Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Richard Corliss, movie critic for Time, tapped Michael Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine” as one of the ten best movies of 2002. Take note of this concluding sentence in his review: “This confliction [that Moore “loves” guns] along with a born entertainer's skill at manipulating images (and statistics), makes Columbine Moore's richest tragicomedy yet — and the top-grossing documentary ever.

Here’s the Merriam-Webster Online definition of “documentary”:
1 : being or consisting of documents : contained or certified in writing (documentary evidence)
2 : of, relating to, or employing documentation in literature or art; broadly : FACTUAL, OBJECTIVE (a documentary film of the war)

So, this is a documentary that manipulates images and statistics. But it’s factual and objective. Gotcha.

For extra credit, check out Tim Blair’s takedown of Moore’s certifiable documentary here.

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