Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Roseanne, Eddie Vedder, Joan Baez, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Moore
Director: Michael Moore
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
His first film to premiere for free on the internet, Slacker Uprising, AKA Captain Mike across America, documents Michael Moore's attempt to influence the 2004 presidential election. Uninspired by Senator Kerry and the Dem... more »
Rucky Ducky | NZ | 12/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"cant recommend this enough! great movie! Michael Moore isn't usually one of my favorites but i fully enjoyed this one!
To see someone like this doing good is refreshing!
this is a must see!"
Served its purpose
Timothy P. Scanlon | Hyattsville, MDUSA | 01/02/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Michael Moore was trying, during the 2004 election, got the "slackers" off their tails to get out and vote. He focused on predominatly college campuses in upwards of 60 cities, got people all riled up, and got 'em out.
Yeah, yeah, Kerry lost. But--as the film points out at the end--not by very much. (Moore didn't go into any detail on how the Ohio vote may have been stolen, so I won't pursue that here).
Critics complain about Moore. He's "biased." He shows the viewers what they want to see at the expense of what really happened. I'm shocked. SHOCKED! Actually, I think Moore critics resent him because he's talented. While countless "documentaries" have been released, most of them have teatime audiences, ladies watching such films during a break in their canasta game. Moore has attracted a mass audience and that really riles those of an opposite ideology. So they sling mud, and more mud, and Moore mud.
This film was released in time to encourage a Barack vote in the 2008 election. Young people particularly could watch the film and comment, "My God, we almost won in 2004. What can we do this time around?" If that was its purpose, I think it served its purpose.
Mind you, at the beginning of the film already, there were a few challenges to the Kerry campaign. What I remember now, a week after seeing the film, is that Kerry didn't respond "in a timely manner" to the Swift Boat allegations. (That he was a bad campaigner has been acknowledged by many, even those I know who campaigned for him). But Moore went from campus to campus, riling up the "slackers."
In this film, he went to a community college in Utah. There's a whole film on that subject, "This Divided State," which covers details not shown in "Slackers." I recommend that film too.
On one campus in California, the school administration chose to disinvite Moore but the students then arranged for Moore to speak at a local fairgrounds--where the audience was much, much greater than it would have been on campus. And Moore made substantially more in contributions, which he offered as a scholarship to someone who'd challenge the school's administration.
Moore had the showbiz/music personalites to add some color to the campaign. Roseann Barr was hystrical.
Moore had been passing out packages soup and clean underwear to students who'd pledge to vote in 2004. Some GOP activists tried to sue him for "bribery" for that act, a case which I don't believe did them any PR good, let along any legal victory.
One memorable element of the film was the Moore opponents on one campus. They were calling him an "Communist," and an "anti-American." Now, I have little doubt there were some who're not fond of Moore who were less fanatical. But I'm glad Michael showed the eccentrics. One hears incessantly from the "right" about the "left's" penchant for the "politically correct." But one seldom hears of those correctitudes for which the right is responsible. Moore exposed them for what they are: intolerant eccentrics who believe in fairy tales, and condemn those who don't!
I have the DVD version of the film which also has a few extras. One I like is Moore on stage commenting on Bill O'Reilly's book for kids. That's a few minutes not to be missed.
I don't consider this a great Moore film. But, again, it served its purpose. (If the 2008 election were limited to younger people, Barack would have won by something like 4 to 1!)
Enjoy it, bless those who released the film for its magnificient timing, and get some ideas for the future!"
A Worthy Effort
Kurt Valley | Miami, Florida United States | 01/07/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Not his best work but a very commendable one. I watched this for free online but bought it just to support this exceptional filmmaker."