A Ride Youll Never Forget- Bowling for Columbine Essay

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A Ride You’ll Never Forget      The Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ criteria for “Best Documentary Film” includes in their definition for a documentary that it should be a non-fiction film that creatively addresses cultural, historical, social, etc. subjects. Bowling for Columbine won the Academy Award for best documentary film and has stirred up quite a bit of debate amongst its viewers. Thousands hail Moore for his ingenious creativity and are ready to take a stand to change America after seeing it. Bowling for Columbine is a great documentary because Moore creatively puts what seem to be unrelated shots and scenes together to create viewer’s minds to open up and think about things in ways they…show more content…
Never in the film does Moore pound his opinion upon the viewers. He considerately lays out different possibilities before his audience and lets them choose whether to acknowledge it or not. Anybody should be able to realize that and should be able to see that the point of Bowling is not to force conclusions into our heads but to take us along with Moore on his search for the ambiguous answer to America’s violent streak. The so called “irrelevant” facts that Reed speaks of are added into the film to make possible relationships between things that nobody would have ever thought about. A good example would be when he puts the shots of the polluted smog filled Hollywood hills, clips of the T.V. show Cops, and clips of random news stations all in a row. Moore interviews Dick Hurley, the producer of the show Cops, and suggests to him a less violent approach for the show. Dick Hurley proudly announces that the content of their show draws in the ratings and that it catches people’s attention when they see the scandalous scenarios. In another incident Moore happens to be walking down a street in the inner city of Hollywood when a news crew pulls up. He tries to talk to part of the news crew while they are hustling down the street to catch a clip of a man with a gun. He tells the news crew that they should film the pollution in the Hollywood Hills, but the crew doesn’t say anything back to him

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