Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)
This film attempts to blame’s America’s social problems on capitalism. Moore focuses on families who are having their homes repossessed following the mortgage crises during the Global Financial Crisis but fails to explain the link between the relaxation of collateral rules in the US and the eventual crisis in mortgage defaults which followed. To add insult to injury the film fails to even have some humorous moments that were frequent in his previous films.
This four-and-a-half-hour long biopic about the notorious central American guerrilla revolutionary Che Guevara glorifies an individual who was responsible for murderous violence. The left loves to idolize Che, finding in him some deluded idea which resonates with their modern day socialist thought bubbles. Che only tolerated his own interpretation of socialism and the consequences for those who disagreed was death. This film fails to give an objective portrayal of Che and thus comes across as a deliberate attempt to patch up the fallings of socialism through creating an artificial hero.
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
Arguably the most controversial of Michael Moore’s projects, this film seeks to legitimize the outrageous conspiracy theory suggesting that the 9/11 Terror attacks were organised by the US Government. Moore used the film as a running commentary for all that he felt was wrong with the George W. Bush Administration, going so far as to criticize Bush for his initial reaction upon hearing of the 9/11 attacks.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
This film brought Al Gore back onto the political stage after his failed bid for the US Presidency in 2000. It was enormously successful as a documentary, thanks largely to the free publicity it received from the media. This film takes advantage of people’s emotions by using alarmist forecasts, many of which have since been proven to be false.
On face value this should have been a memorable film for the right reasons, a strong cast including Russell Crowe and Emma Watson in a Biblical Epic. The problem was that the film in fact is anything but Biblical. Religious references were entirely removed from the film and replaced with humanist and environmentalist ideologies. Rather than being portrayed as a God-fearing man, Noah is an environmentalist who is saved by God simply because of his green credentials.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
The characters playing the President and Vice-President of the United States look strikingly like President George W. bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney. Bush and Cheney of course are climate change sceptics as their cinematic counterparts. In the film, the President is killed and while the Vice President is humbled into having to accept the consequences of our actions. To add insult to injury the Americans are forced to accept sanctuary in Mexico. This film is yet another example of the doomsday scare campaign surrounding the climate change debate.
The Lorax (2012)
Based on a Dr Seuss’s children’s novel, the Lorax focuses on a protagonist who grew up in an artificial world devoid of any form of trees due to them producing oxygen free of charge and consequently destroyed by the antagonist who is portrayed as a businessman. Such portrayal of logging and free enterprise is inaccurate, given that businesses do not advocate charging for oxygen and the fact that loggers plant more trees than they cut down.
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