Friday, April 18, 2008

'Expelled' draws attention, curiosity

I asked our friendly local newspaper critic whether he was going to have an advanced review of "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed," the new documentary with Ben Stein that looks at the Intelligent Design controversy. He wrote back that there have not been any critic showings of the movie and asked an interesting question: In a review of a movie like this, what is the movie critic's role as far as fact checking the content of the documentary? Should he focus on it as a work of film, or on a work of non-fiction?

Thoughts?

A few links to get you started:

The critic's blog on the local paper web site">
The official movie site
The blog of PZ Myers, a strident critic of intelligent design who was removed from the premises of a premiere by law enforcement when he tried to enter

1 comment:

patrick said...

just saw Expelled; Ben Stein's goal in making this flick (i gather) was not to win any popularity contests (this by itself helps to validate his message)... his goal was to promote free thought, especially more thinking about motivations that drive American academia and a lot of other behind-the-scenes worldview that we tend to take for granted.