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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Michael Moore's Sicko

Ouch.

Tonight, utilizing the free tickets I procured in a fully legal manner, I went to a sneak preview of Moore’s new movie, Sicko. The 'documentary' regarding primarily the U.S. healthcare system, is standard Michael Moore fare, but with a twist… it's a little happier.

Instead of gasping in horror and becoming enraged beyond anything the puny Bruce Banner was capable of, I found myself smiling and laughing more, along with the rest of the packed theatre.

Moore tends to show the most extremes in any particular film in order to get the biggest reaction from his audiences. I guess he wants you to storm out of the theatre clutching a freshly sharpened pitchfork in one hand and freshly combusted torch in the other, march up to (usually) the White house and demand something.

Demanding stuff is pretty great, as long as you've got the facts. Speaking of facts, I loved his gross misrepresentation of Canada's healthcare system. He implies, through a few interviews, that any Canadian hospital's Emerg will have you seen by a doctor in 20 minutes or less.

Come to my city and you will find yourself waiting for 8 to 10 hours… on a GOOD day.

In fact, Canada's system is so awesomely slow that I've found myself going to the U.S., and paying, for my healthcare. But our system is pretty awesome in the monetary area. There's no denying that. Well, there IS, but you'd be considered a lunatic, stuffed into the trunk of a Yaris, and pushed into Lake Ontario.

But seriously, Free is always good, right? And what's better than free operations to have your stomach stapled or your severed arm reattached? (After all, we are not all like Astar)

The only thing I can think of is Free movie tickets. Yay! Two Martini-thumbs up for free tickets, and 1.9 Martini-thumbs up for Sicko.

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7 Comments:

Blogger honkeie2 said...

I cannt stand that guy. I have seen his movies just to see what he was going on about. All of his information is over the top and not all that accurate. He uses half truths to push his ideas on people. I wonder why he has not done one on the obesity epidemic that seems to have a death grip on the planet......not just him now, he is the size of a small planet though.

2:25:00 PM

 
Blogger Ms. Creek said...

i haven't researched his info enough to make that judgement, but i do know some of the facts from 911 Faranheit were true, unfortunately.

but, hey, free tickets to the over-priced theatre is always simply grand. did you get free pop corn, pop (soda), hot tamalies and chocolate bars, too? it would have been a perfect night if you had, doesn't matter what the dang show is!

9:40:00 PM

 
Blogger patti_cake said...

That pic of you is SCARING ME! LOL

2:12:00 PM

 
Blogger Martini said...

Those were sweet SiCKO "band-aid" stickers given out free as well. And they glow in the dark to boot!

5:03:00 PM

 
Blogger ZoeyBella said...

Free is always good. And I heard the movie was half-decent, so I might go and see it.

After all, given the fact that I see almost anything as long as it doesn't have the words "Mandy", "Moore", "Jennifer" or "Lopez" on the poster.

3:12:00 AM

 
Blogger Martini said...

Amen to that!

4:58:00 PM

 
Blogger Rainypete said...

I love seeing extreme viewpoints on a subject. It makes a fun counterpoint to the other extremes that we get bombarded with. There's no denying that if you get hurt or aren't well this is the right side of the border to be on unless you've got deep pockets!

12:29:00 AM

 

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