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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

In which I do Roger Moore's research for him....

There's a documentary that's reportedly critical of the Obama administration's financial policies opening this Friday on 500 screens here in the United States. Titled "I Want Your Money," it appears to have gotten very little advanced publicity, something that seems to bother movie critic Roger Moore.

Moore, in a brief preview that can read here, frets over the fact that he hasn't heard of the film until now, a few days before its release. He also frets over the fact that he doesn't know who has funded or produced the film. Equally disturbing to him is that it's "agitprop in a far right vein."

Agitprop? Really? I skimmed Moore's reviews of "Sicko," "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "Religilogous," three "agitprop" films of a leftward bent, but he didn't see fit to describe them in that fashion. Yet he applies such a negatively loaded word to a film he knows nothing about, save what's in the preview.

As far as I can tell, the producers and director of this film are motivated by the same impulses that drive Michael Moore, except they are coming at topic of economics and politics from the conservative side of the political spectrum.

I didn't see Roger Moore complaining about not knowing who was funding Michael Moore's movies. Is that because they're major studio releases who are run by executives who fund Moore's favorite political figures? Or might he have issues with filmmakers working outside the Hollywood studio system? Why is Moore concerned here, but not in the other cases? Or maybe he's stung by the fact that Obama the Sainted is perhaps being criticized?

As far as the shadowy, perhaps even sinister, funding sources behind "I Want Your Money," a simple visit to reveals the film is a joint production between RG Entertainment and Reminiscent Films, with Ray Griggs, owner of RG Entertainment, serving as the film's executive producer and director. Ray Grigg makes no bones about being a conservative.

By visiting the film's website, I also learned that the film apparently "contrasts the two paths the United States can take using the words and actions of Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan" and tries "to tell the story in the plainest terms of the choice between the Obama and the Reagan views of the role of the federal government in our society."

Maybe Roger Moore, journalist and respected film critic that he is, should read up on a movie instead of posting off-the-cuff screeds? The off-the-cuff screeds and wild speculation is my job!

I will most likely not be reviewing this film when it opens, not only because it's not my cup of tea, but because there doesn't appear to be any theater in the Seattle area that are showing it.

To learn more about "I Want Your Money!", click here to visit the official site.


  1. It opened today and is playing at a theater near me; might go check it out this weekend.

  2. If you do, I hope you tell us what you think.

    Maybe you too can help Roger Moore with his research.

  3. I went to see the independent film tonight and liked it. I wouldn't say it's "Obama-bashing". The main message is against wasteful spending (it's critical of Bush too) and big government control, so yes, it's one sided that way. I don't know much about Roger Moore, the critic (I'm guessing he's left wing socialist?) I paid 10 bucks of my own money to see it. Liked all the animated bits - the highlights - especially the Obama-Reagan bout. Clinton hits on Palin and Pelosi during the match. Also I liked the "BS Meter" we see in one part. Funny. No outrageous stunts like you'd see in a Michael Moore film. We may see more from Ray Griggs. So maybe when he makes his next film more on the left will attack it sooner.

  4. Having actually seen the film, you are far more qualified to express an opinion about the film--and even label it "agitprop"--than Roger Moore.

    Moore, who is a professional movie critic (supposedly) at the Orlando Sentinel really shouldn't let his political biases possess him quite so completely as they did earlier this week. At least not when he's wearing his film critic hat and commenting on films he hasn't seen. It's the sort of behavior that lets people dismiss "real critics" so easily these days.

  5. Oh... and thanks for the mini-review! It's much appreciated.