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(2004), R -- "No. But a few do!"
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Dog Eat Dog Films
Distribution (US): A-Film Distribution, BuyIndies.com Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation, United Artists
Director(s): Michael Moore
Producer(s): Charles Bishop, Jim Czarnecki, Michael Donovan, Kurt Engfehr, Kathleen Glynn, Tia Lessin, Michael Moore, Wolfram Tichy , Rehya Young
Written by: Michael Moore
Cinematography/Camera: Brian Danitz, Michael McDonough
Music: Jeff Gibbs, Irving Berlin, Bob Golden, John Lennon, Barry Manilow, Marilyn Manson, Paul McCartney, Fred Rogers, Marc Shaiman, Michael Stipe, Bob Thiele, George David Weiss
Film Editing: Kurt Engfehr
Production Management: Jenipher Ritchie, Dirk Wilutzky
Viewed on MGM Home Video
The reason this analysis was conducted was that it was reported to me that this R-rated film is being shown at public schools throughout America. I cannot confirm or deny this but in view of the uselessness of the MPAA ratings which have become a joke of late (see our R-13 finding), it would not surprise me if this film was show in public schools, R-rating notwithstanding.
I wonder if Michael Moore, the writer, director, chief cook and bottle washer and lead invader of privacy for this film knows that he is perpetuating and amplifying that which he tries to condemn with the film: that by showing how not to behave he is teaching and emboldening how not to behave. In this film More displays carnage, graphic murder and suicide. Repeatedly. Using what appears to be actual file footage, Moore displays for the school student matters such as a middle age man putting a handgun in his mouth and killing himself: he shows gunfire executions in foreign countries. In one case of apparently actual file footage, Moore displays a man blowing his head off -literally - with what appears to be a shotgun.
Gunshots to heads. Child battle victims. Replays of horrors such as September 11, 2001 and the Columbine shootings. Piles of bodies. These matters saturate the 117 minutes of this film. to try to tell youth not to shoot others by showing them what shooting someone does works no better than those drunk driving films with all the loose body parts and other gore did in high school. For some, such tactics implant thoughts of whether such really would happen and try it for themselves to see if it really does happen that way.
This film made me wonder just how low a filmmaker can go to make a buck. Moore relied heavily on file footage of the Columbine and other raw human tragedies - graphically - to further the film: to make a buck. Sort of like The Faces of Death. And, no, by the apparent spin and counterfeiting used in it, I do not believe Moore was trying to make a "statement", just a buck. But that is just my opinion to which I am entitled. And it is what Moore has communicated to me with his Bowling for Columbine.
I will offer some quotations from the movie so you may judge for yourself.
Marilyn Manson: "Ya put on a record and its not gonna yell at you for dressing the way you do [while Manson was dressed in Satanic garb]. It's gonna make you feel better about it." I wonder if Moore realized that with this interview comment Moore perfectly revealed the negative influence of such entertainment which he seems to so staunchly deny. A followup commentary was "Some will be so brash to ask if we believe that all who hear Manson tomorrow night will go out and commit violent acts? The answer is 'No!.' But does everybody who watches a Lexus commercial go and buy a Lexus? No. But a few do!" Apparently the "few who do" go out and commit violent acts under the influence of Manson (and many others) are disposable.
Manson: The president was shooting bombs overseas. Yet I'm a bad guy because I sing some rock-n-roll songs. And who's the bigger influence? The president or Marilyn Manson?
Moore: Do you know that the day that Columbine happened the US dropped more bombs on Kosovo than any other time during that war?
Moore relentlessly tries to belittle wholesome matters by putting his spin on things. An example was after the Columbine horror some kids were expelled from public schools for pointing objects as pretend guns at teachers to pretend kill them.
Regarding Moore's spin on things, consider this. He tells us that the 11,127 gunfire killings in the US are many times more than any other country and spends much time in interviews trying to find out why. And in those interviews, Moore almost invisibly transposes "gunfire killings" to "gunfire murders" carefully avoiding that many of those killings are by lawful actions such as police action and citizens saving their own lives and those of their family.
Moore's method reminds me of the spin of the homosexual agenda which boldly amplified as much as possible the Matthew Shepherd murder by street punks, but they and the media never mention things like the rape murder of a 14 year old boy by two homosexual practitioners who stuffed his own gasoline-soaked underwear down his throat after sodomizing him. In perspective, I suspect almost everyone who is reading this has heard of Matthew Shepherd, but how many have heard about 14 year old Jessie Dirkhising? That is apparently the style of Moore's work in Bowling for Columbine UPDATE: December 8, 2004 - By recent news invesitgations, the Matthew Shephrrd murder. though heinous, was not because of his practice of homosexuality but, as expected, was due to a robbery.
And poor K-Mart. Moore showed up on the doorstep of corporate K-Mart with two of the Columbine victims, claiming there were K-Mart 9mm bullets still in these boys, wanting to return the bullets. Never mind that Harris and Klebold could have bought the bullets anywhere. But since Harris and Klebold chose to buy them at K-Mart, Moore decided to crucify K-Mart, as if K-Mart were responsible for the decisions of Harris and Klebold to murder the Columbine students.
And, of course, Moore brings South Park: BLU into the, er, picture. Such a fitting association! This film has done one good thing. It has convinced me to not buy anything with the name "Michael Moore" on it. If this film is being shown in public schools, we reap what we sow. [Gal. 6:7; 1Cor. 15:33] The influence of such entertainment may not manifest in all who see it and its influence may not manifest as the same behavior that planted it, but it will likely manifest in some way. Some day. Maybe ten years later. Maybe just in trashing of wholesome and noble ethics in favor of licentious liberalism. With a spin.
Please read carefully the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide whether to let your school-aged kids watch this film when it comes to your school.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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