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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
As a non-american i'm curious to know what American's thought of Michael Moore's Documentary Farhenheit:9/11??

*sorry if this topic has already been covered in another thread...
post #2 of 16
Made me laugh...made me cry. Wonderful. Haunting. Bought it for all of my family members for Christmas
post #3 of 16
Made me think. Was a bit long but I made my entire family sit through it including my 12-year old son. Very, very interesting.
post #4 of 16
IMO, it wasn't the masterpiece that "Bowling for Columbine" was, but it was very thought-provoking. I felt it was definitely the product of somebody who grew up during the Vietnam/Watergate era, i.e., of somebody who for obvious reasons refused to take all the c*** fed to us by our "fearless leaders" at face value, and I was saddened that so many young conservatives/Bush supporters damned it without actually having seen it.
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
I liked them both but i felt that in both documentaries he never really presented the other side of the argument and i thought that sort of made him look a little less credible. But maybe he did that because the average american would already be aware of what the other side of the argument was. There were times when i felt as though i needed to know moore...
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by zazi
I liked them both but i felt that in both documentaries he never really presented the other side of the argument and i thought that sort of made him look a little less credible. But maybe he did that because the average american would already be aware of what the other side of the argument was. There were times when i felt as though i needed to know moore...
Wouldn't you love to see the unedited footage? Granted, he did give the "other side" an opportunity to respond (cf. Charlton Heston and Kmart in "Bowling for Columbine"), but his manner may have been too provocative. At least he doesn't pretend to be non-partisan.
post #7 of 16
Everything Moore said has to be taken with a grain of salt. He often tells only half the story, and often bends it to fit whatever truth he wants to showin his movies. His movies are eye opening but it is up to you to find the missing pieces.
post #8 of 16
Oooh yeah, forgot to talk about Bowling for Columbine....now that is a powerful movie!!!
post #9 of 16
Moore doesn't want to show both sides of the issue. He definitely wants to get his point across! I like him though. I find his documentaries entertaining and thought provoking. At the same time I realize that he is very much biased. He doesn't lie about that. I know there are a lot of wholes in what he says, buy hey, I agree with a lot of it. There are lots of folks out there just like him on every side of every issue, so for me it's more a matter of whether I like what someone says, while at the same time realizing they aren't always accurate.
post #10 of 16
Love him or hate him he is a great movie maker. I agree it's not as interesting as Columbine but it was none the less fascinating. And why all those connections with Saudi's didn't concern Bush supporters is beyond me.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Marge
Love him or hate him he is a great movie maker. I agree it's not as interesting as Columbine but it was none the less fascinating. And why all those connections with Saudi's didn't concern Bush supporters is beyond me.
Well maybe they never saw the movie... Another question.... Were those connections with the saudi's a well known thing? or was that more or less made public by moore?
post #12 of 16
After discovering alternative media, such as Free Speech TV (FSTV), WorldLink TV and UCTV(University of California), I appreciate Mr. Moore's work much, much more. Relying on the mainstream newspapers, internet & corporate news really had me fooled. What sealed the deal was the coverage of the Mex/US border situation in AZ - I had a nephew who was a military correspondent & an uncle who participated with a humanitarian relief organization, and after watching the coverage, both alternative & mainstream, and talking to people who'd actually been there, I found out that the alternative media was MUCH MORE truthful & accurate in what they reported.
post #13 of 16
Neighbour to the north here...

I think Michael Moore's style of investigative journalism is brilliant, and I believe he sheds a lot of light on societal/political trends Americans are dealing with.

My Canadian 2 cents... which is barely worth a penny in American funds.
post #14 of 16
I liked the movie.
A lot of people try to say it was anti-Bush and not fair, but
if the truth hurts............

I think it is a great movie.
Opened my eyes to things I didn't know.
post #15 of 16
I thought both Boling for Columbine and Farhenheit:9/11 were really good. Of course I have never been a Bush supporter and always wondered how he could make so many mistakes yet still convince people that it didn't happen. The war in Iraqi/ 9/11 (which I don't think are related) is the perfect example. And I think Michael Moore was just trying to show other Americans how they are being played by the Bush administration.

And as for it being one sided... well my arguement is this... Can you honestly tell me that we are't bombarded with pro-bush propaganda everyday? Especially during election time. God, you just couldnt' get away from it!

In fact, if you will recall Michal Moore origionally gave up his ability to win an Academy award for Farhenheit:9/11 because he wanted to air his documentary on cable TV the night before the 2004 elections. It was planned that way for months, but the week before the elections he was told that he could not show Farhenheit:9/11. HOWEVER, a Bush TV movie (or mini-series, I can't remember exactly which) was run on public TV.

Seems a bit hypocritical to me.
post #16 of 16
Oh, Vespacat!!Here at TCS your 2 cents is worth a dollar (US)!Besides, IMO, Canadian money is much prettier! Here's to our neighbors up North!

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Originally Posted by vespacat
Neighbour to the north here...

I think Michael Moore's style of investigative journalism is brilliant, and I believe he sheds a lot of light on societal/political trends Americans are dealing with.

My Canadian 2 cents... which is barely worth a penny in American funds.
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