Al Franken - God Spoke
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It shows his mission to give the voice of liberal dissent an outlet via Air America Radio and his contemplation of running for the senate in '04 after the death of Paul Wellstone. What was interesting for me was the glimpse into conservative radio and TV personalities and by that I do mean personalities not broadcast journalists including Hannity, O'Reilly, Michael Medvid (former movie critic) and Neal Boortz (contender for the title of Right Wing Megalomaniac). Then there is Ann Coulter, the Heidi Fleiss of the right; too bad All Franken did not know at the time she plagerized her columns and book or it would have been a more intense encounter.
This was fun and revealing because you get a glimpse in to Franken's private life and meet his wife and get to see him in his off time. If you are a Franken fan and want a humorous glimpse in to his life this is for you.
I am a fan of Franken, and as we also receive the Fox News channel down here, I have come to despise O'Reilly, Hannity, Coulter, and company. This is why I was hoping I could highly rate this DVD.
I found it extremelly slow and at times, simply boring. I have laughed with delight at Franken's books, together with an array of his TV and audio commentaries.
The official Amazon review states, "The filmmakers, longtime associates of cinéma verité pioneer DA Pennebaker, take a fly-on-the-wall approach towards Franken's activities around the time of the 2004 presidential election and afterwards as he explores a run for the US Senate in 2008."
True. However, when I think "fly on the wall" approach, I usually think about interesting items which the public don't usually get to see, and which help to show the true nature of a person or situation. It seems their version of this simply means following Al around with a camera and recording nothing of any great value.
One of the main selling points of this DVD for me, was this line. "They look at the (unsuccessful) lawsuit Fox News filed against him for swiping their tagline." I would have loved to have seen the true story behind this, however it was simply mentioned, not discussed at length.
Also, "and his dust-ups with Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Michael Medved, and Bill O'Reilly, who describes him as a vile human being." Disappointed again.Read more ›
The Buddy Hackett joke was the high point for me, but his deconstruction Brit Hume's lying abuse of statistics for some high-schoolers is a wonderful illustration of why an educated electorate is necessary for a functioning democracy.
A political aside: as a non-American, I have no trouble in recognizing that the invasion of Iraq is "the supreme war crime", as unprovoked wars of aggression were described by the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, and am always amused and a little dismayed at how this fact is always outside the acceptable limits of opposition to the current Occupation, even among "liberal" Americans like Franken. Political expediency, I suppose.
Franken's fans will enjoy this light-weight documentary and get a few chuckles from it. It's a user-friendly introduction to the man for those who don't know him. People who don't understand the term "oxymoron", particularly as it applies to Fox News, will hate it and those looking for an in-depth examination of Franken's politics, the nature of his Senate run or the travails of Air America radio will find nothing of substance.
I also appreciate his emotional honesty. When he's angry, it's a righteous indignation. And he doesn't mask his sorrow when speaking about the loss of his father, or facing the re-election of Bush in 2004.
Few people in politics or show business will let a camera into their lives during such vulnerable moments. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
Franken's book Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot was a desperately needed counter-shot to the PR machine that is Limbaugh. And his tireless touring for that book, and the books that have followed, have lifted the spirits of many liberals who were feeling isolated by the Wizards of our corporate media Oz. ...Read more ›
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Was there to be a part two? The 2006 documentary AL FRANKEN: GOD SPOKE leaves the viewer hanging as it concludes with comedian/poltical commentator Al Franken leaving it all... Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. L LaRegina
It was cool to see the behind-the-scenes video from events, but it would have been REALLY nice to see his campaign for MN Senate race.Published on October 16, 2012 by Mateo Schlo
After hearing all the press about Al Franken, I thought this would be an interesting and insightful movie to watch. Read morePublished on April 6, 2011 by Ty Pike
On behalf of hearing-impaired people I give this DVD a big ZERO. It is a totally useless product to us. Thanks for nothing Docurama! Read morePublished on December 1, 2008 by Jake O'Donnell
This video makes Al Franken out to be a bumbling loser. His "Liars" book was great! What happened here? Does Al Franken really endorse this documentary? Read morePublished on February 2, 2008 by A. Stefan Sommer
As a big fan of Al Franken & Air America (I still listen every day), this was a great look into how he changed from simply a comedian to a real viable candidate for Senate. Read morePublished on August 4, 2007 by Girlskin