Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Hitchens: Michael Moore Smackdown!

Okay, I've missed three advance screenings of The Most Important Documentary Ever now, so I guess I'll have to await the first public screenings with the rest of the hoi polloi. While I wait to discover the Hidden Secrets of the Bush Regime for myself, I'm devouring everyone's take on Fahrenheit 9/11. When going into a film you should either have read nothing about it or everything about it. At this point, I'm going to have to go with the latter.

On Monday, noted contrarian Christopher Hitchens delivered a resounding smackdown to Michael Moore's latest doc on Slate:
To describe this film as dishonest and demagogic would almost be to promote those terms to the level of respectability. To describe this film as a piece of crap would be to run the risk of a discourse that would never again rise above the excremental. To describe it as an exercise in facile crowd-pleasing would be too obvious. Fahrenheit 9/11 is a sinister exercise in moral frivolity, crudely disguised as an exercise in seriousness. It is also a spectacle of abject political cowardice masking itself as a demonstration of "dissenting" bravery.
Well, I have to go see the movie myself to determine whether Moore really is the new Leni Riefenstahl. Watch this space!

By the way: The headline on this review? Unfairenheit 9/11. GROAN!

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a new front-runner in the contest for worst pun used in a review of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. The previous front-runner was Mary Corliss of Time Magazine, who reported from Cannes that, "Fahrenheit 9/11 is Moore’s own War on Error."

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