I don’t think he’s full of crap either. The conservatives trying to warp reality is much more egregious than anything Moore has ever done. Everything in his movies has cites behind it. If he got a couplethree things wrong here and there, the idiots use that to tar and feather his entire catalog. Moore takes the time to explain where he came up with everything in his films, and gives credible cites so people can check for themselves and make up their own minds. Unlike some conservative pundits, who throw out accusations and speculation with nothing behind them.
Facts and cites for Capitalism: A Love Story.
Facts and cites for Sicko.
Facts and cites for Fahrenheit 911.
Facts and cites for Bowling For Columbine.
OK. I was disappointed. After the brilliance that was Sicko (which should be the one playing in theaters now), this one wasn’t anywhere near as good. He brought up a lot of great points and interesting facts (see list above) but it wasn’t a fraction as hard-hitting as it should have been, and I don’t think he explained some of the situations clearly enough. For instance, he and an “expert” couldn’t explain something (it’s been several weeks since I saw it so I can’t remember what, like Credit Default Swaps or whatever) and he left us as much in the dark as we were before. Well, not me, because I understand Credit Default Swaps (and other aspects of the financial crisis), and that’s because I had spent a lot of time at the The Khan Academy YouTube channel. He explains everything from Algebra to the Banking Industry. Moore should have hired that guy. His videos look simplistic, but they’re brilliant in explaining complex concepts in a very simple way. He’s entertaining while doing it too.
Learn what Credit Default Swaps are (and what AIG does). Here’s part 2.
Now I know that Moore couldn’t have spent 20 minutes explaining what Credit Default Swaps (or whatever) were like Khan, but he could have done a better job. Except for the Crime Scene Tape scene, which was funny, his stunts (like trying to make a Citizen’s Arrest or taking money bags to these places to get the money back) took time away from actually explaining concepts so viewers could understand the situation.
Also, I don’t think he was hard-hitting enough. He was way too softball on Geithner, for instance.
It was a good movie, and timely, but it wasn’t the great movie I was hoping for.
My favorite parts though, were the personal parts dealing with his father. It’s amazing to think that there actually used to be a blue-collar middle class, who could buy houses and cars, and take vacations, on one fairly modest salary.
It has been weeks since I’ve seen it, but I think you’re mistaken. I believe that Moore was talking about the bailout, not the stimulus package, and the bailout was Bush’s child.