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Friday, July 02, 2004

One Moore Thing

Excellent Paul Krugman column on Fahrenheit 9/11 from today's NY Times:

Moore's Public Service.

"...people see the film to learn true stories they should have heard elsewhere, but didn't. Mr. Moore may not be considered respectable, but his film is a hit because the respectable media haven't been doing their job."

"'Fahrenheit 9/11' is a tendentious, flawed movie, but it tells essential truths about leaders who exploited a national tragedy for political gain, and the ordinary Americans who paid the price."


Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11

I went to see Michael Moore's new flick on Sunday in a section of town not regarded as a hotbed of liberalism. Most of the theatre's 234 seats were filled. It was only the second time in my life that the crowd applauded at the end of a movie. The first was when I saw Moore's Bowling for Columbine.

Many others have reviewed the movie. I won't say much. I've ranted about Moore (with whom I have some "issues") in the past here.

I think the film could have been edited better and 90 minutes (vs. the two hour final product) would have been enough. It didn't seem to have the flow that Bowling and Moore's Roger and Me had.

All that said, what this flick does do well is illustrate all the scary, dangerous, horrible things going on in Washington and Baghdad and other assorted places. It also does a fine job of making media people look like the sad, cowed prostitutes that they are...and gives us a new, fun reason to regard Paul Wolfowitz as incredibly disgusting.

I recommend the flick.