Monday, October 12, 2009

STUMBLE AND FAIL: CAPITALISM -- A LOVE STORY


Just before going to the movie to go to the bathroom
four or five times.


DD went to see Michael Moore's Capitalism -- A Love Story at the Laemmle in Pasadena yesterday afternoon.

The theatre was about three quarters full. All aging boomers, myself included.

The guy to my left was a movie-long running advertisement for Flomax.

Indeed, he needed to be made the star of the next commercial for men who have to piss a thimbleful every twenty-five minutes because they have a swollen gland.

The woman to my right couldn't shut up. Like my mother used to, she had to say "Right!" and "Yes!" and "Uh-huh!" or sigh loudly after every point and beat in the movie.

Twice, a guy and a woman in the center of the row had to go to the lobby.

The audience applauded at the movie's conclusion.

Which was fine, except DD would bet that down to every single one of them, no one had any skin lost in the game shown onscreen.

They were and are not the audience Moore needs to reach to instigate change, they're the audience you reach who like seeing how awful politicians are and how corporations have looted America while overlooking that they've long escaped the fates of those onscreen. They're the folks you see in the Rose Bowl every UCLA home game.

It's just a shame. Michael Moore's movie is a call to arms. But my guess is, while profitable, it just isn't seen by the people it was made for -- those starring in it.

If it was, we'd be starting to see the formation of lynching parties.

Many subjects of Moore's film are enraging. There's Lawrence Summers' picture on the cover of TIME, Tim Geithner, and all the Goldman Sachs bagmen in government and the the Obama administration. They -- the architects of the movie's "Plutonomy" -- need to be strangled. And then comes Monday, and you read this or this.

And you realize there's still no indication that things will change -- the looters are still in charge. The mainstream media still defends the status quo. In tribute, they've done their best in trying to nibble the movie to death on Metacritic.

Sample quotes: "This is a love story, all right, but it has less to do with the flaws of capitalism than it does with Moore's unwavering fondness for the sound of his own voice, and for what he perceives as his own vast cleverness," from Salon. "Scattershot, lazy slice of agitprop, which recycles Moore's usual slice-and-dice job on corporations, while bobbing a curtsey to the current crisis," from the Village Voice.

Even the alternative publications won't guard your back anymore. Golly, they just find Michael Moore so damn irritating. And if they wrote something accurate, the publisher would schedule them for layoff -- or already has.

If you haven't seen Capitalism yet, it's worth your time and money. Just don't see it where the audience will be a lot like mine -- full of toilet bound blabbermouths in relaxed fit garments who bring their own snacks because the buttered popcorn is unhealthy and overpriced. Sadly, that will be hard to do.




Things to look for (or hear): Michigan's Iggy Pop performing a version of "Louie Louie" over the opening credits. Iggy's first 'changed' performance of "Louie Louie" appeared initially on the live Stooges LP, Metallic KO. Moore took the version from the much more recent American Caesar, for obvious reasons, once you hear it. A fer performances of it exist on YouTube, including an acoustic version performed on French TV a couple years ago.

My old Pennsyltucky home makes an appearance. Luzerne County stars for having its judicial arm collaborate with a private sector incarceration company in a criminal jail-teenagers-for-pay operation. Appear before the Luzerne County judge in Wilkes-Barre for a minor infraction, like saying a naughty thing about your high school principal on MySpace, and get bound over for private juvie prison, no appeals. Judge pockets kickback from juvie prison called PA Child Care for sending children to the same juvie prison; PA Child Care juvie prison gets money from the government to jail teenagers. It's monetizing teenagers, it's capitalism win win win!

Do you think they're watching Capitalism in Wilkes-Barre? Or is it doing bad business?

2 Comments:

Anonymous fenrir said...

I had several attempts at writing this comment, all of which became quite bitter.
Let's just say, that i can understand why Mr. Moore likes to hear his own voice, because so do i. Not Hugo Weaving, but still a really good speaking voice.
And if you really think what he shows is bad, then you definetly haven't seen a lot.

2:22 AM  
Blogger J. said...

"The woman to my right couldn't shut up."

I had that woman behind me during one movie. I never wanted to commit violence as badly as I did then. Grrrrr...

5:25 AM  

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