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bittersweet
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posted 18 January 2004 03:37 AM      Profile for bittersweet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thought I'd give a plug to the film, which premiers in TO and Vancouver this weekend. I thoroughly recommend it. The website is www.thecorporation.com. It has interesting links, and also a proposal, in their words, for

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"an online documentary experience...Hundreds of hours of film did not make it into the 165 minute film. Yet, today, there is such tremendous potential to disseminate this information, and also to create an ongoing forum for analysis (ultimately linked to action) that could be networked to countless organizations around the world, all with an aim of challenging the corporate paradigm.

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posted 18 January 2004 07:48 PM      Profile for beluga2     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw it yesterday. It was God Damned Superb. Can't say I learned anything new from it, as I was already pretty familiar with all the case studies they used (except for the amazing tidbit that Fanta Orange cola was invented so that Coke could keep making money in Nazi Germany during the war. I never knew that! ) But it was very well done, and funny too.

Talking to people afterward, it's amazing how many of them didn't know before that corporations have the actual legal status of "persons". (And for the record, I've been saying that corporate "persons" are psychopaths for years! )

The interviews were good. Michael Walker presented himself as even more of a flaming ideological lunatic than I remembered. Milton Friedman actually came off better -- at least he was honest enough to dismiss the notion of "corporate social responsibility" as an oxymoron.

All in all, highly recommended.


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bittersweet
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posted 18 January 2004 07:55 PM      Profile for bittersweet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yes, Michael Walker did come across as an obvious nitwit. No substance to his comments, just vapid cheerleading. Who knows if they edited some better takes, but on the basis of the ones they chose: Whoa.
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mighty brutus
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posted 19 January 2004 11:30 AM      Profile for mighty brutus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Saw it on Sunday. Excellent, though a bit long for a documentary. And yes, Michael Walker of the Fraser Institute is a complete twit! (not that you didn't already know.)
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posted 19 January 2004 03:09 PM      Profile for Timebandit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I read the review of The Corporation is the Globe and Mail on Friday. It isn't here yet, but I will keep an eye on the RPL Film Theatre's schedule, since you all recommend it.
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marcy
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posted 20 January 2004 12:36 AM      Profile for marcy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw it on sunday at noon. went with a group of friends. It's excellent - not much i didn't know but it's really well put together and powerful. ends with an optimistic message focused on activism. agreed, michael walker had the audience hooting in derision. get your frinds to go see it.
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posted 21 January 2004 02:27 PM      Profile for Wide Eyes        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What's up with the film's distribution? It's only being screened in major cities. What about us villagers?
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posted 31 January 2004 11:35 PM      Profile for Hawkins     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Just back from the last Bytowne in Ottawa showing...

Wow.

I enjoyed it a lot and though painting a bleak picture I think it is optimistic in nature and I think that really helps the audience.

It was extremely simple in appearance yet totally engaging.

Looking back parts seem to be disconnected (some of the style choices that occur in one section and never again reappear) so in some ways it doesn't seem like a continuous showing, which is the only critism I have.

Message wise, I was just hit on the head. It may not have been virtually new to me, or presenting me with a new opinion but it really put a lot of what I was thinking back into perspective.

The question is how futile is change? How powerful is the corporation? And what kind of system can we build to replace it?


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