June 13, 2009

Michael Moore vs. Wall Street

Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore says he examines the U.S. financial collapse in his next feature.

The movie is not going to be an economics lesson; it's going to be more like a vampire movie, he told USA Today. Instead of the main characters feasting on the blood of their victims, they feast on the money. And they never seem to get enough of it.

The left-leaning Moore is best known for his feature-length documentaries -- including Roger and Me about General Motors Corp. and its effect on Flint, Mich., his hometown; Fahrenheit 9/11 about the 2001 terrorist attacks and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; and Sicko, about the U.S. healthcare system. He won an Oscar for Bowling for Columbine, which examined U.S. attitudes on guns.

Moore said the Wall Street meltdown looked like a topic made for him because of its effect on the public and the decadence of the boom years.

I want them to walk out at the end saying 'Wow, that was something!' he said. And in this case, maybe they also walk out asking the ushers, 'Um, excuse me. Where are the pitchforks and torches?'