Tag: Michael Moore

  • Homeland Insecurity

    In Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore posits that Americans shoot each other with unrivaled frequency due to a hair-trigger culture of fear, fed by a vicious history of racial conflict and the grisly horrors of sensationalized TV news. It’s an argument easy to illustrate and difficult to prove, but Chantal Akerman’s documentary From the Other […]

  • They Aim to Please

    Two cheers for Michael Moore—and a raspberry. Released as the countdown begins for a second Gulf War, Moore’s latest documentary psychodrama, Bowling for Columbine, is nothing if not timely in articulating sentiments and posing questions that few public personalities are willing to entertain (let alone so entertainingly). Moore is the great grandstander of American documentarians. […]

  • Polanski Wins Top Prize at Cannes

    CANNES, FRANCE—At the climax of a competition considered the strongest of recent years, in a ceremony characterized by several unflattering references to President George W. Bush, the jury at the 55th Cannes Film Festival awarded the Palme d’Or to The Pianist—adapted by Roman Polanski from the memoirs of Holocaust survivor Wladyslaw Szpilman. The Pianist, an […]

  • CEO Shakedown

    Filmmaker Michael Moore’s rant against Dubya and clan, Stupid White Men, remains among the top five New York Times bestsellers, despite a virtual press blackout. But much of the guts for Moore’s opening screed on how Bush “stole” the 2000 election came from investigative reporter Greg Palast, whose own book, The Best Money Democracy Can […]

  • Political Party

    CANNES, FRANCE—Hollywood ending? Not quite yet. “Thank God the French exist,” Woody Allen’s character exults when the movie he directed while temporarily blind is hailed as a masterpiece in France. There’s as much hostility as affection in the joke, but when Allen last week graced Cannes—where Hollywood Ending was the opening-night film—the French press chose […]

  • ‘Freedom Is Participation in Power’

    October 14, 2000—The protest movement that has been growing on a grassroots level, as evidenced by the World Trade Organization demonstrations in Seattle, reached its political coming-of-age last night. Before a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden, the Green Party’s Ralph Nader and a roster of celebrities called for an end to unchecked corporate power […]

  • Crazy Like a Fox

    Wednesday, September 20—Green Party candidate Ralph Nader may be locked out of the presidential debates, but that hasn’t stopped him from seeking a way in. Sources close to the Nader campaign say representatives of the progressive politician are talking to the Fox network about somehow including him in the first debate, scheduled for October 3, […]