Believe it or not I had never seen this before so upon the tragic death of Robin Williams recently my boyfriend finally put his foot down and made me watch it.
And the verdict is...I loved it! Lots of laughs throughout combined with enough heart and pointed political commentary slightly ahead of its time.
It might be a little hard to believe anyone actually buying Nathan Lane as a woman but if I was going to believe anyone falling for it, surely it had to be Gene Hackman. Somebody get him back onscreen immediately.
If someone had told me ten years ago that Ben Affleck was about to direct three standout films in a row with the third film destined for numerous Oscar nominations, I would have slapped said person hard and unleashed a barrage of expletives at him/her with a thick (and horribly fake) Boston accent. At the time no one would have thought me out of line, but sure enough, Affleck has proven me wrong in a very big way.
Michael Moore has the power to turn people against each other in record time if you happen to disagree on his merits as a documentary filmmaker but with Bowling For Columbine I truly believe he defined a time period of American history better than any other cinematic resource. He asks some very difficult questions here that ultimately can't be answered definitively but as a conversation starter this is perfection.
The saddest thing about it though is that 10 years later…