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A depressing nostalgic journey through the life and art of Michael Moore. Hosted by Will Sloan and Luke Savage.

A depressing nostalgic journey through the life and art of Michael Moore. Hosted by Will Sloan and Luke Savage.
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A depressing nostalgic journey through the life and art of Michael Moore. Hosted by Will Sloan and Luke Savage.

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English


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#56 - Ford Nation: The YouTube Series

6/12/2018
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Folks, it's time for some Canadian content. Reeling from the disastrous Ontario election, Luke and Will confront their new premier -- Doug "brother of Rob" Ford -- head-on. That's right, folks: it's time to revisit the Ford Brothers' notorious 2013 YouTube show. Please direct all questions and comments to fordnation2014@gmail.com.

Duration:00:46:08

#55 - Oliver Stone's W.

6/1/2018
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Our quest to excavate every piece of cultural detritus from the Bush era continues with a look back at Oliver Stone's weirdly apolitical biopic W. (2008), released less than a month before Obama's election. Luke and Will discuss whether or not George W. Bush is, in fact, a guy they'd like to grab a beer with. PLUS: fiery hot takes about the Ontario provincial election.

Duration:00:40:16

#54 - Ricky Gervais: Humanity

5/18/2018
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What happens when a wealthy entertainer keeps getting dragged on Twitter for his transphobic jokes? In his new Netflix special, Ricky Gervais seeks revenge against the online masses. Luke and Will explore the politics (or lack thereof) of his comedy, and grapple with the difficult experience of watching a beloved artist go bad. "What in God’s Name Happened to Ricky Gervais?" by Brendan James - https://thebaffler.com/latest/what-happened-to-ricky-gervais-james

Duration:00:42:21

#53 - Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

5/12/2018
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Ben Stein (of "Bueller...? Bueller...?" fame) goes on a crusade against Darwinism in the godawful 2008 polemic EXPELLED: NO INTELLIGENCE ALLOWED. The boys discuss consider how the film's particular brand of dated Late Bush Era™ conservatism shows traces of today's right-wing Campus Free Speech™ talking-points. This is a bad one, folks! "Conservatism Against Democracy" by Luke Savage - https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/monitor/conservatism-against-democracy "Justin Trudeau is...

Duration:00:39:25

#52 - The South Park Extravaganza, Part 2

4/14/2018
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We continue our analysis of libertarian funnymen Trey Parker and Matt Stone by delving into "ManBearPig," "Trapped in the Closet," "I'm a Little Bit Country," and "Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes." PLUS: a report on Toronto's prestigious Real Estate & Bit Coin Wealth Expo featuring Pitbull and Sylvester Stallone!

Duration:00:40:35

#51 - The South Park Extravaganza, Part I

4/5/2018
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We begin our multi-part investigation into libertarian bad-boys Trey Parker and Matt Stone with a look back at their 1999 film SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER & UNCUT. Plus: Luke shares his thoughts on David Frum's new book (spoiler: he didn't like it). "Frumocracy" by Luke Savage - https://jacobinmag.com/2018/03/trumpocracy-david-frum-review-trump-republicans

Duration:00:33:54

#50 - The War Room

3/10/2018
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In 1992, strategists James Carville and George Stephanopoulos changed the way campaigns are waged... or did they??? We revisit THE WAR ROOM (1993), D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus's acclaimed documentary about the Clinton/Bush election, and remember just how dispiriting the '90s were.

Duration:00:45:21

#49 - Loose Change w/ Alex Ross

2/22/2018
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Luke and Will welcome back conspiracy expert Alex Ross to discuss the Citizen Kane of 9/11 Truther documentaries, and why it's bad.

Duration:00:57:09

#48 - American Sniper w/ John Semley

2/9/2018
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What is "good" conservative art? And does it even matter when the result is a movie that turned Chris Kyle into a right-wing saint? Will and Luke welcome writer John Semley to discuss the complicated artistry of Clint Eastwood. Plus: the lads discuss superstar billionaire Elon Musk and Canada's most visible public intellectual. John Semley on Clint Eastwood - https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/film/understanding-the-art-and-politics-of-clinteastwood/article37767417/ "Democratize the...

Duration:00:43:04

#47 - Chinese Zodiac

2/2/2018
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MICHAEL AND US travels east to examine China's most popular political artist, Jackie Chan. Will and Luke watch his Beijing-approved propaganda film CHINESE ZODIAC (2012), about a treasure-hunter who repatriates stolen antiques. "Jackie Chan: The Anti-Ai Weiwei," by Will Sloan - https://hazlitt.net/feature/jackie-chan-anti-ai-weiwei The Important Cinema Club on Jackie Chan - https://soundcloud.com/the-important-cinema-club/100-the-jackie-chan-spectacular

Duration:00:45:03

#46 - Man of the Year

1/17/2018
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What if Jon Stewart became Bulworth, but was played by Robin Williams? We excavated Barry Levinson's nonpartisan satire MAN OF THE YEAR (2006) from its Bush-era grave.

Duration:00:39:40

#45 - The First 2004 Presidential Debate

1/4/2018
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The hosts take a break from cinema to enjoy 90 minutes of spirited debate with two great candidates! Travel back to 2004 to revisit the beating heart of the MICHAEL & US cosmos: the first presidential debate between George W. Bush and John Kerry.

Duration:00:32:11

#42 - Ralph Nader: An Unreasonable Man

11/14/2017
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The hosts revisit the 2006 documentary RALPH NADER: AN UNREASONABLE MAN in a post-Bernie Sanders world and discuss the virtues and limitations of Nader's 2000 presidential campaign. They also ponder the question: did Nader cost Gore the 2000 election? (Answer: no) "Why Bernie Sanders was right to run as a Democrat," a Washington Post op-ed by Nader - https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/03/25/ralph-nader-why-bernie-sanders-was-right-to-run-as-a-democrat/ Joseph Uranowski's...

Duration:00:39:47

#40 - V for Vendetta w/ Alex Ross

10/13/2017
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Past guest Alex Ross returns to the podcast to discuss the "1984" of the Bush era, V FOR VENDETTA. Plus: our heroes analyze the McDonalds/Szechuan sauce controversy

Duration:00:48:58

#39 - They Live (and Michael Moore on Broadway!) w/ Violet Lucca

9/14/2017
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In the waning days of the Reagan administration, it took "Rowdy" Roddy Piper to expose the rot at the heart of America. Will and Luke welcome back Film Comment's Violet Lucca to discuss John Carpenter's left-wing exploitation classic THEY LIVE (1988). Plus: Will describes his adventure seeing Michael Moore's THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER on Broadway. And it all leads to a freewheeling discussion about left-wing criticism and corporate culture.

Duration:01:08:37

#38 - Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

8/24/2017
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With the Rebel Media imploding and Steve Bannon returning to Breitbart, the hosts of MICHAEL & US look back at the heyday of another #FakeNews boogeyman, Fox News. They watch Robert Greenwald's 2004 exposé OUTFOXED: RUPERT MURDOCH'S WAR ON JOURNALISM.

Duration:00:37:03

#37 - Battleship Potemkin

8/9/2017
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The U.S. may or may not be at war with North Korea by the time you read this, but folks, nothing stops the MICHAEL AND US podcast. On this episode, our heroes look at Sergei Eisenstein's Soviet propaganda classic.

Duration:00:32:51

#36 - Steven Seagal's Code of Honor

7/24/2017
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As the Russia scandal continues to plague the White House, Will and Luke check in on the recent cinematic work of honorary Russian citizen/friend of Vladimir Putin/Aikido Ace, Steven Seagal. They watch his low-budget DEATH WISH-for-the-Trump-era action film CODE OF HONOR (2016).

Duration:00:37:10

#35 - Tim Allen's Last Man Standing

7/2/2017
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Every generation gets the Archie Bunker it deserves, folks. The recent cancellation of Tim Allen's right-wing sitcom LAST MAN STANDING sent shockwaves through the conservative blogosphere. Will and Luke take a many tour through the most popular TV show you've never heard of.

Duration:00:36:58

#34 - Aaron Sorkin's The American President

6/8/2017
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Before The West Wing, before The Newsroom, before Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, there was The American President. Will and Luke revisit this Aaron Sorkin-scripted Oval Office romantic comedy from the Clinton era, and look for the seeds of Sorkin's later work.

Duration:00:40:48