A Man Escaped 

Sandler runs with Punch-Drunk Love (plus Bowling for Columbine)

Wednesday, Oct 9 2002

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Near the end, Moore takes a bead on NRA president Charlton Heston. Flashing his membership card (Moore never discusses his own feelings about guns), he visits the actor's Beverly Hills mansion and asks Moses why he thinks there's so much gun violence in America. Heston ventures a couple of answers, but Moore isn't satisfied and keeps hectoring him until the aging Heston slowly walks off. Moore chases after him and confronts him with the photo of a 6-year-old girl who'd recently been shot in Flint. Moments later, as Moore walks down Heston's driveway, head solemnly lowered, we're obviously supposed to think him the dead girl's champion and voice -- the ball-capped, potbellied, popular representative of ordinary folks. Me, I kept thinking how dishonest Moore had been to badger a gaga old fool for failing to explain why so many Americans shoot one another when his own movie was so transparently failing to answer the same question.

PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE | Written and directed by PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON | Produced by JOANNE SELLAR, DANIEL LUPI and ANDERSON | Released by Columbia Pictures | At Pacific's The Grove Stadium 14, AMC Santa Monica 7

BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE | Written and directed by MICHAEL MOORE | Produced by CHARLES BISHOP, JIM CZARNECKI, KATHLEEN GLYNN and MOORE | Released by United Artists | At Landmark Regent, Laemmle's Sunset 5, Laemmle's Town Center 5, Landmark's Rialto, Edwards University

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