Monday, May 12, 2008



: PG-13
: 93 minutes
: Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me)
: Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) and Jeremy Chilnick
: Morgan Spurlock, Alexandra Jamieson

Morgan Spurlock lucked out with a documentary that told people something that was very obvious- fast food is bad for you. How many people eat fast food and actually think they are doing their body a favor? Not to say that “Super Size Me” wasn’t an entertaining documentary. I liked it. It didn’t sway my opinion on McDonald’s like it did with everyone else that watched it (and then went back to eating it again in a couple of a months). The movie earned an Oscar nomination and a television series for Spurlock on the FX network called “30 Days”, where he basically milked his “I’ll try such and such for thirty days to show you how to tough or unhealthy it is to do it”. Now, like the last kid to finish the race, he comes along with his Iraq war doc, “Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?”, in which Spurlock goes on a world wide search for the “most hated” man in America (now that Saddam is dead, of course). The movie goes to show what many all ready knew- Spurlock can be entertaining, but as a documentarian he isn’t exactly Errol Morris. Why the Weinstein Brothers paid a whole lot of millions to obtain the rights to this movie (after only seeing the first fifteen minutes) is beyond me. America is over Iraq war movies- not just with documentaries (though the Oscars seem to believe different), but with movies even dealing with the subject (look at the box office receipts for “Stop Loss” and “Lion for Lambs”, etc.). We all care deeply about the war and want it to end, but seriously how many more movies do we need about it? Those who have seen the picture may question if it is even a war doc to begin with. After all, Spurlock is mainly just exposing the myths both sides of the war have against each other and he “comically” pulls a Carmen Sandiago in trying to find Osama. So maybe describing it as a war doc is unfair, yet it is impossible to not have it on your mind while viewing the picture and I believe that was an intentional choice on Spurlock’s part. Spurlock’s charisma is also an acquired taste (to put it best). His “I’m smarter than you, yet on the same level as the common man” approach can get old and annoying rather quickly. Was I entertained by this documentary? Sort of. Did I learn anything? Not really. Morgan Spurlock may have got McDonald’s to end their “Super Size” option on their menus, but I’m not really sure what he’s trying to accomplish here. By now, most Americans are smart enough to know that Osama Bin Laden is not the big bad boogeyman that our government has built him up to be. He is, without a doubt, a criminal and a danger to society, but he isn’t waiting in New York City to blow up anything anytime soon. Maybe he’s hanging out with those weapons of mass destruction- or maybe he 's hanging out at the local McAdee's ordering a Big Mac.

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MC Hammer- U Can’t Touch This
Elvis Costello & the Attractions- What’s So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding (right click and “save as”)

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