Friday, May 21, 2010

Capitalism: A Love Story (2010)

Title: Capitalism: A Love Story (2010)

Director: Michael Moore


I’m not a political person at all. In fact, I despise politics with every fiber of my being. Doesn’t matter what side of the fence politicians come from, they always lie, they always steal, and they always squeeze the life out of the very people they are supposed to be protecting. Take one look at today’s headlines and you will see what I mean. Look at the revolts going on in Thailand and in Greece. Take a look at what is happening in Puerto Rico. People are on revolt in the streets. Fighting to survive, fighting to request a bit more of the proverbial pie. A piece they very much deserve. After all, doesn’t every man and woman have the right to a job, and to have enough money to live and survive in this world? Problem is, the 1% who are rich are greedy selfish bastards who want to gorge on the pie all by themselves. And what about the poor, the needy, the less fortunate? The rich seem to turn a blind eye on these. They don’t care if their way of life, their way of doing business is destroying society; all they care about is making the cash, and making obscene amounts of it.

"Be honest! Be fair! Treat people with respect! Why cant we all just get along?"

Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story exposes Capitalism for what it is. A creature that is devouring people whole without remorse. I know many think that Michael Moore’s documentaries are not to be trusted, but usually, the ones saying this are the ones making the money. Of course they don’t want you to see this documentary, it makes them look exactly like what they are. Greedy bastards! There is a saying that says that “a picture can speak louder than a thousand words” and this is the case with this documentary. It has scenes that speak a truth that you cannot deny. Take for example the films opening sequence. A montage of people robbing banks all across the nation. Is this not the perfect example of the state of things? People are so desperate that they have no other choice but to turn to robbing banks. I live in Puerto Rico, and this it is no different here. The crime rate has gone up ever since the economy went bad.

There is another scene that was filmed by a family who’s home was being repossessed. The bank came to this family’s home with the police, bashed the families door down and broke in. The family was being notified that their home was being taken from them. Entire families are being left out on the streets because there are not enough jobs out there and the jobs that do exist don’t pay enough. To top things off, everything is way too expensive. When you have to decide between paying a mortgage of feeding your kids, what will you choose? Should you even have to be put in a position where you have to make that choice? As a result of the high cost of living, foreclosures have sky rocketed and an alarming amount of people are being kicked out of their homes and left out on the streets! There is a heartbreaking scene in which an entire family who was kicked out of their home is living inside of a truck. The community decides to give the family their home back! So the whole community decides to sit outside of the families home, and confront the police and the bank people. And this is just a small example of people fighting for their right to live. Im not an expert in economy, and I’m no expert in politics either. But I know the difference between wrong and right, and things just aren’t right in the world when this kind of thing happens.

What are they afraid of?

Michael Moore shows a letter that some CEO’s from Citibank wrote where they say that they are the new “kings of the world” the new feudalism. And what are they afraid of? As the letter says, they are afraid that the people will fight back, and request more money to survive. This is the way it should be. People shouldn’t have to live in such a struggle. The system happy to make you start life in debt by charging astronomical amounts for college education, so that when you actually get a job, you will be paying that loan your whole life. Lets not forget the fact that if the education is as expensive as it is, poor people wont be able to go to college. And keeping the poor uneducated is part of the plan. Believe me, I did my research on how much an education in film would cost me, trust me, it wasn’t pretty. This is the main reason why I am an independent filmmaker.  Screw the system, Im doing this on my own!

Billionaire CEO’s are running the world. The Presidents of our nation answer to them. They decide what the government tells the people, I guess their big plan right now is, fuck the poor, lets make as much money as we can. I really hate it when rich people think of the poor as something less than them. We are all human beings; we should think of each other collectively, we should all think about each other. With so much money being made by mega corporations, it makes one wonder why they don’t give a little back. Especially when it comes to the less fortunate. I’m all for starting things over or maybe modifying things. But the way things are, just isn’t right. Watching this documentary might get you sad, and even outraged. I was watching it with a friend of mine (Hey Manny, that’s you I’m talking about!) and it really got to us after a while. You just feel angry because they actually know they are doing a lot of wrong, but they don’t care.

The documentary does show a positive side to things. For example, there is a company that is showcased in which everyone in the company is an owner of the company. Everyone makes the same amount of money, every one is dignified, and there are no slaves there. The president of the company makes the same amount of money that some one in the production lie does. People work happily, with a positive vibe to them. It seems that part of the solution is not working for “the man”, but working for ourselves. Some might accuse Moore of being a little melodramatic, and what can I say, he is, but at least he drives the point home, he says what he has to say and isnt afraid to say it. So Mr. Moore, I salute you for becoming the voice of the people. I’m watching The Corporation next; I want to sink myself deeper in despair. But hey, at least Ill know what’s really going on.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Capitalism: A Love Story


Reina said...

great post..well you know i feel exactly the same way you feel..know..what are we going to do? We can start our revolution at home... people say we cannot change the whole world, but don't we risk it all and try???

Franco Macabro said...

Sounds like a plan! Lets all stay at home, let our hairs grow long, and then we could create our own country, we could call it Eutopia...

Reina said...

ajajajjajja suena muy bien...


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