I saw Sicko last night and it was pretty good--Moore's best film Roger and Me and possibly his best yet. It is not nearly as partisan as Farenheit 9/11 in that it doesn't specifically target Republicans or any particular politician but is mostly focused on insurance companies. The main thrust of the film is to point out the costly (in terms of money and human life) irrationalities of our medical and childcare systems and offer reasonable alternatives that work for other countries. The countries that he uses as examples are Canada, England, and France and the differences are pretty stark in terms of cost, priorities of health care institutions, and patient care/satisfaction.
The most basic thing is that in these countries the patient's method of payment or ability to pay is not an an issue for the health care professional, the health maintenance organization, or the patient, but in the US it is always an issue. Secondly, in other countries, health care organizations and professionals have incentives (in terms of bonuses, etc) to provide the best care possible, in terms of immediate care and preventative care, whereas in the United States the incentives pertain to cost containment and to underwriting the profit margins of insurance and pharmacutical companies. The most telling examples were of doctors who worked for iinsurance companies that are basically paid large fees to deny claims. Moore also disabuses the viewer of the oft stated notion that "socialized medicine" is a bureaucratic mess in comparison to the US system--may I introduce you to an HMO?
The movie has some trademark Moore "stunts"--him taking 9/11 rescue workers to Cuba to receive heatlth care--which I am sure will draw fire from his critics, but for the most part the movie just lets the people tell their own stories with some light narration from Moore.
"we got both kinds of music here, country and western..."
" you want i should scrape the bugs offa your windshield?"
"one condom, slightly used..."
steven speilberg had a small cameo as did joe walsh...
"lot's of space in this mall."
crash sounds / glass breaking
'new oldsmobiles are in early this year'
'this place has got everything'
Jake and Elwood...another fine classic....'We're on a mission from God'......
There are a ton that must be watched everytime they are on the boob tube....I was in High School during the late 70's/early 80's, so Dazed and Confused is one that I love. That movie is very true to life! The setting was just slightly before my time, but still...I can relate whole heartedly!!
Chic Flicks....has to be The Notebook....is there such a thing as love like that? LOL Other fine classics that must be watched:
All the Vacation Movies
Anything Rodney Dangerfield (Easy Money, Caddy Shack, Back to School)
Anything MOB...must be the italian in me (The Godfather, Goodfellas, Mobsters)
Where's my TV guide??? :P
Blues Brothers was a great movie. (the first one)
a wonderful collection of soul/blues greats with plenty of car chases.
"The highway is for gamblers, you'd better use your sense. Take what you have gathered from coincidence"
i thought it was pretty funny with beldar singing tainted love...hollywood has a horrible habit of ruining decent SNL skits, night at the roxybury, PAT, coneheads,blue brothers,...christ if belushi were still alive they probably would've pitched a samuri something movie or the greek restaurant...i thought that coneheads came out when no one would remember who the coneheads were...though lauraine newman sometimes wore a skull and roses T-shirt, lets not forget that...
an example of fucking Hollywoodland botching up a good schtick.
take a perfectly good comedy idea and try to turn it into a 90 minute movie...
I should have left already, but shit got delayed. pretty soon. everything I do is 'pleasure' ( -;
That's a great story CC Joe! I love the surreal undertone of how close we are yet how far away, at the same time. Hmmmmm, in fact it reminds me of the song, "Slip Sliding Away". The Central Park show was incredible, I agree!
The movie my fiend refers to is "Coneheads". Don't mind Golden Road, he just gets carried away with all this cloak and dagger stuff. He misses the danger and thrills of life, I suspect. Can't ever be sure with that guy. I myself would just like to move the whole human race ahead a few steps......or a step........or a half step.
Peace Brother and have a good and safe trip. When do you leave? Is this a business or pleasure trip or both?
The Dude Abides!
never would have remembered that, until I heard it again; was it really only in Central Park he said 'better?'
now I have a project to check that out.
great fucking concert in Central Park, I love the Brazillian/African percussion stuff.
Paul Simon's dad was a professor at NYU? or some city college back in the 60's. A guy I know had him as a teacher, anyway, one day this guy I know and Prof. Simon are on the street, and Prof. Simon says, my son is coming to meet me. Up walks Paul Simon, the guy I know had no idea it was 'THE' Paul Simon, (wasn't into his music I guess and this was early in his career, anyways he didn't recognize him) so this guy I know, says to Paul Simon, 'so, what do you do?' Paul was quite gracious, responding with something like, 'well, aside from my music, I also like to...' (I forgot what else he said) at that moment, the guy I know, realized it was THE Paul Simon.
as for the movie??
I have no idea, dude. will you abide me? or do I have to wait for GRTUD to abide me?