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Yes Men; "Yes! Ma'am" [Oct. 3rd, 2004|04:23 pm]
Young Geoffrey
I love meaningless wordplay; it's a weakness.

I am physically exhausted and emotionally drained, in the very best sense of both terms. Forgive me if I sound soppy - time spent with my girlfriend is always a too-brief taste of heaven on earth. I have never been involved with anyone who makes me laugh as often, who pushes my mind as hard, whose arms were such a joy to wake up in. She is wit and wisdom, sensitivity and healthy self-regard; her ego seems as strong as a rock; the Dalai Lama could take lessons from her sense of proportion.

Ahem.

We actually went out last night. Saw a new documentary, The Yes Men.

Not a great film per se - Michael Moore was interviewed in it a couple of times and I could not help but think it was a shame he hadn't directed it - but it is nevertheless occasionally very funny and - for those of us who have not bought in to the "fear is freedom/dissent is treason" mindset of Haliburton's Public Relations office George W. Bush - it is another reminder that we aren't crazy; they are!.

The Yes Men are pranksters, with an overtly political agenda. They first gained noteriety with a site that so offended the then-governor he suggested there "should be limits on freedom of speech". The site is a satirical clone of the real thing and the governor's idiot reaction to it inspired them to start up a World Trade Organization clone site that was realistic enough they soon began to receive emails from various organizations asking the GATT to send representatives to various conferences and television appearances.

The pranksters could not but access and so was born an elaborate hoax, in which "WTO representatives" would attend conferences and make increasingly fascist speeches - to which, usually, the response was respectful applause. There is a horrifying scene in which they explain that the US Civil War was a ghastly mistake because slavery is not economically viable - better to outsource your labour to poor countries where slaves free workers can be maintained for far less money than they would cost if they were kept close to home.

Fuck. My brain really isn't working very well. This is a terrible review.

Trust me. It's a film much more worth seeing than the latest epic about cgi fish.
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[User Picture]From: sabotabby
2004-10-03 02:05 pm (UTC)
I've loved the Yes Men ever since I heard about the Civil War incident.

But I also liked the epic about cgi fish. Go figure. Fish are fucking cool.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2004-10-04 06:19 am (UTC)
We all have our flaws, my dear. After what you did to fuck_arabs, you've got a fistful of get-out-of-jail-free cards.
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From: riotxsta
2004-10-03 08:59 pm (UTC)
interesting, i'll be sure to check it out
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[User Picture]From: offermeescape
2004-10-03 11:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, I heard about this. Very disturbing and it shows the mindset of these fucking cronies. What theatre did you see this at?

*jumps in front of a moving car* ;)
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2004-10-04 06:16 am (UTC)
It's playing at the Cinexplex at Bloor and Bay (south of Bloor, the building with a Chapters in it).
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From: patriarch420
2004-10-05 01:12 pm (UTC)
it's called "The Varsity" dear :)

P.s. Let the records show that I, Laura, second his opinion on * The Yes Men *

*kiss lix *
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2004-10-05 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you, my love. The Varsity. :)

kisses 'n licks to you too.
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From: patriarch420
2004-10-05 09:14 pm (UTC)
i just so happen to be sitting here trying to write a paper... you can imagine i didnt really get much done last night. i just took a shower until the water ran cold ( i know im a bastard to the environment - especially since it's really high pressured.) anyway- GO TO BED. joking. and I'm happy you don't have any urges to get away from me...

"absence makes the heart grow fonder"

might actually not be a bunch of bullshit.

*muah* xo sleep sweet etc. mucho love
-laura-
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2004-10-06 04:10 pm (UTC)
"absence makes the heart grow fonder"

might actually not be a bunch of bullshit.


Maybe not - though those 4 intense days in Sudbury (or was it 5?) made my heart grow fonder, too.
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