Category Archives: Movies & TV

Posts about movies and TV programmes.

Farenheit 9/11

Our copy of the Palme D’or winning movie by Michael Moore, Fahrenheit 9/11 turned up in the post this morning. Having not managed to see it at the cinema, and heard great things about the movie from those who have seen it, we spent the morning watching it, and browsing through the extras.

Fahrenheit 9/11

The movie covers similar ground to Michael Moore’s two most recent books Stupid White Men: …and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! and Dude, Where’s My Country?. Opening with the problems with the 2000 election in Florida it highlights the association between those running the election and George Bush, and how different networks called the state for different candidates. It then goes on to look at the Bush Presidency paying particular attention to what happened on 9th September, and the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It also highlights the business links between Bush and his White House staff, the clear message being that the war in Iraq, and less so the war in Afghanistan was less about catching terrorists, and a lot more about oil.

Despite having read the books, there were still things I hadn’t realised. The fact that numerous members of congress tried to stop the approval of Bush in a joint session of Congress, but were stopped and the motions thrown out because no senator would sign was amazing. More so because the person in charge of the session was Al Gore. The footage of the effects of the war in Iraq on both the people of Iraq, and the soilders sent to fight was harrowing, and shows how much news footage is sanitised for general consumption.

There is also an extra DVD which includes about ninety minutes of extra footage that wasn’t included in the movie. The movie is over two hours long anyway, and much of the footage is not directly realted to the core message of the movie, but all is very interesting. There is a particularly funny sequence from an Arab American Comedy Festival in New York.

Whilst Michael Moore makes no secret of his politics, and the film is very much his opinion and hardly objective, all the facts in the film are listed, and confirmed on his website at http://www.michaelmoore.com. Despite what the Republicans would have people believe, this is probably one of the most factually and legally scruitinised movies ever, purely because of the subject matter it is dealing with. As such, whilst there have been a number of attempts to reduce the impact of the movie, and many of the people involved have publically said that the movie is inaccurate, none has attempted to prove it in a court of law.

Whilst sequences in the movie are pretty tough going, I think that everybody in the UK and USA should see the movie, especially to see what has been done in Iraq in our names. This movie is highly recommended.

Star Wars Comes To DVD

True to their publicity, Amazon have managed to deliver the DVD release of the first Star Wars Trilogy to my desk by 9am on the morning it is released. Although I’ve already got the movies on VHS, it is in the original version, bought the first time they did a ‘last ever time on video’ release. When the special editions came out on VHS only, I always said I’d wait for the DVD release, and here it is!

Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI)

Can’t wait to see how the cleaned up print looks and sounds on the TV setup at home.

New United Church of Serenity

SFX magazine is mounting a campaign to get more people to discover Firefly, a TV series that was made briefly last year, and cancelled after nine episodes had been shown in the USA (although thirteen were made and shown in the UK).

The series was created by Joss Whedon, better known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. It centred on a freighter, the Serenity, and the adventures of her crew. The strange aspect was that there was a definite western feel to many of the planets, together with a strong Chinese influence. Unlike many series the episodes were well written and when we discovered the show, it was essential watching for Beth and me.

Following the cancellation there was a vocal campaign to save the series, which has ultimately resulted in Universal picking up the movie rights, and Serenity – The Movie hits the screens in April next year.

In the mean time, you can enjoy the entire series either on the Sci-Fi channel, or on DVD.

Firefly - The Complete Series [2003]