbshits, he is releasing a film like any other filmmaker, shit i would rather sit through 2 years worth of stuff from michael moore than ten minutes of the rascist moron Glen Beck.
I hate how everyone just bashes on michael moore like he has a hidden agenda, give the guy a break, he is making a film if he released it in every theatre i the country for free well he wouldnt make any money, and it takes money to make the film dumbshits, he is releasing a film like any other filmmaker, shit i would rather sit through 2 years worth of stuff from michael moore than ten minutes of the rascist moron Glen Beck.
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6:26PM on 10/01/2009
Yeah, I'm going to have to agree with you on the Glenn Beck comment.
Yeah, I'm going to have to agree with you on the Glenn Beck comment.
6:11PM on 10/01/2009
Michael Facist Moore thrives on brainwashing weak minded people, and making a profit off of it as well, him opening 10 out of thousands of screenings free doesnt mean shit...I wouldnt see the movie if he paid me
Michael Facist Moore thrives on brainwashing weak minded people, and making a profit off of it as well, him opening 10 out of thousands of screenings free doesnt mean shit...I wouldnt see the movie if he paid me
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5:55PM on 10/01/2009

you may not agree with him...

but if you can see past the partisan hating, you'll see that Michael Moore is a champion for the working man, the down-and-out, the put upon. The guy cares about regular people and always presents very poignant stories about regular folks who have had a rough go of it.
but if you can see past the partisan hating, you'll see that Michael Moore is a champion for the working man, the down-and-out, the put upon. The guy cares about regular people and always presents very poignant stories about regular folks who have had a rough go of it.
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