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Sicko review July 16, 2007

Posted by monish in Michael Moore's Sicko, Michal Moore Sicko, review, sicko review.
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I saw Michael Moore’s latest documentary last night. Thought I’d add my own views on the movie

Michael Moore’s (MM) latest Documentary Sicko left me with mixed feelings. I can easily say this was the least persuasive or convincing of his documentaries.  Not to say that MM projected lies and half truths in the documentary but you couldn’t help but feel that there were undertones of propoganda in the film. At the risk of sounding like a right wing, neo conservative commentator blasting MM for pushing the ultra liberal agenda, I have to say MM has focussed so much on one side of the argument that it’s a little hard to digest anything else he has to say.

If we are to summarize MM’s Sicko, it would be as follows : The healthcare system in the USA is broken. The money hungry insurance companies have completely taken over leading to the commercialization of every aspect of healthcare.  So much so that the emphasis is pure bottomline profit as opposed to better health for customers.  The system in the US was never a particularly good one to begin with because it involved private entities who focussed on bottomline profits and despite efforts by noble individuals such as Hillary Clinton to fix the system, it still remians broken till today.  Across the atlantic however, people are healthier, living longer and not shelling out a dime for their healthcare. In other words, healthcare in Europe is everything it is not in the USA.  Corporations, governments, everyone in the US should be ashamed of their greedy, uncaring and inhospitable ways. It’s time the US started appreciating and learning from the Europeans instead of mocking them for their un-American, peculiar and socialistic way of life.

At some point the movie ceases to be about just the state of healthcare in the United States but instead gathers a greater political tone with insinuations that a more socialistic attitude towards healthcare would have been more beneficial.

Seriously, does Michael Moore of all people, have the answer to the healthcare woes in the country? Should anyone take anything he has to say seriously at all? Problem now is with one sided arguments and ruthless attacks on the government in every one his movies, Michael Moore is getting to the point where people are getting sick of his rants. People will react to his movies in a very yeah yeah I get it, its all the governments fault kind of attitude.
MM because of his ultra-liberal, anti-bush, anti-republican stance is turning into the poster boy of republican ridicule.  By putting forth one sided arguments and glorifying systems in other nations (again, a one sided view) MM is providing the conservatives in the country with just the fodder they need to ridicule not just MM but every liberal in the country. MM makes the thinking, insightful, opiniated yet balanced liberals in the country look bad.  To me, it seems the conservatives in this country like nothing better than to paint a certain group of people with the same brush and in this case it would be painting all liberals with the MM brush. In this way MM could’ve caused more harm than good with this movie by walking in straight into the republican trap.In MM defense however, he is a movie maker with a social agenda and not a politician.  I truly believe his agenda is to a greater degree a social one rather than a political one.  Even with all the anti government rhetoric stirred up in this documentary,  the truth is even if half of what MM shows in Sicko is true, then America has a huge problem on its hand.  Heck, the system is broken and someone had to speak up or make a documentary about it right? Unfortunately for a lot of people, that person had to be MM.

I guess the best way to approach MM’s Sicko is to focus on the message itself rather than the medium. For all the lop sided arguments and European ass kissing, the truth remains sorely visible and undeniable.  Watch the movie but take a lot of what MM has to say with large doses of salt. And for God’s sake buy some life isnurance, thought it might not do you any good. If you believe MM. 🙂

Just one look….thats all it took yeah! July 6, 2007

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So anyone who’s known me in the past 18 months would have heard the story of how I interviewed with one of the “Big 4” Accounting firms last year by a guy who was eerily similar to me. We shared the same last name, went to the same school back home in India and even lived in the same area of Bombay. I guess thats where the similarity ends because this guy was a complete douchebag and needless to say, I didn’t end up getting the job.  Not getting the job didn’t hurt as much as not getting it because I was interviewed by this guy who hated my guts.  Not qualified enough…OK…Not enough experience…OK…..Not a good fit…OK….All these would be valid reasons for not getting the job. But I couldn’t help but feel this Indian douchebag had it in for me the moment he saw me.  Was it because I was younger, slimmer, better looking and had the cutie recruiter eating out of my hands practically all night before the interview? I don’t know. All I know is this guy did his bestest to deny me an entry into this firm and succeeded.  Fine.  You can’t win em all in life.

But why do I mention Fatty McBongo today? Well, ever since I started work here in the Cleve I’ve seen him around during lunchtime, sometimes at the Subway or elsewhere, pigging his fat, evil, rotten heart out. But I don’t think he ever saw me or we never made eye contact. Till today. Oh yea. Today I looked into the eyes of the fattest, brownest, meanest, Bengali, Big 4 consultant in the universe and his eyes had just this to say : “WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING HERE?”.

I’ll admit it.  Every now and then my eyes will meet with some other random Indian person around here and more often than not you’ll get a disgusting look back, basically saying “What’re you doing here?”, “Go away” or “There’s just room for one brown person in this town, so fuck off”.  Something to that effect.  But ‘ol Fatso’s look took the cake. It really, REALLY did.  The moment he saw me the pathetic gulab jamun had a kind of epileptic fit, threw up his lunch all over the sidewalk and his group of fellow Big 4 cronies held him from falling to the ground. It didn’t help that I charged towards him and delivered a roundhouse kick to throat just before that moment.

Okay, none of that really happened.  But it could have. I think we both realised that. Especially when I looked at him with a squinted eye, sending the message, “Yea, thats right. It’s me. You didn’t get rid off me like you thought you did, you poor, ugly bastard.”

So we exchanged glances. And we moved on.  In short, thats what life is all about.  In life you will meet ugly, soulless, heartless beasts who will try to beat you, kick you and deny you everything that you think you’re worthy of. It’s upto YOU to kick and scream and deliver roundhouse kicks and soccer punches to fight the forces nature delivers and get what you deserve. And then you move on to the next disgusting creature you have to fight. I guess, the tougher the battle the sweeter the victory.