Monday, May 17, 2004


Two Peas in a Pod.

Black is the fashion color this year at Cannes -- if your surname is Moore or Kerry.

STARRY-EYED. Despite the fact that he has been largely discredited on both the right and the left of the political spectrum, Michael Moore (see the other picture above) is drawing oohs and ahs for his latest filmic blunderbuss from the critics in attendance at the Cannes Film Festival. A sample:

Even those skeptical of Moore, who has drawn criticism that he skews the truth to fit his arguments, were impressed.

``I have a problematic relationship with some of Michael Moore's work,'' said James Rocchi, film critic for DVD rental company Netflix, saying he found Moore too smug and stunt-driven in the past. ``There's no such job as a standup journalist.''

Yet in ``Fahrenheit 9/11,'' Moore presents powerful segments about losses on both sides of the Iraq war and the grief of American and Iraqi families, Rocchi said.

``This film is at its best when it is most direct and speaks from the heart, when it shows lives torn apart,'' Rocchi said.

Maybe there's something special in the air at the French Riviera that sunders men from their judgment and insight. Or maybe it's more pedestrian than that: too much eye candy simply rots the higher processing functions of the brain.

At any rate, it's time for a reminder about Michael Moore. His Lowness has not merely been criticized in the past. He has been taken apart, exposed as a fraudulent documentarian, and proven a vicious slanderer. Left-leaning has found egregious errors and misrepresentations in his written works. And a law professor named David T. Hardy has deconstructed Moore's malefic sleight of hand in film works such as Bowling for Columbine. Hardy has also undertaken a dispassionate analysis of the pathological nature of Moore's personality, allowing readers to decide for themselves whether Moore is a malignant narcissist or a full blown sociopath.

We're not going to acknowledge Moore every time he raises his hand for more attention. But from time to time we will repost these links because no one should make the mistake of assuming that we're dealing with a garden variety leftist here. We're dealing with someone who may be purely evil. We do assume that Professor Hardy will continue with his excellent work.

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