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Fahrenheit 9/11: Playing into the Bush Strategy?
interesting.
I don't think I agree totally. I think he has a point. Yes, underestimating the buffoon Dubya is dangerous. We should "misunderestimate" him. And yes, he has a good point that Fahrenheit 9/11 is unlikely to convince people who want to vote for Bush, but I think that that's good. He calls it "arrogance" but I think it's laudable to make a documentary with a firm stance. Bowling for Columbine was wonderful, but the only real criticism I could make is that it didn't really have an answer to its question. It was just an exploration of why and never got an answer. Fahrenheit 9/11, on the other hand, it firm and clear and moves straight through. That's why it's such an excellent documentary. Like Ebert said in a recent movie answer-man that mirandathejoy linked to.
Oh, and I definitely agree with Russell Brown's assessment of the bandwagon "cool" people who are impossible to have a real discussion. They suck so much. hit them. Yes, good for you for hating Bush, but don't jeer during the movie who jerks, I want to hear the movie!
All in all, I say Moore is making his points and he does it very well and in a very entertaining manner. True, it may not convert many, mainly confirming people who already were against Bush. I think it could move some undecideds. No, not a lot, I suppose, and no, Bush supporters won't care (and probably won't even watch it). Maybe it was possible to make a movie that would have more of an impact on opinions. I don't know how to do it and I think it's wrong to demand that Moore change his style or weaken his own argument to decrease what some might see as "arrogance" in being sure of his own point.
There's also the fact that Moore has a different idea of what will appeal to the heart of America. He thinks Americans are really rather liberal and so maybe this will appeal more than some would think. I think he has more faith in the American people than I do. I think that the heartland is not so open-minded and forward looking as Moore thinks. Maybe Moore feels his film will have more appeal than I do. Although, a heck of a lot of people are going to see it. hmm.
It's a great movie. I don't think it will help Bush. It's just a movie. I like it. Let me just enjoy it.

P.S. If any of you say that Bowling for Columbine had "inaccuracies" I will beat you up. Screw you if you want think he's a liar. He's not and it makes me so mad when people say that.

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puceangel
Jun. 28th, 2004 04:18 pm (UTC)
I think it might get young people who don't usually vote to get out and actually do it.
A lot of people our age say they hate Bush, but enough find reasons not to vote when the time comes (although some do). I can assure anyone that most of the people who leave that theater are definitely going to vote.
My opinion.

I loved the movie.
apocalypselater
Jun. 28th, 2004 05:00 pm (UTC)
That's a good point. I agree.

yay! :D
themonkey
Jun. 28th, 2004 06:51 pm (UTC)
Yes, definitely. Moore said he's okay with preaching to the choir as long as he gets the choir singing. I've always been apathetic, but Bush has me so angry that I'll be voting against him and I know I'm not the only one.
apocalypselater
Jun. 30th, 2004 06:24 pm (UTC)
That is such a great metaphor! Playing with "preaching to the choir!" Oh, that's so great! Did Michael Moore come up with that himself? I wouldn't be surprised because he's funny smart.
But yes. Now that's a real good point. We're gonna need a lot of votes against, I mean we have to really cream him, in order to overcome his cheating.
themonkey
Jun. 30th, 2004 06:38 pm (UTC)
It was his quote but if he heard it somewhere else I dunno.. hehe. I have heard that there have been a record number of voters turning out in the primaries and more and more people are registering. You're right, it has to be an absolute LANDSLIDE so he can't cheat his way in again. I suppose I should have voted in the last election, but... A) who knew Bush would unleash THIS kind of hell and B) I have no problem with Gore but his wife and Leiberman piss me off. I don't want the government telling me what I can and can't do in my movies, you know?
apocalypselater
Jul. 1st, 2004 08:09 am (UTC)
yeah, I understand that. I didn't like Lieberman's views so much. Gore wasn't about that, but he refused to ever go against them and even let it in the platform with Lieberman. rarg. Oh, well. I would have voted for him (had I been old enough) anyway because 1) I <3 Gore and 2) I like that Lieberman is Jewish and I like Hadassah Lieberman. And c'mon! They were gonna title their memoirs of the campaign "Joe and Hadassah's Excellent Adventure." Now that's vice-presidential material. You know, if you ignore their views on the issues and stuff.
yay for voting!
themonkey
Jul. 1st, 2004 08:16 am (UTC)
hahahaha, that is a great title...
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