September 25th, 2014
Bowling for Columbine
Michael Marshall once said “you can’t stop being afraid by pretending everything that scares you is there” that evidently means that fear is not real. It is the product of thoughts you create, however danger is real, but fear is a choice. When following Michael Moore’s journey in the documentary Bowling for Columbine, it is proven that most, if not all Americans live in fear. In doing so, he learns that the conventional answers of easy availability of guns ultimately lead to America’s culture of fear, bigotry and violence in a nation of widespread gun ownership. Moore’s implementation of symbolism, satirical techniques and imagery support his criticism against the firearm regulations in America. He brings in the attention of how unstable the American gun culture is as he emphasizes the consequences to generate change in the American system.
To begin with, Moore’s adaptation of symbolism is bold and conveys a message to the audience that fear is nothing more than an obstacle that stands in the way of progress. For example, guns portray as a sense of security as over 39% of Americans own a gun within their households. For instance, Charlton Heston said, “The second amendment gives me the right [to own a gun]. Let’s say it’s a comfort factor to allow me to feel safe and not worry about it”. Yes, Charlton Heston has the right to have a loaded gun. However, having a loaded gun symbolizes fear of not knowing what may happen and so by having it at all times creates a comfort zone and one must rely on it constantly. People preaching to gun use are cowards; so afraid of the world they need an inanimate object to protect them when all else fails. They live their lives in fear and project that fear into violence as an attempt to make others as frightened as they are. Secondly, whenever there is an action there will always be a reaction. For example, the two perpetrators for the school shooting in...
...Bowling for columbine
I’m here to talk about Michael Moore’s film ‘Bowling for Columbine’ and some of the techniques that are used in the film. Michael Moore uses persuasive film techniques to position the audience to accept his version of the truth. Some of the techniques used by Michael Moore to position the audience are editing, sequencing and music. He uses them by editing parts of the film to marginalize the NRA and gun owners. He sequences the film into a certain position to make the movie more effective and uses music to position the audience to feel a certain way.
In Michael Moore’s documentary, Bowling for Columbine, Moore uses the rhetorical technique of juxtaposition. By carefully placing specific clips either next to each other, or after one another, Moore is able to bring a clear argument to the viewer. The first example is when we see the NRA rally held just after the Columbine shootings. Charlton Heston is giving his persuasive and motivating speech, yelling the words, “from my cold dead hands,” while holding a rifle of course. Then the film quickly cuts to a scene of a Columbine victim’s father speaking out about his son and why he is protesting the NRA rally that Charlton Heston is in fact leading. Soon after, we cut back to the rally once again, with Heston still gripping that rifle and aggressively yelling. This back-and-forth...
...raising questions about gun control. After viewing the documentary Bowling for Columbine, I was intrigued. What follows is a summary of the documentary viewed and my thoughtful reaction. First, the shocking information and summary of school shootings and gun control must be understood.
Throughout the documentary, shocking information on school shootings is shown. On April 20, 1999, the town of Littleton, Colorado was changed forever by the violent acts of two students at Columbine High School. According to the documentary, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold started their morning off by bowling at a local bowling alley. Harris and Klebold then proceeded to the high school equipped with ammunition and guns legally purchased at Kmart. Along with the firearms and ammunition, Harris and Klebold were dressed in long, black trench coats, earning them the name, “Trench Coat Mafia”. Once at the school, pipe bombs were set-off, ensuing mass chaos. Harris and Klebold then fired over 900 rounds of ammunition on students and teachers, killing 12 students and 2 teachers followed by committing suicide. After ignoring pleas, the National Rifle Society (NRA) held a pro-gun rally in Littleton, Colorado a mere Ten days after the school shooting at Columbine. Charleston Heston, NRA President, caused quite a stir when asked to leave and take his guns with saying, “you can pry them from my cold dead...
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Bowling for Columbine: An Analysis
The documentary Michael Moore has produced is addressing the notorious violence in the United States of America with regards to guns and violence. It also encompasses how the massacre in Columbine was able to be carried out while the teenaged boys involved in the incident should not have had access to guns. America has the most highest rates of homicide compared to other industrialized nations. Michael Moore is determined to explore the reasons as well as to draw conclusions of the unnecessary bloodshed that occurs in America. According to Moore, there doesn’t seem to be a clear reasoning of why other cultures that share similar lifestyles and violence issues as America do not suffer the equivalent carnage. There are facts that support that the U.S. has the highest number of gun-related killings on Earth.
While undergoing this process, Micheal Moore comes to know that the easy access to guns for anybody and everybody, the history of violence in the United States, and the reality of violent entertainment in addition to violent poverty do not give an explanation for violence; the reality is that these factors are prevalent worldwide but the statistics for annihilation in other countries are not even near the statistics for the United...
...Bowling for ColumbineBowling for Columbine has been written, directed, produced, and narrated by Michael Moore who has used a number of techniques to produce a piece of work about Americas fascination with guns and violence. This documentary discovers the reasons for the Columbine High School massacre along with further actions of violence in America. Moore emphasises on the background of gun violence and captures some of the communities’ views of the massacre and other associated problems.
This film demonstrates the horror and tragedy of the real life experience that people went through during the massacre of Columbine High School. He takes us through the Columbine High School security cameras reminding us of the foolishness, cruelty and general stupidity behind much of America’s fascination with guns.
The title “Bowling for Columbine” originates from the two students liable for the Columbine High School massacre, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. The two students were present at the Bowling Club early that morning at 6:00 a.m as it was said that they had taken bowling class in place of physical education. Moore includes the idea of bowling as Michigan milita uses bowling pins as their target practice. He proposes ironically that bowling could have recreated this...
...General Bowling for Columbine Notes
The Academy Award winning documentary film “Bowling for Columbine” by Director Michael Moore attempts to find a reason for the Columbine High School, Colorado shootings and leads to an investigation into gun laws and gun violence. Through a series of interviews, stunts, cartoons, commentary and media pieces, we are left at the end of a blunt and revealing journey wanting the answers to the various moral and ethical questions raised. Moore travels across America and Canada to get a broad pool of opinion and not only takes the trip to find a reason for the gun violence in the first place, but he takes the long road by not blaming the usual suspects (video games, angry music, and a bloody history as a nation) and investigating other investigations. Moore reveals disturbing and frightening truths about the US’s gun possession statistics and gun related death figures. Moore shows his skill as a filmmaker in “Columbine” in his ability to keep the audience, not only attentive, but entertained also. Although the film is based around the tragic Columbine Massacre, Moore makes the best of a bad situation and tries (when appropriate) to make the film humorous and light hearted.
The film delves into several truths about problems in America at the moment, for example crime, unemployment, violence, media and...
...Bowling for Columbine: A Narrow View of a Complicated Story
The Biased viewpoint of Michael Moore tears viewers away from the actual problem, and perhaps even the film’s intended message itself…
The idea of a documentary being an artistic or even personalised expression of a director is long gone, or so it seems in recent times. In Michael Moore’s latest documentary, Bowling for Columbine, he attempts to get across to viewers his, and essentially only his point of view, on the topic of gun laws. Although what Moore is trying to say is not necessarily wrong, he is at the same time not taking into account the other side of the argument either; all he is trying to do, essentially is hypnotise viewers into thinking his way of thinking is the only way of thinking. In his documentary, it seems that all other arguments are simply invalid.
The lives of many were to change on the day of April 20th, 1999, at Columbine High School. With the death of twelve students and one teacher, it was to be the deadliest mass murder committed on an American high school campus. The massacre, committed by senior students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, sparked debate over gun control laws; whether the availability of guns across the United States, especially to young people such as these, was socially acceptable. This event is what sparked Moore to create his documentary, ‘Bowling for...
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September 24, 2012
“Bowling for Columbine” Review
Sometimes the best tool for questioning a social problem is humor - which is exactly what Michael Moore does in "Bowling for Columbine." This is not a movie about guns or violence or television, but about culture. Using the Columbine school shooting as his hook, Moore attempts to find answers as to why American culture is saturated in violence and fear.
Moore is a director who isn’t afraid to ask the big questions, and who is perfectly comfortable telling the cold, hard truth. You have to be this way in order to direct a film such as this one, and to direct and produce “Fahrenheit 9/11”, a movie about the very controversial attacks on the Twin Towers, which is the highest-grossing documentary of all time. “Bowling for Columbine,” the film we’ll be focusing on, and his film “Sicko,” also placed in the top ten highest-grossing documentaries.
Clearly a director who knows what he’s doing, Moore decided to make this film, one in which he dissects the most famous school shooting of all time, one which coined the term “columbine.” This film is about the Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colorado, where teens Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, armed to the max, slaughtered 13 of their schoolmates and injured dozens more. While Moore doesn’t...
...Is it the bowling? It must be the Video games? Michael Moore’s award winning documentary; ‘Bowling for Columbine’ explores the reason for the violence in America and the reason for the Columbine High school mascara. In April 1999 two students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went on a shooting rampage killing 12 students and a teacher before committing suicide, Moore looks at the background in which the massacre took place and assumptions about related issues. Moore uses Bill Nichols’ four modes of representation; the interactive, expository, observational and reflexive to convey his viewpoint on gun control in America and the nature of violence in the United States of America.
Interactive mode is when the audience is able to acknowledge the presence of Moore and the crew, it forces on the exchange of information through the use of interviews and discussions (Lacey, N 1998). To demonstrate; the movie follows Moore as he goes in to the bank, makes his deposit, fills out the forms and awaits the result of a background check before walking out of the bank carrying a brand new Weatherby hunting rifle. When the transaction is over and done with Moore says, “Here’s my first question, do you think it’s a little dangerous, handing out guns at a bank?” A series of entertaining interactive events follows after. Moore gets a haircut and some ammunition from the same shop; Moore visits the Michigan Military and talks with...