AWFJ Women On Film – “Capitalism: A Love Story” – Susan Granger reviews

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Why do we go to the movies? To be entertained and informed. Movies can capture America’s ethical or moral values of the moment, revealing who we are as individuals and as a society. With “Roger & Me” about the collapse of our auto industry, “Bowling for Columbine” about gun control, “Fahrenheit 9/11” about the military-industrial complex, and “Sicko” about how the insurance industry and pharmaceutical companies are dictating governmental decisions about healthcare, docu-dramatist Michael Moore has shown an uncanny ability to be ‘way ahead of the curve of public awareness.

Now Moore delivers an incontrovertible indictment of our country’s financial system – from the influence of Wall Street’s greed and Washington’s corruption to the tidal wave of foreclosures. He begins his denunciation by juxtaposing the fall of the Roman Empire with contemporary America, cutting to the human cost of our current economic crisis: a hard-working family evicted from their middle-class home. Courting controversy, he tries to make a citizen’s arrest of AIG executives and puts yellow Crime Scene tape around the New York Stock Exchange building.

Did you know that Citibank refers to our “plutonomy” with one-percent of the population controlling 95% of the wealth? That there are “Dead Peasant” insurance policies so companies profit from their employees’ untimely deaths? That many airline pilots earn poverty-level pay? And that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called for a Second Bill of Rights to guarantee all Americans a good education, a useful job, a decent home and adequate healthcare? Is that socialism? You decide.

Do I agree with all of Moore’s conclusions? No. I don’t believe capitalism is evil. Our current economic crisis is capitalism-gone-wrong because our free market lacks a moral foundation, which is why we’ve bailed out some failing companies and not others. But that’s only my opinion.

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “Capitalism: A Love Story” is a 10, because it will make YOU think and form your own conclusions. Dissent. Argue. Protest. Write President Obama. Just don’t descend into apathy. That’s Michael Moore’s ‘must see’ message.

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Phi Beta Kappa, with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.