May 05, 2004

Farenheit 9/11

It should come as no surprise that Disney is Attempting to stop Miramax from Distributing "Farenheit 9/11", the new documentary by Michael Moore. The Disney-Miramax relationship is like siblings in the backseat: "You stay on your side of the line, and I'll stay on mine." Big D gets to keep it's squeaky clean image, yet still put out some darker, more mature movies under the Miramax name, and both houses retain credibility. Could you imagine, as my friend Justin suggested, "Disney's Kill Bill Vol. 2"?

"Moore's agent, Ari Emanuel, told the New York Times that Eisner asked him last spring to pull out of the deal with Miramax. Emanuel said Eisner expressed particular concern that it would endanger tax breaks Disney receives for its theme park, hotels and other ventures in Florida, where President Bush's brother, Jeb Bush, is governor."

Let's be clear on this: Michael Moore is a necesary Evil. Like the Druge Report, there are most likely a few fabricated facts or misleading information, but most of the stuff is true and needs to be seen. Go into his films with the knowledge that not everything is absolutely true, then research the bits of the film that you doubt and make up your own mind. No one person's view is absolutely correct and unbiased and no one can present facts or a story without putting their own spin on it, no matter what the subject matter. (Case and point: The Bible. Creative editing can go pretty far, if your audeince is big enough.)

Is "Farenheit 9/11" political? Absolutely. Will it show President Bush in an unfavorable light? Of course. But the real question is this: Will it present information that the general population needs to know to have an informed opinion on the matter? Without a doubt. Go see this movie if you're a Republican or a Democrat, Liberal or Conservative, Tory or Labour. I guarantee you that you'll leave the theater and talk about it (good or bad) to your friends & family, and that is the idea.

Whether you debate for or against it's issues, YOU WILL BE TALKING ABOUT 9/11, and that's the whole point. The event that changed our nation forever needs to cause more reaction from it's constituents than a brief period of flag-waving and some awful songs by Toby Keith. It needs to cause a time of reflection on the big-picture causes of this tragedy. In the grand scheme of things, it really doesn't matter if we could have prevented this specific event. Even if we had known about it and prevented 9/11 from happening, the motivations and potential of it would still remain.

In the big picture, Bin Laden does not matter, nor does al Quaida. If our time in the middle east has taught us anything, it's that Terrorism is a hydra that you can't kill by chopping off only one of it's heads. Take down Bin Laden and another will take his place, as long as the root remains. What matters most is what caused al Quaida to BE. I doubt very much the Bush line that they "Hate us for our freedom." It's not that simple, not by a longshot. What they hate about us starts with our Foreign Policy, the opinion of which has been made even worse by our actions in Afghanistan and Iraq, not to mention the recent evidence of prisoner abuse.

I don't have all the answers, and no one does, but it's our duty to keep asking them until we get a good answer. But some people don't know enough about a topic to ask the questions. That's where Michael Moore comes in. So go see this movie, whether put out my Miramax or any other company, and learn some more good questions that deserve answers.

Corrections: The Nash's of Northamptonshire ( I got it right at the end of the post, mind you), set some boundaries for the British NHS: "Our National Health Service is free to UK citizens and also EU citizens, but you may not be entitled to the full benefit straight away if you come from outside the EU. Please don't sue me if you're on your own with a wonky toenail in your first week!!!"

(I will be using the word "Wonky" a great deal inthe next few weeks. Only in Britain!)

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