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Michael Moore Hates America [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: FilmRise
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T28C5Y
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Michael Wilson's MICHAEL MOORE HATES AMERICA has a terrible title and a terrible theme for an exposé of Michael Moore. Except in one instance which I'll get to later.

Michael Moore makes documentaries that edit and rearrange people talking to make them appear to be saying something entirely different then what they actually said. He setups situations off-camera so that he gets the result he wants on-camera. He leaves out vital facts. And, when others publicly correct the facts of his movies, he and his supporters fight back with fanatical rage and legal threats.

I keep hoping for a documentary that closely examines his techniques and the consequences of his duplicity. I didn't find that here.

There were a few examples. But very few. Instead the bulk of this film is given over to a examination of Moore's patriotism. It's really about "who loves America more -- Michael Moore or me (Michael Wilson)?"

In the process, Wilson even makes the same mistake that Moore makes (and most reporters make). Wilson carefully selects interviewees to counter Moore's pessimism and support his own position that America is great. And, in a movie about Moore misleading people used in his movie, Wilson is less than honest at times with interviewees about his movie's purpose (albeit, the question of his honesty is taken up on-camera).

I had to look closely to find the good moments in this film (besides the few exposés). The best was the effort to get an interview with Michael Moore which duplicated Moore's earlier (faked) documentary ROGER AND ME. And, the slightly inarticulate young serviceman without hands, who still focused on specifics in a way that Michael Wilson didn't.
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yes , the proffiting off the system he complains about Moore does hate America . Dont take the rights word for it . In stupid white men he slamms America as evil , liberal , environmental conscious wachos . He claims only a hand full can speak another language and has any intelligence . Oh and wonders how USA got to lead the world under the circs and characteristics he claims are in all people there .Michael moore was recently slamming president obama for being liberal .Michael moore is a sad punch line who should get kicked out of America .
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If you buy this rubbish it would be a complete waste of your hard earned cash & precious time..The complete opposite, and a very wise way to spend your ££/$$ would be ''CAPITALISM, a Love Story ''Capitalism - A Love Story [DVD] [2009]
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this is just a total waste of money and full of lies the far right of america trying to discredit michael moore it will not work because what he says is the truth and most ordinary working man knows this so go back to you far right corner and count your wealth
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HASH(0x9d4b6018) out of 5 stars Do not judge by the title 11 Dec. 2004
By Ken Dunlap - Published on Amazon.com
I think that for a first attempt at film making, Michael Wilson does a creditable job. Documentaries are not expected to display cinematic art to the degree of other genres. Documentaries are to film what informational books are to writing: it is the validity of the content that is of primary importance.

Wilson uses Moore's own story line from "Roger and Me", vainly following the title character around the country in search of an interview, and does it quite well. The movie is quite interesting and sometimes funny (especially his interview of Penn Jillette).

Now, let's tackle the provocative title, "Michael Moore Hates America." I believe Michael Wilson used it in order to get his movie noticed. It is clear that he is uncomfortable with it: This is shown when, at the end of his interview with the extremely ethical documentarian, Albert Maysles, he sheepishly reveals the title, apparently expecting to be rebuked. To his surprise Maysles simply responds, "Maybe he does."

The film is really about ethics in the making of documentary films. Scenes from Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" and to a lesser extent "Roger and Me" (both of which I have seen) supply the basis he and others such as Penn Jillette, Albert Maysles, and David Horowitz (as well as people whom Moore chose to interview in making "Bowling for Columbine") use as a basis for their comments pro and con.

Some reviewers have stated that all movies shade the truth or worse. That may be literally true; however, it is clearly unethical to manipulate scenes in a documentary in such a way as to create "facts" or connections (particularly to create the appearance of cause and effect or guilt by association) that are false or misleading. There is general agreement that Moore was repeatedly guilty of that in "Bowling for Columbine" and "Roger and Me". I have not seen "Fahrenheit 9/11", but most movie reviewers, even those who appear to agree with Moore's cause, seem to agree that he does the same in that movie.

Telling lies in historical movies is not new, and I would say it creates no major ethical problem when it simply fills in material that is unknown or is of no major importance. Of all the movies I have seen, Oliver Stone's movie, "JFK", is almost certainly the prime example of unethical movie-making because it is untrue in every important statement it makes. Although it is not a documentary, millions of people believe it portrays the JFK assassination accurately, which could not be further from the truth. A major point of Wilson's movie is that it is so easy to allow one's self to bend the truth for expediency's sake that he found it very difficult to avoid doing so in making his movie. This, however, is not an excuse that applies to the films of Stone and Moore.

The problem I have with Michael Moore is that his movies have gotten so much attention and praise that he has set the ethical bar for documentaries far lower than it has been in the past. This will mean that documentaries will no longer serve as credible sources of information. Since that is the primary reason documentaries exist at all, it is a serious problem.

More and more people are reluctantly coming to realize that newspapers and TV news have lost most of their credibility, so it shouldn't be too surprising that the trend would spread to other sources of information. Still, it sure is a pain in the [...] to be forced to expend time doing major research on every significant issue in order to have a reasonably accurate view of the world.
223 of 280 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d9985d0) out of 5 stars Don't let the title fool you 14 Dec. 2004
By That guy - Published on Amazon.com
Let me start this by saying I *AM* a fan of Michael Moore.

That being said, I do find some of his filmmaking techniques sloppy. That is the price you pay for trying to pack big issues into a two hour movie.

Is using the title "Michael Moore Hates America" any more inflamatory than titling a book "Dude, Where's My Country?" The fact of the matter is that this is the way that this form of entertainment appeals to its core audience, from either political spectrum.

What we have here is a delightful, if somewhat provocative film by a first time filmmaker. Is it good? Ebert and Roeper gave it two thumbs up. I'd say I have to agree with their assesment.

This is an important film for anyone who wants to be informed of both sides of the issues in Mr Moore's more recent films. Knowing both sides of a discussion is the only way a person can make intellectual decisions.

See this film.
49 of 64 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d9985a0) out of 5 stars Honest, Earnest, & Fair 7 Dec. 2004
By offthebay - Published on Amazon.com
With a title like this, it isn't a surprise that some won't see it because of what they think it's about. I am no fan of Moore, but believe him to be one of the most important film makers of this generation. That said, his tactics and his path to a point of view are frequently underhanded, misleading and at times, dishonest.

Michael Moore Hates America is certainly not as well crafted or entertaining as a Michael Moore film is, but then perhaps that is exactly why I liked it. I saw it in LA, and was prepared to hate it. Being a moderate, often liberal thinker, I thought it was going to be a political hack job, like so many other anti-Moore films of late have been. I was happy to discover that, while imperfect and flawed, it is honest and earnest in it's attempt to make a simple point (see the film for yourself) It's not an easy task, in fact, director Michael Wilson makes the point of showing us how easy it is to slip and cave in to the impulse to manipulate others in order to make a point, a vulnerable thing to do in such a public fashion. We're left to consider if it's alright for the "ends to justifies the means" and should Moore, or other, be forgiven for misleading and lying, all for the sake of making a point. An important point to consider in light of the recent elections.

This movie is far from perfect. Penn Jillette shines, but I perhaps Wilson gives him too much time. I think the film is funny, but not as funny as it needs to be in order to win a larger word of mouth. Most of all, the flaw in this film is it's title. In these heated political times, a title like this, no matter how ironic it is, well nearly guarantee that a lot of smart, though left-leaning people will never see it, and a lot of smart right wingers will leave disappointed that Wilson didn't go for blood.

Ebert gave this film Two Thumbs Up and he's an ardent supporter of left-wing causes and Moore. The National Rifle Association is featured in the film, and they think it's worthy. With such diverse bed fellows, it should tell you that it's a work that both Red and Blues should see.

My recommendation is that you see it and judge for yourself. It is a gem, and it will spark conversation and debate (as it did with the friends I saw it with). Great first effort.
51 of 67 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d4b6b70) out of 5 stars Think before you write. 7 Mar. 2005
By ZC - Published on Amazon.com
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I'd like to counter something that was posted in another review, that is demonstratably false.

"This was not a film made by amateurs for non-partisan entertainment truth seekers like they want you to believe. In fact according to the cofounder of the Dallas film festival, Jim Hubbard explained, it was being "bankrolled primarily by some 'big-time conservative donors.'"

It wasn't made by amateurs? Please, sir, tell me what films Michael Wilson has worked on before.

As for the 'big-time conservative donors' backing thing, you obviously do not know the history of the making of this film. It started a year and a half ago as Michael Wilson and his website, asking for donations to help finance the film. He was literally relying on donations from web visitors to buy the film he needed. Several times in the next few months he would write about how dangerously low he was running and at one point even wrote about canning the project.

A couple months before the election (June of '04 I believe) a conservative businessman stepped into finance the project to have it completed.

This was not some big idea where a big, rich conservative thought 'hey, let's make a movie about Michael Moore' and then just made it at such. Michael Wilson was working his butt off on this project for half a year before this donor stepped in. Hell, I even donated a few bucks (through Amazon.com, nontheless) to Michael Wilson. This is not 'Fahrenhype 9-11' or 'Celcius 41.11' which were made by think-tanks and whatnot, so don't write as if it is.
41 of 54 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d998564) out of 5 stars A surprise 5 Jan. 2005
By Kathryn - Published on Amazon.com
I was surprised-pleasantly surprised. While not a professionally shot film, don't let that distract you from the content. In my opinion, it makes it all the more appealing-we have enough "bells and whistles" with the others out there. Great message and not as right wing as the Dubya lovers would probably have liked. I perceive that the initial promotion by the right wing was the hope to have this film help effect the election by turning the table on Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911 and his attack on Bush and the war in Iraq. So Kerry lost the election, and Moore is making another film. This film had no effect on either other than to bring a fresh look at documentary filmmaking in general. Michael Moore is an easy person to focus on given his huge success as a documentary filmmaker and the subjects he has chosen for his films; corporate greed, government corruption and media hysteria. I have admired Michael Moore for getting a message out there and raising awareness, but I don't need another skewed or manipulated message. Films that are made like this allow me to remain optimistically cynical. While not as flashy as most documentaries on the big or small screen, this film brings us a fresh and much needed perspective on documentary filmmaking and has some fun moments. The interview with documentary icon Albert Maysles is great. I would recommend the film to those right or left of the line of politics. If you have not seen a Michael Moore film, please do before you see this film to get the proper perspective.
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