Author, filmmaker, and political activist Michael Moore has developed a trademark style of tackling major issues with a sharp sense of humor while maintaining a regular-guy attitude, an approach that has helped him secure a reputation as both a razor-sharp humorist and one of America’s most fearless political commentators. Michael Moore was born in 1954 in Davison, MI, a suburb of Flint, then home to one of General Motors’ biggest manufacturing plants, where Moore’s father and grandfather both worked. Born to an Irish-Catholic family, Moore attended parochial school until he was 14, when he transferred to Davison High School. Moore soon developed an interest in student politics as well as larger issues; he won a merit badge as an Eagle Scout by creating a slide show exposing environmentally unfriendly businesses in Flint, and in 1972, when 18-year-olds were granted the right to vote, he ran for a seat on the Flint school board, soon becoming one of the youngest people in the United… read more
Besides occasionally playing dumb, Moore's style is a fine one because it understands that the best thing a documentary with a purpose can do is show you something irrefutable (the scene in Fah 911 with Bush at the school being notified of the 9/11 attacks is the most riveting piece of cinema in the 21st century). But some of his earlier work presents a more comical view that's been lost in his angrier, later films like Capitalism: A Love Story. In Roger & Me, for example, while being infuriated at the decline of his hometown, he also lends a melancholy chuckle at the town's attempt to stay alive.