Bowling for Columbine

12 Sep

Poster for the film Bowling for Columbine

Michael Moore trys to find out why Americans kill each other with guns

A remarkable film by Michael Moore exploring the myths and madness behind guns and, more pertinently, killing with guns, in the USA. Listen to the review urging you to go and see the film that went national in the USA against all expectations.

audio transcript

Honest cultural commentators exposing a different side of America are a rarity. Hunter S Thompson did it with his ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ and when Matt Groening’s Simpsons are at their best they succeed too. Now we have Michael Moore with his masterful documentary asking questions not only about gun laws, but about the wider effects of corporate greed and governmental neglect in the USA. Disturbing, but strangely positive, this film provokes, informs and entertains with a mix of interviews, direct action and background information. This could have been dry, but with Michael Moore you can laugh through your disbelief and despair. He doesn’t bring any answers but he does succeed in showing us the kind of questions that we should all be asking.

audio transcript

A clarity of view with a strange personal twist. In this film Michael Moore asks questions not only about gun laws but about the wider effects of corporate greed and governmental neglect in the USA. If it tails off in the second half, that’s only because the first half is exceptional. It’s still a must see film. Stimulating, funny, touching – and frightening in the biggest possible sense.

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