Bowling for Columbine (2002)
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You know what? I like Michael Moore by and large. He is guilty of sins of omission and distortion, yet many of his central points remain unimpeachable. Under the ideological principles of transparency, visibility and unity, Moore comes closer than any other mainstream documentary filmmaker to making a coherent political argument. If you disagree with that, you might agree his work is at least passionate, humorous, and alive. This was a superb film. That scene with Marilyn Manson was, and I use this word very carefully, so right.
Great message. I agree 100% with Chris Rock. If the cost of a single bullet was $5,000, I suspect we would have fewer deaths due to handguns.
An excellent documentary.
The "What A Wonderful World" montage is extremely uncomfortable viewing and highlights so much of the hypocrisy of the American government. I love that Moore is able to make these considered political arguments whilst still being delightfully witty.
Also, that interview with Marilyn Manson is the perfect way to combat the "violent music leads to violence" argument. Manson's obvious intelligence comes through very strongly.
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This movie ranks #8 in 100 Documentary Films (BFI Screen Guide)
This movie ranks #66 in Sight and Sound -The Greatest Documentaries of All Time
This movie ranks #109 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Non-Fiction Films (2012)
This movie ranks #125 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #125 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #198 in The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #931 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #950 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #1122 in The Criterion Collection