Bowling for Columbine
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Definitely worth watching and then thinking about for a long time.
First off, he doesn't cite any sources what so ever during the movie, in the credits, or anywhere else for that matter. And in documentaries, you cite sources otherwise your "facts" and "anecdotes" are just another story.
Seccond, I was not impressed with how pushy he was. He came off as a jerk by pressing a mic right in front of Dick Clark's face without an appointment and expected an interview where and when he wanted knowing Clark would have to decline and would be in a hurry.
He also placed [a store] in a PR nightmare and exploiting the survivors of the shooting at Columbine to further his own agenda. I think that is cold hearted and he does it on film! Such [manipulation] and exploitation only made me more sick to my stomache, knowing Moore can go up to anyone, point a mic in front of their face and either make them do what he wants, or face the PR consequences.
Third is his questionable "facts." ... This makes me take off a star because a documentary should have irrefutable facts, or claim them as theory, and since Moore did not state them as theory and his facts have inconsistancies so I'm very skeptical about his work.
However there were some entertaining parts, like his humor. I laughed a few times but it wasn't enough to make me like it. All in all this movie is too questionable to be considered a work of art.
In one of the Heston speeches, it appears Heston is telling the Columbine mayor "too bad" in response to the tragedy. In reality, if you look carefully, HESTON'S TIE CHANGES COLOR SEVERAL TIMES during the speech. Hmmm. Why? Because Moore is editing together multiple speeches/ random phrases, from many different cities, to give the ILLUSION of a single speech. Moore is not showing us a real speech. He's showing us a >fake speech< that he wrote himself & using Heston like a puppet.
Why does Moore have to create fake speeches to make his point? Why lie? It makes no sense.
You will see Charles Heston wring his hands in nervousness after he says, "We don't want any more of that civil rights business going on again", or "the reason America is violent is because of all the mixed ethnicities." What an idiot.
And that is just what Michael Moore does, he shows people and the government in their natural element speaking freely, and shows us how insane they are and sound. From George Bush proclaiming that our number one priority should be defense spending when people all over the country are out of work and children are living in poverty without parent supervision, to the crackpot rednecks who are buying more "guns and ammo" because they want to protect themselves from the "evil doers." It's this candid honesty of Moore's subjects that makes us look inward to how this country gone astray. Then Moore tries to explain this with his amazing short animation movie "A Brief History of the United States of America." Although he simplifies everything, and it is truly brief, it hits home and is certainly eye opening.
Moore tries to explain the question of why America is so violent. Why we are the unique country in the world that kills people with guns on the astronomical level that the United States does. He offers a lot of options to this answer, but ultimately, he leaves the question open for the viewer to search out within him/herself for the answer and make change.Read more ›
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This movie has no substance. Moore takes a tragic event and makes a bunch of indictments about the armed forces, capitalism, post-World War
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Yes, like all of the Michael Moore films they are a masterpiece!Published 9 days ago by Manuel Gonzalez
I like Micheal Moore movies. The movies really make you think about things we should change in our society. A real head shaker!!!!!Published 1 month ago by Karlene
Shockingly revealing and to think we haven't made progress preventing reoccurrances.Published 2 months ago by bayhill librarian