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"Sicko" review by Jack Lessenberry
"Moore's Grand Slam" review by Jack Lessenberry
Sicko is an utter masterpiece: brilliant, acidly funny and terribly anger-inspiring. Here's a link to Jack Lessenberry's review in MetroTimes:
"Sicko" is a "must see" movie!!
I saw "Sicko" tonight and I agree with Jack Lessenberry's assessment that it is "a masterpiece, brilliant, funny and anger-inspiring." There was a lot of laughter and some applause during the movie and an ovation at the end which I don't recall for any movie I've seen recently. I 've seen all of Michael Moore's movies from "Roger and Me," which I appreciated immensely, despite several glaring innacuracies, as a GM employee at the time who was not a fan of GM's CEO, Roger Smith, to "Sicko." Moore's viewpoint has remained the same, but his skill as a polemical documentary filmmaker has increased greatly. Michael Moore and Sacsha Baron Cohen are similar in that both use humor to expose barbarity, prejudice, dishonesty, neglect and avarice in our society.. Both are following in the footsteps of Jonathan Swift, Mark Twain, Charlie Chaplain, Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen, and other great social satirists.
Everyone should see "Sicko" because it might make you angry enough to get out and do something about the disgraceful health care-for-profit system in this country. I live across the Detroit River from Canada and for years I've been doing what Michael Moore did in this movie, that is, asking Canadians whether or not they like their health care system. I have yet to meet one who said he or she would prefer a system like ours in the United States. A lot of very misleading propaganda has been and is being spread about alleged health care problems in Canada. Delays for non-emergency and elective procedures are being portrayed to Americans as the rule rather than the exception.
From what I can see, what is going to bring about change in the U.S. is the growing number of people in this country who have no health insurance and the millstone of retiree health care costs around the necks of many American companies. Moreover, this millstone is spreading to municipalities, counties and state governments who have also made similar, costly, lifetime health care insurance commitments to retired government workers for which no money has been set aside.
We already have a very effective single-payer universal health care plan in this country. It's called Medicare. One solution to the problem would be to extend Medicare to everyone incrementally, starting with pre-natal care, children, the unemployed, gradually crowding out the parasitic, non-value added, for-profit insurance companies and hospitals. This brings me to Michael Moore's assertion that Hillary Clinton has been bought out by big contributions from health insurance and pharmaceutical companies. The fact that her solution to health care problems has not been clearly defined lends credence to Moore's assertion that she has been compromised on that key issue as she was on the invasion of Iraq. My impression is that Edwards and Kucinich come much closer to the truth about what should be done about health care in this country than either Clinton or Obama.
Terry Lawson on "Sicko"
Film means to start heated discussions.
At this point Michael Moore is used to charges that he has misrepresented a person or situation in his documentaryies. He 's also used to being pressured to remove material before the release of his movie....Here's a link to Terry Lawson's review of "Sicko."