“sicko” is coming and everybody knows it

Michael Moore’s new movie, “SiCKO” opens everywhere June 29. I’m fortunate enough to have already see it, but I’m planning to see it again, with my dad, over the 4th of July weekend. I want my dad to see it, but I also want to do my part to make sure the movie opens with great numbers. I don’t think Moore needs my help – he’s one hell of a marketer – but I thought that I’d mention the film one more time here in hopes that it might persuade one or two of you fence-sitters to go. So, check out my review, if you haven’t already, or, if you’re looking for something a bit more meaty, check out this NPR feature on the current state of healthcare in the United States, and start saving for a ticket.

Speaking of Moore and his uncanny ability to keep his name in the news, I was just reading that he invited 900 healthcare lobbyists to see a sneak preview of the movie the other day. Only 11 showed up, and he’s released some of his exchange with them on YouTube. He’s also encouraging YouTube users to leave their own healthcare stories online. And, he’s also just revealed that he and Harvey Weinstein fought over the negative depiction of Hillary Clinton that’s in the film. So, if you thought that he’d blown his load with the Guantanamo stunt, you were wrong. Moore, better than anyone since Madonna, knows how to create buzz and keep it going… Oh, yeah, he’s also going to be on Leno Tuesday night.

If the current presidential contenders were smart, they’d try to get out out in front of this. My sense is that — barring another terrorist attack on U.S. soil – this movie will have more of an impact on the race than any other single thing. Personally, I think it’s going to sink Hillary.

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3 Comments

  1. edweird
    Posted June 25, 2007 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    I really hope this sinks Hillary. It’s a good movie BTW. Far more sober and less inflamatory than his last one (which was moore about preaching to the choir than really converting anyone to his cause).

  2. Robert
    Posted June 25, 2007 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    As much as I like Hillary as a person, it’s just this kind of stuff that makes it pretty clear that she shouldn’t be the one to run. Nearly everyone has already made up their mind about her, and the prognosis is not great. Many good people who could run for president, should never want to be president. There are many great people who could never be president. Many people could have been so much greater if they were not focused on something like wanting to be president. Of course, this is what Hillary has been focused on for a long time, and I think it is something that kept her from being a truly great senator. It’s sad.

    Now Bill, on the other hand, would have really bombed as a senator I think. It was good that he knew to stay out of that.

  3. Posted July 27, 2007 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    Those clowns in the Bush Administration notified Michael Moore that they issued a subpoena for him while he was waiting to go on the air with Jay Leno at the Tonight Show. This is their lame attempt to get as much press about it as they could. I didn’t see the show. Moore is an idiot if he was the one to bring it up. I guess it doesn’t matter, because Leno would have done it as a favor to his White House friends anyway.

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