Capitalism: A Love Story, A review

October 30, 2009

Michael Moore surprised me lately, on Hannity, on the View, on any interview he’s done to promote his latest movie, Capitalism: A Love Story. Because I’ve always strongly disliked the guy ever since he berated Charleton Heston in Bowling for Columbine. Seriously, I couldn’t stand him- so obnoxious, but this time around, he seems different:

I’m so glad I saw this movie because I appreciate this different perspective on things, that perhaps democracy isn’t tied to capitalism, that maybe the U.S. should focus more on the democracy part…that if capitalism is a broken system, why are we still using it?

And surprisingly, about half an hour was devoted to Moore’s insight into what Jesus would do.

I took notes on a napkin while watching the film, wanting to be able to talk about it but there was so much info I can’t sum it all up, but there are a few things I can tell you: Moore thinks Reagan was basically a crook, he wishes FDR’s 2nd Bill of rights (you can watch a video and read the text) had gone through, he interviewed Bill Black who said Geitner was corrupt. He disagreed with the bailout and thinks Washington’s corrupt (does that sound familiar to anyone?), but he has hope for Obama’s presidency.

And for all of you out there who are afraid that viewing this film might “indoctrinate” you, then don’t watch it.  But if you can handle seeing someone else’s point of view, no matter how contradictory to your own, you might see some truth in it, some commonalitites.

Because indoctrination, that word everyone is throwing around, happens when people start believeing one side of the story whole-heartedly without thinking for themselves or listening to see if there is anything true or right on the other side.

I’m not going to grade this because it’s a documentary but if you want to see the rest of the Hannity/Moore interview here’s part 2, part 3, and part 4. I loved watching it.

Hanna’s Hotties and Notties

October 2, 2009


Michael Moore vs. Milton Friedman

Oh goody, there were so many potential Notties this week with David Letterman’s affairs, Obama’s screwed up priorities, and Roman’s arrest, that it was hard to narrow it down, but congratulations to Mr. Moore, he has won the award for his ridiculously lame and doltish comments about capitalism.

I want to start with giving the Webster’s Dictionary definition of the word, so we can ALL be on the same page. It is as follows:

Main Entry: cap·i·tal·ism
Pronunciation: \ˈka-pə-tə-ˌliz-əm, ˈkap-tə-, British also kə-ˈpi-tə-\
Function: noun
Date: 1877

: an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market

Now that we have that out of the way, explain to me Mr. Moore, how capitalism did nothing for you? I mean if you look at the definition, you had a private company, Disney, invest $21 million into your silly Farenheit 9/11 movie which you distributed on the free market and somehow, miraculously made a *gasp* profit… and a $300 million dollar profit at that! I know, totally disgusting! So I would like to know how someone who clearly has no clue what capitalism is can make a lie documentary about it. Or maybe you’re just a total hypocrite. I will force myself to watch the movie at some point when I don’t have to pay. God knows I don’t want to contribute to any demand for it, but I will be watching to see how much profit (yikes, there’s that evil word again) Mr. Moore rakes in.

Oh and one other point- I loved it when Michael said he had no clue where his $50 million fortune went, um, can anyone say metabolic syndrome, because it’s definitely not his wardrobe! Mr. Michael Moore, Nottie on the inside and out.

Now in direct contrast to the Nottie, lets take a trip down memory lane and look at some quotes from brilliant economist and true capitalist Milton Friedman. Because it’s always good to remember what great men had to say.

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand”
“The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government”
“Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless.”
“The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.”
“Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.”
I could go on and on with these.  Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize winner and lover of liberty, thanks for all you’ve done.
PS: It looks like the demand for Mr. Moore’s movie  just wasn’t there as he only made a measly $1.6 million opening weekend.  Ah yes, gotta love capitalism at work.

The Essentials

September 28, 2009

by Andrea Burke

The best in entertainment this week:

1.    Her Fearful Symmetry in bookstores Sept. 29

2.   The Brothers Bloom on DVD Sept. 29

3.    How I Met Your Mother: Season 4 and 30 Rock: Season 3 on DVD Sept 29

4.    The Invention of Lying in theaters Oct 2

5.    Paramore’s New CD Sept 29

6.    Steve Carrell on Jay Leno 9:00 Oct 1 on NBC

7.    Capitalism: A Love Story Oct 2- I’ll post on WHY later this week

8.    Flash Forward 7:00 Thursday nights on ABC- You can catch episode 1 at

9.    Danny Pudi on Community 8:30 Thursdays on NBC

10.  And my guilty pleasure: Desperate Housewives premiered Sunday night- catching it on