Bowling for Columbine (Widescreen)
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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.
Definitely worth watching and then thinking about for a long time.
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.Read more ›
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what was the point of this movie? Media Influences? Moore is an idiot and the NRA showed bad taste in showing up. I lost respect for both of them. It's a circus.Published 3 days ago by DONNA AKIN
Easy to see why this book stayed on top of the charts for so long. Pretty PC to avoid conflict.Published 19 days ago by Robert Armour
OK so I am not political and went into this trying to be non biased but man!! These type of people are just killing America. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MutantMike
Great eye opening film. Michael Moore does a great job showing factual things, not just giving his opinion.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent movie about gun violence in the US... Highly recommended.....Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer