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  •  READER COMMENTS

    Reader comments on What the Bleep Do We Know?

    Subject: Re: What an oafish review
    Date: Sep 30, 2004
    Sender: GregPrevious | Next

    Wow, I loved this review. I hated this movie. Mr. Mazzarella: I went into this movie knowing absolutely nothing about it except that it was supposed to be interesting, and it was supposed to deal with the untapped psychic powers of the human mind. I like interesting things. I too am willing to believe that the mind holds tremendous untapped psychic powers. I was psyched to see this film.

    I then proceeded to sit through two hours of the most excruciatingly sloppy, boring, nonsensical new-age hooey that I have ever witnessed.

    Bear in mind, this is coming from someone who came within a hair's breadth of voting for John Hagelin in 2000.

    This film was, at the very least, poorly-constructed. The scenes with Marlee Matlin veered between being uninteresting and cliche-ridden to being downright offensive. As a narrative, it failed to hold my interest in any way.

    But one might suggest that the narrative was really only there to explain the ideas proposed by the interviewees. So let's talk about the interviewees. Some of them seemed great: well-informed, well-spoken, and touching on a number of intriguing topics; quantum theory is neat! Neurochemistry is neat! But then the film would fail to make any logical link between its subjects, which only otherwise share the common bond of "being things that we can't see and are thus exotic ideas to us at our present stage of cultural development." What did neurochemistry have to do with quantum physics?

    And just as many interviewees spoke about things that were flat-out scientifically unverifiable. For example, are we supposed to believe the words of "Ramtha," the ancient Atlantean spiritual entity? At what point did it become acceptable to place implicit trust in the spiritual teachings of a fat blonde woman who claims she has magic powers? Dude, this is how cults start, not genuine movements towards spiritual progression.

    Mr. Mazzarella, you mentioned in your post that "it really is easy to criticize another's work or another's opinion." That's true. Sometimes it is. Particularly when the work is awful and misleading, and particularly when the opinion is wrong. This was often the case with this film.

    "What the Bleep Do We Know?" made me angrier than I have ever been at a movie, with the possible exception of Bruce Almighty (another film that posited questions about the nature of God and the Universe, only to try to pass off facile, retrograde, culturally-harmful crap as a valid response).

    Watching this film was like watching a thirteen-year-old beat off to a copy of The Celstine Prophecy.

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    Response to this comment:
    What an oafish review

    When I read reviews like Joshua Tanzer's, it becomes clear why the world is in such a state of disorder and hatred.

    This reviewer sets himself up as a expert, but really it is easy to criticize another's work or another's opinion.

    Obviously this critic had his review already written before he went to the theater, because the people who see the movie without prior bias not only enjoy the film, but also find it thought provoking and very much worth seeing again.

    If the movie were such crap as the critic maintains, it is highly unlikely that people would want to spend another $7 or $8 to see it.

    What a relief it was not to see bridges blown up and cars racing in suicidal chases, and beating and bludgeoning other human beings into either insensibility or tenderized meat for a body bag.

    My advice: Listen to your own voice! Create your own reality!
    Ignore the so-called experts, such as the critic Joshua Tanzer, who fear they might lose control if too many people started practicing "loving their bodies" and disregarding all the authority figures who dictate every move and thought people are allowed to make from the cradle to the grave.

    This critique reminded me of a scene in What The Bleep Do We Know? where Amanda stands in front of a mirror and...

    Well, I don't want to deny you the right to see it yourself :-)






    Comment index:

  • Hmmmmmm   from aguynamedguyinTX, Sep 10, 2004
  • Re: Hmmmmmm   from naeemah, Apr 24, 2005
  • What an oafish review   from Roberto Mazzarella, Sep 15, 2004
  • » Re: What an oafish review «   from Greg, Sep 30, 2004
  • Re: What an oafish review   from David, Oct 4, 2004
  • Re: What an oafish review   from Alex, May 14, 2006
  • Re: What an oafish review   from John Chiara, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: What an oafish review   from Dean, Mar 21, 2005
  • Re: What an oafish review   from John Chiara, Apr 3, 2005
  • Re: What an oafish review   from ling, Jul 10, 2006
  • Re: What an oafish review   from errol Sakia, Apr 24, 2005
  • Re: What an oafish review   from Dulbass, Jan 30, 2006
  • Re: What an oafish review   from Alissa, Oct 17, 2006
  • Re: What an oafish review   from B.Bones, Dec 6, 2006
  • Undisputed facts   from diggingdeeper, Oct 6, 2004
  • Re: Undisputed facts   from John Chiara, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: Undisputed facts   from Snow Miller, Aug 1, 2005
  • Re: Undisputed facts   from Alex, May 14, 2006
  • Re: What an oafish review   from brad schuster, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: What an oafish review   from John Chiara, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: What an oafish review   from Brenden, Nov 25, 2004
  • Re: What an oafish review   from John Chiara, Nov 27, 2004
  • Re: What an oafish review   from Kappy, Dec 15, 2004
  • Re: What an oafish review   from physics friend, Nov 24, 2004
  • oafish, I think red-neck review is more accurate   from Ricardo Hambina, Apr 24, 2005
  • Re: oafish, I think red-neck review is more accura   from Peace Warrior, Jun 25, 2005
  • Re: What an oafish review   from Helen, Jun 12, 2005
  • Re: What an oafish review   from jafagal, Feb 13, 2006
  • Re: What an oafish review   from james carey, Jul 10, 2006
  • Re: What an oafish review   from Ummm....eh, Dec 21, 2006
  • I can't wait to see it!   from Bill, Sep 23, 2004
  • Best movie ever!!   from Sandi, Sep 24, 2004
  • Re: this movie is pseudoscientfic propaganda piece   from John Chiara, Nov 24, 2004
  • What the Bleep   from sihem, Jun 8, 2006
  • A scientist's review   from LTV, Nov 24, 2004
  • Don't waste your money   from Mike, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: Don't waste your money   from John Chiara, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: Don't waste your money   from brad schuster, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: Don't waste your money   from John Chiara, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: Don't waste your money   from steph, Nov 25, 2004
  • Re: Don't waste your money   from , Nov 27, 2004
  • Wake Up!   from Steve, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: Wake Up!   from bonnie, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: Wake Up!   from Ray Van Gelder, Apr 3, 2005
  • Re: Wake Up!   from John Chiara, Apr 3, 2005
  • What the bleep do we know   from Tommie Sue, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: What the bleep do we know   from Bobcham, Nov 24, 2004
  • it's an artistic interpretaion   from joe, Nov 24, 2004
  • People don't Get It!!!!   from John Chiara, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: People don't Get It!!!!   from Linda Paul, Mar 18, 2005
  • Re: People don't Get It!!!!   from John Chiara, Apr 3, 2005
  • bleep   from Belmo, Nov 29, 2004
  • What the Bleep do we Know   from Jean Mather, Dec 9, 2004
  • What the bleep not a good but dont be hating   from jeffrey, Dec 30, 2004
  • Bring it east! I've heard....   from Barbara Flynn, Jan 7, 2005
  • big mistake...   from Kram, Jan 8, 2005
  • Oh, Joy   from Brent Butt, Jan 30, 2005
  • Another cult recruitment film   from Eireann, Jan 31, 2005
  • Re: Another cult recruitment film   from naeemah, Apr 24, 2005
  • [no subject]   from , Feb 14, 2005
  • *Create Your Day* CD - inspired by the Movie   from Laurie Kristensen, Mar 8, 2005
  • what the bleep   from peter roloff, Mar 18, 2005
  • The search for spiritual meaning through science   from Sara Houle, Mar 27, 2005
  • keep hope alive   from Bill Widnall, Apr 29, 2005
  • What the Bleep do you know?   from Leah, May 9, 2005
  • The message behind this film for me   from KarlosJ, May 31, 2005
  • taken in...   from kier, Jun 5, 2005
  • Re: taken in...(above post is excellent)   from jay, Jun 13, 2005
  • Critique could have been better.   from Just Another Primate, Jun 5, 2005
  • For What the bleep Fans   from Glenn Parry, Jun 21, 2005
  • what the bleep...   from david, Jul 5, 2005
  • M theory is indeed magical   from dionysus, Aug 19, 2005
  • Super Bleep   from Omar Arana, Aug 20, 2005
  • Re: Super Bleep   from L Brown, Sep 28, 2005
  • They insist of bullshitting on religion & beliefs   from Lucas Santos, Nov 8, 2005
  • Re: They insist of bullshitting on religion & beliefs   from Franz Fortuny L de M, Dec 7, 2005
  • Miceal Ledwith (aka Micheal Ledwith)   from Ann Cox, Dec 17, 2005
  • Re: Miceal Ledwith (aka Micheal Ledwith)   from rik, Mar 28, 2006
  • I can smell your bleep...   from Miggsy, Dec 24, 2005
  • Never send a monkey to do a mans job   from Jack, Dec 24, 2005
  • What the Bleep Do We Know   from steve, Jan 7, 2006
  • Re: What the Bleep Do We Know   from miggsy, Jan 9, 2006
  • Missing the point   from sharpinchicago, Jan 18, 2006
  • What the Bleep Do Any Of You Know??   from JoyousEnergy, Feb 7, 2006
  • Re: What the Bleep Do Any Of You Know??   from Marcy, Apr 18, 2006
  • Using Science For Validity   from Elana, Feb 26, 2006
  • Re: Using Science For Validity   from FromFrance, Mar 5, 2006
  • What the Bleep...   from rik, Mar 28, 2006
  • Re: What the Bleep...   from From France, Apr 3, 2006
  • Really?   from Ted Bonerz, May 16, 2006
  • What the Bleep   from Mary Maurice, May 22, 2006
  • Re: What the Bleep   from Saddened, Aug 25, 2006
  • Judgement   from g, Jun 26, 2006
  • Re: Judgement   from matrix, Jun 28, 2006
  • Re: Judgement   from Nicolas, Oct 11, 2006
  • My Experience   from San Juanita Mejorado, Aug 21, 2006
  • Typical arrogant review   from Ken, Sep 6, 2006
  • Re: Typical arrogant review   from Nicolas, Oct 11, 2006
  • i loved it   from luke, Sep 15, 2006
  • what the fuck do you know   from matthew, Oct 17, 2006
  • what the bleep   from tainoray, Feb 6, 2007
  • Nay sayer!   from Goat, May 24, 2008
  • Hmmmmmm   from aguynamedguyinTX, Sep 10, 2004
  • Re: Hmmmmmm   from naeemah, Apr 24, 2005
  • What an oafish review   from Roberto Mazzarella, Sep 15, 2004
  • » Re: What an oafish review «   from Greg, Sep 30, 2004
  • Re: What an oafish review   from David, Oct 4, 2004
  • Re: What an oafish review   from Alex, May 14, 2006
  • Re: What an oafish review   from John Chiara, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: What an oafish review   from Dean, Mar 21, 2005
  • Re: What an oafish review   from John Chiara, Apr 3, 2005
  • Re: What an oafish review   from ling, Jul 10, 2006
  • Re: What an oafish review   from errol Sakia, Apr 24, 2005
  • Re: What an oafish review   from Dulbass, Jan 30, 2006
  • Re: What an oafish review   from Alissa, Oct 17, 2006
  • Re: What an oafish review   from B.Bones, Dec 6, 2006
  • Undisputed facts   from diggingdeeper, Oct 6, 2004
  • Re: Undisputed facts   from John Chiara, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: Undisputed facts   from Snow Miller, Aug 1, 2005
  • Re: Undisputed facts   from Alex, May 14, 2006
  • Re: What an oafish review   from brad schuster, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: What an oafish review   from John Chiara, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: What an oafish review   from Brenden, Nov 25, 2004
  • Re: What an oafish review   from John Chiara, Nov 27, 2004
  • Re: What an oafish review   from Kappy, Dec 15, 2004
  • Re: What an oafish review   from physics friend, Nov 24, 2004
  • oafish, I think red-neck review is more accurate   from Ricardo Hambina, Apr 24, 2005
  • Re: oafish, I think red-neck review is more accura   from Peace Warrior, Jun 25, 2005
  • Re: What an oafish review   from Helen, Jun 12, 2005
  • Re: What an oafish review   from jafagal, Feb 13, 2006
  • Re: What an oafish review   from james carey, Jul 10, 2006
  • Re: What an oafish review   from Ummm....eh, Dec 21, 2006
  • I can't wait to see it!   from Bill, Sep 23, 2004
  • Best movie ever!!   from Sandi, Sep 24, 2004
  • Re: this movie is pseudoscientfic propaganda piece   from John Chiara, Nov 24, 2004
  • What the Bleep   from sihem, Jun 8, 2006
  • A scientist's review   from LTV, Nov 24, 2004
  • Don't waste your money   from Mike, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: Don't waste your money   from John Chiara, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: Don't waste your money   from brad schuster, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: Don't waste your money   from John Chiara, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: Don't waste your money   from steph, Nov 25, 2004
  • Re: Don't waste your money   from , Nov 27, 2004
  • Wake Up!   from Steve, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: Wake Up!   from bonnie, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: Wake Up!   from Ray Van Gelder, Apr 3, 2005
  • Re: Wake Up!   from John Chiara, Apr 3, 2005
  • What the bleep do we know   from Tommie Sue, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: What the bleep do we know   from Bobcham, Nov 24, 2004
  • it's an artistic interpretaion   from joe, Nov 24, 2004
  • People don't Get It!!!!   from John Chiara, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: People don't Get It!!!!   from Linda Paul, Mar 18, 2005
  • Re: People don't Get It!!!!   from John Chiara, Apr 3, 2005
  • bleep   from Belmo, Nov 29, 2004
  • What the Bleep do we Know   from Jean Mather, Dec 9, 2004
  • What the bleep not a good but dont be hating   from jeffrey, Dec 30, 2004
  • Bring it east! I've heard....   from Barbara Flynn, Jan 7, 2005
  • big mistake...   from Kram, Jan 8, 2005
  • Oh, Joy   from Brent Butt, Jan 30, 2005
  • Another cult recruitment film   from Eireann, Jan 31, 2005
  • Re: Another cult recruitment film   from naeemah, Apr 24, 2005
  • [no subject]   from , Feb 14, 2005
  • *Create Your Day* CD - inspired by the Movie   from Laurie Kristensen, Mar 8, 2005
  • what the bleep   from peter roloff, Mar 18, 2005
  • The search for spiritual meaning through science   from Sara Houle, Mar 27, 2005
  • keep hope alive   from Bill Widnall, Apr 29, 2005
  • What the Bleep do you know?   from Leah, May 9, 2005
  • The message behind this film for me   from KarlosJ, May 31, 2005
  • taken in...   from kier, Jun 5, 2005
  • Re: taken in...(above post is excellent)   from jay, Jun 13, 2005
  • Critique could have been better.   from Just Another Primate, Jun 5, 2005
  • For What the bleep Fans   from Glenn Parry, Jun 21, 2005
  • what the bleep...   from david, Jul 5, 2005
  • M theory is indeed magical   from dionysus, Aug 19, 2005
  • Super Bleep   from Omar Arana, Aug 20, 2005
  • Re: Super Bleep   from L Brown, Sep 28, 2005
  • They insist of bullshitting on religion & beliefs   from Lucas Santos, Nov 8, 2005
  • Re: They insist of bullshitting on religion & beliefs   from Franz Fortuny L de M, Dec 7, 2005
  • Miceal Ledwith (aka Micheal Ledwith)   from Ann Cox, Dec 17, 2005
  • Re: Miceal Ledwith (aka Micheal Ledwith)   from rik, Mar 28, 2006
  • I can smell your bleep...   from Miggsy, Dec 24, 2005
  • Never send a monkey to do a mans job   from Jack, Dec 24, 2005
  • What the Bleep Do We Know   from steve, Jan 7, 2006
  • Re: What the Bleep Do We Know   from miggsy, Jan 9, 2006
  • Missing the point   from sharpinchicago, Jan 18, 2006
  • What the Bleep Do Any Of You Know??   from JoyousEnergy, Feb 7, 2006
  • Re: What the Bleep Do Any Of You Know??   from Marcy, Apr 18, 2006
  • Using Science For Validity   from Elana, Feb 26, 2006
  • Re: Using Science For Validity   from FromFrance, Mar 5, 2006
  • What the Bleep...   from rik, Mar 28, 2006
  • Re: What the Bleep...   from From France, Apr 3, 2006
  • Really?   from Ted Bonerz, May 16, 2006
  • What the Bleep   from Mary Maurice, May 22, 2006
  • Re: What the Bleep   from Saddened, Aug 25, 2006
  • Judgement   from g, Jun 26, 2006
  • Re: Judgement   from matrix, Jun 28, 2006
  • Re: Judgement   from Nicolas, Oct 11, 2006
  • My Experience   from San Juanita Mejorado, Aug 21, 2006
  • Typical arrogant review   from Ken, Sep 6, 2006
  • Re: Typical arrogant review   from Nicolas, Oct 11, 2006
  • i loved it   from luke, Sep 15, 2006
  • what the fuck do you know   from matthew, Oct 17, 2006
  • what the bleep   from tainoray, Feb 6, 2007
  • Nay sayer!   from Goat, May 24, 2008