But laughs turn to tears on a daily basis in the States, where the incidence of death by gunshot wounds has escalated to epidemic proportions. Investigative filmmaker Michael Moore's heartfelt documentary - as entertaining as it is politically damning - looks deep into America's love affair with firearms. Guns aren't just part of daily life in the States; they're a legal part of the Constitution.
The beauty of this is that Michael Moore doesn't have to be fair: He's not a network journalist; he's a gonzo moviemaker, utilizing gentle, almost lovable, guerilla tactics in an effort to make a statement and entertain.
And with Bowling for Columbine, Moore does this with more skill and hard-edged comedic tone than anyone else today. Why is America such a remarkably gun-violent society? If you think you have a pat answer, be you an anti-weapon Democrat or a gun-totin' Republican, think again.
Moore examines, often with tongue-in-cheek and index finger-scratching-head, video games, TV, movies, the media, music, parental pressure, poverty, the government, racism, the culture of fear, and more. There really are no answers.
There are many things wrong with American society and how it views violence. Sure, it's easy for a liberal like Moore to say this, but there are two things worth remembering: First, he is exceedingly thorough in support of his arguments; and second, he is a card-carrying member of the NRA and, as a teen, was a champion marksman.
As a filmmaker, Moore is still an immensely effective propagandist, but he has also matured. He has a greater respect for the gravity of his subject matter, has learned to use shock value to his advantage, and is even slightly more willing to listen to his "opponents.
If you doubt his skills, witness his use of news clips containing horrifying gun murders, or security camera footage from the massacre at Columbine High School. From a purely editorial standpoint, Moore is a true manipulator, often a relentless one. The guy could probably translate that skill and his "aw shucks" demeanor into a career in politics if he shaved more often and wiped the schmutz off his shirt.
A politician should know his history, and be able to capture minds and speak to people. Moore successfully does all of the above in Bowling for Columbine, and with the help of two young men that suffered injuries in the Columbine shooting, he even enters the corporate world and affects major change.
Moore's combination of horror and levity is sharp, uncomfortable, and evocative. Sometimes it is delicate, mixing it up in the background; often it is a sledgehammer to the brain.
It can cause an inner stirring in many viewers, a brewing range of emotions resulting in hearty laughs or the occasional shout at the screen. Whether or not you appreciate Michael Moore's politics or delivery, I can't think of too many films this year that get the heart pumping like that.
You can now get the film in a box set with The Big One and a bonus DVD featuring outtakes from various speeches Moore has given on his latest book tour. The Columbine set includes two DVDs, with tons of Moore extras including his ill-fated Oscar acceptance speechcommentaries, music videos, and God knows what else.
I finally caught Columbine and found it quite thought-provoking but a little meandering and confused. Moore wants to blame gun deaths on rampant gun ownership, but his time interviewing folks in Canada 7 million guns for 10 million households injures his thesis. Moore never really tells us why Americans kill so many Americans, and this gets lost amidst the spectacle of Charlton Heston's insanity.
So if it's not simply the prevalence of gun ownership what is the root cause of gun violence? He tries to generate this spectre of our culture being based on "fear," but that seems vague and not really true.
I don't know anyone who feels "afraid. Does fear explain suicide? Anyway, just my two cents. Shootin' and shootin', yee haw!For the first time in the history of the Cannes Film Festival, a documentary was invited into the Competition this year.
It was Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine. Oct 16, · The title, meant to be ironic, derives from the fact that the high school duo who shot fellow classmates in Columbine, Colorado, in went bowling before .
Bowling for Columbine - review 3 / 5 stars 3 out of 5 stars. This documentary was clearly a journey of discovery for Moore himself, who makes no bones about not having the answers.
Bowling for Columbine - review 3 / 5 stars 3 out of 5 stars. This documentary was clearly a journey of discovery for Moore himself, who makes no . Bowling for Columbine - Before you load your gun Watch this film.
This is a documentary on America's menacing gun culture, constructed with sarcastic humour and witty satire, by the director Michael Moore. From a look at the Columbine High School security camera tapes to the home of Oscar-winning NRA President Charlton Heston, from a young man who makes homemade napalm with The Anarchist’s Cookbook to the murder of a six-year-old girl by another six-year-old, Bowling for Columbine is a journey through America, through our past, hoping to.