Saturday, June 16, 2007

Film criticism 101

I have refrained until now from commenting on Michael Moore's new film, Sicko.

There are several reasons for this, not least the fact that I have not seen the film.

More importantly, it's patently obvious to me that the controversy generated over his visit to a Cuban hospital was totally manufactured by Moore to get media coverage for the supposed documentary.

The ploy worked, too - with a little help from the US Treasury, the film has received more coverage worldwide than an Angelina Jolie blockbuster.

Still, here are some pertinent comments on Sicko from none other than the Cuban Minister for Health, Jose Ramon Balaguer.

According to media reports, Balaguer told reporters that the Moore film demonstrates "the human values of Communism".

"There can be no doubt this documentary by a personality like Mr. Michael Moore helps promote the profoundly human principles of Cuban society," he added.

Thanks, Michael.

2 Comments:

Blogger Agustin Farinas said...

Luis,
Mr. Balaguer said:"The Moore film demonstrates the human values of Communism".
There were 25 million Russians, Ukranians,Belorussians, Chechens, Ingushs, Chinese, Cambodians and others who learned forcefully the so called "human values of Communism" on their own bodies. Their unknown tombs in their respectives countries are a testaments to that effect. Communism is the most evil system ever divised by mankind to inflict the greatest amount of pain and suffering on the human race. It is devoid of any morals or pity and its trajectory and the results are in plain view for all of us to see. Only those people who are dumb and blind have failed to see the consequences of implementing a Communist regime to alliviate and resolve the issues poverty and inequality. The mountain of skeletons in its wake, is the greatest testimony to its amorality and evil.

12:37 am  
Anonymous asombra said...

If one is more porcine than an actual pig, yet one craves attention and notoriety, as well as at least an illusion of relevance and influence, one could learn a thing or two from Moore. His tactics are as disgusting as he is, but sensationalism and brazen perversion of the truth can definitely achieve what he's after, and that's evidently what matters to him.

Plenty of entertainment industry people get what they want by peddling sex, which undeniably sells, but that option is quite out of the question for Moore, so he peddles what he can. Whatever works, apparently.

11:49 pm  

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