Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.
The United States of America is notorious for its astronomical number of people killed by firearms for a developed nation without a civil war. With his signature sense of angry humor, activist filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to explore the roots of this bloodshed. In doing so, he learns that the conventional answers of easy availability of guns, violent national history, violent entertainment and even poverty are inadequate to explain this violence when other cultures share those same factors without the equivalent carnage. In order to arrive at a possible explanation, Michael Moore takes on a deeper examination of America's culture of fear, bigotry and violence in a nation with widespread gun ownership. Furthermore, he seeks to investigate and confront the powerful elite political and corporate interests fanning this culture for their own unscrupulous gain.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
During the sequence about potential causes of violence, Moore mentions that most violent video games are made in Japan. It shows a clip from the Mortal Kombat series. This series, while containing some Asian themes, is actually the product of Chicago-based Midway games. See more »
There is no cast list, either at the start of the film or at the end. People are credited either by subtitle, by the narrator or by themselves. See more »
In the theatrical release, a caption was inserted into a 1988 Bush-Quayle ad, "Revolving Doors," which read "Willie Horton released. Then kills again." In the DVD release, the caption reads "Willie Horton released. Then rapes a woman." Neither version makes it clear that the text was not part of the original ad. See more »
...but ends on a low note. Moore gives incredible evidence, but comes up with an irrelevant conclusion -- that Charlton Heston and Kmart are kinda slimy.
"Bowling" begins by focusing on what we would call gun "wackos." Then the movie focuses on teenagers. Then the focus is on fear. Finally, it focuses on the NRA.
The best part of "Bowling" is definitely the exploration of fear -- "why are americans so paranoid, and so murderous?" But unfortunately, Moore gives up on this question, and instead devotes the last part of the movie (basically the conclusion) on a crusade against Kmart and the NRA.
Moore could have edited the movie differently, making the emphasis (the conclusion) about fear. I think the Marilyn Manson interview would have been a powerful ending. But for some reason, Moore decided that exposing Charlton Heston is more important.
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