Friday, November 19, 2004

Michael Moore, take him with a grain of salt

In an interesting side note, the crazy loon of an activist film director, Michael Moore, has made an excellent documentary about abortion. Of course he focused purely on the politics of it, and how each side doesn't make a firm case. The documentary can be seen in his 1999-2000 TV series "The Awful Truth". Now, I'm personally not one to support this conspiracy shouting, rude film making, crude individual of a human being, but now and again he makes a good point. Of all the stuff Michael Moore has made, his TV series has been the cleanest cut, best researched, and has contained the most logical arguments of his carrier. If you want to get a few laughs in about the nutty politics behind pro-life and pro-choice, and find out why they are in actuality one-and-the-same thing (If you believe Moore's arguement is a different matter), watch the episode of abortion from his series. Also, the Pistol Pete episode had me rolling on the floor, and running the Ficcus plant for Governor was a hoot and a half too!

This is a huge compliment from a film citric like me, because I burn all the copies of "Fahrenheit 9/11" I come across, "Rodger and Me" is just plain boring, and "Bowling for Columbine" had its moments, yet still had that biased paranoid film directors conspiracy ridden perspective. Where Michael Moore fails in all of his films, is that he plays to the fears of his viewers and submits a one sided knowledge to his audiences; this bias alienates many viewers. This often times sponsors the viewers paranoia and terror, and people leave his films thinking the world is purely black. His dark world view, and corrupt government fantasies drip from the screen when watching his films. The thing I like best about his TV series is he plays to both sides on occasion, and you get a little bit of the white with the black. He never jumps into the sticky gray issues, but that's because he's not trying to enlighten us, according to Michael Moore, he's just entertaining us (Many people seem to forget this and take his work all too serious). Another thing I don't like about Moore's filmmaking and style is that he is rude. He constantly repeats certain questions and comments in rude manners, causing a stagnation in the movement and progress of his documentaries, which any film maker worth his beans would say "get the hell out of the film industry". His lack of respect with the camera, and his personal attacks may appeal to people who feel the same way and don't think that being rude reflects back on society as a whole, but this is where he also disenfranchises the other viewers who might not share his opinions, naging annoyance, rude comments, and bad filmaker/social etiquette. There is something that makes many people ill when watching films like "Fahrenheit 9/11" because they may be educated on both issues, and nothing is scarier than a loon behind a camera on a mission to bash just one side, or one part, or one person in the whole entity of the U.S. government. The narrow views he submits make me wonder why so many 'want' to believe such an acute biased view of the world. Even though he made some good points throughout "The Awful Truth", we still have to take Michael Moore with a grain of salt; or rather a big heeping dump-truck full of salt.

I've watched all of Michael Moore's work, and his unforgettable outbreak of rudeness back at the 1999 Academy Awards. He's a fanatic at best, and he over-kills his topics more than making a good argument; and no matter who you are, there is no excuse for bad manners.

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