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June 25th, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11

I just got back from today's first showing of Fahrenheit 9/11 at a nearby multiplex. There was a line for tickets but we'd bought ours on-line, making things easier. It's a very good film and I recommend seeing it.

As someone who has been following closely our "reality" of the last few years, the film has little impact. Such a film reshapes my anger a little, but it cannot make me much more angry than I already was. The things one learns in the film, that I consider significant, are already "things" I dwell on. To me they are like common knowledge, and it is hard to picture not knowing these things. Also, because facts that seem most important to me are not the same as those that most affect Michael Moore, there is not the resonance.

Until the end of the film anyway. At the end I was given a view of our situation different from any way I've looked at it before. Go see the film. [This paragraph was written during editing just before posting.]

I saw recently that Uncovered is going to be shown in theaters, soon. My wife and I already have both the VHS and the DVD. Don't miss it. Michael Moore takes "Mission Accomplished" and makes gallows humor out of it. Uncovered goes in a different direction with that event, in a powerful way -- the technique used probably was derived from Hitchcock or those to whom Hitchcock owed his education. Maybe it's just more the type of film I like, and others prefer something different.

Get yourself a copy, at http://www.truthuncovered.com/. But do see Moore's film as well. It is quite good, very good indeed.

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. . . I don't want to leave us just like this. I know there is something about Moore's film that matters to me a lot and I've just figured out what. If you want to know about our invasion of Iraq, watch Uncovered. Michael Moore, however, isn't "really" looking at the Iraq war. He's looking into George W. Bush, the person, and George W. Bush as a symbol for people of excessive privilege. Personally, I might see something more sinister than the film dares show, but that's necessary. Moore could not afford to make a film that is too difficult to believe.
MSNBC has Lisa Myers doing brief coverage of objections to Fahrenheit 9/11. We see Congressman Mark Kennedy, a Republican from Minnesota but not my district, so I haven't had the pleasure of voting against him, being asked by Michael Moore to volunteer to send his children to Iraq. Moore's point is that only one member of the federal legislature has a child serving in Iraq. Mr. Kennedy tells us that he told Moore he had a nephew going to Iraq, but this was left out of the film.

Seeing this, I felt a little embarrassed for Kennedy. By bringing his nephew into the deal, he implicitly acknowledges that it matters whether or not the members of Congress send their own children to war.

"Reality" is hitting the fan.

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