Written and directed by: MICHAEL
Produced by: JIM CZARNECKI
and KATHLEEN GLYNN
Starring: MICHAEL MOORE, GEORGE
Released by: Lions Gate Films,
IFC Films and the Fellowship Adventure Group
movie can actually be entertaining at times,
especially when the president is ridiculed,
but Letterman and Leno have been there before.
Cowboy to Dictator?
Heat is on for the Bush Administration
nations that have ridiculed the United States for
its isolationary policies and criticized its ruthless
imperialism in the business world will enjoy this
documentary. But is it a true documentary? If you
remove the political stance and obvious goal of the
film during this election year, you are left with
a mediocre report that any high school student could
have produced for a term project. Fans of Moore might
be somewhat disappointed with this somewhat boring
effort. Unlike with the fast paced, riveting "Bowling
for Columbine," you don't really learn anything
new. Sure you get some gory clips of amputees and
charred soldiers, and the lamenting story of Lila
Lipscomb that drags on forever to ensure that is hits
middle America's heart. These are the same families
that have depended on the government to enlist their
sons and daughters, so they could afford an education.
Film Still: After being told "America
is under attack" when the second plane hit
the tower on 9/11, George W. Bush continued to
read "My Pet Goat" in a Florida classroom
for the next seven minutes.
stupefying moments occur in the film, one when George
W. Bush is being videotaped in an elementary classroom
during a reading and simply sits there dumbfounded
after being briefed that commercial airliners had
hit the World Trade Center. The other is when midway
through the film you hear the president state, “A
dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, no doubt
there was a lot of controversy about the distribution—or
the failed attempt to prevent distribution—of
the movie; however, that publicity will contribute
to the film's success. By now we all know that Mr.
Moore is counting on his image as a political figure
and less as a talented filmmaker. It’s too bad
that the close ties between the Bush and Bin Laden
families, as evidenced in the film time and again,
were not used to establish peace rather than war.