Bowling for columbine by michael moore review

What causes us to kill so many more of one another than they do other developed nations? But you don't have to be a big fan of nuclear weapons to think that he might have a point. And this is a shame, since much of the movie is worth engaging, and manifests genuine curiosity and a wicked satirical sense along with finger-pointing self-righteousness. Compared with imperial Britain and Nazi Germany, he suggests, we're downright pacific. I still can't figure that one out. But what appears to be a simplistic anti-gun polemic broadens in scope, to tar the media, racism, greed and US foreign policy. Why do our lives seem to be governed by fear? The kids who shot up Columbine high school went bowling at 6am on the terrible day, so is bowling perhaps the problem? You may remember that because the Serbs were engaged in a violent conflict against Islamic insurgents America is doing something very similar today in Iraq NATO decided to bomb the Serbs until they pulled their troops out of Kosovo. It is an extreme contrast to the pictures Moore showed before in the U. A visit to James Nichols, whose brother, Terry, helped Timothy McVeigh plan the Oklahoma City bombing, reveals a scared, angry man who lives surrounded by guns on a farm where he grows, of all things, organic soybeans to be made into tofu. Early on, he tours a bank that's handing out guns to people who open new accounts. Here he asks questions he can't answer, such as why we as a nation feel so scared, such an urge for the consolation of guns. Michael Moore is opening an account and gets a free hunting rifle.

How incredible to compare Britain's fierce legislative response to Dunblane. The movie is a mosaic of Moore confrontations and supplementary footage.

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The movie is a collage of Moore encounters and accessory clips and shots. Bowling for Columbine thinks we have way too many guns, don't require them, and are shooting each other at senseless proportions.

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And this - combined with an ingrained fear of enemies without and within - is a fatal attraction. This is brilliant theater and would seem to be unanswerable for the hapless Kmart public relations spokespeople, who fidget and evade in front of Moore's merciless camera. The original film material is supported by very sarcastic comments of the director and different songs.

Why was Moore successful in persuading K-Mart not to sell ammunition any more?

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They confirm that they will remove all the bullets from every shop in the next nine month. The underclass is what scares America's whites into owning guns, and it's the underclass themselves who are largely the victims of the crime from which the Wasp patricians can insulate themselves. Moore incidentally neglects to give the murder-rate as a percentage of the population. This vital and stimulating documentary is rated R, so that the Columbine killers would have been guarded from the violent images, mainly of themselves. Like everyone else, he wonders how such a thing could have happened, and what it says about contemporary American society. Observing that we relish urban legends meant to make us scared of strangers, Moore observes how TV news concentrates on local violence and says that while the murder rate is down 20 percent in America, TV coverage of violent crime is up percent. The more you think about this coincidence, the less it seems to mean. He returns several times to Columbine High School, at one point showing horrifying security-camera footage of the massacre. Bafflingly, this heavy-handed sarcasm might equally be deployed by the rightwing firearms apologists whom Moore clearly loathes. Heston's actions as president of the National Rifle Association -- he is shown addressing pro-gun rallies that took place in the wake of the school shootings in both Littleton and Flint, Mich. The seismic events of September 11 presumably happened in the middle of the production schedule, inspiring Moore to open up his focus very wide to global, geo-political questions, when he might have been better off concentrating on the domestic American scene: that is, the mechanics and economics of power which underpin gun outrages. Unbelievable, but not the only shocking element in this powerful exploration of violence in the USA.

Here he asks questions he can't answer, such as why we as a nation seem so afraid, so in need of the reassurance of guns. As drugs started to flood into the cities of America in the s the murder rate rose as people tried to muscle in on the hard drugs trade to the point where now many US cities are battle zones.

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Moore, a cheerful rabble-rouser and author of the best seller ''Stupid White Men,'' would have it any other way. But Heston clearly knows nothing of Moore's track record, and his answers to Moore's questions are borderline pathetic.

I hope the movie is widely seen and debated with appropriate ferocity and thoughtfulness.

Not that Mr. Noting that we treasure urban legends designed to make us fearful of strangers, Moore notices how TV news focuses on local violence "If it bleeds, it leads" and says that while the murder rate is down 20 percent in America, TV coverage of violent crime is up percent. In the further course he compares the gun levels of the U. Moore begins with an extraordinary interview with a Michigan bank which gives rifles to all new customers; he wonders aloud if a bank really wants a whole lot of people with guns around. Does that sound evasive? The handgun psychologically equivalent to the B? Here he asks questions he can't answer, such as why we as a nation seem so afraid, so in need of the reassurance of guns. Observing that we relish urban legends meant to make us scared of strangers, Moore observes how TV news concentrates on local violence and says that while the murder rate is down 20 percent in America, TV coverage of violent crime is up percent. Moore, in the good-natured, confrontational style familiar from ''Roger and Me'' and ''TV Nation,'' his sadly short-lived series on Fox, tracks his subject far and wide: a little too far and a little too wide perhaps. Families can talk about the questions Moore raises. New York for example has a total hand gun ban and the penalty for having an automatic weapon there is life imprisonment. Mr Heston himself says that America's gun-related violence is down to having more "ethnicity" than other countries, a remark he clearly regretted the instant it left his lips. These are hardly simple questions, and Mr. The movie is a mosaic of Moore confrontations and supplementary footage.

Moore's arguments are passionate and factually sound, but he's never dry.

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