Bowling for Columbine
Title: Bowling for Columbine
Author: Academy Award; Independent Spirit Award (2002)
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore takes aim at America’s love affair with guns and violence. Featuring interviews with everyone from the NRA’s Charlton Heston to shock-rocker Marilyn Manson. Winner of the 55th Anniversary Prize at Cannes Film Festival.
Michael Moore’s superb documentary (following in the footsteps of Roger & Me and The Big One) tackles a meaty subject: gun control. Moore skillfully lays out arguments surrounding the issue and short-circuits them all, leaving one impossible question: why do Americans kill each other more often than people in any other democratic nation? Moore focuses his quest around the shootings at Columbine High School and the shooting of one 6-year-old by another near his own hometown of Flint, Michigan. By approaching the headquarters of K-Mart (where the Columbine shooters bought their ammo) and going to Charlton Heston’s own home, Moore demands accountability from the forces that support unrestricted gun sales in the U.S. His arguments are conducted with the humor and empathy that have made Moore more than just a gadfly; he’s become a genuine voice of reason in a world driven by fear and greed. —Bret Fetzer