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Jesse Hoffman
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posted 18 March 2004 10:24 PM      Profile for Jesse Hoffman     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Last night I saw the Canadian documentary The Corporation, by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbot. It features commentary by Micheal Moore, Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, Milton Friedman, many CEO's as well as others.

Let me tell you, it was absolutely fantastic. So bloody well done. I highly highly reccomend it. See this film! It has to be one the most thought provoking movies, as well as one of the best documentary's I have ever seen. It is one of those movies that will almost certainly change the way some of the people who see it live their lives (my parents joined the NDP because of it, because they felt like they needed to get involved somehow ).

Any old documentary can point fingers at a problem but it is the great ones that provide possible solutions. That is exactly what it does.

Of all the people the filmakers talked to, my favourite was probably Ray Anderson who runs one of the world's largest carpet manufacturing companies. He had a revelation 10 years ago that he was plundering the earth, and that someday he would be looked upon as a villain in history. Ever since he has been determined to erase the negative impact his company has on the enviroment, and he has already reduced the companies ecological footprint by 1/3, and it is projected that it can fully erased by 2020. He has also begun speaking to fellow CEO's about what awful things modern day corporations are doing to the earth, and about how the way we do business desperately needs to be change. His honestly and humility was admirable.

The film also interviewed one of the many psychotics from the Fraser Institute, and it actually got him on camera saying that he believed every square inch of the earth should be fully privatized. These people are very, very scary.

In the end the Corporation is admitedly a fairly depressing and in many ways terrifying film, but it at least shows how little battles are being fought and being won against these corporations. And some progress (however little) is being made. It is also a film everyone should see.

The final scene is excellent. It is an interview with Micheal Moore, and he calls on people to go out a make a difference, and change the way they live. I honestly think a lot of them will.

[ 18 March 2004: Message edited by: Jesse Hoffman ]


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posted 18 March 2004 11:28 PM      Profile for Performance Anxiety        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
When will it be in cinemas? Or are they refusing to show it?
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Jesse Hoffman
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posted 18 March 2004 11:41 PM      Profile for Jesse Hoffman     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well that's the hard part. I doubt major cinemas will show it, i saw it at a small independantly owned theater in Peterborough called Cinema 379.
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Eric C
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posted 19 March 2004 12:17 AM      Profile for Eric C     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In Ottawa, it premiered at The Bytowne, an independent theatre. However, it had a decent run at World Exchange, owned by Cineplex Odeon. So I'd think that Cineplex Odeon must be showing it at various theatres across the country. The premiere at the Bytowne in January was fantastic. The theatre was packed, and moviegoers erupted into applause and cheers at the end!

If you're in Ontario, and get TVO, they were showing The Corporation in 3 parts.. but you *just* missed it! A bit easier than having to sit in a theatre for 3 hours straight. I'm not sure if they'll repeat it, but here's the TVO site, complete with teaching resources.

The Corporation at TVO.org


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posted 19 March 2004 05:48 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's playing at the Carleton Cineplex Odeon here in Toronto at 20 Carleton, according to Cinema Clock.

It looks interesting, I'd really like to see it.

[ 19 March 2004: Message edited by: Michelle ]


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fern hill
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posted 19 March 2004 09:28 AM      Profile for fern hill        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Jack Layton is hosting a special screening of The Corporation next Thursday, Mar. 25, 7 p.m. at the Bloor Street Cinema in Toronto, to be followed by a reception with NDP nominated candidates. Tickets are $10 (cheaper than firt-run) and can be purchased at NDP office, 33 Cecil St., or at the box office after today. They are expecting a sell-out, so get your tickets early

I've seen the film and it is terrific.


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Sine Ziegler
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posted 30 March 2004 09:59 PM      Profile for Sine Ziegler     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I went to the showing at the Uptown in Calgary and the Green Party candidate for Calgary North Center was there.

The movie was awesome - not suprisingly. Parts of it get dismal, like the world is bad bad place and it is not going to get better - but then somehow the film spruces up at the end and Michael Moore ends it well by encouraging people to get POLITICALLY involved.


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posted 03 April 2004 09:12 PM      Profile for The Oatmeal Savage   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
And oddly enough, Big Picture Media Corporation, who produced the film, hasn't filed their annual reports (as required by BC law), since March of 2002. Hmmmm.
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posted 03 April 2004 10:08 PM      Profile for verbatim   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
LOL! Is that the best you can do? Come on, now! Try harder than that! That's barely a troll at all!
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Briguy
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posted 14 April 2004 04:23 PM      Profile for Briguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Attention Halifax (and surroundings) babblers:

The corporation is currently playing at the Oxford Theatre, and will continue at least until April 22nd. 7:30 showtime each night, it appears.


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posted 14 April 2004 09:56 PM      Profile for Puetski Murder     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I found the Corporation to be an interesting overall survey of the contentious issues surrounding corporate ethics and maliciousness, but one thing distracted me during the film. The narrator's voice was too sexy!

Did anyone else have this problem?


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posted 17 April 2004 02:24 AM      Profile for AJohnston_22   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw this movie in Winnipeg at the Globe Cinema on April 5th. I thought this film was absolutely stunning. This is one of the greatest films I have seen. I cannot believe how much Corporations have control in this world untill I saw this movie (i.e. IBM and World War 2 Germany). Every social activist, business student, and yes, even CEO's should go see this movie. This movie does to films what David Korten When Corporation's Rule the World did for books in 1995. ***** out of five stars.
-Adam Johnston

Check out the Website at www.thecorporation.com


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Briguy
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posted 17 April 2004 11:05 AM      Profile for Briguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yay! I've herded the cats! I'm going to see it on Monday with my roommie and my shadowy Dartmouth friends. If anyone else is there, and wants to say hi, I will be the guy in the purple shirt and bushy Van Dyck beard. I'm so excited! I've been waiting for this to play in Halifax for months now! I think I'll sleep for the next two days, so that Monday comes sooner.
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arborman
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posted 17 April 2004 01:03 PM      Profile for arborman     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's an excellent film.

If any of you are interested in learning more/getting involved, check out The Aurora Institute.

It's a Canadian non-profit research organization that focuses on the role of the corporation in a democratic society. (I'm on the board )


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posted 03 May 2004 05:43 PM      Profile for rosie        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Please note that THE CORPORATION is going to be launching in San Fransisco which is our US Premiere June 4th. It will also be launching in the following areas of the US:

Castro Theatre San Francisco June 4-16
* Camera Cinemas San Jose, CA Opens June 4
* Nickelodeon Theatre Santa Cruz, CA Opens June 11
* Act I & II Berkeley, CA June 11-17
* Rialto Cinemas Lakeside Santa Rosa, CA Opens June 11
* Rafael Film Center San Rafael, CA Opens June 11
* Crest Theater Sacramento, CA Opens June 18
* Egyptian Theatre Seattle, WA Opens June 18
* Film Forum New York Opens June 30
* Cinema 21 Portland, OR July 2-8
* Nuart Theatre Los Angeles July 9-22
* E Street Cinema Washington DC Opens July 16
* Kendall Square Boston, MA Opens July 16
* Coolidge Corner Brookline, MA Opens July 16
* Embassy Cinema Waltham, MA Opens July 16
* Palm Theatre San Luis Obispo, CA Opens July 16
* Landmark's Century Centre Cinema Chicago July 16-29
* Tivoli Theatre St. Louis MO July 23-29
* Ken Cinema San Diego, CA Opens July 23
* Midtown Art Cinema Atlanta GA July 30-August 5

In CANADA we are still playing in:

SASKATOON, SK
MONTREAL, QC
NANAIMO, BC
VICTORIA, BC
HALIFAX, NS
KELOWNA, BC
WINNIPEG, MB
CALGARY, AB
EDMONTON, AB
VANCOUVER, BC
TORONTO, ON

Upcoming Canadian Release
Hamilton, ON TBA
Quebec City, QUE May 7

Please inform your friends and family down south.


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posted 03 May 2004 09:34 PM      Profile for robbie_dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Joel Bakan was at my school tonight for an advance U.S. screening. This is an excellent movie and I will be spreading the word.
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posted 02 July 2004 05:17 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I just saw the film last night. It was playing at a cinema that usually shows second-run movies at a discount.

I agree that the carpet manufacturer was impressive.

The former CEO of Shell was not. He seemed like a nice guy, gave tea to some people who protested at his home, but refused to take any responsibility for the deaths of Nigerians killed by the State for their opposition to Shell.

That guy from the Fraser Institute was evil.

The story of the Bolivians was a high note. They defeated Bechtel and the Federales, although some of them were killed in the struggle to keep their water supply from being privatized.

Do corporations have charters in Canada?

[ed. I got to the cinema 10-15 minutes early. I was the first one there. At least half of the deadbeat commie-pinkos who went to the film showed up after it had already started.]

[ 02 July 2004: Message edited by: al-Qa'bong ]


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posted 02 July 2004 08:01 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ooooh. I want to see this movie so much! And every time it's been at the second run theatre around the corner from me, I've managed to miss it for some reason or another.
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posted 02 July 2004 01:39 PM      Profile for Baldfresh   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by rosie:
Please note that THE CORPORATION is going to be launching in San Fransisco which is our US Premiere June 4th.

In CANADA we are still playing in:


You're involved in the film? In what capacity? It was quite good, I must say. And, erm, is available for download on many popular p2p sites (for those of you that, like me, would have to buy plane tickets to see this film anytime soon otherwise)

edited to make the WE and OUR stand out a lil' more

[ 02 July 2004: Message edited by: Baldfresh ]


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arborman
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posted 02 July 2004 05:27 PM      Profile for arborman     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by al-Qa'bong:

Do corporations have charters in Canada?


[ 02 July 2004: Message edited by: al-Qa'bong ]


Corporations do in fact have charters in Canada. Perhaps more alarming, they are entitled to the protection of The Charter of Rights and Freedoms as persons before the law. This is not a right they enjoy to the same extent south of the border.

A corporate charter can be revoked if they are not acting in the best interest of society. All we need are politicians willing to do it. And a way to keep all the other corporations from taking their toys home with them.


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