Bowling for Columbine

I watched Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine tonight. Yeah. You need to watch it. It was not even close to the liberal leftist propaganda I thought it would be. Trust me, if your only exposure to Michael Moore was his boo-ed Oscar speech you ought to just set that aside for a couple hours to see this film. Plus to characterize the documentary as “anti-gun” or a “gun control” movie is slightly off. Moore also hits on themes of racism, fear, mass communication, and violence. In fact if there’s something the film really needs is a central, defining thesis. I appreciated the randomness of it all, but perhaps I would’ve more clearly understood it all had there been a stronger stance on any issue. Not that I’m particularly uncomfortable with the open-ended question of Why are Americans so violent towards each other?

Bowling for Columbine (2002, 120mins, rated R): Reviews | Criticisms | Rebuttals

I also saw Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs twice within 24 hours. Not nearly as thought-provoking as Moore’s film of course, but I’d say it’s fairly deserving of its hype. I do prefer films with a bit better cinematography – Tarantino’s medium-long shots can get tiresome though I was impressed at the emotion and drama he can evoke without even necessarily showing the character speaking. There are also some wickedly funny parts to the film which was surprising for me. I definitely see why the film has influenced so many others and really a pretty solid directing debut all around.

Reservoir Dogs (1992, 99mins, rated R): Reviews