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Wednesday, June 23, 2004
The NYT on Moore

By Steven Taylor @ 3:35 pm

Not surprisingly, the NYT movie reviewer liked Fahrenheit 911 (and not because the NYT is liberal, but because Moore tends to make the kind of movies that movie reviewers like): ‘Fahrenheit 9/11′: Unruly Scorn Leaves Room for Restraint, but Not a Lot. This stuck out at me:

Mr. Moore is often impolite, rarely subtle and occasionally unwise. He can be obnoxious, tendentious and maddeningly self-contradictory. He can drive even his most ardent admirers crazy. He is a credit to the republic.

So, he is obnoxious, contradicts himself and so forth, yet he is a credit to the republic? Come again? So what are polite folks who are accurate?

The review continues:

His case is synthetic rather than comprehensive, and it is not always internally consistent. He dwells on the connections between the Bush family and the Saudi Arabian elite (including the bin Laden family), and while he creates a strong impression of unseemly coziness, his larger point is not altogether clear.

After you leave the theater, some questions are likely to linger about Mr. Moore’s views on the war in Afghanistan, about whether he thinks the homeland security program has been too intrusive or not intrusive enough, and about how he thinks the government should have responded to the murderous jihadists who attacked the United States on Sept. 11.

Which leads to:

At the same time, though, it may be that the confusions trailing Mr. Moore’s narrative are what make “Fahrenheit 9/11″ an authentic and indispensable document of its time. The film can be seen as an effort to wrest clarity from shock, anger and dismay, and if parts of it seem rash, overstated or muddled, well, so has the national mood.

To which I say: huh? I guess I am not sufficiently artsy to see the art at work with this kind of film.

Ah well, maybe I should go home and watch my DVD of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Now there’s a movie.

Filed under: Pop Culture
  • The Galvin Opinion linked with DAILY 7: FAHRENHEIT 9/11 MOVIEW REVIEWS
  • Slant Point linked with Michael Moore Fahrenheit 9/11 Transcript
  • Slant Point linked with Michael Moore Fahrenheit 9/11 Transcript

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4 Comments»

  1. Khaaaaaaaaaaaan!

    Comment by phil massey — Wednesday, June 23, 2004 @ 3:41 pm

  2. I can just see Michael Moore screaming, “THIS IS SETI ALPHA FIVE!!!” spittle flying from his lips.

    I’ll never eat again.

    Comment by Zygote — Wednesday, June 23, 2004 @ 4:28 pm

  3. I just read the A. O. SCOTT’s article. He sounds about as confused as Moore does.

    Comment by misterhung — Wednesday, June 23, 2004 @ 8:31 pm

  4. To Michael Moore:

    “…to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.”

    Coolest moment in ST2, IMHO. I realize it’s from Moby Dick, BTW…that’s part of what makes it so cool.

    Comment by Tom — Friday, June 25, 2004 @ 9:42 am

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