Bowling for Columbine (2)
2002, 1 hour 59 mins
“Bowling for Columbine” is an alternately humorous and horrifying film about the United States. It is a film about the state of the Union, about the violent soul of America. Why do 11,000 people die in America each year at the hands of gun violence? The talking heads yelling from every TV camera blame everything from Satan to video games. But are we that much different from many other countries? What sets us apart? How have we become both the master and victim of such enormous amounts of violence? This is not a film about gun control. It is a film about the fearful heart and soul of the United States, and the 280 million Americans lucky enough to have the right to a constitutionally protected Uzi.
“Bowling for Columbine” was the first documentary film accepted into competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 46 years. The Cannes jury unanimously awarded it the 55th Anniversary Prize. From a look at the Columbine High School security camera tapes to the home of Oscar-winning NRA President Charlton Heston, from a young man who makes homemade napalm with The Anarchist’s Cookbook to the murder of a six-year-old girl by another six-year-old, “Bowling for Columbine” is a journey through America, and through our past, hoping to discover why our pursuit of happiness is so riddled with violence.
The Vice Guide to Travel
2006, DVD and Book, Not Rated
Vice Films, Inc.
The VICE GUIDE TO TRAVEL is the first installment in VICE magazine’s new DVD series. The series will feature short documentaries arranged around a different theme.
For this edition we went to the kinds of places that nobody else wants to visit. We traveled to the corners of the world where news is happening, the forgotten locales where strange people and stories lie and where history is being made every day. This is the VICE idea of a vacation. “We went to such far-flung locales as the Pygmy villages of the Congo, the radioactive ruins of Chernobyl, and the bomb-pocked refugee camps of Beirut so that you never, ever have to go yourself as long as you live,” Jesse Pearson, editor at VICE magazine, told SPIN.com. “We took cameras so we could prove we went.” The DVD also has an indie-riffic soundtrack, complete with a remix from recently disbanded dance-rock duo Death From Above 1979.
– Places visited: Chernobyl, Pakistan, Paraguay, Rio, Beirut, Congo, Bulgaria
-Bonus Footage that includes New Year’s Eve in Kabul and David Cross and Gavin McInnes in China