Fahrenheit 9/11. Also, what is Ray Bradbury’s damage?

People everywhere are writing about Fahrenheit 9/11. I mostly agree with this review at IMDB, so I won’t add to the discussion except to say that, whatever else you think of him, Michael Moore does not make boring movies.

But why oh why is Ray Bradbury being such a cranky old curmudgeon about the film’s title? I hate speaking ill of the man; Fahrenheit 451, along with 1984, The Handmaid’s Tale, Brave New World, etc., represents one of my favorite genres: “apocalyptic futures that could happen if you all don’t pay attention.”

The internet has been full of angry Ray Bradbury stories for the past few weeks, but I got mad all over again when I heard Tuesday’s interview on the radio program Here and Now.

I hope this film sinks away and is forgotten.

Nice. If any filmmaker wishes to use the title of a Good Grief! post, he or she should feel free to do so. Words of Wisdom From Your Toilet, Dating Polar Bears, and Roy Orbison and the Infidel Ray would make fascinating documentaries.

4 responses to “Fahrenheit 9/11. Also, what is Ray Bradbury’s damage?”

  1. Jen

    Speaking of dystopian novels, you should check out “We”, which Orwell said was his inspiration for 1984. One of the more interesting required readings for undergrad.

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0380633132/002-6120107-2781624?v=glance

  2. Becky

    Thanks for the suggestion! So I see that the proper name for the “apocalyptic futures that could happen if you all don’t pay attention” is dystopian novels. Huh–you learn something new every day.

    Hey, are you the same Jen Rae who used to work the monorail shift with me at Dutch Wonderland? I’m sure you’re not, but I had to ask!

  3. Jen

    I took a Science-Fiction Literature in undergrad.. before that, I never knew they were called dystopias.

    Ha! I never worked at Dutch Wonderland, but I did try and get a job at Disneyworld once..

  4. eRobin

    I heard that Here and Now interview too. What struck me was that Bradbury was happy to know that F451 is a classic that is still taught in schools but he doesn’t want to accept the flipside of that coin, which is that everything about it will influence artists in every medium from now on – as it has Moore, who happened to use the title as inspiration. Bradbury disappointed me by not wanting to accept that idea.