Thursday, June 24, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) Review

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004): George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Dick Cheney - PopMatters Film Review: "'Was it all a dream'? Taking plain aim at the current U.S. administration, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 starts by recalling the Time Before Bush. Television footage from November 2000 shows Al Gore, surrounded by Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder, and Babyface, the projected winner by network and cable anchors alike. And then, Moore intones, 'Something called the Fox News Channel' bucks the tide and calls Bush victorious in Florida, and so, winner of the whole shebang.
Dan Rather and Peter Jennings recant their predictions, and Fahrenheit 9/11 zips through the recount, remaking the case Spike Lee made in his segment of Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet, 'We Wuz Robbed,' namely, black voters were disenfranchised, House Representatives of color protested, the Senate went 'missing,' and the Supreme Court voted Bush in. (See also, Jadakiss' new video, for 'Why,' which takes another run at the same problems.) But if the point isn't precisely new, it has newly alarming resonance after 9/11 and during the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. "

by Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters Film and TV Editor


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