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No More Moore! Onscreen Beefs With Michael Moore

No More Moore! Onscreen Beefs With Michael Moore (photo)

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According to the trailer of David Zucker’s new comedy, “An American Carol,” “America’s most infamous filmmaker — totally arrogant, completely clueless — [has] finally gone too far.” Of course, Zucker, a former liberal activist who became a “9/11 Republican,” is referring to Michael Moore, the inspiration for the central character in “An American Carol,” one Michael Malone (Kevin Farley), a filmmaker who’s visited by three Dickensian ghosts after he demands that July 4th be abolished (“I love America. That’s why it needs to be destroyed!”).

Zucker’s spoof is perhaps the most high-profile film to take on Moore, but it’s by no means the first. In fact, in the last four years, Moore’s work has inadvertently given birth to an entirely new strain of conservative filmmaking whose sole mission is to discredit him by taking issue with his documentary aesthetic, his politics, his personal success, even his physical appearance. Here are some notable examples:

“Michael Moore Hates America” (2004)
Directed by Michael Wilson
Made in Response to: “Fahrenheit 9/11” (2004)

10072008_michaelmoorehatesamerica.jpgThe Beef: “Michael Moore has pissed me off,” intones Michael Wilson in the opening lines of the voiceover for his film. “This guy has painted a picture of my country as a place where nobody can succeed.” To counteract that picture, Wilson interviews experts on the documentary form (Albert Maysles) as well as people who aren’t pleased with how they were portrayed in Moore’s films, such as Peter Damon, an injured Iraq war veteran who took issue with the way Moore used recycled news footage of him to assert that veterans were being forgotten by the Bush administration. Wilson also tries repeatedly to secure an interview with Moore, à la Moore’s own attempts to speak with General Motors CEO Roger Smith in his film “Roger & Me.”

Does the filmmaker appear on camera? Yes, intentionally or not, wearing the same sort of ratty jeans and hoodie sweatshirts that Michael Moore wore in “Roger & Me.”

Does Michael Moore? Yes, via an impressive array of stock footage. Wilson unearths all kinds of embarrassing clips of Moore, including a particularly shortsighted one where Moore, circa 1992, declares that Bill Clinton has absolutely no chance of beating George Bush in an election. Wilson’s only direct contact with Moore comes right at the top of the film, when he takes the microphone during a Q&A at a Moore lecture, announces his film’s title and asks the filmmaker for an interview. Moore’s angry response — “Everything I do is because I love America! It’s people like YOU that hate America!” — cuts to a shot of Moore telling a British audience, “Americans are the dumbest people on the planet!” Wilson also includes several other pieces of television footage of Moore alternately bashing the making of “MMHA” or pretending he doesn’t know anything about it.

Targets Besides Michael Moore: Wilson himself — after an awkward interview with Joe Scarborough for MSNBC, he admits that he did “horrible.”

Strangest Moment: When Wilson claims that the impetus for this project came when he realized that Moore’s work was having a negative impact on his daughter. Wilson, a new father, believes that his daughter can become anything she wants to be. “But Michael Moore,” he says, “through his films and books, had told [my daughter] that she couldn’t.” But Wilson’s daughter, as seen in the film, is a newborn baby. Moore’s expanded the audience for documentaries, but he hasn’t tapped into the pre-teethers yet.

A Filmmaking Lesson: If you want to get an interview with somebody, don’t put his name in the title along with the phrase “Hates America.” Why is Wilson so surprised that Moore won’t speak to him when he himself is so embarrassed by the film’s title that he’s hesitant to even tell people what it is when he’s asked about it on camera?


Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.


Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:


The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.


They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!


Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.


Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.



Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”


IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?

Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!

Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.

Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 


IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.