Fahrenheit 9/11

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Posted on June 28, 2004 10:32 PM in Movies
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I caught Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 tonight in the University District. The movie is far and away the best documentary I've ever seen, but then again, I haven't really seen many documentaries. It's worth seeing, because it's a definite eye-opener, but at times it felt like I was part of a group of people sitting around watching someone else beat a dead horse. I suppose you could call George W. Bush the dead horse, then, and that's fine by me.

If I had to associate myself with a political party, it most definitely would not be the Republican party. I would call myself a Democrat. However, being the ultimate nonconformist that I am, sitting in that theater tonight made me realize just how stupid people can be about politics in general. I think I should have saved this movie for a personal viewing on DVD, as opposed to sitting in a run down theater with a bunch of uber-liberals clapping every time they heard George W. say something dumb.

I think the most important lesson to take away from the film has nothing to do with George W. Bush, nor politics in general. The film showed me how fragile life is, and helped me appreciate just a little more how much the world means to me. People can side with political parties all they want; they can love war or they can despise it; they can choose to vote or they can shun their right – but in the end, there's no denying that anyone with a heart beating in their chest can feel the gut-wrenching pain of a mother who's just lost her son, or the awkward confusion of a soldier who's lost touch with his cause.


n on June 29, 2004 at 11:19 AM:


and did you seen http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416043/ ?


dave on June 29, 2004 at 12:13 PM:

i wanted to thank you for your comments about fahrenheit 911...i live in jackson, ms and have been involved with a campaign to get the movie shown here (http://www.fahrenheit601.com)...@ the same time i have some large misgivings about 'sides', especially in politics, and it's been a bit uncomfortable to rally for the movie to be shown and have to take criticism for being on the 'side' of the movie, at the same time...mainly, i just think people in our area should @ least have the oppurtunity to see the movie and make their opinion on it for themselves, but even that is met with much suspicion in this part of the country....

i had come to your site to get the grayMod theme for firefox 0.9 and just happened to hit the front of it...reading your thoughts on the movie affirmed my position on the whole thing and it was nice to randomly come across someone out there on the great wide web that felt much like i did on the matter...

so, thanks again and thanks for porting grayMod to 0.9, and thanks for running such a nice site in general, i've enjoyed browsing it...


'opposites aren't contradictory, they are complimentary' - neils bohr


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