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Bowling for Columbine (DVD, 2003)

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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it Feb. 26 2003
Format:DVD
I am from Germany! My teacher took us to this documentary and we first thought : oh no! We have no time for it!
Everybody loved it! `Cause:
Michael Moore shows exactly what we think about Americans!
This film shows the stupidity of NRA members (represented by Heston) and how far from reality they are!
Not to mention the part where Heston says that the American history was more violent than the German!
And those who say that the facts given in the movie are [bad]!
Think about it again...Most of the facts Moore mentions are right and informative!...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a movie everyone should watch Feb. 23 2003
Format:DVD
There is a long, repetitive diatribe a couple reviews up in which the reviewer gets on Moore's case for his biased portrayal of the subjects of this movie. I think that reviewer is missing the point. Gun control is not the main thrust of the movie, it's that Americans seem to have a great deal more fear than citizens of other countries. The fact that people shoot criminals is not a rebuttal of that argument, in fact it's more proof. The reviewer states that there is less violent crime in states where people are allowed to carry concealed weapons, a solution which boils down to "make criminals afraid as well". Anecdotal or not, the evidence presented fits Moore's hypothesis that fear drives much of the violence in this country. A reading of Chomsky's "Manufacturing Consent" (which I'm sure Moore must have drawn from) should further convince you of the media's role in forming public opinion, and in this case fear.
In my personal experience as a Canadian living in the U.S. I find that there is a big difference between the two countries, and that is the difference between capitalism and socialism. Capitalism can be summed up as "every man for himself", while socialism is based on spreading wealth to those who need it. One engenders competition, the other cooperation. In America you take what you can get because no one is going to hand anything to you, so naturally you're going to protect what you already have a little more vigorously. That difference goes a long way to explaining why Americans are more afraid, and why they feel the need to own guns. In any event, I grew up without locking my door, although I sure lock it now.
Whatever your politics you can't deny that Moore documents a great deal of absurd and dysfunctional behavior in this movie.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The point missed Feb. 9 2003
Format:DVD
Its ironic the number of reviewers who see this as an anti-gun statement. With as much respect as I can muster they have missed the point, as indeed has Mr Moore.
Mr Moore was making an intelligent and insightful essay into the roots of ALL violence in America, but I suspect he got a bit lost when events caught up with him.
The irony is, gentle reader, that Mr Moore supplies plenty of ammunition for pro-gun people. For example, he shows clearly that Canadian gun ownership is very high, yet has nowhere the level of gun crime as the United States. Pro- rata New Zealand has as high a gun ownership rate as the US, but has less than 100 gun fatalities a year- and that includes suicides and accidents. So if guns cause crime, surely Canada would have as high a rate as the USA? One fellow interviewed points out that gun ownership as increased, yet the rate of crime has gone down. Again, if the guns were the problem wouldnt you see the increase? One women points out that when your house is attacked why do you call the police? Well, she says it is because they are the ones with the guns.
The point is, the film was heading towards making the point that violence is not a single faceted problem, and many factors contribute- maybe music, maybe violent video games, who knows? However, about two thirds through the film, he started to investigate the tragic shooting of a young girl at a school by a six year old boy. Without a doubt, this was a tragic accident, but is it not- and again Mr Moore misses the point- anything more than an accident. Indeed the NRA's own gun safety programmes deal with exactly that situation and isnt it a shame that the boy concerned hadn't seen it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Movie I've Ever Seen!!! Feb. 6 2003
Format:DVD
I have never said that about any movie, other than Star Wars before this. The people who whatched this film talked about it for days.
Michael Moore gives an in depth look at guns and violence, in a humerous and serious way.
Do not get caught up in the title, this is not all about the Columbine event. This is not a doom and gloom movie (meaning all sad). This movie is funny and thought provoking.
You will wonder why the entire country was not made to watch this film after watching it yourself.
It'll be the best 2 hours you've ever spent in front of your TV.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Documentary Jan. 25 2005
Format:DVD
Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" is a riveting and electrifying documentary. Focusing on gun control (although topics also range from American history to violence in the media), it's powerful and often hilarious. Moore makes an engaging on-screen host, and the little vignettes he strings together are often hilarious, such as the history cartoon and the interview with the guy linked to the Oklahoma city bombing. Other scenes are truly powerhouse filmmaking, like the Columbine surveillance footage and the unforgettable showdown with Charlton Heston. The film is weighed down a bit by Moore's tweaking of the truth (like in the staged opening scene and the tricky editing of Heston's NRA speeches) and his occasionally insane arguments (like linking Dick Clarke to a school shooting), but overall, it's memorable and worth seeing.
On DVD, the film is in an aspect ratio of roughly 1.85:1. Being a documentary with much footage taken from news shows, the image quality varies, and is sometimes quite grainy. It looks and sounds as good as it should. Of the abundant extras, the most worthwhile is Moore's fifteen-minute defense of his famous Oscar acceptance speech ("Shame on you, Mr. Bush!"). There is a lot of interview footage with Moore at various film festivals and on various shows to a point at which there's almost too much Moore. A commentary with some of his interns (I listened to a bit of it; not informative, but funny and spontaneous) and a Marilyn Manson music video are also worth noting.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Technique = 8... Honesty in Presentation = 0
First let me say that, as a person (a Canadian for those who are strangely questioning if all the negative reviews are from the USA) who doesn't care for guns and has no interest... Read more
Published on May 27 2006 by Craig R. Estrella
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotcha thinking, didn't he???
Many folks seem so tied up by this movie, but I think they missed the point. Moore is an artist, and I say that without revealing whether I agree or disagree with him. Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2004 by Shilo Savant
5.0 out of 5 stars Justice to complexity
Michael Moore has produced a brilliant film in "Bowling for Columbine," beginning to examine the question of gun violence in America. Read more
Published on July 20 2004 by Jeff Nova
5.0 out of 5 stars Merciless film of Michael Moore!
This film plays hard. Moore has become in the rebel voice and one of the most irreverent personalities in USA . His brave position deserves him many admirers . Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
2.0 out of 5 stars Extreme Disappointment
I admittedly saw Fahrenheit 9/11 before I saw Bowling for Columbine and that may skew my impressions, but this movie is no where near as good as its reputation would have you... Read more
Published on July 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars To the nay-sayers...
I'm not going to proselytize; my feelings on the quality of this movie have already been adequately expressed by previous reviewrers. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Justin Colley
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative Movie
I enjoyed this movie very much. Moore really hit everything on the head, conserning this subject. I would recammned this movie anyone.
Published on July 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth Revealed
Michael Moore packs a wallop against the racist gun-happy american people by exposing them for WHAT THEY ARE! Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Dorene Spicer
5.0 out of 5 stars Think outside the box
The people who are writing all these reviews need to stop looking at Michael Moore and start looking at themselves. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Adam Willis
1.0 out of 5 stars Gee...I wish I had a neckbeard....
This slug should find an early grave...What a sleazy, lying pig. Oh, yeah...he distorts the truth, keeps the millions, and pretends to be just a regular slob. Well, he is a slob. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Ron G
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