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Bowling for Columbine back to product details

One of the best documentaries, yes documentaries, made
written by Neutron November 17, 2003 - 11:56 AM PST
12 out of 12 members found this review helpful
Bowling for Columbine is a product of it's time, and that makes it both timeless and very much documentation of the current climate. Love him or hate him, Michael Moore has changed from an outsider documentarian, to a populist hero. There are definite reasons for that.

Much has been said from the lions of the right wing and the harpies of general political punditry about this film. That it is, in fact... fiction or satire and not a documentary at all. Discrediting attacks designed to lessen its effect, it is most certainly satirical, and unashamedly political, but fiction it is not.

Michael Moore presents no answers at all, just a lot of questions, which is what a documentary usually does.

Fascinating interviews with Marilyn Manson, "troubled youth", Matt Stone from South Park, and of course the infamous Charlton Heston piece all combine to make this a truly interesting piece of film making.

Columbine is both laugh out loud funny, and jaggedly depressing, sometimes at the same time. It is a movie that is designed to spark debate and discussion and in that it is most certainly a rousing success.

Incidentally there is a section for teachers to use the film in class on this double sided DVD, as well as a wealth of added interviews, explanations and other bonuses all well worth watching. Most interesting is Moores own take on the post Oscar events, albeit sans Academy owned footage.

The biggest mystery is why, in a movie that was almost 6 hours in length in a pre-release rough cut, and is 119 minutes in its final version, why isnt there extra footage? This movie is a no brainer for a second disc, but instead we get a double sided DVD. Interestingly enough there are a few scenes that didnt seem to make the DVD cut, including a slowly paced, but chilling scene with James Nichols showing Moore a loaded handgun he keeps in his bedroom, while the camera person waits in the other room. Why on earth this was cut I have no idea.

And as far as the endless attacks on the movie, you can easily find Moore's rebuttals.

Republican gun-freaks will get their shorts in a bunch, but...
written by Brujaria August 9, 2003 - 6:25 PM PDT
14 out of 20 members found this review helpful
...everyone else will dig it!
The worst thing I could say about this film is that it is episodic.
Otherwise I have nothing but praise. It's a sharp, perceptive, wryly funny and often moving look at American's obsession with guns and killing each other with those same weapons.
Moore starts off with a hilarious, but disturbing intro in a bank that gives out free rifles with new bank accounts and then plunges into a deep, analytic look at militia groups, shooting victims, celebrities and every one in between with an honest straightforward approach that never puts words in thier mouths or attempts to put a spin on them.
There is a reason this film won numerous awards and was the most successful documentary in decades. It's nothing short of superb... Unless you are one of those gun-toting right wingers who can't wait for the opportunity to pop a cap in someone's ass.

This film is a fraud
written by zelpheri August 4, 2003 - 5:00 PM PDT
14 out of 44 members found this review helpful
If you take it as a normal film, then it can be an entertaining show. But if you are to take it as a documentary -- then it is patiently and woefully false in so many areas. Some are so poorly presented, that one wonders if Michael Moore's heart is not in it, or whether he is simply a fraud.

If you want a good and constructive social commentary film, look elsewhere. Please.


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