Thursday, June 24, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11 Wednesday June 23, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11 Wednesday June 23, 2004

On Monday when I was working at First Avenue I was walking by the office when I thought I heard someone say, "Michael" I was all like, "What?" So I doubled back and inquired, "Say what?" I was then handed without question the single most exciting piece of paper I have seen in a great while. A free pass for two to Fahrenheit 9/11. I have been waiting for this movie to come out ever since Michael Moore gave his wonderful rant.

So on Wednesday I traveled down through a torrential downpour to Block E. If you know anything about Block E and it's giant commercialist heart, you'd know that this was indeed a very weird place to see a Michael Moore movie. God I hate block E. Stopped by the box office and picked up my tickets. When I ordered them some guy next to me said, "What! That movie is playing!" He was so pissed to find out that you had to have a red piece of paper from the Shitty Pages. All told the hosts of the evening said over 200 people were turned away.

Met up with me friend Bob at the Local and had some cheap pints. While we were at the bar we were discussing how great it is listening to other people's conversations on the bus. Because of all the fucked up stories and B/S you overhear. A little while later two business suits next to us were saying how they loved coming into The Local because they loved listening to people's conversations and all the character sketches and weird stories. The bar is filled with a bunch of 20-30 somethings dressed in business suits. Lot's of interesting stories there, yeah right.

OK so onto Fahrenheit 9/11. We walked down to Block E to line up for the movie at about 6:50 or 40 minutes before start. The line surrounding the ticket counter was frenzied. A huge ball of people were trying to get in line to buy tickets. Kind of strange for a Weds. night. Walking up the stairs we saw the line to get into the theater. It stretched all the way down one side of the hall. Probably took us 2 minutes to cue in past the people checking stubs.

The giant stadium theater was almost already totally full. We spotted 2 seats directly in the center. So we basically lucked out with the best seats in the house. The diversity of the crowd was awesome! Young people, old people, bikers, slackers, hippies, suits, punks, goths, black people(not just two either) and even a disproportionate number of visually impaired people.

I don't feel it's important to tell very many details about the movie except that it is a beautiful piece of art. Very powerful, extremely moving, and altogether maddening. It was a rollercoaster ride of emotion. And I use such a trite expression only because it was absolutely true. At certain points watching George W in the movie I wanted to scream out in anger at his follies and agendas. Other times I would simply tear up cause I could see the pain and suffering he has caused this country. One of the funniest things about the movie was the use of the song, "Believe or not" from the 80's sitcom Greatest American Hero. Just wait till you see it. Hilarious!

I left the theater puffy eyed and feeling completely drained. Bob and I decided we neeeded a quick stiff drink to pull us out of that funk. So we headed to Palmer's.

Upon arriving we had $5 between the two of us. So naturally that was enough for a Vodka Tonic and Pabst. Plus a $0.50 tip. God I love Palmer's.

MPLS Indie


At 3:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Block E is a sickening location to watch a movie of such profound significance. but you can't argue with "free." i wouldn't wanna get too technical with the grammar check so i will point out one thing: "it's" is used in abbreviation or possession; the "'" indicates that something is missing. in other words, Block E should be lambasted for "its" commercial anus. no biggie.

At 11:07 AM, Blogger Tetryl said...

You need a reality check, Michael Moore's only interest is soaking the American public for as much money he can make off of other peoples anguish.

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Tetryl, I disagree somewhat. I think that was Moore is trying to showcase in on target, but it's his execution that's wrong. If you're going into the movie looking for a fair, unbiased look at our current administration you're going to be disappointed.

Like all media of this type, it requires prior and post research on our part to determine how much we believe to be true, and how much was "finessed" by Moore to help prove his point.

But this is nothing new-- this debate has been raging since Roger & Me. (great recent piece on that here: )


--Robot Mark

At 2:24 PM, Blogger Team Member Sven said...

What? His only interest is Money? What the hell? Obviously not. He may be interested in making money but that is not his only interest. I mean for god's sake do you have any idea how much money he has given back to Flint, MI? Probably not.

The bottom line about F 9/11 is that the views expressed in it are NOT, repeat NOT, represented anywhere in main stream media.

MPLS Indie

At 2:32 PM, Blogger Rita said...

I, for one, am looking forward to seeing F 9/11. Like you, I have been waiting for this since his famous speech (rant).

At 7:59 AM, Blogger Becca said...

Why are people hung up on the fact that Moore is biased? It's a given that he's not impartial; he has a point of view. He knows where he stands. He's a filmmaker, not a journalist, and different rules (or perhaps no rules) apply.

And yeah, he makes money doing this! Where did this idea spring from -- that liberals aren't supposed to make money? Believe it or not, liberalism and capitalism are not imcompatible. He makes movies than many people watch and enjoy (or don't enjoy). He's won some awards. He's stirred up a lot of discussion. He sees this as his job, and he makes money at it. I guess to some, this means he is automatically less than sincere -- that he is "just" in it for the money.

Agree with him, disagree with him, at least people get stirred up enough to talk about the issues. I used to listen to Rush Limbaugh after lunch to jolt me out of my post-meal torpor. I hate him, I disagree with him, I think he's full of BS, but at least it got my brain kicked into gear.

At 3:49 PM, Blogger Team Member Sven said...


Nicely put. I strongly encourage all of you to challenge anyone you know to see this film. If they are going to vote for Bush, challenge them to answer the questions raised in this film. You will find them hard pressed to do so.

MPLS Indie


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