HE reader Tim Sherrick has written to ask what happened to my coverage of Michael Moore‘s Captain Mike doc, which I promised I’d get into. What happened was that I had the usual conflicts and deadlines and wound up missing the first screening, and then everyone I spoke to who’d seen it (and I mean everyone) called it a non-essential vanity project.
Does it reflect upon the current electoral situation vis a vis the upcoming Presidential election year? Somewhat but not really, Toronto press-passers all said. Does Moore deal with the fact that while 18-to-29s voted in greater numbers in ’04 than they did in ’00, the vast majority of them stayed away from the polls in droves and in so doing earned the label “generation of shame“? No, everyone said. That’s when I knew I’d wait for a screening back in LA, or perhaps even the DVD.