Bashing the McMasses
Another great article from what is becoming one of my favorite sites, Spiked. In her article/critique "Bashing the McMasses", Josie Appleton takes filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, who made the "docu-blockbuster-cum-human-experiment Super Size Me," to task. It's good to see people who watch movies for the techniques used to sway your opinion and not get caught up in the emotion with which so many filmmakers try to cloud your judgement. (See any Michael Moore or Leni Riefenstahl joint for ample reference material.)
Super-Size Me is one of those films that starts off with a pre-ordained path: the filmmaker is dating a vegan chef and walks all over Manhatten on a daily basis, which makes him relatable to the majority of Americans (oops, forgot to turn off that sarcasm toggle... ah, there we go).
Read the article; it's a wonderful example of why so many "artists" love deconstructionalism. If you can't or aren't supposed to deconstruct a piece of art, you can't put it in context. No context == no frame of reference. Very post-modern.