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Michael Moore

Michael Moore

Date: May 30 2007

Topic: Reading

Author: juliabutterfly

Lesson

Michael Moore is at it again. This time, he's taking on the problem of health care in the United States. His new film, "Sicko" debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in France last week, and received a standing ovation by its first audience. 

The theme of "Sicko" is America's failing public health system. While health care in America can be good (if you have health insurance), more than 40 million Americans do not have health care. This is very embarrassing for America, which is the richest country on Earth. 

Moore is no stranger to controversy.  His two most recent films, "Fahrenheit 911" and "Bowling For Columbine" confronted the War on Terror and gun violence in America. Generally, Moore is loved by liberals in America and hated by conservatives, who believe he's a troublemaker. Still, even some liberals believe Moore is more interested in publicity and being famous than actually making a difference. It is rumored that Moore was paid a whopping 20 million dollars to make "Sicko." Imagine how many people could go to the doctor with 20 million bucks!

What do you think of Michael Moore?  

 

Vocabulary:

At it again: To do something again. In this case, Michael Moore has made another movie. 

Taking on: Confronting.  

Standing ovation: When an audience stands up and applauds. 

(To be) No stranger to something: To be accustomed to something.

Troublemaker: Someone who causes trouble.  

Whopping: Describes a large amount.  

Bucks: Dollars. (slang)

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phoogoo

phoogoo

Germany

Personally I really like Michael Moore.  He gets people talking about important issues that affect a lot of Americans: Health Care, gun violence, the disparity between rich and poor, the war in Iraq. He uses irony, humor, emotionalism to make a point that no amount of data, facts and figures can get across. People criticize him for not fact checking his films.  Even though he pulls many scenes out of context he does thoroughly fact check. 

If you want to learn more in depth, straight up documentary analysis of an issue, watch front line.  If you want to be moved and entertained while confronting the ironic realities of an issue watch a Moore film. 

11:28 PM May 31 2007 |

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