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Capitalism: A Love Story

Written By: - Date published: 4:45 pm, October 5th, 2009 - 19 comments
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Just found the trailer on youtube. No word yet when it’s coming to New Zealand.

19 comments on “Capitalism: A Love Story ”

    • andy 1.1

      Bog Hollywood, putting a conservative spin on liberal hollywood. From the author:

      Here are my five every-which-way-awesome films that get nowhere near the love they deserve. Those who haven’t seen them should. Those who have and didn’t like them were doing something wrong.

      1. Duce Bigslow:male gigolo….

      Pure masterpiece. Ask anyone. Okay, ask me. The best comedy of the last ten years. A genius concept, perfectly executed with more quotable dialogue than any film since “Blazing Saddles.’ But it’s The Mighty Rob Schneider who carries it off creating both a sympathetic character and major laughs as he reacts to the madness around him. Two other comedic greats in the reaction department, Bob Hope and Jack Benny, would’ve been proud. Don’t miss the sequel, either. Not only is there more Deuce, but Schneider throws in a little pro-America to boot.

      [snip]

      Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the GI Film Festival at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. The Festival took place in one day and showed films that portray American enlisted men and women in a favorable light as opposed to the usual Hollywood fare.

      Yeah, cause hollywierd always portrays GI’s as liberal nancy boys…

      Pearl Harbour
      Flags Of our Fathers…ETC

      Duce Bigalow, best EVA!!!!!11!!! Hilarious, non liberal elitist, truthiness.

      bwahahahahahaha!

    • Zorr 1.2

      Don’t know why you would post this site as you can find this information without going to scary radical right sites. Just from the article posted I know I wouldn’t want to look at any of their other articles.

      “As if all this isn’t enough for our friends on the left to take in, you have $800 billion spent to get us to 9.8% unemployment, the *poof* of the public option, and a nine-month World Apology Tour resulting in Rio getting the Olympics.”
      Gotta love the stupid.

  1. From the trailer it looks less like a take-down of capitalism, and more like a take-down of big government bailouts.

  2. Evidence-Based Practice 3

    Seems to have been pretty popular in the US so far. I can’t wait to see it.

    http://www.michaelmoore.com/

  3. Seems to have been pretty UNpopular in the US so far:

    “The biggest disappointment of the weekend is Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story (Overture). After a $57K per theatre average on 4 screens last weekend, the picture broke to a wider 962 locations with terrible results. The “documentary’ only sold an estimated $1.3M in tickets to start the weekend, and it will finish at about $3.9M for a PTA of less than $4,000.”

    • Pascal's bookie 4.1

      Oh please. It’s a doco. It’s not going to get the same box office as a fricken zombie flick.

      That quote continues: “That soft opening will almost certainly make Capitalism Moore’s weakest-grossing movie since 2002’s Bowling for Columbine ($21.5M domestic gross).”

      Oh noes!

      And anyways, if we want to trade quotes and play silly buggers:

      http://www.thewrap.com/article/sonys-zombies-bring-box-office-life-8168?page=2

      Also opening wide this weekend with Oscar hopes of its own at 962 locations, Michael Moore’s latest documentary, the Overture Films-distributed “Capitalism: A Love Story,” took in $4.6 million, rendering it the filmmaker’s second biggest opening behind 2004’s “Fahrenheit 9/11.”…

      “Capitalism” will stand pat at its 962 locales next weekend, with Overture mulling further expansion on Oct. 16.

      “Michael’s movies typically play much longer than the typical two-week story you have with most films.”

  4. Terry 5

    Well, what superficial comments. Who cares how well it’s doing? Does good ratings make a movie good? Fox goes on about how great their ratings are but that doesn’t make it worth watching.

    Anyway, what’s important is how Moore is stimulating discussion in the states. He is doing a lot of interviews and it will be shaking up the discourse on capitalism over there quite a bit. Especially his remarks on how capitalism is anti-religion.

    Here are some interviews, but there are more:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/24/michael-moore-calls-out-a_n_298605.html
    http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/24/after_20_years_of_filmmaking_on
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/23/michael-moore-says-capita_n_296090.html
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFkbShik1L0

    He has some really interesting angles. In that last clip he makes one of the best points I’ve ever heard.

  5. Terry 6

    Well, what superficial comments. Who cares how well it’s doing? Do good ratings make a movie good? Fox goes on about how great their ratings are but that doesn’t make it worth watching.

    Anyway, what’s important is how Moore is stimulating discussion in the states. He is doing a lot of interviews and it will be shaking up the discourse on capitalism over there quite a bit. Especially his remarks on how capitalism is anti-religion.

    Here are some interviews, but there are more:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/24/michael-moore-calls-out-a_n_298605.html
    http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/24/after_20_years_of_filmmaking_on
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/23/michael-moore-says-capita_n_296090.html
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFkbShik1L0

    He has some really interesting angles. In that last clip he makes one of the best points I’ve ever heard.

  6. Quoth the Raven 7

    Michael Moore said “I have been saving up my money since Sicko to get to this day, I will always make my own movies. Now I have my own money to make them.” That would presumably be earning interest Not that I’m calling Moore out as a hypocrite. You can’t blame him and I don’t think, from what I’ve read about the film, that it is particularly anti-capitalist. As ever I think Moore’s film will be more entertainment than serious documentary and analysis.

  7. Bill 8

    Arseholes. That’s aimed at various commentators above. You will know who you are by the time you finish reading this.

    The left blowing the fuck out of the left for no good reason! ( The right are simple and somewhat pathetic little try hards at the best of their times, so I’ve no interest in getting them snagged on this hook)

    see. I don’t give a monkeys about Moore’s politics where, and when, I’m looking at his analysis. The question I ask of myself is simply whether the analysis cuts the mustard.

    To put in a closer to home context. I am no lover of the authoritarian left. Fact. I detest the authoritarian left. But when it comes to analysis or breakdown of present day political realities I don’t really have too much of a beef with them ’cause their basic take is close enough as close will do.

    Could say the same for a lot of liberal analysis too I guess….just pussyfoots too much for my liking.

    So, here’s my challenge to all you naysayers. What would be your criticism of what the man is actually saying? Anything?

    Busy. Fucking off about right now.

  8. Byron 9

    “No word yet when it’s coming to New Zealand.”

    November 5th according to Flicks.co.nz

  9. Sierra Leone 10

    I agree with Kermit, probably not ever, there must be a “message” in this.

  10. Quoth the Raven 11

    see. I don’t give a monkeys about Moore’s politics where, and when, I’m looking at his analysis. The question I ask of myself is simply whether the analysis cuts the mustard.

    Moore’s politics will affect his analysis. You can’t separate out the two. If one is expecting a serious piece of analysis in a Moore film then one is mistaken and if one is expecting a hard anti-capitlist piece in Capitalism a love story then one is also mistaken. You will get a good look at the human side of the recession and you will get a healthy dose of Moore’s impish humour. I can’t say that I know what Moore’s politics are. I find Moore’s films entertaining and sometimes insightful. I haven’t seen the film so can’t say whether I agreee or disagree with much of what’s in it. I think most would agree with the criticism of the bailouts with the exception of a number of social democrats and conservatives. From what I’ve read about it it isn’t a particularly anti-capitalist piece. It’s got a bit nostaliga for 50s America. He said “If this was capitalism, I loved it,” Well it was capitalism. In seeing interviews by Moore on this new piece of his it is clear that he is not anti-market either. Reading around I see people from across the politcal spectrum see much that they like in the film. I think most are fairly disgusted by the actions of those on Wall St no matter their politics.

  11. Bill 12

    An old piece by Mark Ames which is well worth the read. http://exiledonline.com/exile-classic-the-american-lefts-war-on-michael-moore/

    “I mean quite literally that anytime the Left starts to get somewhere, you can be sure that a vigilante mob of other Leftists will rise to the occasion to crush it, to make sure they stay as marginalized and ineffective as always. It’s a kind of ghetto envy endemic to the Left – the Right is always rooting for its heroes to succeed. Not the Left. The key for them is to sound Virtuous – and oftentimes that means eating their own in order to promote themselves.

    Nowhere is this more clear than in the Americans Left’s envy-fueled lynching of Michael Moore, the only Leftist to make it out of the ghetto. I cannot think of a single American Leftist in my lifetime as effective as Michael Moore…..”

    • Quoth the Raven 12.1

      Bill – To me much of what passes for the “left” nowadays is as vulgar as conservativism. So I’m bored to tears by the kind of bombastic left-right factionalism displayed in that piece. As much as I embrace leftism the term is so debased nowadays as to be mostly meaningless. Robust internal debates within the left, which are entirely healthy, have not weakened it what have it is the credulity to big government, cooption into the corporate-state nexus and the erosion of the radical anti-authoritary and anti-establishment principles that once marked leftism.

      I hope the irony of the turgid attacks on Christopher Hitchens doesn’t escape the writer of the article you linked to 🙂

    • felix 12.2

      Naomi Klein’s thoughts on this subject inspired this little remix.

  12. Sierra Leone 13

    How do you have a ‘love story’ if you don’t even know what ‘love’ is?

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