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Bush's Brain
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by Matt Mulcahey

"AKA 'Karl Rove is the anti-christ.'"
2 stars

I'm not a fan of George W. Bush, but I'm not a fan of one-sided, unsubstantiated propaganda posing as documentary either.

Based on the non-fiction book by James C. Moore and Wayne Slater, Bush's Brain puts forward the assertion that strategist Karl Rove not only helped Bush get into office but is the puppet master pulling the strings every time the President speaks or acts. Directors Michael Paradies Shoob and Joseph Mealy then proceed to offer up no proof whatsoever to support that claim.

Instead, Bush's Brain dishes dirt on past elections involving Rove, providing "evidence" (i.e. the testimony of disgruntled losers of said campaigns) of his questionable campaign tactics and complete lack of morality, ethics or remorse dating back to his days as a college member of the Young Republicans.

What there isn't is any insight into the motivations behind Rove's unquenchable thirst for not only victory but the obliteration of political adversaries or the relationship between the powerful strategist and the actions of the Bush White House.

Regardless of whether Rove is really the irredeemable slimeball this documentary purports him to be, and there's certainly enough evidence in the movie to assume he probably is, it doesn't change the fact that Bush's Brain fails to adequately connect Rove's lack of moral fiber to the current administration's policies.

Which simply makes it an extended negative political ad, and one that turns ugly when the filmmakers interview the family of a young soldier killed in Iraq. Without ever attempting to tie in Rove's political philosophy with our current presence in Iraq, the makers of Bush's Brain basically state "Karl Rove is responsible for the death of American soldiers."

For a film supposedly about a master of dirty tactics it's a classless cheap shot that typifies a "documentary" that is really nothing more than an 80-minute smear campaign.

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originally posted: 04/04/04 22:39:44
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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 SXSW Film Festival. For more in the 2004 South By Southwest Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 Tribeca Film Festival. For more in the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival series, click here.
This film is listed in our political documentary series. For more in the Political Documentary series, click here.

User Comments

9/06/08 Beata Eaton I can't wait for this dude to get Prosecuted! 5 stars
8/07/06 Maria Calvo I thought it was great. Very telling. All US citizens, and then some, should watch this. 4 stars
12/11/05 gray should even frighten republicans considering how MCCain was destroyed 5 stars
7/24/05 Phil M. Aficionado Not that well made, but interesting. Strayed off topic re: the Marine dying in Iraq. 3 stars
7/02/05 phyl EXCELLENT/Informative & Creepy 5 stars
6/26/05 Lawrence M. Volpe If one can't comprehend just how ruthlessly cunning Rove is, then you're in denial. 4 stars
11/19/04 Jessica Very interesting..scary..god he is still our president:( 3 stars
11/16/04 William D Roberts Rove is scum 5 stars
11/05/04 Doug James Do you really think we can read black on black reviews? 1 stars
10/04/04 tatum Boo-frickin'-hoo 2 stars
9/04/04 Frank Scary movie 5 stars
9/01/04 A upton Insomnia no more,,,thanks 1 stars
8/29/04 daleowens Very interesting film. Not as well documented as the book, but definetly worth seeing. 5 stars
8/27/04 Erin Cunningham Fabulous film... America better wake up and vote Bush and the Republicans out of office. 5 stars
8/13/04 Birdie Bush Eye-opening, thought-provoking, scary 4 stars
8/09/04 kyotomatt It's amusing that Bushes Brain got farther then Gore's. Propaganda? 1 stars
7/23/04 northsylvania circumstantial but powerful 4 stars
7/15/04 Kenno Better than Farenheit 9-11 without the star 4 stars
7/07/04 karrie smith highly interesting 4 stars
4/09/04 Hilarium I can't wait to vote against this dude. 4 stars
3/26/04 Carldec The truth will set you free... or in bush's case, cost you the next election 5 stars
3/23/04 Kent Gibson Sensational Scary Riveting Masterpiese - Required Viewing 5 stars
3/20/04 Bingo was his name-o If not for the 'dead soldier' scene, which is completely out of place, it ruled. 3 stars
3/18/04 Kristen Brock The scariest horror movie I've ever seen 5 stars
3/18/04 jessica startling film with a really moving ending. 5 stars
3/16/04 Farris Everyone should see this film before voting in November, America deserves to know the truth 5 stars
3/15/04 Hoopla The content was great, but it wasn't a well made movie. 2 stars
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  20-Aug-2004 (PG-13)
  DVD: 12-Oct-2004

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