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Bowling for Columbine (Widescreen)

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Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11) takes aim at Americ'love affair with guns and violence in this Oscar winning film that "demand attention" (People)! Mixing riveting footage, hilarious animation and candid interviews with everyone from the NR's Charlton Heston to shock-rocker Marilyn Manson, Bowling for Columbine is brilliant.

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  • Actors: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, Salvador Allende, Jacobo Arbenz
  • Directors: Michael Moore
  • Writers: Michael Moore
  • Producers: Charles Bishop, Charlie Siskel, Chris Aldred, Gillian Aldrich, Jeff Gibbs
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,185 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008HE44
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,314 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bowling for Columbine (Widescreen)" on IMDb

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I have been a fan of Michael Moore for years, as his was a voice that was courageous and needed to be heard. I have also been a supporter of conflict resolution strategies most of my life, always looking for ways to resolve issues without violence. It is truly part of who I am. As a former professor I have even taught graduate level courses on the topic. I also know that what I taught I always tried to make part of my life, and remember how difficult that was, and how often I failed.

Back to Bowling for Columbine, though this film made many good points, I believe Moore's conversation with Charleton Heston should not have taken place. The discussion between the two of them, itself was violent as Moore's purpose was not to really hear Heston's point of view, but to ridicule him. When will we learn that violence can be thrust on others through what we say -- our words, or our intentions to do harm, rather than help another. So it is not just guns that can promote violence, it is us, especially our mouths which can be horrible weapons of violence and harm.

Part of a conflict resolution program for children teaches kids appropriate ways to make their own points without violating the rights -- of others -- or said another way, without inflicting their own anger and violent energy upon others. As I said, this is something to think about. To me, this conversation undid what I think Moore wanted the film to do.
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Only in a few places does Michael Moore's Academy Award-winning documentary veer too sharply into diatribe. The incomprehensible student shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado formed the impetus for the making of this film, which is filled with unforgettable vignettes, including the following: the bank that offers a big gun to everyone who opens a new account, Charlton Heston turning his back on the photograph of the 6yo girl killed by her 1st grade classmate, the manager of K-Mart agreeing to halt the sale of guns and ammunition, and most disturbing to me, the disclosure that Canadians have more guns per household that we do in the USA, yet they have an infinitesimal rate of murder.

Go figure.

Definitely worth watching and then thinking about for a long time.
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OK, I had heard so many negative things about this movie that I didn't want to bother with it. Then, my beloved brought it home. We watched it together and I completely flipped! Michael Moore is a film-making genius! His guerilla style is perfectly suited for the subject matter. Who else has even attempted to ask the question "Why so much fear and violence in america?" without finding simplistic, kneejerk answers? Moore takes us to Columbine to not only relive the tragedy, but to talk with the surviving victims. He even takes them to K Mart's HQ to confront the company's policy of selling handgun ammo (the columbine shooters purchased their bullets at the local k mart) with successful results. This is not just some propoganda film about the evils of gun ownership. Moore himself was raised with guns and still carries his NRA membership card. This movie is about Moore's quest to find out why we love to kill each other so much here in the states. Is it poverty? Nope, other countries have worse economic problems without the bloodletting. Is it violent music or video games? Uh-uh, these are endemic throughout the civilized world. Could it be the proliferation of handguns? No, Canada has millions of guns and it's big cities have the murder rates of our small towns! Is it our violent, gun-toting history? Negative, the entire planet has a bloody, violent past. Moore has the audacity to try to get to the bottom of this mess. BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE is not for the squeamish or the political zealot from either right or left. It's for folks who wonder at what we've become. It's for people like me who hate the idea of barracading themselves in their homes for fear of being slaughtered. This fear is also challenged here. Many sacred cow arguments are terminated. Prepare to be angered, saddened, provoked, offended, and oddly entertained as only Michael Moore can do. A must own classic...
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"Bowling for Columbine" attempts to find an answer to a complex question: why do Americans kill each other more than any other industrialized nation (with guns)? As complex as this question already is, Michael Moore seems to make the answer absolutely impossible. In his attempt to find out why, Michael Moore constantly contradicts himself and leaves out several key points of information, and sometimes tells the wrong story. HIs points also have false conjecture in them.

Michael Moore explores the many reasons given as to why Americans kill: poverty, high divorce rates, minorities, violence in the media (including movies and video games), America's violent history, and simply, lack of gun control.

#1: Poverty: Michael Moore points out a liberal argument that poverty in America makes one commit crimes, he counters that by saying that Canada has a higher unemployment rate (at twice the rate of the U.S. at the time this documentary was made). However, Michael Moore seems to have a lack of understanding as to what poverty really is. "Poverty" is defined as having an income below the "threshold" (the least amount of money that can get you by depending on where you live and how many people/children/elderly live in your household). "Unemployment" means you do not have a job AND are looking for a job. Unemployment, to an extent, can tell you about the state of a country's economy. However, many of the world's industrialized nations have much more generous unemployment and welfare benefits. In some cases, it might be better to remain unemployed than to settle for a low-wage job, unlike here in the U.S. where welfare and unemployment benefits have been cut to the bone. Many people in poverty here in the U.S. actually do work, but can't make enough money to make ends meet.
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