Video: Five Minutes With Michael Moore

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Sure, the timing for Capitalism: A Love Story couldn’t have been better, but otherwise it’s been a rough year for Michael Moore. The re-regulation of Wall Street is spinning its wheels on Capitol Hill while folks in cities like Flint and Janesville are barely making ends meet. Not to mention that his dream of universal health care, expressed in his previous film Sicko, has flatlined. “I don’t know what to do! I’ve never really felt this level of despair,” Moore chuckled earlier this week during a quick video chat in advance of Capitalism‘s DVD release. The Academy Award-winning director and former MoJo editor had plenty to say about why he’s more disheartened by the past couple of years than eight years of Bush, his ideas for reforming Washington, D.C., and how the Tea Party has stolen the populist mantle from lefties like himself. And on a lighter note, he also talked about some of his favorite films of 2009 (Avatar, Inglourious Basterds, Up in the Air) and some recent documentaries he wishes had gotten Oscar nods. Check it out.

 

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