When I was in film-school in the 1990s I was clearly told by my lecturer that a film can't change the world. He went on to produce international hit movies, and I started making films to try and change the world.
Where to Invade Next is a strangely romantic film. Yes, it's simplistic. Europe has its problems, of course. But as Moore said after the screening, he set out to pick the flowers, not the weeds.
Michael Moore is known as a documentary filmmaker, and there's no doubt his films strike a populist chord, the result being enormous grosses for a limited audience art form. However, he has a tendency to go beyond the "point of view" aspect of documentary filmmaking which most such filmmakers undertake and in his latest work, Where to Invade Next, he has, for me, gone too far.
I'm disappointed in you, Governor Snyder, for your heartless and un-Christian actions, and for joining in with at least 25 other governors who've decided to block legal Syrian refugees from coming into their states. What you've done is anti-American. This is not who we are supposed to be.
Gun violence in the schools has received a great deal of attention, especially in the years -- inclusive of similar incidents -- since the most famous of the initial wave of school shootings at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado on April 20, 1999.
Probably for the first time in his life, director Michael Moore was hesitant to discuss politics. I asked the always opinionated Michael Moore whom would he be voting for in the next presidential election during the Q&A period after the screening of his new film, Where to Invade Next.
During a series of surprising twists and turns, everyone in the play has a lie that they wish to hide -- or so it seems.
If the political pundits would look around, they would even discover a significant number of prominent U.S. democratic socialists at work in a variety of fields. These and many other democratic socialists, among them Bernie Sanders, have played an important role in American life.
Michael Moore's latest satiric film, Where to Invade Next, travels to Finland and Tunisia among other places with a central conceit: Countries most Americans wouldn't imagine to be so advanced are doing some things better than we are, so why not learn from them, and get our shit together?
Marlo Thomas, with comic timing in her DNA, deploys hilarious split-second grimaces and many eye rolls under David Saint's expert direction.
The Maidstone in East Hampton was party central for the Hamptons International Film Festival, both scheduled and spontaneous. Caterer Janet O'Brien, s...
Videos of police brutality have galvanized astonishingly productive action in the space of less than a year. We can hope that the legislation from New York will serve as a model everywhere. Absent gruesome live video, is there anything that can prevent the NRA from grinding its boot-heel against our necks?
The whys and wherefores, along with the "studies," "focus groups," "research," and other code terms for ineffectual activity and BS, fly fast and furious in Hollywood. There is so much activity, in fact, that a layperson might imagine something is actually occurring.
The Toronto International Film Festival has aged gracefully into its 40th year anniversary. Black directors, actors and writers have enhanced the celebratory occasion with fine performances and artistic contributions in indie films, big budget movies and life-affirming documentaries.
Venice. Telluride. Toronto. Film festival season is in full effect with Oscar buzz already reverberating across the air waves and the internet. Every year at this time, movie makers all across the globe reveal new big screen narratives that reflect on, shape and shift culture.
When it comes to the 2016 field of Republican presidential candidates, the rule of thumb this time around is obviously going to be "the more, the merrier!" The number of officially-announced Republican candidates actually doubled this week.