Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A Sequel To The Film Michael Moore did when He Was "Skinny"

Back when Michael Moore was "less fat"* he did a documentary that immediately put him on the map...the film was serious, poignant, humorous, and personal...he did his first feature length documentary, a film called Roger & Me about the the effects on his home town of Flint, Michigan when GM decided to close down American factories and open up new car manufacturing factories outside of the United States.
The gimmick and title of the film comes from Michael Moore's quest to try to get GM CEO Roger Smith to come to Flint to talk to some of the people who were effected by the factory closings.

It's interesting because this 1989 film explores issues that are super common today, and frankly if Flint, Michigan looked that bad in the late 80s, I'd hate to see what it looks like today. (And what ever happened to that lady who sold rabbits for pets or for meat?)

For the relevancy of this topic, I'd love to see Michael Moore continue to investigate this topic, even in his slanted, humorous, and sometimes ridiculous style, because I value his perspective...even if it can be a little (or a lot) extreme or unbalanced at times.

This would be a perfect film to do a 20th Anniversary sequel. And there can't be a better time.

If you haven't seen this documentary, I recommend it. Roger & Me is surely an important film in the shaping the documentary-entertainment genre as we know it today.

*In regards to Moore being "less fat" you can see from the picture on the DVD cover above Moore, certainly not skinny looks nothing like he did at the Academy Awards in 2008, as a nominee for his documentary "Sicko." (pictured right)


Anonymous said...

What a great idea!! Given the current fuel crisis, coupled with environmental concerns, this would be a great time for Moore to revisit Michigan. Maybe even try to coax GM into producing some of their electric cars in Flint.

James (SeattleDad) said...

Wow, I didn't realize he was getting that large.

Daniel said...

That is a really good idea, but then you never know how Detroit is going to shake out over the next 5 years or so as SUVs go bye-bye forever. I would love to see a sequel, though.