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Bowling for Columbine

Bowling for Columbine

Michael Moore's scathing, often hilarious look into a contemporary angry America is the thought provoking, subjective documentary Bowling for Columbine.

It may be shocking to some that our culture produces the most killings from guns while other countries like Canada have more owned by its citizens.

Moore, who hails from Michigan, and made the acclaimed Roger and Me, has an Oliver Stone propaganda side to him that will ire some lured into his most sensitive work to date.

He reaches into violence with insistence to the attitude reflected by the politically relevant national Rifle Association President Charlton Heston who came to Tuscon to support a Republican running for Congress two days after a University of Arizona student killed three professors and then himself.

In the wake of the D.C. area and nationwide sniper attacks, Bowling For Columbine has an eerie relevance that wears on one feeling the grief that so many go through in their personal lives.

According to Moore, "Everyday in America, guns kill eight persons under the age of 18."  And his unflinching polemic has as its antecedent the April 1999 murders at Columbine High School.

The title comes from reports that students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were bowling hours before their horrific acts in Littleton, Colorado.

Moore keeps the mood more jovial that expected given that he is a predator with many adversaries who don't like his tactics or brand of humor.

He talks to Dick Clark about the death of a six-year-old at one of his restaurants.  Questions are brought up when finding the brothers of bomber Terry Nichols that dig deep in Moore's slacker guise.

The obstinate, impassioned film maker interviews "South Park" co-founder Matt Stone, a Littleton native and musician Marilyn Manson and tries to make sense of it all.  Other countries buy into our violent entertainment on the large and small screen but don't kill like Americans do.  Some may argue that Moore never really gets into the psyches of these presumably angry, yet sad students who had to make their personal diabolical statement.

Bowling for Columbine

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