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Sicko is a Michael Moore documentary about the corrupt health care system in The United States who's main goal is to make profit even if it means losing peoples lives. "The more people you deny health insurance the more money we make" is the business model for health care providers in America.
So... I'm moving to France now.
Sicko came out in a particularly upsetting time in my life. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2005. Two years later, my health was so unreliable that it was a major reason my family chose to close the doors on the business we'd owned and operated for twenty years. No single topic has dominated my daily life these last eight years more than the vulnerability of the sick and injured in America. Not even Batman.
Michael Moore is still prone to theatrics - witness his stunt trip in the finale to Cuba - but there's a decidedly lighter touch here than in Bowling for Columbine or Fahrenheit 9/11. There's a lot less mockery, less spiking the football. Moore's focus…
When my daughter was born in 2007, the pregnancy and process of child birth didn't exactly go swimmingly. After 14 hours of labor, little to no progress was made and the doctor informed us of the damage that was being done to the top of our soon to be born little girl's head. Trying to get out but no where to go.
So, obviously, to protect her from further damage, my wife had a C-section done and there she was, that beautiful bundle of joy. All was right in the world.
When we got the bill for the entire experience, the total amount was astronomical but what we owed was not. Huzzah for health insurance and the good ol' U.S.…
Slap bang in the middle of an EPIC 10 hour marathon of Community seasons one and two, me and my friend James Haves, feeling as if our Letterboxd diaries would appear empty with all this TV action, decided to watch a film. Somehow Sicko ended up in the DVD player.
Let's get it clear. Someone's point can be completely right but when their method of developing the argument is self-aggrandizing, one-sided and manipulative, it doesn't help. Playing "Adagio Strings" during a confession sequence, or mocking the other side (which I totally agree with, however, not during a documentary, where the main purpose is to document).
Despite this, Moore still has a completely valid point about the disgusting nature of the…
Sicko is never boring, but it is surely one of the most one-sided documentaries I have ever encountered. I figured I should get around to watching some of Michael Moore’s documentaries since his new documentary was recently announced to be premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival. The main problem with this is that Moore jumps around from one thing to the next. He will go from bashing the Republican Party to HMO horror stories to fawning over Hillary Clinton. Moore is barely onscreen for the first half of the documentary, but he has an incredibly strong onscreen presence in the second half. In the second half, Moore consumes the screen. The documentary goes way off track, and it begins to follow him. What Moore is doing has to do with the subject obviously, but it felt like it was more about him that his subject. Moore is an incredibly fun onscreen presence in the second half, at least.
Film #21 of the "September 2015 Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Task #13: A political film
For the first 32 minutes, this movie had me. I thought to myself, "Holy shit, am I actually enjoying and being convinced by a Michael Moore documentary?" But then he just had to describe Hillary Clinton as "sexy."
All politics aside though, this documentary is actually pretty convincing, thought provoking, and humorous. It's worth a watch.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Gloriously funny ridicule of the U.S. healthcare system. Loved the part when they boated to Cuba to get their healthcare needs met.
“If we can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people.”
The latest race for the presidency has been a continued push for all people alike to be more interested in politics, including myself, who has slowly, but surely been much more engaged and aware with all that has come out recently. And so I thought I would review a documentary on a controversial political topic by a controversial film maker Michael Moore in Sicko. I have only seen one Moore doc in Bowling for Columbine, and although I do need to see it again, I thought it was great the first time. I knew this movie was going to be about the flawed health care…
Michael Moore's documentaries are always compulsively entertaining, but they also always leave me feeling miserable about being an American. "Sicko" is about the sorry state of our health insurance industry, and it forces us to face some very uncomfortable truths.
However, what I frequently DON'T like about Moore's films, and "Sicko" is guilty of this as well, is that Moore does a lot of complaining without offering solutions. He spends two hours telling us that countries like England, France and even Cuba take better care of their citizens than the U.S., but I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do with that information. His film creates frustration and anger but then doesn't give us any outlets for those feelings. Moore…
I absolutely loved Sicko. It was saddening, fascinating, informative and humourous. Once again incredibly well made. Marvellous.
It is truly heartbreaking that ten years later, we're still one of the only Western nations without universal health care. Regardless of how you feel about Moore as a documentarian (let's be honest--he's a great storyteller and a shitty journalist), it's hard to argue against the basic humanism of socialized medicine in favor of our current for-profit system that bankrupts the middle and working class, and refuses treatment to the poor, leaving them to die.
If there's one issue that pulls me to favoring Bernie over Hillary this election cycle, more than anything else it's this. Here in Sicko, we see that Hillary was once in favor of a single-payer system before she received an influx of lobbying money from pharmaceutical and insurance companies. Since 2000, as of 2015, these lobbyists have paid her nearly $4 million. It's no wonder she currently claims universal health care is unrealistic.
Skewed and biased, but interesting and thought-provoking.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Michael Moore is nothing if not heavy-handed, but I'm pretty horrified whenever I hear about healthcare issues in the US. A lot of the major points get repeated 2 to 4 times, and there's a pretty unmistakeable blend of fact and conjecture.
Fuels indignation, which I have plenty of.
Would be really interesting to watch this again now that Obamacare has altered the landscape.
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