Thursday, November 11, 2004

Empire - Moore To Get His Teeth Into Bush. Again. Fahrenheit 9/11 (and a half) on the way

Empire: "Critics of Michael Moore – and they are legion, especially when it comes to Republicans – have a lot of ammo with which to attack the world’s most famous documentarian. His diet, for one. His dress sense, for another. That horrendous Canadian Bacon flick he made a while back. And his arrogance, say for example, in not putting up Fahrenheit 9/11 for next year’s Best Documentary Oscar, ostensibly to give the other poor schmoes a chance of winning.

But even his most vituperative opponents have to admire the man’s tenacity. When George W. Bush inexplicably won the US Election last week, invalidating Moore’s year-long campaign to get the real-life Tug Benson out of office, Moore didn’t do as Empire did and head down to Mothercare, buy the biggest pram he could find, fill it with toys and then spend a quite enjoyable afternoon flinging the playthings every which way. Oh no, he rolled up his sleeves, gritted his teeth and vowed to bring the Republicans down again. How? Why, with Fahrenheit 9/11½ , of course!

The cynics among you might ask ‘why bother? The first one did a fat lot of good!’ but there you might be wrong. As you should already know, unless you’ve been living in Cave 37 in Afghanistan lately (and if you have, say hello to Osama for us), the original Fahrenheit 9/11 – which dedicated itself to criticising Bush, the war on Iraq, Bush, the Republican party, Bush, the Bush family’s connections to undesirable terrorist types, Bush, and the events that led up to 9/11 – won the Palme D'Or at Cannes and became the highest-grossing documentary of all time when it opened earlier this year, and very nearly played a major part in unseating President Bush.

Or so Moore believes, anyway. Conveniently ignoring the fact that more Americans voted for Bush this time round than in 2000, and he won the popular vote by a margin not seen since Alex Parks won the last series of Fame Academy, Moore is going to serve up a second helping.


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