History Film / BowlingForColumbine

20th Jun '16 9:34:13 PM Austin
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* ManipulativeEditing: As is common with many documentaries made in the USA, both by people with left and right wing political agenda's.

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* ManipulativeEditing: As is common with many documentaries made in the USA, both by people with left and right wing political agenda's.See that page for more details.
2nd Feb '16 7:14:03 AM Berrenta
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* DocumentaryOfLies: Moore was called out for [[QuoteMine editing the responses of some interviewees to say the opposite of what they meant]].
** In another scene, Moore goes to a bank which was giving away a free rifle to anyone who opened an account with them. The bank clerk is shown handing a rifle to Moore immediately after he opens an account, no questions asked. This was staged; what the bank actually handed out was a certificate for a free rifle at a gun store down the street, and the gun store performed the same background checks and waiting-period requirements as if a customer had walked in to buy a rifle with cash. Even without this knowledge, one bit should clue you in: Moore immediately cuts to the title sequence after asking the guy who gives him the gun "Don't you think it's a little dangerous handing out guns in a bank?" because the answer would dispell the illusion.
** The scene with Charlton Heston, in which Moore pleads for Heston not to go away. Heston in general gets a really bad misrepresentation, with Moore making it seem like he chased after tragedies to hold "big pro-gun rallies" (he never did, a fact that can be corroborated by many official accounts). Heston also had cancer and Alzheimer's by this point, but then again he was also head of the organization so his health problems don't really provide an excuse for his actions.
** Infamously, an interview with [[Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone Matt Stone]] is featured right before an animated segment done in a style very reminiscent of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. Not only did Stone (or South Park Studios) have no hand whatsoever in making the segment, but he thought the argument it presented was complete bullshit, leading to he and Trey Parker putting a major TakeThat at Moore in ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice''. On the flip-side, Stone conceded that aside from the implications of the animated segment, Moore ''did'' truthfully represent his views and that he actually liked ''Film/RogerAndMe'' by Moore.
** It's a small thing overall, but in Canada, most places don't have constantly unlocked doors. Especially not in larger cities like Toronto or Calgary.
8th Dec '15 4:37:06 PM Fireblood
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* LostAesop: This is something that a lot of gun enthusiasts and right wingers seem to glare over. Michael Moore does criticize the right to bear arms, yes, but he doesn't outright claim that all these violent murders and accidents in the USA are just the result of people owning guns or having easy access to them. He investigates this hypothesis, but honestly shows the audience that other countries, like Canada, also have a right to bear arms, yet have fewer gun-related incidents compared to the USA. In the second half of the documentary he links the scared triggerhappy behaviour of American gunowners to the American media who provides a lot of paranoid MediaScare making people think their society is actually far more dangerous than it actually is. He implies that the media mostly does this to gain higher ratings and to make people so scared that they buy more stuff to protect themselves. By the way this also more or less what Music/MarilynManson [OnlySaneMan according to TV Tropes] says.

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* LostAesop: This is something that a lot of gun enthusiasts and right wingers seem to glare over. Michael Moore does criticize the right to bear arms, yes, but he doesn't outright claim that all these violent murders and accidents in the USA are just the result of people owning guns or having easy access to them. He investigates this hypothesis, but honestly shows the audience that other countries, like Canada, also have a right to bear arms, yet have fewer gun-related incidents compared to the USA. In the second half of the documentary he links the scared triggerhappy behaviour of American gunowners to the American media who provides a lot of paranoid MediaScare making people think their society is actually far more dangerous than it actually is. He implies that the media mostly does this to gain higher ratings and to make people so scared that they buy more stuff to protect themselves. By the way this is also more or less what Music/MarilynManson [OnlySaneMan according to TV Tropes] says.



* MoralGuardians: They are shown in a montage sequence and Moore investigates all the things the media claimed where the inspiration behind the murders.
* TheNewRockAndRoll: Mocked heavily by Moore during the film. He also subverts this by actually interviewing two people who frightened MoralGuardians, Music/MarilynManson and Matt Stone (co-creator of WesternAnimation/SouthPark), and showing that they are actually normal, intelligent people of whom you shouldn't be afraid of at all.

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* MoralGuardians: They are shown in a montage sequence and Moore investigates all the things the media claimed where were the inspiration behind the murders.
* TheNewRockAndRoll: Mocked heavily by Moore during the film. He also subverts this by actually interviewing two people who frightened MoralGuardians, Music/MarilynManson and Matt Stone (co-creator of WesternAnimation/SouthPark), and showing that they are actually normal, intelligent people of whom you shouldn't be afraid of at all.
20th May '15 4:07:03 PM Patachou
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* OvershadowedByControversy: This is a very polarizing movie, especially among right wing people who don't like it for the overall criticism on gun control and the fact that Creator/MichaelMoore made it. That said, even some left wing people who criticize gun control have mixed feelings about some scenes in the film. However, it must be said that the movie is more than just a "guns are bad" propaganda flick. Moore debunks some common theories anti-gun control activists have about guns too. For instance, he shows that there are other countries who also have a violent past and the right to bare arms too, yet where the amount of gun-related accidents and murders is far lower in comparison to the USA. The movie made Moore the most recognizable documentary maker on Earth, but this also made it more difficult for him to go out and film somewhere without immediately being stopped by guards who recognize him. It can even be argued whether the film actually did his career any good. On one hand his next movies attracted large crowds of curious people and supporters, on the other hand many Michael Moore haters refuse to watch his next films just because he made it. Which is unfortunate as his movies do address interesting topics for public debate.
20th May '15 4:06:26 PM Patachou
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** The scene with Charlton Heston, in which Moore pleads for Heston not to go away. Heston in general gets a really bad misrepresentation, with Moore making it seem like he chased after tragedies to hold "big pro-gun rallies" (he never did, a fact that can be corroborated by many official accounts). Heston also had cancer and Alzheimer's by this point.

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** The scene with Charlton Heston, in which Moore pleads for Heston not to go away. Heston in general gets a really bad misrepresentation, with Moore making it seem like he chased after tragedies to hold "big pro-gun rallies" (he never did, a fact that can be corroborated by many official accounts). Heston also had cancer and Alzheimer's by this point.point, but then again he was also head of the organization so his health problems don't really provide an excuse for his actions.



* ManipulativeEditing: Hoo boy, this is Moore's signature tactic. As do most right-wing media who criticize Moore for this, too.

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* ManipulativeEditing: Hoo boy, this As is Moore's signature tactic. As do most right-wing media who criticize Moore for this, too. common with many documentaries made in the USA, both by people with left and right wing political agenda's.



* MoralGuardians

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* MoralGuardiansMoralGuardians: They are shown in a montage sequence and Moore investigates all the things the media claimed where the inspiration behind the murders.



* OvershadowedByControversy: This is a very polarizing movie, especially among right wing people who don't like it for the overall criticism on gun control and the fact that Creator/MichaelMoore made it. That said, even some left wing people who criticize gun control have mixed feelings about some scenes in the film. However, it must be said that the movie is more than just a "guns are bad" propaganda flick. Moore debunks some common theories anti-gun control activists have about guns too. For instance, he shows that there are other countries who also have a violent past and the right to bare arms too, yet where the amount of gun-related accidents and murders is far lower in comparison to the USA. The movie made Moore the most recognizable documentary maker on Earth, but this also made it more difficult for him to go out and film somewhere without immediately being stopped by guards who recognize him. It can even be argued whether the film actually did his career any good. On one hand his next movies attracted large crowds of curious people and supporters, on the other hand many Michael Moore haters refuse to watch his next films just because he made it. Which is unfortunate as his movies do address interesting topics for public debate.



* PopCulturalOsmosis: Thanks to this film Music/MarilynManson's public image changed from a grotesque Satanic antichrist feared by MoralGuardians to somebody whom many were surprised to learn is actually a very intelligent and articulate normal human being.



* SoundtrackDissonance: Music/LouisArmstrong's "What a Wonderful World" plays over footage of the atrocities by various US-backed regimes.

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* SoundtrackDissonance: Music/LouisArmstrong's "What a Wonderful World" plays over footage of the atrocities by various US-backed regimes. The same song also plays over the end credits, but in a cover of Joey Ramone from his solo album ''Music/DontWorryAboutMe''.
9th Apr '15 12:11:20 AM harryhenry
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** The animated segment has a rather one-sided feel to it, implying that most of America's violence was the result of white Americans. While there is a lot to say about their atrocities [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment elsewhere]] the short implies that historically Native Americans or Afro-Americans were never violent towards white men without provocation.
11th Feb '15 5:46:40 AM jmparker78
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** It's a small thing overall, but in Canada, most places don't have constantly unlocked doors. Especially not in larger cities like Toronto or Calgary.
11th Feb '15 5:43:31 AM jmparker78
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** The animated segment has a rather one-sided feel to it, implying that most of America's violence was the result of white Americans. While there is a lot to say about their atrocities [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment elsewhere]] the short implies that historically Native Americans or Afro-Americans were never violent towards innocent white men.

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** The animated segment has a rather one-sided feel to it, implying that most of America's violence was the result of white Americans. While there is a lot to say about their atrocities [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment elsewhere]] the short implies that historically Native Americans or Afro-Americans were never violent towards innocent white men.men without provocation.
30th Oct '14 12:59:21 AM Fireblood
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* SoundtrackDissonance: Music/LouisArmstrong's "What a Wonderful World" plays over footage of wartime atrocities.

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* SoundtrackDissonance: Music/LouisArmstrong's "What a Wonderful World" plays over footage of wartime atrocities.the atrocities by various US-backed regimes.
30th Sep '14 8:12:21 PM sjh4889
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** Infamously, an interview with [[Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone Trey Parker]] is featured right before an animated segment done in a style very reminiscent of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. Not only did Parker (or South Park Studios) have no hand whatsoever in making the segment, but he thought the argument it presented was complete bullshit, leading to him putting a major TakeThat at Moore in ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice''. On the flip-side, Parker conceded that aside from the implications of the animated segment, Moore ''did'' truthfully represent his views and that he actually liked ''Film/RogerAndMe'' by Moore.

to:

** Infamously, an interview with [[Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone Trey Parker]] Matt Stone]] is featured right before an animated segment done in a style very reminiscent of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. Not only did Parker Stone (or South Park Studios) have no hand whatsoever in making the segment, but he thought the argument it presented was complete bullshit, leading to him he and Trey Parker putting a major TakeThat at Moore in ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice''. On the flip-side, Parker Stone conceded that aside from the implications of the animated segment, Moore ''did'' truthfully represent his views and that he actually liked ''Film/RogerAndMe'' by Moore.
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