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  •  Actually, it's not that depressing (5+ / 0-)

    It's more infuriating and inspiring - but quite funny in many places. It's worth it to go for the laughs!

    Of preposterous...assumptions...nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed...and well fed.-Herman Melville

    by splashy on Sun Jul 01, 2007 at 01:13:41 AM PDT

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    •  Oh, I agree (1+ / 0-)
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      Moore's real talent, IMO, is that he never descends into despair. No matter how dark or upsetting his subject, he never fails to approach it with the attitude that all is not lost. As bad as things are, they can be made better.

      But the fact that the subject matter is depressing is enough to scare people away. It made me hesitant to go see Sicko, and I'm usually first in line for Moore's latest. I got over it, and I'm glad I did go, but I sympathize with the perspective.

      There was a similar dynamic at work in An Inconvenient Truth. I still haven't convinced my mother to watch it. I've told her time and again that the underlying message is hopeful, but she's scared off by the subject matter.

      •  Inconvenient Truth... (0+ / 0-)

        Maybe both movies are about depressing subjects, but I found the Gore movie to be mostly a boring collection of graphics and lectures, interspersed with some good documentary work.  Meanwhile Moore's Sicko meaningfully utilised some graphic overlays on a very compelling collection of people and stories.

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