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Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
Movie serves a purpose
If MM was a G. Bush supporter, I have no doubt he could produce a film that would present evidence and emotion to paint GB as the greatest thing since sliced bread. Michael Moore makes no apologies for his slanted view. However, I have not seen any evidence that the allegations MM makes are not 100% accurate.
The intent of this film is to show the American people things about the Iraqi war that most have probably never thought of. Its very easy to think of war in the "good guys kick ass" terms. It puts a very different spin on it when you see 18 year old kids aka soldiers 30 seconds after a bomb has exploded and they are lying on the ground bleeding to death. Or you see a pile of burned up and bullet ridden 5 year olds...some of whom are still alive. Makes people actually think about the ramifications of sending troops into war...and do we have all the facts needed to make a decision? We should ALWAYS keep those images in our heads before we commit to war.
He also outlines business and financial ties that the Bush family has with the Bin Laden family. These are not unfounded allegations - these are documented facts. Based on the reactions from the crowd around me in the theater...most people had no idea. I'm glad that MM has made it easy for those people to get that information.
I didn't come out of the theater any more educated, because I pretty much knew about everything that he had presented. I also can't really say that I like MM's way of explaining things to me like I have an IQ of 80 (like I won't realize that he's trying to manipulate my view of things). However, since I've been debating the subject of the war in Iraq with a lot of people and find that too many say "We are fighting Iraq and Saddam because of 9-11"...I think this movie serves a good purpose. It presents the facts in a dumbed down, slanted and prepackaged way that some people need. If that gets Bush out of office in 2004, I'll recommend that everyone go see it.
A Man Apart (2003)
I resisted seeing this movie
I had heard that this movie went straight to video, which is generally a pretty good indication that a movie isn't that great. I just finished watching it...and I am actually surprised that I liked it as much as I do. The movie isn't a great cinematic masterpiece, but it delivers exactly what it sets out to. I'll definitely watch it again.
For those who say Vin can't act, watch this movie. He shows a wide range of emotions and pulls it off amazingly well. I think Vin Diesel is actually a fairly decent actor but hasn't *yet* been given enough of the right roles. I'm really looking forward to seeing what he does in the future.