"I feel like grabbing you by your ears right now and screaming, 'I'm not fucking interested!'. Instead, I'm going to drive home and do some accounting."
This movie is just pretty damn near perfect. Deserves to be put on a shelf next to 'Network' as one of the best movies about modern media ever.
"I haven't been inside of a woman since I visited the Statue of Liberty."
This movie gets 4 stars for that line alone. The rest is a wonderfully acted piece of the usual Woody Allen middle class/middle aged crisis dramedy that we've come to expect. Not one of his all-time bests but a solid effort all around.
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…
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.