July 9th, 2004

I Will Not Defame New Orleans.


Farenheit 9/11 is an absolute, gut-wrenching must-see. To quote blastmilk:
I. just. can't. see why anyone of sense and compassion would continue to support this administration. It makes me want to claw my eyes out with needles to just wrap my head around it. Even my conservative christian mother in law hates Bush now. C'mon!?!?!
That film made me furious. More furious than I already am about the plutocracy of this wretchèd country. And the slow shots of Bush sitting dumbfounded in a children's reading classroom as he's told the WTC was exploding — sitting there — doing nothing — only proves the point I've been trying to make for four years now — that self-righteousness and idiocy are a lethal combination.

My problem with Michael Moore is that he plays dirty pool. Which pretty much negates any point he's trying to make, as far as convincing people not of his opinion. He's definitely a preach-to-the-choir lefty. The fact that I agree with much of what he says only frustrates me more that what he's saying won't be heard by the people who need to hear it — purely because he is so caustic and plays unfairly (amusing though it may be).

I was pleased to find F9/11 a little "straighter" (for him, anyway). The case he makes doesn't need a lot of dirty pool because the facts are simply there: we're being ruled, manipulated and abused by a self-serving, inept monster.

F9/11 grossed more in its first week than any other documentary in history. Alas, I must agree with Ben, who said as we were leaving the theatre, "Too bad it won't make a difference."

That statement outraged me as well. Because it was most probably true. It most likely won't make a difference, as viscerally powerful a film as it was. And it should make a difference. It should make a hell of a lot of difference. If this won't, then what will?

It's a bleak thing to ponder.

Have you seen this film? What was your reaction? Comments, please.
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