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· "Bad Joke Friday" Dan (moderator emeritus)
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Michael Moore looks at guns, violence, and fear

CANNES, France (AP) -- A Michigan bank advertises a peculiar incentive gift for opening an account: a gun.

So filmmaker Michael Moore visits, asks a few questions -- "the bank is a licensed firearms dealer," a clerk tells him -- and soon walks out with a rifle slung over his shoulder.
Thus starts Moore's new documentary about guns and violence in America, a movie that takes him from his home state of Michigan to Columbine High School in suburban Denver to Charlton Heston's Beverly Hills home.
"Bowling for Columbine" is Moore's fifth movie since his 1989 debut, "Roger and Me." It's also the first documentary to compete in the Cannes Film Festival's main competition in 46 years.
Moore believes America is obsessed with guns, and -- wearing his trademark baseball cap and sagging jeans -- he crossed the United States (and visited Canada) filming 200 hours of footage to find out why.
As in Moore's other films, some of the interviews are uncomfortably funny: The laughs come because people's responses are so absurd.
Other interviews are almost unbearably sad, as when Moore talks to a soccer dad wearing a photo of his son, who was killed in the 1999 Columbine massacre.
At the premiere Friday in France, Moore's film got a prolonged standing ovation. The director thanked the audience and said: "Now the real work is back in the United States, to start to correct these problems."
United Artists picked up the film on Friday for U.S. distribution.
Traveling to Kmart
The title "Bowling for Columbine" refers to a detail about the high-school shooting: Before they opened fire in their school, killing 13 people and then themselves, gunmen Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went bowling.
After the shooting, the media asked what had gone wrong in their lives. Was it violent movies? The music they listened to? (Harris and Klebold were fans of rocker Marilyn Manson -- who incidentally gives one of the movie's most lucid and well-spoken interviews.)
Some blamed Manson for inspiring the killings; why not blame bowling? Moore asks.
In one chilling sequence, he shows footage from Columbine's surveillance cameras and plays 911 tapes from panicked, breathless callers inside the school.
Later in the film, Moore meets two survivors of the attack, both of whom still have bullets lodged in their bodies. Together, they travel to the headquarters of Kmart, the store where the bullets were bought.
The boys pull up their shirts to show executives their scars, and soon Kmart announces that within 90 days it is pulling bullets for handguns and assault weapons from its shelves.
Columbine is a focal point of the movie, but not its only subject. Moore jumps to other tragedies, from the Oklahoma City bombing to the killing of a 6-year-old girl from Flint, Michigan, who was shot by another 6-year-old who brought a gun to school.
Interviewing Heston
"Bowling for Columbine" is a blast of non-stop images, including a hilarious cartoon about U.S. history that's narrated by a talking bullet.
The movie plays with many contradictions; Moore, who grew up around guns, has been a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association.
He tried for two years to get an interview with Heston, the NRA president and the actor who played Moses in "The Ten Commandments." In the end, Moore bought a map of stars' houses in California and drove to Heston's house.
"I just rang the buzzer, and out of that little box came the voice of Moses," Moore told journalists. He got his interview -- which doesn't make Heston look very good.
The film's strongest point is Moore's talent for pushing his interview subjects further and further, persuading them to tell a little bit more.
He interviews one young man who was kicked out of high school. Why? Moore asks. First, the man says he was on a list of potentially dangerous students. Then he admits he had a copy of the "Anarchist's Cookbook." Eventually, almost boastfully, he admits he once used the book to whip up a few gallons of napalm.
You get a sense he just wanted to talk to someone. And Moore was there to listen.

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For a lifetime member of the NRA, he sure doesn't like to play fair. <!--emo&:angry:--><img src="" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':angry:'><!--endemo-->  Me thinks he has a hidden agenda.

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Moore is a sarcastic, over emotional, left wing idiot of the first order. He lets his emotions dictate his life and opinions.

His films are usually agitprop, only telling part of the story typically with a satiricle, disrespectful attitude. They are classically made for the uninformed masses for strictly a propagandic purpose.

He hates American capitalism and prefers massive socialism to take it's place as evidenced by his film, "Roger and Me".

These typical elitists would prefer the masses to be one big herd of sheep to be told what to do and how to live with a seperate set of rules for them.

It's the old playbook by the antigunners being used. Use emotionally charged subject matter and the facts be damned to get their agenda adopted. The facts are not on their side that's for sure. Notice his blatantly arrogant declaration at Cannes, that we must correct these "problems" back in America.

How's it feel to be thought of as a "problem" simply because you believe in the 2nd Amendment and the right to dictate your own life course.


· "Bad Joke Friday" Dan (moderator emeritus)
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Several years ago, one of Mr. Moore's ex-employees turned the tables on him and employed Moore's same tactics in trying to record and interview Moore. As I remember, poor Mike was very, very irate and went to court to keep the ex-employee away from him.

One of the first things I read each month when I get my new "American Rifleman" is the section that covers the instances that armed citizens have saved their lives and property via self-defense usage of firearms. Do you suppose Michael skips that part of the magazine?

· "Bad Joke Friday" Dan (moderator emeritus)
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I'm going to have to start reading our morning paper in the evening so my day isn't ruined right away. This in the Cedar Rapids Gazetter:
Documentary gets prolonged ovation

Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" received one of the longest ovations in Cannes history at its afternoon screening.

Documentaries aren't even supposed to be eligible for the big prizes. But an exception was made for "Columbine" this year.

"Bowling for Columbine" both greatly amused and devastated its audience. After the movie -- a stringing exposure and indictment of the  laws and cultural attitudes that have made America a world leader in gun homicide deaths -- the capacity audience rose, clapped, cheered and would not stop for 13 minutes.

That could very well make "Columbine" the all-time Cannes ovation champ.

I wonder if the term documentary is the correct usage of that word in the case of Mikey's edited version of what he "selected" to shoot (pun intended).

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