Yes, I am the kind of nerd that will go to see a documentary on its opening night, and in this case, I’m glad that I did.
I thoroughly enjoyed Expelled. Many “conservative” documentaries are pretty badly done, dull, witless, and just preach to the choir. (guilty of it myself) but Expelled is well done, paced well, extremely interesting, and actually entertaining.
You’ve probably heard the critics harping on it, about how it is biased, unlike other successful documentaries like an Inconvenient Truth, because according to critics, it was the BEST THING EVAR!
Yes, Expelled is biased. Good. Sometimes the underdog side needs to get a turn too.
As somebody who has tangled with the self-righteous world of Academics (‘cause guns in school are baaaad), it was really interesting to see the parallels between this topic, and other topics that I’m more familiar with. The MO stays the same. They misstate what you believe in to make it absurd, then they throw up every barrier they can think of, including threats and bullying, fire you if they can get away with it, vilify you in the press, then sue you. Now where have I seen that before?
The best part of Expelled was when Ben went to Germany to look at the dark underbelly of Darwinian thought. The Eugenics movement. That part was actually very moving.
The most entertaining bit was when Ben interviewed that prick, Richard Dawkins, and made him look like a complete buffoon. Word to the wise, Dick, you shouldn’t have underestimated somebody who has like 75 more IQ points than you do. You’re being interviewed by a man that wrote speeches for presidents and knows more trivia than anybody. He made you look like a tool, Dick. Go back on O’Reilly, you fared a lot better there.