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Michael & Me

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A JOURNEY TO IRAQ is a unique documentary, showing a side of the War on Terror that is rarely seen in mainstream media. This documentary gets up close and personal with Iraqi refugees who fled the country due to religious persecution, the faithful Christians who answered God's call to help spread Christianity to the Arab and Kurdish people, and one Missionary struggling to establish what could be the most important print shop in the Middle East.

Establishing the first Christian printing press in the Kurdish territory of Northern Iraq is more than difficult - it's almost unthinkable. But Missionary Tim Comer discovers that in the word's newest Republic, the power of Islam leaves little room for Christian Missions, and the only way to get things done is God's way.

Under the regime of Saddam Hussein, Christianity was mildly tolerated at best, and certainly was not encouraged. With the American and allied invasion came the prayers of Christians worldwide, as well as the power to establish political, personal and religious freedoms for the Iraqi people. For the first time in their lives, countless Iraqis discovered acceptable alternatives to Islam.

Michael & Me is as impassioned--and just as loaded--as Michael Moore's Oscar-winning documentary Bowling for Columbine, a film to which nationally syndicated radio and TV talk show Larry Elder takes great exception. Through interviews with gun-control critics, Second Amendment proponents, and just "normal" and "responsible" people, Elder makes an emotional and provocative case for "personal responsibility" and an ordinary citizen's right to own a gun for self defense. There are several through-the-looking-glass stories that may give gun-control advocates pause (a British man is sentenced to life in prison for shooting and wounding one intruder, and is sued by another he wounded). Elder scores some hits in challenging Moore's questionable methodology, but it's overkill to accuse him of being "anti-American." A lame animated sequence, in which Elder ambushes a speechless Moore (that'll be the day!) on "The Woprah Infrey Show" is a total misfire. Both men are seen to better advantage in clips from an actual Elder-Moore confrontation. Elder, to his credit, allows dissenting voices to state their beliefs without making them look foolish. --Donald Liebenson

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  • Biography
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Product Details

  • Directors: Larry Elder
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Non-Fiction Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009PW03Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,646 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Michael & Me" on IMDb

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74 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Mother Hen on October 29, 2005
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Larry Elder gathers input from an impressive collection of historians, lawyers, criminologists, and scholars on the role of guns in America, including comparisons of other nations' relationships with guns and gun control. In addition to the erudite speakers interviewed by Elder, there were numerous man-on-the-street interviews which reflected the knowledge, ignorance, and opinions of Americans about gun rights. Also fascinating were the insights of reformed gang leaders and their anecdotal experiences and views on guns and crime.

The American public ranges from ignorant to sharply astute in their understanding of our Constitution, our nation's gun laws, and gun statistics. Elder dispels misunderstandings, clarifies realities, and reveals the plain-spoken truth of guns. The result shows guns to be tools (dangerous in the hands of criminals and life-saving in the hands of those who would deter them); shows that these tools are used far more to protect than to harm; explains that even if you could undo the 2nd Amendment and remove guns from the law-abiding, you'd still have a thriving black-market abundantly providing them to the lawless; and unambiguously explains that, love them or hate them, it is our Constitutional right to own guns.

I confess a bias in reviewing this documentary: I came into the 1990's a gun-hater, but found my opinions irrevocably altered over the course of that decade by exactly the kind of hard facts compiled and introduced here by Larry Elder. So be warned, those of you who think you are faithfully married to the ideals of gun control: this movie can alter your thinking, it can lead to the kind of knowledge and understanding that, once achieved, can never be undone.
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60 of 72 people found the following review helpful By reviewer on August 9, 2005
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Larry Elder takes a clear stance about the role of guns in a free society and backs it up with compelling evidence. Unlike other films that pretend to look at both sides fairly but lie and twist facts to get to their agenda, Larry gives it to you straight. If you really watch the film from start to finish, I believe you will find it a very worthwhile film filled with insightful and surprising ideas.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By M. D Wilson on October 14, 2005
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This is the kind of movie you will want to watch more then once, and will want all of your friends and family to see. It's great, very well done and all about gun violence and American's 2nd amendment rights.

Larry attempts to get down to the root causes of violence and talks about the vast number of lives that are saved every year thru the law-abiding ownership of guns, and how we never hear about it in the main stream press.

He interviews many different people: victims of violent crime, police officers, gun shop owners/instructors, anti-gun activists, lawyers, ex-gang bangers, historians, professors, and yes Michael Moore briefly.

Larry actually picked a bad name for this movie because it's misleading. They actually spend very little time talking to Moore or attacking Bowling for Columbine. Maybe 10 minutes of the film is spent on directly attacking Moore. The rest of it has nothing to do with Michael Moore, which I thought was a very good thing.

This is an important film, and one that should been seen no matter what your opinion on gun control is.
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59 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Ryan R. Grant on August 9, 2005
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I just finished watching this and it is excellent. Larry Elder not only hosts a brilliant nationally syndicated talkshow, but he also has produced a top of the line documentary. Larry exposes Michael Moore's propoganda in bowling for Columbine, and demonstrates lucidly that the second amendment to the constitution guaruntees all of us the right to possess and USE guns, and how gun control laws are increasing crime all around the country. If guns are outlawed, then the bloody criminals are the ONLY ones with guns!!! Common sense?

No one can watch this movie (i mean actually watch it not just read the editorial review) and not oppose gun control, not to mention Michael two-dinners Moore's nonesense. 5 stars, I can't wait for the sequel!
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54 of 67 people found the following review helpful By just a vet on August 6, 2005
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How many years have we been told that guns are bad? How many of us believe this without ever challenging ourselves as to why we believe it? Most of us are lucky enough to have never been in a situation where a gun could have changed the outcome of a horrific event in our lives such as, "if I had a gun I may have never been raped", "if I had a gun I wouldn't have seen my parents being killed in front of my own eyes". We typically aren't forced to really think about protecting ourselves so we live our lives happily in a daze.

Year after year we have allowed our elected officials, who work for us and suppossedly represent us, take away our constitutional right to protect ourselves.

I hoped that Larry would have proposed a scenario to the nay-sayers on the street..imagine you are shopping at a grocery store in an idyllic suburban community and a person takes out a Samurai sword and starts slicing people to death with it. I'm in the store and I am in the same aisle as you. The attacker starts running towards you, you're next to die. What do you do?!! Of course. Now imagine that just two minutes earlier I gave you this interview and in it I mentioned that I always carry a gun. Now, the attacker is coming after you, you're next to die, I'm still in the aisle what do you do? You scream, Larry shoot the guy!! Of course.

Seem crazy? A few years ago at an Albertson's in Irvine, CA an employee came to the store and killed several people with a Samurai sword. The would be victims were throwing cans of tuna fish at him. Eventually it was a gun that took him down and stopped the carnage.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being able to protect yourself. Larry, thank you for reminding me that it is OK.
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