Michael Moore

Here Comes Trouble

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Michael Moore

Michael Moore's latest offering, Here Comes Trouble, charts his life from humble beginnings into a documentary tsar and political activist. The book starts with Moore at the height of his fame and most controversial: "I am thinking of killing Michael Moore and I'm wondering whether I can do it myself," announces Glenn Beck live on TV. Moore tells us how his friends warned him, "There is no man in America, other than President Bush, who is in more danger than you."

Capitalism: A Love Story

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Over 20 years ago a friend said to me, "You really ought to catch this film Roger & Me. It's by a guy called Michael Moore and it's a very funny documentary about the closing of the GM motor works in Flint, Michigan."

This sounded most unlikely to me. Documentaries were rarely funny at the time, and the subject matter didn't seem to lend itself to humour. I went expecting something worthy but probably dull.

How surprised I was. Moore's film was indeed funny, angry, unusual and utterly devastating all at one time.

Sicko

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Director: Michael Moore; Release date: 26 October

Michael Moore's latest film is a call to arms against the US healthcare system - or rather the lack of one. It makes explicit how this profit-driven industry causes insecurity and suffering for millions of Americans, and routinely leads to unnecessary deaths.

US healthcare is funded by private insurance companies with only a fraction of the most vulnerable - children, the elderly and disabled - qualifying for healthcare under Medicaid.

Moore Fact Than Fiction

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Film websites are becoming venues for heated political debates.

If you look closely at the billboard advertising any latest US blockbuster movie, you will often notice a web address hidden among the credits. Occasionally the film studios will tie their film into some other advertising and sales deal - so the official website may well be hosted by the Sun newspaper, for instance. However, with more controversial or political films the web can become more of a battleground.

Back in the USA

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Review of 'Dude, Where's My Country?', Michael Moore, Allen Lane £17.99

After the roaring success of Stupid White Men and Bowling for Columbine last year, you just knew Michael Moore would be back with a vengeance. Moore says that his recent success is 'a gift' that allows him to write the books and make the films he wants. Dude, Where's My Country? is the book he wanted to write. He exposes the myths of Bush's America, dealing with 9/11, the Afghan and Iraq wars, the Patriot Act, climate change, corporate scams and the mess the Republicans are making.

Gun-Loving Criminals

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Review of 'Bowling for Columbine', director Michael Moore

A spokesman for Lockheed Martin is lost for words. The biggest employer in Littleton, Colorado cannot explain why two students at the local Columbine high school massacred their own classmates. But his condemnation of violence rings hollow--for Lockheed Martin is an arms manufacturer, and behind the spokesman sits a deadly US missile.

Sizing Up the Opposition

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Review of 'Stupid White Men', Michael Moore, Harper Collins £18.99

This book almost didn't make the shops. It was being printed when the planes crashed into the World Trade Centre. Any criticism of the US and the people who run it, the 'stupid white men' like Bush and Cheney, was deemed unpatriotic and unacceptable. So the publisher, Harper Collins (which is owned by Murdoch), refused to release the books for sale and at one point said it was going to pulp the 50,000 copies that had been printed.

It's the Government, Stupid

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The Michael Moore book signing tour hits San Diego.

Dear Friends,

I'm in San Diego, and I have just escaped being arrested by the police. This book tour keeps getting more surreal, but the last hour has been unlike anything I have yet seen. I have come to San Diego to speak at an event organised for my book 'Stupid White Men'. The event is being held at a middle school in an auditorium that seats about 800 people.

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