I’ve never been a fan. I’ve seen some of Bowling for Columbine, but that’s about it. That being said, his films done really appeal to me, and he heavily relies on propaganda. He has some questionable views as well.
Post by The Brigadier on Nov 24, 2022 12:52:08 GMT
From memory I would've watched both Bowling for Columbine and Farenheit 9/11, and read a book of his which I think was called Stupid White Men. This would have been around twenty years ago though, when emotions and tensions were really heightened following what happened in New York. He also briefly tapped into the mood of the public in the UK around the time of the Iraq Invasion and that dossier.
But now? I doubt my daughter or many of her generation would even know who he is. Certainly not a name I thought about in a long time.
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Post by davygallagher on Nov 24, 2022 13:13:03 GMT
An important force in the 90s and 2000s in left-wing US politics which tend to be more centrist by any other standards (when Bernie demanding an NHS and free university, which we take for granted in Scotland, sees him as the radical candidate, the game is a bogey) but increasingly he felt a bit..out of touch. He was better dealing with "real" business leaders and politicians not the cult of personality types we have now. And his shtick has been stolen and diluted by the likes of Stewart and Colbert.
But, biased as they may be (and so is every doc, its the nature of the beast) - Roger & Me, Bowling For Columbine and others were important for the time and still have lessons in them. His show TV Nation was WAY ahead of its time, and gave Louis Theroux a start.
And lets not forget..he has been right about most elections even when polls say otherwise, including as recently as 2 weeks back when he said the red surge would fail and Trump candidates would suffer.
Bowling For Columbine was superb. Fahrenheit 9/11 was slightly less so but definitely struck a few nerves with me. I find his politics to be definitely quite centrist, although he does lean definitely to the left. His book,Stupid White Men, was to me a little screed-y in places but he definitely knows what he is talking about in the areas that he discusses. I think he has suffered from a bit of irrelevance in recent years: he isn’t as sensationalist or populist as a lot of other commentators are. As Davy said, he has been right about a lot of recent election/poll results and that kind of shrewdness is interesting to learn more about. He also seems to be one of the few filmmakers who is aware of how ordinary people live and what their concerns and issues might be. He’s no Studs Terkel but I find him quite knowledgeable on a lot of issues facing working-class people. And he has been superb on the water emergency in Flint.
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